Abortion advocates lobbied for the legalization of abortion under the banner of ‘choice’. Abortion was a woman’s choice they said. People who support abortion call themselves ‘pro-choice’. Yet, abortions have been paid from public funds since 1970 following the passage of the amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada in 1969 allowing for legal abortions under certain conditions.
- Abortion is elective surgery which does not cure any medical condition.
- Pregnancy is not a disease.
- The vast majority of abortions are performed for social or financial reasons.
- The leading cause of death in Canada is abortion. At least 100,000 unborn children die by abortion every year.
On October 31st 2001, Marilyn Wilson, Executive Director of the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League said in a submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee that women who decide to abort :
“…do so for socio- economic reasons. Sometimes, it is a desire to complete their education and become financially independent. It(sic) many cases, couples with children wish to restrict their family size in order to provide adequate financial support. Often choosing abortion is a conscious decision not to become a socio-economic burden on society.”
The Canada Health Act does no require that elective procedures be funded. Provinces must pay for services which are deemed “medically necessary”. Choice does not imply medical necessity. Every province provides taxpayer funded abortion in Canada.