uOttawa Students For Life: Maclean’s Story On Pro-life Momentum

This post was written for uOttawa Students For Life by uOttawa Students For Life. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Maclean’s has a new story that mentions We Need A Law and discusses the state of abortion affairs in Canada today. (Emphasis added.)

But Parliament fell short: its second and last bill died on a tied vote in the Senate in 1991, leaving Canada the only country in the democratic world without some restriction on abortion after the first trimester. To anti-abortionists, this exceptionalism is a mark of shame, and the main reason that, at last reliable count, there were 28.3 abortions in Canada for every 100 live births. To pro-choicers, it’s a badge of honour they’ve fought successfully to preserve, greeting any suggestion of restriction as a denial of a woman’s right to choose. As the years passed, politicians grew less inclined to challenge that notion. And many Canadians came to regard the matter as settled. Why, then, is it back on the public agenda?

Find out by reading the article.

A national conversation on fetal rights is long overdue. It is downright embarrassing that our Supreme Court’s Chief Justice felt she had to call a deceased infant “this, um, dead, um, whatever.”


Read the comments at the uOttawa Students For Life website.

University of Toronto Students for Life: Apathy rules: Most Canadians clueless about Canadian abortion law

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by Danny Ricci. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Well here is a surprise. It turns out about two-thirds of Canadians do not know what the abortion law is in Canada; namely that there is no abortion law in Canada. From the National Post:

The poll, which asked 1,022 Canadian adults about their understanding of the country’s abortion regulations, found that just 22% of Canadians correctly identified a woman’s right to an abortion with no governmental restrictions. Canada has not had legislated abortion rules since 1988, making the country an “absolute outlier” on the issue, according to a medical ethicist.

“There’s really only a very small number of Canadians that correctly identify the current situation in Canada,” says pollster Jaideep Mukerji, who worked on the Angus-Reid poll, which was released on Tuesday. “That could be problematic.”

“Once you explain to them what the actual law is, there’s only 27% of Canadians that say that the status quo [of no law] should be maintained. There’s a majority of Canadians that would like to make some change to that status quo,” Mr. Mukerji said.

The majority of Canadians are not pro-life or pro-choice. The majority are the “mushy middle” and that is why it is so important to talk about this issue whenever we can, even if we feel no one wants to hear it.

Read the comments at the University of Toronto Students for Life website.