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(11/12/06) -

Canadians Ponder Regulations for Abortion

- Many adults in Canada would like to change their country’s rules for pregnancy termination, according to a poll by Environics Research Group. 64 per cent of respondents believe the law should protect human life from conception or during pregnancy.

- Many adults in Canada would like to change their country’s rules for pregnancy termination, according to a poll by Environics Research Group. 64 per cent of respondents believe the law should protect human life from conception or during pregnancy.

In 1967, Canadian justice minister Pierre Trudeau presented a bill to partially liberalize abortion. On the same bill, Trudeau urged for the legalization of homosexuality and contraception, saying, “The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.” The bill was signed into law in 1969, when Trudeau was prime minister.

In January 1988, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled—on an appeal filed by pro abortion-advocate Henry Morgentaler—that Canada’s abortion law was unconstitutional. Abortion is now legal in Canada with no limitation on when to perform it.

At least 15 U.S. states have enacted legislation dubbed as “Woman’s Right to Know.” The rules indicate that detailed information about the procedure must be provided to a woman seeking an abortion, and a 24-hour period must be allowed for her to ponder her choices. 71 per cent of respondents would support enacting similar laws in Canada.

Polling Data

In your opinion, at what point in human development should the law protect human life?

2006

2005

From conception on

31%

30%

After three months of pregnancy

23%

19%

After six months of pregnancy

10%

11%

From the point of birth

30%

33%

Not sure

6%

6%

Some states in the U.S. have “informed consent” laws concerning abortion. These laws require that, before a woman has an abortion procedure, her physician must provide her with certain information such as details on the stages of fetal development, including an ultrasound scan, the possible complications and side effects following an abortion, and alternatives to abortion. Do you support or oppose similar laws in Canada for women considering abortion?

2006

2005

Support

71%

70%

Oppose

26%

27%

Not sure

3%

3%

Source: Environics Research Group
Methodology: Interviews with 2,021 Canadian adults, conducted from Sept. 18 to Oct. 12, 2006. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.