10 Jul 2012 Talking Points
Talking Point #1
Canada is the only democracy in the world without legislation protecting children in the womb. Every Western nation has laws protecting pre-born children at some point during the pregnancy and it’s time that Canada fell into line with our international counterparts. For more information, click here.
Talking Point #2
In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada did not give women a ‘right’ to abortion. In fact, they encouraged Parliament to enact legislation that protected the rights of the foetus at some point during the pregnancy. In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the existing abortion laws were unconstitutional on procedural grounds, such as unequal access to hospitals performing abortions and therapeutic abortion committees. The Court did not rule that women have a right to abortion. In their ruling they didn’t make a new law because they knew that was the task of Parliament. It has almost been 30 years since that ruling, it’s time for Parliament to bring in a new law that protects the rights of the foetus. For more information, click here.
Talking Point #3
The majority of Canadians want some legal protection for children in the womb. Most Canadians find it morally unacceptable that abortion can be committed in the 3rd trimester, or based on the sex of the child in the womb. According to a June 2012 survey commissioned by Postmedia News and Global TV as well as several Abacus Data polls taken in 2011, the majority of Canadians (60%) believe that the life of the unborn should be protected at some point during the pregnancy. Also, an Environics poll in 2011, found that when asked specifically when they’d like to see abortion illegal, 77% of respondents answered with, “in the last three months.” As for sex-selective abortions, a 2011 Environics poll indicated that 92% of Canadians think it should be illegal. Clearly Canadians want a law restricting abortion. For more information, click here.