As of January 1, 2012 the Ontario government has been hiding all records relating to the provision of abortion services. Abortion is fully funded by tax-payers and the residents of Ontario have a right to know how much money is being spent on abortion, how often abortions are committed, what complications arise from the abortion procedure, and at what ages pre-born children are being aborted.
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In order to formulate good public policy all relevant information is necessary. In March 2012 Ms. Patricia Maloney, an Ottawa pro-life blogger with Run With Life submitted a Freedom of Information request with the Ministry of Health and it was denied. She is not satisfied with this answer and neither should you!
Ms. Maloney has appealed this decision and is now seeking a Judicial Review of the Order by the Ontario Divisional Court.
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I think you will agree with me that the only way to build sound public policy is by ensuring all relevant information has been researched and considered. Considering this, I am concerned about missing information when it comes to important policy regarding women’s health during pregnancy.
In a recent edition of the National Post I read about a lawsuit filed against the Ontario Provincial Government by Patricia Maloney, an Ottawa area blogger. I share Ms. Maloney’s concern about the hiding of abortion related data and question the decision to amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
As Ms. Maloney says:
“I’m not interested in patient or physician names, or the identification of hospitals. I respect the dual purposes of freedom of information laws; to ensure government accountability by providing information to taxpayers while ensuring the privacy of Canadian citizens. But data relating to provincial trends and rates of a publicly funded medical procedure are fair game,” elaborates Maloney. “The government has not restricted this type of generalized data for any other medical procedure. This amendment is without precedent or justification. And without this data, how will we know if safe-sex campaigns are effective? Or the sex-education program that Premier Kathleen Wynne has promised to introduce?” Maloney asks. “Or if there is a sudden spike in tween or teen abortions? This is an important healthcare issue. And now the public is running blind on a government expenditure previously identified as costing as much as 30 to 50 million dollars each year.”
Honourable member, with all due respect, Ms. Maloney makes a valid point and it is baffling as to why the government would hide statistics which are imperative to enacting good policy. I encourage you to do all you can to correct this situation by complying with Ms. Maloney’s request as well as removing the appropriate amendment from Bill 122 which is preventing proper access to this information.