International Standards Abortion Law

International Standards Abortion Law

Canada is the only democratic country with no abortion law.

Canada is the only democratic country in the world with no abortion law. While many western European countries have a 12-week gestational limit, abortion is legal at any gestational age here in Canada. Canada is way out of line with our international counterparts when it comes to protecting pre-born human rights. 

These countries are culturally and politically similar to Canada and they all recognize the need to protect the interests of pre-born children at some point. Canada is extreme, with no restrictions and approximately 100,000 abortions every year.

We need a law that puts Canada in line with international standards

majority of Canadians support some restrictions on abortion, even if they identify with the “pro-choice” label. A 2020 DART poll found that just under half of Canadians believe that abortion should be illegal in the second trimester. That number jumps to 70% when it comes to the third trimester. This poll also showed that the majority of Canadians support a waiting period and are concerned with women getting support – 93% indicated support for a law requiring information about the risks of abortion, and 78% support a law requiring doctors to inform patients about alternatives – both of which could be done through counselling.

International Standards Abortion Law

It’s time Canada started regulating abortion. We are advocating for a law that would ensure all women seeking abortion have access to independent counseling, and a 48-hour waiting period between requesting and receiving an abortion. This law would also restrict abortion after the first trimester.

For more information on why we would fight for an International Standards Abortion Law targeting late-term abortions, as opposed to a full ban on abortion, please read our paper on why direction matters explaining why starting with protecting some is better than protecting none.

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