Government needs to end pre-natal discrimination against women

12/04/2016 / Press Releases 

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April 12, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Two papers published this week are again drawing attention to the ongoing practice of sex-selective abortion in Canada. With a focus on Indian communities, the researchers found a skewed ratio of boys to girls that cannot be explained by chance. While this study singles out a particular cultural group in Canada, sex-selective abortion is legal for anyone, at any point, as is all other abortion in Canada.

The researchers behind this study, reported on in the Globe and Mail and CTV news, call for the development of public-health policies to put an end to sex-selective abortion. “A majority of Canadians, the Canadian Medical Association, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario have all publicly condemned sex-selective abortion,” said Mike Schouten, director

“We are calling for an immediate national discussion with the goal of ending pre-natal discrimination against women,” Schouten continued.

“It is time for our government to take action. This would require a discussion Canada has so far been unwilling to have, as our government seems intent on clinging to an extreme pro-abortion philosophy which allows for human rights injustices against the pre-born to continue unhindered, Schouten continued. “For a feminist Prime Minister to allow such an injustice against women to continue would be the ultimate irony.

“We call on Prime Minister Trudeau and the entire government to condemn sex-selective abortion and lead a discussion on restrictions that would end this practice and bring us in line with every other Western nation in this regard,” Schouten concluded.

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