Canadian Province Hopes New Late-Term Abortionist Will Set Up Shop

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 13, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 13, 2004

Quebec City, Canada ( — A Canadian province is hoping a new abortion practitioner will set up shop to perform dangerous late-term abortions. Women from Quebec and Ontario considering such abortions currently must travel to the U.S. to obtain them.

Quebec health officials say they hope a newly-trained abortion practitioner will open up a new abortion business next year.

"The right to an abortion is well-recognized in Quebec and Canada," Cathy Rouleau, a spokeswoman for Quebec Health Minister Philippe Couillard, told the Canadian Press last week.

Currently, Canadian women travel to Colorado or Kansas where infamous late-term abortionists Warren Hearn and George Tiller are among the few to perform abortions late in pregnancy.

Henry Morgantaler, the most well-known abortion practitioner in Canada, will not perform abortions after 24 weeks — just after the 22-week point that medical experts consider viability for unborn children.

"We don’t abort babies, we want to abort fetuses before they become babies," Morgantaler said from his Toronto abortion business.

Morgantaler admitted such late-term abortions are dangerous for women.

"These abortions are difficult to do and they have a high rate of complications," he said.

Pro-life advocates such as Marc Ouellet, bishop of the Quebec City archdiocese, say Quebec would do better for women by helping them with pregnancy needs or promoting adoption.

"It’s easy to see it’s an abomination when someone reaches a certain number of months, we can see it’s killing a human being," Ouellet told the Canadian Press. "But why do we draw such subtle distinctions? What’s the difference of a few months? The whole thing is unacceptable."

Morgantaler said earlier abortions are better to avoid the reality of the developing baby.

"Most are done at six to nine weeks. Most women know the earlier they come the better it is for them and the less it is a question of having to deal with a human fetus," the abortion practitioner told Canadian Press.

Last year, 32 Quebec women traveled to the United States for abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy and Morgantaler says another 15 make the trip from Ontario. About 31,000 abortions are performed in Quebec there annually.