by Steven Ertelt
May 16, 2006
Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — A trade group for abortion businesses in the U.S. and Canada has announced it will launch new efforts to promote pro-abortion public policy in Canada. The move comes days after thousands of Canadian pro-life advocates participated in the annual March for Life in the nation’s capital.
The National Abortion Federation (NAF) plans to launch its Canadian Public Policy and Outreach Program to further entrench the nation’s pro-abortion policies.
NAF indicated it wants to "improve abortion access for women in Canada" where abortion is already allowed and paid for under the nation’s national health care program.
NAF also intends to promote its 1-800 number to encourage more Canadian women to call for abortion referrals. The plan is to counter the practical and counseling help that crisis pregnancy centers already offer women with unexpected pregnancies.
The abortion business coalition planned a press conference today to announce the initiative and MPs Carolyn Bennett, Irene Mathyssen and Penny Priddy will join NAF leaders.
Priddy is a former British Columbia health minister who, last July, called on Liberal Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh to bypass the normal approval process and allow sales of the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 in Canada.
Her call for sales of the drug came despite a Canadian woman having died after using the drugs during a trial run. She had an ectopic pregnancy and women with such a condition are advised to never use the RU 486 abortion pill because it could lead to death.
The death of the Canadian woman on August 28, 2001 ultimately shut down early clinical trials designed to secure approval of the abortion drugs. A hospital pathologist said the abortion drug caused the woman to go into septic shock.
"If that death hadn’t happened, I’m sure we would have the drug by now," Joyce Arthur of the Vancouver-based Pro-Choice Action Network, told the Ottawa paper.
Last week, several thousand Canadians participated in the March for Life and called on the federal government there to reopen the debate on abortion. But even with a new Conservative government, that’s unlikely to happen.
Still, pro-life groups want to see abortions limited and hope the Harper administration will help.
Mary Ellen Douglas, president of the pro-life group Campaign Life, has said her organization would like to end taxpayer funding of abortion and prevent the country from allowing RU 486 sales.
There were 105,154 abortions performed in Canada in 2002, according to Statistics Canada.
Some 15.4 of every 1,000 Canadian women 14 to 44 years old had an abortion in 2002, a rate which has been steady since the Canadian Supreme Court ruled abortions could be allowed in 1988.
Related web sites:
Campaign Life Coalition – https://www.campaignlifecoalition.com