by Steven Ertelt
May 13, 2007
Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — The head of an abortion business trade group that is comprised mostly of American-based abortion facilities wants Canada to change its laws and force doctors there to do abortions. Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, claims Canadian women are having to wait too long to get one.
The waiting time, she said, comes about because she claims just 15 percent of doctors in Canada are willing to do an abortion — with the rest refusing for professional or personal reasons.
Though doctors hold to the Hippocratic Oath and its belief that physicians are meant to heal, not harm or kill their patients, Saprota said they should instead put doing abortions for women who want them ahead of "their own religious and moral convictions."
Her group has called on the Canadian Medical Association to change its policy, which currently allows physicians to opt out of doing abortions.
"We’re hearing from women across Canada and from our providers that this is a problem," she told the National Post. "It has reached a critical mass that many women are upset that they haven’t been able to get referrals from their physicians."
Saporta claims that making women wait to have an abortion makes them more dangerous, even though early-term abortions cause women significant physical, spiritual and mental health problems.
Dr. Williard Johnston, president of Canadian Physicians for Life, responded to the pro-abortion group’s call and said that whether women have a risky abortion isn’t up to the doctor.
"It’s not within the control of the physician who doesn’t want to participate, how much longer the delay will be," she told the Calgary Sun newspaper. "That is entirely the responsibility of the system at large."
Johnston’s group wants the CMA to go the other direction and strengthen its policy so doctors aren’t pressured or forced into doing abortions or making abortion referrals.
."Now is not the time for us to be weakening the conscience protection for health care workers with the huge changes we are facing with technological capabilities," he said.
CMA President Dr. Colin McMillan defended the group’s current policy saying it does not "treat women unfairly or impede their access to critical health care."
The CMA’s abortion policy was passed in 1988 and is "re-confirmed" every year, with the most recent vote in February.