Poll Finds Majority of Canadians Want Abortion Limits, Protections for Unborn
by Steven Ertelt
November 30, 2008
Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — A new poll of Canadians conducted by Environics and sponsored by the educational group LifeCanada finds a majority of Canadians want limits on abortion even though Canada is normally seen as an abortion-friendly nation. The results of the new survey are consistent with similar polls conducted in prior years.
Canada allows abortions through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason and has very little in the way of limits — but that’s something Canadians appear to want to change.
The survey found 6 in 10 respondents support legal protection for unborn children at some point before birth and only 33% support the current situation of protection only after birth.
Once again, women polled showed far more support for protecting unborn children.
A majority of Canadians support informed consent requirements before an abortion that would be consistent with the informed consent expected and provided before any legitimate surgical procedure.
Almost two-thirds, 65%, of respondents agree that women considering abortion should be informed of the risks and possible consequences of the abortion.
Dr. Delores Doherty, president of LifeCanada, the group that commissioned the poll, says the results show Canadians want women considering an abortion to be given accurate information, not just what abortion centers tell them.
The hopelessly inadequate information most women receive before an abortion is appalling, she said. Many women who have had abortions feel betrayed by the doctors involved in their abortions and some are considering class action suits.
The poll also asked how Canadians feel about tax dollars funding abortions.
Only 3 in 10 support the current situation of tax funding for most of the roughly 100,000 abortions performed annually.
Half prefer taxpayer-funding of abortions only in cases of medical emergencies and two in 10 think public funds should never be used to pay for abortions.
Doherty said members of Parliament of all parties need to understand that they are not representing the views of Canadians.
Despite years of polls consistently showing Canadians want changes in our abortion policy, elected officials in every party continue to ignore the issues or worse, shut down discussion and debate, she told LifeNews.com.
This is a sad state for a democratic nation. It is past time for our political leaders to acknowledge and take action in line with the expressed will of their constituents. The issue is not going to go away," she added.
The Focus Canada poll of 2023 Canadians was conducted between September 24 and October 21, 2008 and has a 2.2 percent margin of error.
LifeCanada has commissioned an annual poll on life issues since 2002.
Related web sites:
LifeCanada – https://www.lifecanada.org
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