Poll Finds Canadians Misinformed About Status of Abortion, Want Alternatives

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Poll Finds Canadians Misinformed About Status of Abortion, Want Alternatives

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 19
, 2010

Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — Canadians are misinformed about the status of legal abortions but want alternatives to them. Like Americans to the south, who are marking the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortion, Canadians don’t fully understand the unlimited nature of abortion.

A new poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion reveals what Yvonne Douma, the director of Signal Hill, a Canadian human rights organization, believes reveals a desperate need for education about abortion.

The Angus Reid survey of 1,002 adult Canadians found not only that a large majority of Canadians believe that provincial governments should provide more information about options to abortion, but also that most Canadians are misinformed about the legal status of abortion.

The poll found that four-in-five Canadians (80%) are unaware of the current legal status of abortion in the country: women being able to have an abortion at any time during their pregnancy, with no legal restrictions whatsoever.

In fact, a significant proportion of respondents (43%) wrongly assume that an abortion can only be performed in the first trimester of pregnancy.

"These findings provide further evidence of a profound disconnect between what the public needs and wants, and what it actually receives," says Douma of her fellow Canadians.

"And while it’s a shame that most Canadians do not realize that abortion is legal at all stages in this country – even while the majority believe some restrictions ought to be in place – it’s also heartening that a large majority recognize the need for education about alternatives to abortion," she said.

Douma says these findings underscore the importance of Signal Hill’s ongoing work to deliver accurate and constructive information so that Canadians can make informed, healthy and life-valuing decisions.

"We believe that all Canadians have a fundamental human right to be fully informed about all aspects of life-critical issues, including abortion," she explains.

Four-in-five Canadians (79%) back an initiative that would make it mandatory for health care workers to offer information to pregnant women about alternatives to abortion. This initiative has the strong support of half of Canadian women across the country.

The poll also found that just one-in-four Canadian women (26%) endorse the current legal status, and two-thirds call for different approaches to regulate abortion in Canada.

"Women and families have a right to know all the options and support available to them when confronted with an unplanned pregnancy" Douma goes on to say. "Unfortunately, this is not happening today. It is Signal Hill’s mandate to provide this information with clarity and support."

Full results can be accessed at this web site.

Related web sites:
Signal Hill – https://www.thesignalhill.com

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