Pro-life Canadians have been pushing a national campaign to stop taxpayer funding of abortion with rallies in provinces across the country. The next step in the campaign is a tweet-a-thon using the hashtag #DefundAbortion to bring attention to how Canadian taxpayers on the financial hook for legal abortions.
Canadian taxpayers fund at least $80 million every year for the killing of children in the womb. At the same time, there is a severe shortage of family doctors, nurses and funding for elder care and for treatment of autistic children across Canada.
“The Canada Health Act is federal law which requires provinces to fund “medically necessary” services, but it does not define abortion as being medically necessary,” Campaign Life Coalition says in flier promoting the Defund Abortion campaign rally in Manitoba tomorrow. “In almost all abortion cases, the life of the mother is not in danger. The simple truth is that more than 96% of the time, abortions today are performed for convenience, as a back-up birth control method. That’s clearly not a medical necessity and should not be funded as such.”
“This is a growing movement. The Defund Abortion campaign is happening nationally, with participation by 6 other provinces including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland,” the group says.
On October 3, 2013, taxpayers will be gathering at the provincial legislature to demand that their elected representatives delist abortion from the services covered by Manitoba Health.
The Manitoba rally promotional provides some additional arguments against abortion funding:
Did you know that Manitoba taxpayers currently shell out $4 million annually for the elective abortion procedure alone? That price tag excludes the cost of abortion complications such as perforations, sepsis, uterine hemorrhage, infertility, breast cancer, post- traumatic stress disorder and suicide. All these indirect costs could easily escalate the total cost of abortion in our health care system to tens of millions of dollars annually!
For $4 million per year, Manitoba can hire 20 family doctors or 60 nurses in communities facing a dire shortage. Or purchase 3 life -saving MRI machines every year. Or provide crucial therapy to 50 additional autistic children each year. All these uses of taxpayer dollars would represent genuine health care… rather than killing babies.
It’s ludicrous to ask us to open up our wallets for these killings when the province is drowning in debt, and genuine areas of health care are neglected, such as treating autistic kids, fixing doctor and nurse shortages, improving elder care and buying MRI machines.
When Manitoba legislators deem an elective procedure as “not medically necessary” it does not get insured by the provincial health insurance plan. As a result, it will not receive public funding.
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For example, Manitoba’s government delisted optometry exams from provincial health insurance coverage in 1996. An example from another province was the delisting of physiotherapy and chiropractic services by the Ontario government in 2004.
Therefore, it is clear that Manitoba MLAs can easily delist abortion from the health insurance plan. What they lack is the political will and moral fortitude to do the right thing.