A Canadian government leader is pushing to expand late-term abortions in a country that already allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth.
On Wednesday, Health Minister Danielle McCann told the National Assembly that she would like to see more doctors in Canada providing third-trimester abortions, the Canadian Press reports.
McCann said there are not enough doctors willing to do late-term abortions, and she hopes to create a new government “team” of doctors to work on increasing access.
“Some doctors will do it. We’d like to see a few more,” she said, according to Presse Canadienne.
Every year, she said about 10 to 25 Canadian women travel to the U.S. for a late-term abortion, though one pro-abortion group estimated the number is much higher.
“We want that service to be provided in Quebec,” McCann said.
Here’s more from the Canadian Press:
A report by the clinical ethics working group of the College of Physicians, first reported by La Presse, paints a picture of services that are not very accessible for abortions during the third trimester of pregnancy.
The report mentions pregnant women were refused services by several hospitals and doctors who said they would be stigmatized if they perform these late-term abortions.
Former health minister Gaëtan Barrette, who is a doctor, tried to twist around the issue while admitting that even he has a “certain discomfort” about aborting late-term unborn babies.
“We have to avoid that this subject becomes a means to questioning abortion entirely,” Barrette said. “A woman has control of her own body — full stop.”
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But what McCann and Barrette claim is health care actually is the killing of viable, late-term unborn babies. In Canada, there are no restrictions on late-term abortions, so a healthy woman could abort a healthy unborn baby at nine months of pregnancy if she wants to. The reason does not matter. Even sex-selection abortions are allowed.
According to the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, approximately 879 late-term unborn babies were aborted in Canada in 2018. The pro-abortion group estimated that an additional 150 Canadian women traveled to the U.S. for late-term abortions that year, bringing the number above 1,000.
Many late-term abortions are elective, and abortion activists themselves admit it.
Diana Greene Foster, a well-known pro-abortion researcher at the University of California San Francisco, wrote in 2013: “… data suggest that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment. Indeed, we know very little about women who seek later abortions.”
Ron Fitzsimmons, the former executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, made a startling admission about late-term abortions as well in 1997. He told the New York Times that he had lied to U.S. Congress when he said late-term abortions are rare. Fitzsimmons said late-term abortions are more common than abortion activists admit, and many are on healthy mothers carrying healthy unborn babies.
And late-term abortionist Martin Haskell, who is credited with inventing the partial-birth abortion procedure, said in a 1993 interview with American Medical News: “I’ll be quite frank: most of my abortions are elective in that 20-24 week range…. In my particular case, probably 20% are for genetic reasons. And the other 80% are purely elective.”
Last year, New York Magazine featured the story of an Oregon woman who aborted her unborn baby at 28 weeks of pregnancy even though they both were healthy.
All abortions destroy the lives of unique, living unborn babies, but late-term abortions are particularly egregious because unborn babies can feel intense pain by 20 weeks, if not sooner. Late-term abortions are much more risky for the mothers as well.