The failure of liberal sex education programs and their affiliated organizations has been reiterated once again with the disturbing news that Canadian abortions figures have reached another record high while the teenage pregnancy rate has soared 20 per cent. A total of 106,225 hospital and clinic abortions were reported in 1994, the latest year for which figures are available. That is up 1.8 per cent from 1993.

Small increase

As recently as 1987, the year before Canada’s abortion law was struck down by the Supreme Court, 70,023 abortions were performed. The most that can now be said is that 1994’s was the smallest annual increase since 1990.

Pro-life and religious leaders immediately expressed dismay at the latest figures.

“One in three women having an abortion on any given day in Canada has already aborted at least one child. That fact is appalling,” sad Sue Hierlihy, public affairs director for Campaign Life Coalition.

“It seems clear that Canada needs a law to protect the unborn child, as the recent cases in Ottawa and Winnipeg have brought out,” said Anna Desilets, executive director of Alliance for Life in Winnipeg. “Absence of a law and access to abortuaries have led people to use abortion as birth control at taxpayers’ expense.”

“What explanation can we as a society offer to justify this number of abortions occurring each year in Canada?” asked Bruce Clemenger, director of national affairs for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. “Medical necessity cannot even begin to explain this many abortions.”

For every 100 live births, there were 27.6 abortions in 1994. That contrasts with just three abortions per 1,000 women in 1970.

The latest figures must spell good news for Canada’s abortion clinics. Taking the conservative figure of a $175 billing per abortion, Canada’s abortion industry would have raked in an impressive $18.6 million—at a time when serious cutbacks are being implemented in other aspects of health care.

More good news for Canada’s abortions clinics rested in the fact that they have been drawing business away form hospitals for the past four years—only 20,236 abortions took place in clinics in 1990, but that figure jumped to 34,287 in 1994.

At the same time, Canada’s pregnancy rate hit 49.5 per 1,000 for girls aged 15 to 19 in 1994, up from 41.2 per 1,000 in 1987. Statistics Canada noted that more teenage girls are opting to keep their babies than have abortions or give them up for adoption.

‘Typical case’

Still, one out of every five women who had an abortion in a Canadian hospital in 1994 was under 20. The “typical” woman seeking hospital abortion was described as 26, having given birth once previously and having been 10 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion.

Planned Parenthood executive director Bonnie Johnson in a Canadian Press interview curiously suggested that cuts to sex education partly accounted for the higher figures.