Statistics about abortion, shocking though they may be, present only cold facts and show little of the human misery involved in each of the cases. Recently, this fact was seen very clearly as countless men and women shared the anguish of a young father desperately seeking to save his inborn child from being wantonly destroyed. The truth is that for every abortion there is a history of tragedy, not only for the pre-born child, but for the mother, for others in the family, and for society at large.

The statistics for Previous Induced Abortions on Ontario Residents 1982 reinforce this message.

In 1982, abortions were performed on 220 children 10 -14 years of age in Ontario, and of these at least four children had already had one previous abortion. In another six cases, the number of previous abortions was not known. Four children, at the most 14 years of age, had already had two abortions. Can anyone doubt that these four lives are tragically damaged, perhaps beyond repair?

In that same year, of the 15-to-19-year-old group, 600 girls had a second abortion, 43 girls had a third, and 3 girls a fourth. For another 459 girls, the number of previous abortions was “unknown.” Three girls of nineteen years or younger had each already had three abortions. What have their lives been in the past? What can the future hold? The answer to the latter question may well be found in the statistics for the older group which show women having, sixth, seventh, eight, ninth and even more abortions.

1982

Previous induced abortions

(Ontario Residents Only)

10-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-50 over
Ages yrs yrs yrs yrs yrs yrs Yrs yrs

50

Totals
Total no. of abortions

220

8,436

9,947

6,187

3,878

1,946

556

59

6

31,235

1st abortion

210

7,331

7,844

4,612

2,885

1,510

443

54

5

24,894

2nd abortion

4

600

1,409

1,004

624

247

56

1

3,945

3rd abortion

43

183

185

128

70

20

2

631

4th abortion

3

12

33

30

11

5

1

95

5th abortion

6

6

6

1

2

21

6th abortion

2

1

4

3

1

11

7th abortion

1

1

3

1

1

7

8th abortion

1

1

9th abortion

1

1

2

Unknown

6

459

490

345

197

103

27

0

1

1,628

.

Many questions need dome straight answers from Government s and Health Departments.

  • Why do the doctors and/or hospitals omit the data on the number of previous abortions for 1,628 cases (5.2% of the total)? Surely this information is pertinent and needed. Do the doctors not ask? Do they not bother to record it? Have the girls and women lost count?
  • Can anyone deny that abortion is being used as a means of birth control? The 1982 statistics show that 15% of the women (a total of 4,716) had already had one abortion, and of these women 137 have now had four or more, some even as many as nine abortions. There can be no doubt that abortion is being used as a means of birth control, with the connivance of some doctors, and at the expense of the general public in the use of medical insurance and in the wrong use of such vitally-needed hospital facilities as operating rooms and beds.
  • Have the abortionists any real idea of the internal damage done to growing girls and to women by repeated abortions? What follow-up investigations has been, or is being, done by hospitals and doctors on, for example, girls of 19 having a third or fourth abortion? How many Hospital Boards have even thought that such research is needed?
  • What psychological studies are being made to help girls cope with the mental and emotional effects of repeated abortions?
  • Does any one doubt that the increasing numbers of younger pregnancies, and the resultant abortions, are directly related to the type of sex-education being given in our schools?

We need to confront our Health Authorities and all of our politicians with the facts, and demand straight answers. Too many young lives are at stake, both of the unborn, and of their families.

Methods of abortion in Ontario

Surgical dilatation

and curettage

The cervix is dilated and a sharp Curette, or knife, is inserted into the uterus. The unborn child is cut into pieces and removed. This method can cause permanent damage to the woman if the uterine wall is perforated.

Hysterectomy

This is the same procedure as hysterectomy, with the added refinement of sterilization. Together with the unborn child, the entire uterus is also removed.

Saline

A highly toxic salt solution is injected into the amniotic sac. This is poisonous, and burns off the outer layer of skin of the unborn child. The woman then goes into labour, usually about a day later, and delivers a dead baby.

Suction dilatation and curettage

After the cervix has been dilated. An instrument attached to a vacuum machine is inserted into the uterus. The vacuum suction breaks up into pieces and removes the child. This method is only used in early Pregnancy as beyond the 12th week Much of the baby’s cartilage has turned Into bone and can cause problems in removal.

Urea

Urea is a highly toxic substance extracted from urine. It is injected into the amniotic sac in the same way as a saline solution. It is also poisonous and kills the child. As with saline, there is a period of waiting until the woman goes into labour. Alternatively, labour and delivery of the dead child can be initiated by a prostaglandin injection.

Hysterotomy

This procedure is used after the 14th or 15th week of pregnancy, it is similar to a caesarian section. The womb is opened up through an abdominal incision and the baby if lifted out. The method does not in itself result in a dead child. Live aborted babies are