New website provides Canadian stats, history and research

Editor’s Note: This Pro Life BC press release was issued Jan. 23.

British Columbia’s largest pro-life organization is calling on all Canadians, including members of the news media and politicians, to become better educated about the harmful consequences’ of abortion.

Pro Life BC, which represents more than 30 affiliated member groups throughout the province, issued the call in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of a court ruling that struck down Canada’s abortion-regulation law.
On Jan. 28, 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned a law under which women seeking to terminate a pregnancy had to receive the approval of a hospital’s therapeutic-abortion committee.

The ruling, which concluded a case involving abortionist Henry Morgentaler, left Canada as one of the only countries in the world without a law regulating abortion. As a result, about two million unborn children have been aborted in the past two decades in Canada.

Yvonne Douma, executive director of Pro Life BC, noted that a recent poll by Environics Research Group showed more than 60 percent of Canadians want some sort of protection for unborn children, including 30 percent who support full protection from the moment of conception.

Douma pointed out that studies show that women who have had an abortion face a higher rate of short- and long-term medical problems, including infertility and breast cancer. “Studies have also shown that women who have undergone an abortion are more likely to suffer mental health problems,” she said. Douma said interested Canadians can learn more at a new website, which includes statistics, history, medical research and other information on the issue.