April 27, 2010

Stephen Harper drops the bomb on abortions

CANADA - Stephen Harper's Conservative government will no longer fund clinics which offer safe abortions overseas in third world countries. This breaks a long standing agreement that Canada has held for decades that supports safe legal abortions.

Because of the lack of funding it means women overseas in third world countries going to clinics may not be able to obtain a safe legal abortion... and will have to opt for unsafe illegal abortions instead.

This is the problem anti-abortionists don't seem to realize. Poor women who are desperate will use whatever abortion method is available to them. Cutting the funding doesn't stop abortions, it just forces women to use unsafe abortions.

Deaths from unsafe abortions account for 13% of maternal deaths in poor countries, according to the World Health Organization.

The following is abortion statistics from the USA:
Black women are three times more likely to have an abortion and Hispanic women are twice as likely to have an abortion.

33% of all women who have abortions are between the age of 20 and 24.

66% of women who have abortions are not married.

60% of women who have abortions already have 1 or more children.

73% of women who have abortions are living below the poverty level (earning $9,570 or less per year).

75% of women who have abortion cite lack of money to raise a child as one of their reasons for having an abortion.

27% of women who have abortions cite "unexpected sex or rape" as the reason for their pregnancy.
If anti-abortionists were serious about cutting the abortion rate they'd focus more on getting rid of poverty.

See Also
Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists
A Woman's Choice - The Right to Privacy and the Right to Choose

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