Provision of Induced Abortions

Honourable Douglas Currie Minister of Health and Wellness 4th Floor North 105 Rochford Street Charlottetown, P.E.I. December 14th 2011 Dear Minister, I am writing on behalf of our provincial association, Alliance for Life Ontario which represents 57 educational pro-life groups operating across Ontario. We understand through the national press that your government is being asked to reconsider offering abortion services within the province. I would like to take this opportunity to provide some information which might be helpful to you at this particular point in time. I understand that our national educational pro-life organization, LifeCanada has already written with its concerns and support for your government’s current status on non-provision of induced abortion and we echo the comments made by Natalie Hudson on behalf of the national board. I would like to point out that in the national poll that LifeCanada commissioned, figures for the Atlantic Provinces were collected in the raw data and it showed that along with Manitoba and Saskatchewan 35% of Canadians in the Atlantic provinces believed that human life should be protected from conception. This was the highest percentage across Canada. When asked about the legality of abortion in the first 3 months 37% of Atlantic Canadians believed it should be illegal- again the highest number in the country. While these numbers represent a minority opinion they are the strongest in our country. When asked if abortion should be financed by tax-payers 73% of Atlantic Canadians said no. 10% said it was the individual’s responsibility and 63% said only in medical emergencies. These numbers, once again are the highest in Canada. There is no International human right to abortion (St Jose Articles) nor is there a right to abortion in Canada (89-10E) and I have attached the relevant information to this letter which will provide some facts for you and your ministry which we hope will be helpful. The following is taken from 89-10E Abortion: Constitutional and Legal Developments prepared by Molly Dunsmuir, Law and Government Division: Reviewed August 1998. ‘Provincial jurisdiction over health issues is more straightforward. The establishment, maintenance and management of hospitals is specifically placed under provincial authority by section 92(7) of the Constitution Act, 1867. The courts have given the provinces extensive jurisdiction over public health as a local and private matter under section 92(16). The regulation of the health professions, like that of other professions, comes within the provincial power over property and civil rights within the province, or section 92(13). Given this, the Federal Court of Appeal in 1983 found that "the general subject of the performing of abortions is also a provincial matter subject to any prohibitions of the criminal law." Jurisdiction In a 2001 study on hospital outcomes commissioned by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario it was discovered that in the first three months after abortion there was a five times higher rate of hospitalization for psychiatric problems among women who had abortions compared to those who did not have abortions. On behalf of Alliance for Life Ontario, I consulted with a colleague who is a physician and she told me that we should understand that you do not get admitted to hospital for a psychiatric problem if you are not a danger to yourself or someone else. As a woman myself, I believe that any medical professional is obliged to tell me every possible risk and that includes regarding abortion as well.  There is ample evidence to suggest that some women will undergo a variety of mental health problems after abortion and we believe they have a right to know. The Coleman 2011 Meta-analysis results were as follows. "Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion. The strongest subgroup estimates of increased risk occurred when abortion was compared to term pregnancy and when outcomes pertained to substance abuse and suicidal behaviour." The conclusion stated; "This review offers the largest quantitative estimate of mental health risks associated with abortion available in world literature. Calling into question , the conclusions from traditional reviews, the results revealed moderate to highly increased risk of mental health problems after abortion. Consistent with the tenets of evidence based medicine, this information should inform the delivery of abortion services." When it comes to being honest and ethical with the women who may consider abortion as an option, the politics of abortion protection must not cost women either their physical or mental health. Women have the right to know all and any risks inherent in induced abortion. What we all think about abortion is one question, but when that bias effects the outcome of research or indeed just which studies are publically promoted by the media, and what information is given to women by physicians and the abortion industry, women are in deep trouble. The Coleman, meta-analysis (study of studies) brought together data on 877,181 participants with 163,831 having experienced an induced abortion. This study is attached for your information. Minister Currie, medical authorities and textbooks now accept that a full-term pregnancy lower’s a woman’s risk of breast cancer; that each additional pregnancy further lowers her risk by 10% and that for each year a woman delays a full-term pregnancy her risk of premenopausal breast cancer increases by 5% and postmenopausal breast cancer by 3%. Just these facts cause a pregnant woman who resorts to abortion to increase her risk of breast cancer because the abortion denies her the benefit of a full-term pregnancy; she will have fewer or no full-term pregnancies and she necessarily delays a full-term pregnancy. These are undisputed biological facts that cause abortion to be a risk factor for breast cancer. A new report published by the UK Pension and Population Research Institute on the effects of abortion the summary reads as follows; “1. Legal abortions have increased in numbers – the live birth rate is below replacement level. 2. The lower birth rate leads to a smaller population of working age and an increased burden of Pension Costs and national Insurance Contributions. 3. Abortion contributes to the decline in the family and parenting. 4. Medical abortions using Mifepristone bring new health hazards for women. 5. Women from abroad come for late abortions and suffer a greater risk of complications. 6. A majority of British and Irish abortions are nulliparous, i.e. childless at the time of abortion, and such abortions pose a greater risk to the woman’s subsequent health; Impaired fertility Increased risk of premature births Psychological injury Increased risk of breast cancer 7. The impact in the Irish Republic of the 1967 Abortion Act has been similar to Northern Ireland. The last pages of this report read like a horror story for women’s health and again, I have attached the report for your information. A December 2011 study of Italian women reported on premature birth risk factors and being a relative large study was able to report significant results. A key result: Italian women with prior IAs (Induced Abortions) nearly double (1.954 X) their risk of premature delivery (under37.0 weeks' gestation). The researchers, led by Dr. Gian Carlo Di Renzo, were more than 98% confident that induced abortions elevate future risk of a premature delivery.[1, Dr Renzo]; URL of the abstract section of this Dec. 2011 study: Finally, Minister Currie, Ontario is a tragic example of what happens in a province when abortion is considered a “medical service”. Currently, recommendations have been made to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to expand abortion as a core service in every hospital with an obstetrics facility; allow non doctors to perform abortions, erode a physician’s right not to be involved in abortion, introduce and allow the RU486 abortion procedure and designate sites across the province for later term abortions. A growing number of abortions up to 13 weeks are being allowed to be performed in doctor’s offices and the recommendation to mandate abortion training in obstetrics are all troubling occurrences in Ontario. If we can be of any assistance please contact our provincial office. Sincerely, Mrs Jakki Jeffs Executive Director Alliance for Life Ontario 26, Norfolk Street Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 519 824-7797          

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