25 Year Memorial for Morgentaler Decision
January 28, 2013
For Immediate Release
Ottawa, ON – While some may celebrate the 25th
anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to strike down Canada’s existing abortion law, LifeCanada will mark today as one of national mourning. For 25 years, the abortion debate has been couched in the language of women’s rights—ignoring the tragic reality that over 2.2 million unborn children have been aborted in Canada since the 1988 Morgentaler decision.
With the advance of medical technology, including 3D and 4D ultrasound, and widespread access to information via social media and the Internet, it is impossible to hide the truth that abortion takes the life of a vulnerable human being.
And the results are beginning to show. Since 2002, Environics polls, commissioned by LifeCanada, have consistently found that most Canadians want some legal restrictions on abortion. 72% of Canadians responding to the latest 2011 poll said they wanted legal restrictions on abortion. The poll further found that 92% of Canadians want sex selection abortions to be made illegal.
Just a few days ago in the United States, which has at least some state restrictions on abortion, almost half a million people—mostly teenagers—gathered on Capitol Hill to call on their government to make abortion illegal. Canada should follow suit. The Canadian National March for Life in 2012 saw its largest crowd yet—with over 22,000 participants advocating for a law restricting abortion in Canada.
“The tide is changing,” says LifeCanada president Lisa Smith, “More and more people are realizing that unrestricted access to abortion is not something to celebrate. This is a critical debate which is not about women’s rights, but about human rights—the rights of unborn human beings, girls and boys. Today, we will not celebrate the loss of over 2.2 million Canadians. Today we will mourn.”
CONTACT: Lisa Smith, President, 780-542-7546
is a national, not-for-profit organization working to ensure respect and dignity for all Canadians. Polling data available online at www.lifecanada.org