Canada out of sync with 98% of world countries on abortion limitations

February 25, 2014 For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON – A new study has found that the US and Canada are among the seven most liberal countries in the world offering little or no protection for unborn human life what-so-ever. Angelina Baglini of the Charlotte Lozier Institute looked at International Gestational Limitations on elective abortion, and found that in the 199 countries, independent states, and semi-autonomous regions with populations exceeding 1 million, Canada and the US were among only seven that have no limits on elective abortion after 20 weeks. The study found that 140 countries require reasons for aborting that range from restricting the procedure completely to allowing it as a means of saving the life of the mother only, to various reasons of physical and mental health. Fifty-nine countries limit elective abortion up to a defined gestational point in pregnancy. Of these 59, only seven countries in the world pass the 20-week threshold for allowing elective abortion.  This includes the United States which generally permits abortion to viability in law. But Canada is among the only four countries in the world that have no restriction in law what-so-ever.  The other countries are China, Vietnam and North Korea. Baglini concluded that “The clear norm among countries that permit elective abortion is to limit abortion to before 20 weeks gestation, and the procedure is more commonly limited to 12 weeks (the first trimester).” “This study demonstrates how radical the US and particularly Canada are in regards to international norms for abortion,” said Natalie Sonnen, Executive Director of LifeCanada. “There is a clear need to put into place laws that protect human life, and the dignity of life, in a nation where no such laws exist,” said Sonnen.  “The definition of human life in the Canadian Criminal code, which states that a child becomes a human being when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother, is just one example of how Canada completely ignores prenatal human life, and runs contrary to science, logic and international humanitarian standards.” To see the complete study, visit: http://www.lozierinstitute.org/internationalabortionnorms. CONTACT: For more information, please contact Natalie Sonnen at 1-866-780-5433. LifeCanada/VieCanada is a national, not-for-profit organization working to ensure respect and dignity for all Canadians.        

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