By Jonathon Van Maren
My friend and fellow blogger Patricia Maloney, who has been covering the story of live-birth abortions for several years now, published some of her latest findings last week:
According to new data, livebirth late-term abortions are still happening in Canada. And the numbers are way too high.
According to CIHI, There were 766 late-term live-birth abortions in a five year period from 2013/2014 to 2017/2018. These numbers are even higher since they exclude Quebec.
There has been much speculation about the reasons for these late-term live-birth abortions (P96.4 Termination of pregnancy) but we have no hard data on why they happen since the reasons or circumstances aren’t published with the data.
A study was done in Quebec in 2016. That study: “found the number of infants who were born alive and died after an abortion jumped from one per 100,000 in 1986-1999, to 19.4 per 100,000 between 2000 and 2012. Those accidental live births totalled 218 babies.”
The study’s author asked these sobering questions: “How are such infants cared for?” they ask in the journal Neonatology. “If not resuscitated, is palliative care provided? Are the infants admitted to neonatal units or do they die in the delivery room?”
All information regarding the reasons they happen, and what happens to the child after they are born alive, is anecdotal. But they do happen. This we know for a fact and we know the numbers: 766 late-term live-birth abortions in a five years period.
Of course, there will be no outrage in response to this, even though a baby dying outside the womb technically falls under the purview of Canada’s Criminal Code. When some of Maloney’s earlier findings were presented to the House of Commons by a Conservative MP who requested an RCMP investigation, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper blandly responded that abortion was legal in Canada, indicating that he, like others, felt that babies who died slightly after the cut-off point for a legal abortion still “counted” as an abortion.
Canada’s lack of abortion laws has real-world consequences for real human beings. As Global News helpfully reminded everyone last month when covering the case of a woman who was murdered along with the 8-month-old baby in her womb, “Unborn bab[ies] not deemed human under Canadian law when considering homicide charges.” These sorts of stories are very inconvenient for Canada’s radical abortion activists, because they inform the more than 75% of Canadians who are unaware of Canada’s lack of abortion laws of this status quo, while illustrating why this status quo is problematic. That is why they are referring to even a simple billboard stating that “Canada has no abortion laws” as a “graphic billboard.”
For abortion activists, the truth is the enemy. That is why they work so hard to stomp it out.
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