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Informing Choice

The efforts of pro-life activists to change the abortion-on-demand status quo now focus on educating those making the choice

Patrick McGee - July 30, 2007

Fortunately for pro-choice advocates, Canadian law does make a distinction, allowing for 110,000 abortions last year, according to Statistics Canada. Kensington contributed 3,000 procedures and with a quarter of all pregnancies in Canada being terminated, Posyniak says the demand is so high that when a woman calls the clinic, she must wait an average of two to three weeks for an appointment. Dr. Stan Iwanicki, an obstetrician at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, says this is largely the result of failed birth control medication, making abortion the "default contraception." Of 100 women reliant on the pill, six or seven will become pregnant within a year, he says; and for teens, the number is closer to 16. But if the CBC's online contest, "The Great Canadian Wish List," is any indication, abortion has hardly become an accepted inevitability, as both sides of the debate duelled this summer for top spot. This likely affirms activists' suspicions that there is still plenty of emotion left for cross-nation walks and graphic displays to draw on. But real success, pro-lifers say, will come when people, who have a choice, choose to raise their children.

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