I recently attended a Defund Abortion Rally on Confederation Hill. Campaign Life Coalition NL organized the rally to launch the national Defund Abortion in Canada (www.campaignlifecoalition.com/defundnl).
In Canada, abortions are publicly funded, with over 100,000 each year, and in Newfoundland and Labrador more than 1,000 babies are killed by abortion each year, paid for with our tax dollars. According to the abortion advocacy group, Pro-Can, the average cost of elective abortion in a hospital is $1,000. Newfoundland and Labrador taxpayers shell out at least $1 million annually for elective abortions.
This figure excludes the cost of abortion complications, such as perforations, uterine hemorrhage, pelvic inflammatory disease, sepsis, post traumatic stress disorder, suicide, infertility and breast cancer.
All these indirect costs could easily escalate the total cost of abortions to tens of millions of dollars annually.
How many doctors could be hired, how many autistic kids could be cured, instead of pouring money down the abortion drain?
Abortion is used as a backup birth control method more than 96 per cent of the time. No physical illness or alleged “hard case” exists in these situations.
Rather, the reasons are socio-economic in nature.
The Canadian Health Act is federal law which requires provinces to fund medically necessary services, but it does not define abortion as medically necessary.
When this province’s legislators deem an elective procedure as not medically necessary, it does not get covered by provincial health insurance and, as a result, will not receive public funding.
For example, in 1991, Newfoundland and Labrador MHAs fully de-insured optometric care, deeming it to be not medically necessary. Clearly, MHAs can delist abortion. We call on them to have the political will and moral fortitude to do the right thing.
It is important to support women who find themselves in crisis pregnancy situations; to offer them help, better housing, daycare services, adoption and supports that would lead them to have their babies, thereby adding over 1,000 newborns to our provincial population.
This number was mentioned when we attended the first of the hearings on the population growth strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador.
These numbers would be a help to the problem we now face with an aging population and our not meeting the replacement level with new births needed to sustain our province.
In a cash-starved health care system, it is illogical for our government to allocate scarce tax dollars to the destruction of our future generations of children.