Abortion in Canada
There are no laws regarding abortion in Canada. The previous law was struck down in 1988 and no legislation has ever been drafted to take its place. Unlike the US, the courts have never declared abortion to be a constitutional right, though there are certainly those who believe that it should be.
In Alberta, over 13,000 abortions are done every year, that is over 30 a day in Edmonton alone. Statistics regarding abortions in Canada are currently released several years after the year to which they apply, and are often incomplete. The latest statistics are found here.
Historical information about how we got to where we are today in Canada can be found through these links;
A Brief History of Abortion in Canada - Timeline of legal and political decisions regarding abortion in Canada.
R. vs. Morgentaler - Text of Supreme Court 1988 judgment.
Arguments against Abortion
Five Bad Ways to Argue about Abortion - Scott Klusendorf of 'Life Training Institute' outlines the five most common pro-abortion arguments, what's wrong with them, and how to quickly and clearly refute them.
Pro-Woman Answers to Pro-Choice Questions - "Perhaps you've wondered how to answer tough questions like, "What about rape?" Perhaps you didn't want to choose sides or tell someone else what to do or think. Perhaps you just wanted a good answer for yourself. The good news is that Feminists for Life has compelling answers that make sense. Women deserve better® than abortion.""
The Feminist Case Against Abortion - Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life, explains how abortion is anti-woman
Abortion and Religion
Pro-lifers come from many religious backgrounds. These pro-life resources should not be understood as an endorsement of any one religious group. They have been selected because they deal with some religious aspects that often come up in discussions about abortion.
Dead Silence: Must the bible say abortion is wrong before we can know it’s wrong? - Scott Klusendorf of 'Life Training Institute': Pro-abortion activists say the Bible supports their view. Here is why they are wrong.
What the Bible Says About the Beginning of Life - Article from Focus on the Family
The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae) - Pope John Paul II's 1995 Encyclical. "A precise and vigorous reaffirmation of the value of human life and its inviolability."
Message for Catholics Who Have Been Involved in an Abortion - From the same Encyclical and other of his writings, John Paul II's special message to post-abortive men and women.
The Church Fathers on Abortion - There's a myth that the Catholic Church once supported abortion. This collection of early Church teachings on abortion shows the truth.
The Roman Catholic Church and Abortion: An Historical Perspective by Donald DeMarco. An extensive two-part essay refuting the same myth and outlining the history of the Church's opposition to abortion.
Abortion and Women's Health
Abortion and Breast Cancer:
Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: The "Coming Home" blog by Dr. Gerard M. Nadal: Science in Service of the Pro-Life Movement.
AbortionBreastCancer.ca: Life Canada's page on the abortion - breast cancer link.
Breast Cancer Prevention Institute: Institute founded by Dr. Joel Brind and others to promote accurate education about breast cancer risks and prevention.
The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Revisited - Angela Lanfranchi debunks the often-quoted 2004 Lancet study denying a link.
The Abortion-Breast Cancer Connection - 2005 Article by Dr. Joel Brind. Lengthy, but covers all the details.
Real Choice - A blog dedicated to women killed and injured by legal abortion
UN Data Shows Banning Abortion Doesn't Increase Maternal Mortality - February 17, 2006 article by Bradford Short, Culture of Life Foundation
Maternal Mortality in the Developing World - An overview from Matercare International.
Maternal Health Care and the "Silent Tsunami - An interview with the Director of Matercare International.
Abortion and Disability
Benotafraid.net - An online outreach to parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis. In these cases, parents are often pressured to have an abortion. This website has support information and personal stories from parents of children diagnosed with many different disabilities.
Why Carry a Dying Child? - article by Fr. Frank Pavone
Why Carry a Dying Child? A Mother's Perspective - Teresa Streckfuss's article about her two anencephalic babies' short lives
The Attack on Kids With Down Syndrome - American journalist George F. Will writes about the pressure to abort children with Down Syndrome, including his own son Jon.
Unfit to Live? Children with Down Syndrome in Canadian crosshairs - A news article on the Canadian situation.
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society - A place for families to find support. Down Syndrome is one of the most common reasons parents are pressured to have an abortion.
Abortifacients (Abortion Causing Drugs)
The Morning After Pill - Not just a contraceptive. From Physicians for Life.
The Pill: Abortifacient or Contraceptive? - The facts from Pharmacists for Life International
RU-486: The Abortion Pill - What it is, how it works.
The Ru-486 Files - Articles and news clippings, books and other resources about RU-486, mostly from a pro-life perspective
The Protection of Conscience Project - A Canadian project to promote freedom of conscience for medical professionals, most pressingly for pharmacists who may be required to dispense abortifiacients.
Abortion in the United States
Abortion Court Cases - An outline of the major American cases concerning abortion, including Roe vs. Wade. Links to further resources.
Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation - Ronald Reagan wrote this extraordinary essay while still president to mark the tenth anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in 1983. Written for an American audience, its passionate declaration of the sanctity of life speaks to us all.
Did Legalized Abortion Lower Crime? - No it didn't, but it's a popular myth. The link is to a thorough debunking.
Abortion and Feminist History - Did you know the early feminists - people like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Mary Wollstonecraft - were pro-life? Feminists for Life has the whole story.
Questions and Answers Resources
Why Can't We Love Them Both? Questions and Answers About Abortion - Now you can read John C. Willke, MD and Barbara H. Willke, R.N.'s classic book on-line through Abortionfacts.com. This book is the pro-life resource, and it and its predecessors have been the standard work of reference on abortion since the first American edition of "Handbook on Abortion" was published in 1971.
The Life Principles Program - a project devoted to explaining the underlying philosophy of the pro-life movement to a secular culture.
Human Life Review - The Human Life Review is the only publication of its kind in the world: a journal devoted to life issues, primarily abortion but also "neonaticide," genetic engineering, cloning, and fetal tissue experimentation, as well as the end-of-life issues of euthanasia, assisted suicide and suicide.