Contrary to the foot-stomping fetus fetishists, Canada does NOT need an abortion law.
The foot-stompers shrieeeek: "Canada is the only country in the western world with no laws restricting abortion!!!!!!!!"
Well, why would we want to use a law to restrict it?
Does it need to be restricted because it's dangerous?
No. Abortion is a very safe medical procedure. In fact, it is "markedly" safer than childbirth.
Does it need to be restricted because it's over-used?
No. Abortion rates in Canada are lower than in France, Sweden, US, and UK, just to name a few countries.
Does it need to be restricted because women regret having the procedure? (Leaving aside the idiocy of legislating against something that is potentially regretted.)
No. The "Myth of Abortion Regret" has been definitively debunked, once in a study from last year and again in a new study released last week.
The first one showed that 95% of women are satisfied they made the right choice and the second showed that women "are significantly more sure about their decision, for example, than people facing reconstructive knee surgery."
(On the idiocy of legislating against regret, how about a law restricting childbearing as more and more women are feeling able to speak up about their own regret over having kids?)
Canada has no abortion law. At all.
And where would we put one? Most countries restrict abortion under their Criminal Codes. Do we want to recriminalize abortion, forcing women to seek practitioners willing to break that law? A tiny minority of Canadians do, yes.
Or maybe outlaw it as an amendment to our Constitution, as countries like Ireland do. (Irish human rights campaigners are in the process of trying to repeal such an amendment.)
Or maybe we should take a sneakier approach. Propose an amendment to the Criminal Code that appears to merely seek tougher penalties for harm done to fetuses. This is what C225, or the Exploiting Grief to Attack Abortion Rights Bill -- being voted on tomorrow -- is attempting.
The sponsor of that bill, super-duper anti-choicer Cathay Wagantall had a poll done to assess Canadians' feelings on the matter.
Oopsie! The poll found that "97 per cent of Canadians support a woman's right to an abortion under varying circumstances."
So. No. Canadians do not want any laws on abortion.
Because we do NOT need any laws on abortion.