Poll shows 92 percent of Canadians uninformed on abortion status quo

    ABBOTSFORD, BC, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - An Angus Reid poll has found that a vast
majority of Canadians do not know, under the country's current legal situation
that abortion is permitted at any time from conception up to the moment of
    The poll results have been made public on the heels of a late-December
declaration by Dimitri Soudas, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, that the Conservative government has no intention of reopening the
abortion debate in Canada.
    The Angus Reid poll found that 92 percent of the respondents did not know
abortion was available to a woman throughout the full nine months of
    Significantly, a June 2008 poll by Angus Reid Strategies found that 46
percent of Canadians approve of the Canadian legal status quo, even if - as
the more recent poll shows - they do not actually understand what the status
quo is.
    The new poll also found that respondents wanted information to be readily
available to women contemplating abortion. Fully 95 percent said all
information about all options should be made available to women, and 95 and 96
percent (respectively) said that information about the physical and
psychological effects of abortion should be made available.
    "Canadian women have a right to know," said Yvonne Douma, Executive
Director of Signal Hill, a human rights organization whose mandate is to
provide accurate information to the public on these and other life issues
    The poll also found that an overwhelming number of respondents did not
support a woman's right to abort a fetus because of its gender, a practice
that is legal in Canada. Only six percent supported a woman's right to choose
abortion when the fetus is an undesirable gender, usually female.
    "Society recognizes that choice is not an absolute," said Douma. "Some
choices cannot be supported as is evident with gender selection abortions. But
informed consent is vital to making good choices, and we do not see women
getting all the information they need when making these life-changing


    Signal Hill is an advocate for human rights that provides information on
life issues, women's health and family support.

For further information:

For further information: go to: www.thesignalhill.com or call
1-877-7SIGNAL to speak with Yvonne Douma or Natalie Hudson.

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