Letter: Informed consent laws wanted

Why do over 100,000 Canadian women have an abortion every year? It is just because it is the easy way out of situations?

To the editor;

Why do over 100,000 Canadian women have an abortion every year? Is it just because it is the easy way out of situations? Do they really know what they are doing?

In the United States of America they have “informed consent laws”, which are procedures you would have to go through before you have an abortion, telling you exactly what is going to happen. In Canada there are no laws before you have your abortion.

In 2008, a poll conducted by Environics Research Group investigated Canadian attitudes concerning life issues. In the outcome of this poll, it shows that 65 per cent of Canadians think that there should be informed consent laws before having an abortion.

Now it is 2011, and even though a majority of Canadians are in favour of having these laws established, babies are still being aborted without their moms knowing all the information about what is happening to them.

I think that if women knew exactly what was going to happen, there would be a lot less than 100,000 abortions every year.

 

Kaitlyn Schouten, age 14

Surrey