Ottawa, ON – A new study has found that the US and Canada are among the seven most liberal countries in the world offering little or no protection for unborn human life what-so-ever.
Angelina Baglini of the Charlotte Lozier Institute looked at International Gestational Limitations on elective abortion, and found that in the 199 countries, independent states, and semi-autonomous regions with populations exceeding 1 million, Canada and the US were among only seven that have no limits on elective abortion after 20 weeks.
The study found that 140 countries require reasons for aborting that range from restricting the procedure completely to allowing it as a means of saving the life of the mother only, to various reasons of physical and mental health.
Fifty-nine countries limit elective abortion up to a defined gestational point in pregnancy. Of these 59, only seven countries in the world pass the 20-week threshold for allowing elective abortion. This includes the United States which generally permits abortion to viability in law.
But Canada is among the only four countries in the world that have no restriction in law what-so-ever. The other countries are China, Vietnam and North Korea.
Baglini concluded that “The clear norm among countries that permit elective abortion is to limit abortion to before 20 weeks gestation, and the procedure is more commonly limited to 12 weeks (the first trimester).”