Just thought I would draw your attention again to these two brief resources which explain the law on health care funding in Canada for “medically necessary” services and how abortions are not required by law to be funded by the provinces. Perhaps they’ll be helpful if you’re writing an op-ed piece or something along those lines. Both resources are from The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.
- Provincial Decisions: Abortion Funding in Canada
- Busting the Three Biggest Myths on the Government Funding of Abortions
Here’s an excerpt from the blog post I wrote:
The facts on abortion funding mean that there is room for pro-life advocacy and engagement.
Provincial Ministers of Health could and should be persuaded to reconsider their provinces healthcare priorities. Attention may be drawn to the associations of physicians who are making clear, compelling and public statements about proper and comprehensive healthcare for women, and how this healthcare need not include the aborting of children.
This is not a hopeless cause. Public opinion is split on the issue, with less than half of Canadians supporting the general trend of government funding for abortions on demand. A 2010 Angus Reid Public Opinion poll found that only 44% of respondents believed that our “health care system should fund abortions whenever they are requested.” 39% believed the procedures should only be funded in cases of emergencies and 10% believed that abortions should never be funded.
While it may have been a complex task to untangle the legislation and policies relating to abortion funding, our advocacy work going forward need not be. The message is simple: our tax dollars don’t need to fund abortions.