11

Megapundit Extra: How many abortions is too many?


 

In Thursday’s Globe and Mail (as noted in Thursday’s Megapundit), Margaret Wente argued that the “nearly 30 per cent of pregnancies in Canada [that] end in abortion” is an uncomfortably high figure, and ought to be lower

Well, here’s some good news: it is.

Statistics Canada says there were 96,815 abortions performed in Canada in 2005, as Wente noted—a figure that works out to 28.3 for every 100 live births. But that’s not the same as 28.3 per cent (i.e., “nearly 30 per cent”) of total pregnancies. It means that out of 128.3 abortions and live births in Canada, there were 28.3 abortions. That works out to 22 per cent.

But that excludes a very common pregnancy outcome: miscarriages and stillbirths, or as StatsCan calls the sum of these unfortunate events, “fetal loss.” The full breakdown of these pregnancy outcomes hasn’t been released for 2005, but in 2004 there were 445,899 pregnancies recorded in Canada, of which two per cent resulted in “fetal loss” and 76 per cent in live births. 22.4 per cent ended in abortion (slightly higher than in 2005).

That’s not the end of the story, however. The “fetal loss” figure is way too low, because Statistics Canada only counts miscarriages that require hospitalization, and stillbirths “where the product of conception has a birth weight of 500 grams or more or the duration of pregnancy is 20 weeks or longer.” Experts disagree on the actual percentage of pregnancies that end in miscarriage, but one in five is a frequently cited figure. If that’s right, for the sake of argument, then the actual percentage of pregnancies that end in abortion would probably be less than 20.

This may still be too high for Ms. Wente, for all we know. But we hope it brightens her Sunday.


 

Megapundit Extra: How many abortions is too many?

  1. Doesnt it seem odd with contraceptives readily available, that thousands of “products of conception” are aborted? Seems more like convenience than anything else to me.

  2. Newsflash: Margaret Wente gets her facts wrong.

    Nothing new about that. Why the Globe and Mail continues to publish her tripe is beyond me.

  3. “then the actual percentage of pregnancies that end in pregnancy would probably be less than 20.”

    I think you mean end in abortion…

  4. OK, let’s say it’s 20%. Is that too high?

    Frankly, if you support abortion, you shouldn’t care how many unborn children are aborted. It’s a woman’s choice and that’s it. Right?

  5. “Frankly, if you support abortion, you shouldn’t care how many unborn children are aborted. It’s a woman’s choice and that’s it. Right?”

    I don’t want to see cigarettes banned. Does that mean I shouldn’t care how many people smoke?

  6. Do you view cigarette smoking as one of the great human rights achievements of modern society? And, if you do, then any measure meant to restrict that right would be seen as an affront, wouldn’t it?

  7. “Do you view cigarette smoking as one of the great human rights achievements of modern society?”

    No, but let’s suppose I did…

    “And, if you do, then any measure meant to restrict that right would be seen as an affront, wouldn’t it?”

    You weren’t talking about restrictions. You were talking about “caring”.

    There are all kinds of things I wouldn’t want to see banned but at the same time wouldn’t be particularly happy to see my children doing (like, say, getting tattoos on their faces or voting NDP). I fail to see the contradiction.

  8. Frankly, if you support free speech, you shouldn’t care how the media reports things.

    Frankly, if you support legalized weapons, you shouldn’t care how many people are shot.

    Frankly, if you support a strong military, you shouldn’t care how high your tax bill gets to pay for it.

    Frankly, the world’s not just black and white.

  9. Let me state the question differently. Why do you care about the number of abortions?

    T. Thwim, in all the examples you provided — and they’re not the best examples — are there not laws in place that restrict those freedoms?

    In other words, almost all considerations of rights are balanced by consideration of other rights.

    Yet none of that exists for the most ardent champions of abortion.

    It’s sold as a woman’s right, and that’s that. Nothing else matters — certainly not the rights of the unborn child, or even the rights of the man who produced that child, the DNA of which 50% is his.

Sign in to comment.