Most Canadians believe in global access to safe abortions: poll -

Most Canadians believe in global access to safe abortions: poll

But maternal foreign aid not a top priority for respondents


According to a new poll by Nanos Research, Canadians think women living in countries that receive aid from Ottawa should have access to safe abortions. 67.7 per cent of respondents said women in countries receiving Canadian aid should have the same access to safe abortion as Canadian women, with majorities in all regions, age groups, genders and political affiliations supporting the right of Canadian women to have an abortion. Pollster Nik Nanos said the results prove the views of Canadians aren’t aligned with the government on this issue. Respondents ranked maternal health last when offered four choices for allocating foreign aid in every region but Atlantic Canada, where it was ranked second last. When world leaders meet in southern Ontario this week, they are expected to endorse the “Muskoka Initiative”—a push to improve maternal and child health in the developing world. Canada is expected to ledge at least $1 billion to support an initiative that will focus on “better access to strengthened health systems, and sexual and reproductive health care and services, including voluntary family planning,” according to a draft of the summit communiqué. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s spokesperson Andrew MacDougall said Harper isn’t interested in the abortion debate, and that Canada can bring resources without bringing debate to countries in need of aid.

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Most Canadians believe in global access to safe abortions: poll

  1. I wonder how many of the Tim Horton's crowd believe global access to safe abortions is a priority if they were told that it would be their tax dollars funding it? C'mon people.

    • There's foreign aid and then specific allocation of foreign aid.

    • So you're saying that you think the Tim Horton's crowd is jaw-droppingly stupid and don't realize that "aid from Ottawa" comes from their tax dollars?

  2. I have to admit, Harper's holding the line on this is one of the most impressive things I've seen from his party since they formed government.

    As to the poll: ouch. Clearly there is a lot of work to do in terms of educating Canadians about (a) what abortion is, and (b) the obligation within a free society to protect innocent human life.

    • Canadians know just fine. that's why the numbers are so high in favour of access to abortion, kiddo.

      • The debates here on Macleans have proved to me without a doubt that basic knowledge of prenatal development among most commentators is poor at best.

    • Well, it's an example of Harper sticking to his principles even when they aren't popular. If he did this more often, I'd have more respect for him.

      • But most Canadians wouldn't vote for him.

        I mean even more of most Canadians.

    • Ah yes, the tiresome old conservative "if you don't see things my way, then you must be stupid" line of reasoning.

      Not that it matters, but some of us just think that when said "innocent human life" is living in a parasitic relationship, the host gets to decide if she wants to continue loaning her body and vitality to said "life."

  3. Tyranny of the minority!

    I hate to be a stickler, but wouldn't there be a difference in 'access to abortion' and Canada 'funding abortion' that is more than semantics? This poll could be interpreted as two-thirds of Canadians believe in 'pro-choice' in the third-world, but doesn't factor in the funding.

    • I am wondering if that is why the numbers are only 67%, actually. Because I bet a lot more than 67% of Canadians oppose a total ban on abortions. (33% sounds more like the number that might accept a ban on 3rd trimester abortions, for instance). Perhaps a significant number said no, on the "well, not on my tax dollars!" line of reasoning.