Mr. Gus Mitges (Bruce-Grey):
Mr. Speaker, in 1990, 94,180 Canadian babies were aborted. That comes to approximately 24 abortions for every 100 live births.
For those abortions done in hospitals and even in some private abortion clinics, medicare funded by tax dollars is paying for a procedure that has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with the destruction of human life.
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June 15, 1992
Abortion is not therapeutic. It treats no medical, psychiatric or social problem. It cures no disease. However, we know for certain abortion eats up a hefty chunk of the health care budget.
We have a crisis in medicare with people waiting for life-saving treatment while provincial governments fund an elective procedure, abortion, at a time when genuine health services are being slashed. By paying for abortions, governments are mismanaging scarce tax moneys entrusted to their care.
In view of the increased pressure on health funding, I call upon all governments to stop public financing of abortions.
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