OTTAWA, Aug 31 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two-thirds (66 percent) of Canadians believe in a woman’s right to kill her unborn child. That’s the conclusion Environics has made in light of responses to a recent survey of 2,038 people conducted in July of this year. “Only 26 percent of [those] surveyed disagreed with the statement, ‘Every woman who wants to have an abortion should be able to have one’,” reports the Vancouver Sun today.
The figures conveniently come on the heels of Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s speech this week, condemning Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day for his pro-life views and mocking the party for being prepared to take the abortion issue to the Canadian public by way of a “divisive national referendum.” The Prime Minister didn’t provide his definition of “peace,” but claimed that such a democratic initiative would “break the social peace we have had in Canada on this issue ever since the Supreme Court decision of 1988.”
The poll showed that 56 percent of Canadian Alliance supporters polled identified themselves as “pro-choice.” Tories, Liberals and New Democrats expressed upwards of 60% support for abortion, reported the Vancouver Sun. Bloc Quebecois supporters demonstrated an incredible 87 percent abortion support. This survey is said to show the most support for abortion among Canadians since Environics began asking questions about the topic 15 years ago.
Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes dismisses the poll results. He said Canadians are increasingly angry about the rising use of publicly funded abortion as birth control. Hughes indicated that abortion polls have been notorious for providing very limited information and too generalized questions to respondents. Polls results, for what is in fact qualified support for abortion, are then falsely publicized as indicating widespread support for abortion on demand.
Hughes said that a survey asking Canadians if an unborn child has the right to live would also show strong approval. Questions about late-term abortions, sex selection abortions, partial-birth abortions, abortions that cause excruciating pain to pre-borns, taxpayer funding of abortions and mandatory informed consent would also show dramatically different results than the Environics poll, says Hughes.
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