QUEBEC, March 28, 2013 ( – A professor from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) has joined forces with the Quebec Federation of Planned Parenthood (FQPN) in an attack against the province’s pro-life pregnancy help centers.

Dr. Audrey Gonin, at the university’s School of Social Work, told reporters that the province’s pregnancy help centers are giving out “biased information to their customers”.

He said that some women have been told that abortion can lead to breast cancer and cause “post-abortion syndrome,” positions that he says contradict the province’s National Institute of Public Health.


Gonin and the FQPN are asking pregnant women who visit one of the 30 pregnancy centers that exist in Quebec to contact them with evidence of biased counseling: “We call on all people in connection with a pregnancy who visit a support center that clearly sought to dissuade them from considering the option of abortion to contact us”.

Gonin said that women will know if there is “something wrong” with the pregnancy help center if staff mention anything about “post-abortion syndrome” or if they offer any kind of psychological help after the abortion procedure.

Georges Buscemi, president of Campagne Québec-Vie, pointed out on his blog that there is nothing strange in the abortion industry’s vendetta against Quebec’s pro-life pregnancy centers. He said that while the FQPN claims to be a women’s advocate group, its real agenda is to provide women with immediate information on and access to abortion services.

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“[The FQPN wants to] abort children as quickly as possible and, above all, fight volunteers and organizations who give their time to help support pregnant women in difficulty,” he said, adding that the FQPN will not “lift a finger to provide assistance to women in need, but it is at the forefront to demand that we can kill these children as soon as possible.”

The attack tactics used by the abortion industry against Quebec’s pregnancy help centers are nothing new. The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) in the U.S. went after North Carolina pregnancy help centers in 2011 with a report lambasting the centers for linking abortion to increased rates of breast cancer and for warning women about “post-abortion stress syndrome”.

Pro-life groups have pointed out however that the abortion industry’s grounds for attack can be easily refuted.

Regarding the link of abortion to breast cancer, prominent biologist and endocrinologist Joel Brind discovered in his analysis of numerous studies in 1996 and 2005 that “an abortion elevates a women’s overall risk of developing breast cancer by 30 percent” and that the “results were ‘remarkably consistent’ across population, ethnic, dietary, socioeconomic, and lifestyle factors”.

A growing number of organizations offering help to such women indicates that many women are hurting both physically, emotionally, and spiritually after abortion. Such organizations include Rachel’s Vineyard, Silent No More, Project Rachel, and Abortion Recovery International, among others.

Gonin questioned where pregnancy help centers receive their funding, being “suspicious” of the claim by most centers that funding comes from benefactors who have at heart the welfare of women.

Buscemi said that for abortion advocates, the concept of people supporting life through donations to a pregnancy center is “incomprehensible”.

“Their ‘researchers’ will therefore continue their research, trying to discover what may be hiding under such ‘generosity,’” he said. 


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