The overwhelming majority of women who submit themselves to abortion in Canada do so on the basis of virtually no information on what is truly being done to their babies and on its potentially devastating effects on themselves. They lack the informed consent medical health authorities would insist upon, were any other medical procedure requested. Incredibly, in our country, not one single province requires that women be given the information she needs to make a proper rational decision on so-called clinical abortions.

The informed consent she is supposed to make is definitely not the form on which she puts her signature, often without reading it, but a process of which signing a form is but a minor part.

If only a fraction of the money used to provide abortion was used to inform women on its documented risks and also of the hundreds of agencies available to help women facing inconvenient, unwanted pregnancies, more women could have real choice when faced with the destruction of their unborn children.

Legislated informed consent, as proposed for those contemplating abortion, would merely allows women to reflect for short periods of time (24 hours or more) on their decision to abort and to know a) something about the one whose existence they are contemplating ending and, b) on the potentially devastating effects to themselves. This is considered, however, by pro-choicers as a staggering burden on women and they oppose it adamantly. They prefer, for ideological reasons, that abortion be a choice made in ignorance.

And the results? The following testimonies of two women - which pretty well summarize several hundred other similar ones received every year by the national pro-life organization, 'Alliance for Life' - reflect the widespread devastation wreaked by abortion on women cruelly exploited by the abortion industry.

PATTY: "I had an abortion at age 15. The doctor said my six and a half week old baby was 'just a microscopic cluster of cell.' I was devastated when I later saw the picture of a six and a half week old fetus in a biology book. My guilt was unbearable. I began to have nightmares, take large amounts of tranquilizers, and drink. I felt the blood would never come off my hands, so at 15, I attempted suicide. Six years later, after a series of infections, I miscarried my only other pregnancy and was told there was 'permanent damage to my cervix and fallopian tubes.'"

TINA: "I was never told the facts of prenatal development, of abortion methods and their possible risks, and of the alternatives to abortion. I was totally exploited and abused by those who participated in my abortion for they did not provide me with any information."

Women exploited by abortion providers, like Patty and Tina, readily testify to being manipulated by 'abortion doctors' (a contradiction in terms, if ever there was one!) and counsellors who criminally neglected their ethical and legal responsibility to inform and educate their clients about abortion. 

In all fairness, most women seeking an abortion do so in what they believe to be in good conscience. However, conscience must be educated or its judgement will be impaired by the influence of passions, self-interest or social opinion - all of which are at work in choosing an abortion. Conscience requires knowledge; otherwise it becomes meaningless, even dangerous.

Based on the conclusively proven link between early abortions and breast cancer, we now know, for instance, that in every group of 500 women aborted in Henry Morgentaler`s New Brunswick abortuary, at least 25 of them can expect to develop breast cancer as a direct result of having had the abortion. These are 25 women who would otherwise never become afflicted with breast cancer. Those who promote abortion and profit by them now know about this frighening discovery, but still heartlessly refuse to mention it in their "councelling." 

Ignorance, born of deceit, aided and abetted by the complicity of government health watchdogs, is why abortion remains by far the leading cause of mortality in Canada.

Thaddée Renault

Pro-Life Program

New Brunswick State Council

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