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Graphic in national newspaper shows life-sized images of unborn babies next to abortion stats
lsn ^ | 12.11.2012 | Peter Baklinski

Posted on 12/11/2012 4:16:04 PM PST by Morgana

ONTARIO, 11 December, 2012 ( – An illustrated graphic released by one of Canada’s leading national newspapers is being welcomed by pro-life activists after it showed life-sized illustrations of unborn children next to statistics about how many babies that age are being aborted.

At 9-12 weeks, for instance, where 41.2 percent of babies are aborted, the image shows a small baby with already discernible toes, fingers and eyes.

“I was absolutely thrilled to see a secular news source cover this,” Jonathon Van Maren, communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, told LifeSiteNews.

The graphic provides a breakdown of abortion statistics by province, mother’s age, baby’s age, and includes data about whether the mother had previous abortions or other children, the number of abortion complications, and the abortion method.

The graphic reveals that 93,755 induced abortions were reported across Canada in 2009, and that the vast majority of them were carried out on college-aged women 20-24 who aborted their babies when they were between 9 and 12 weeks gestation.

However, the National Post acknowledged that the official data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) are incomplete, and underestimate the number of abortions. Currently private abortion clinics (as opposed to hospitals) are not required to report data, while the CIHI data have excluded the number of abortions in whole provinces.

Recently the Ontario government quietly passed legislation to block access to the province’s abortion data, even with a Freedom of Information request, further obscuring the statistics.

Van Maren told LSN that he believes the “big battle” that the Canadian pro-life movement faces is to “destroy the cognitive dissonance” that exists in the minds of Canadians who know what science and embryology reveal about the unborn baby while at the same time supporting abortion.

Cognitive dissonance happens, he said, when someone holds “two completely opposite sets of facts or world views.”

“I thought that the National Post did a brilliant job of taking ostensibly very bland information and using it to destroy that cognitive dissonance by showing us these pictures of what a baby really looks like prior to being aborted,” he said.

“I expect that a lot of casually pro-choice Canadians are going to look at the images of these babies — so clearly discernibly a person — and are going to be feeling very uncomfortable that they are being aborted at that rate in Canada.”

Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer for Campaign Life Coalition, told LifeSiteNews that the graphic “points out the horror of abortion, namely that there are real babies that look like persons who are being killed by abortion at a certain age.”

Douglas said there is “nothing new” in the data, and that the college-aged group of women has had the “highest abortion rate” since abortion was legalized by Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government in the late 1960s.

She also said she believes the graphic deals a blow to the idea that legislation to block abortion after 20 weeks would be effective. The graphic “shows that the idea of offering protection to unborn babies after 20 weeks is totally ludicrous, since the majority of abortions are done before the 12th week,” she said.

“This graphic shows that you won’t save any babies with the gestational approach.”

John Jalsevac contributed to this report.

TOPICS: Breaking News; Canada
KEYWORDS: abortion; canada
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To: GraceG

LOLOL Was that David Icke or Beavis and Butthead???

21 posted on 12/12/2012 12:31:45 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: MestaMachine
I don't get why the pro-abortion crowd always contextualizes their argument in freedom of choice?

Why don't they just admit the honest truth, that they have no problem with infanticide?

22 posted on 12/12/2012 1:06:30 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Morgana; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

23 posted on 12/12/2012 3:44:29 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Morgana

As a libertarian I largely believe in a live and let live attitude on social issues but with abortion I am pro-life: live and let live!

24 posted on 12/13/2012 9:38:19 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: Sam Gamgee

The argument is that if someone is smaller than you are and is a nuisance, a problem, a challenge, you can kill him. That applies to a helpless baby or to an elderly helpless person. Then it’s applied to the chronically ill, the handicapped, the retarded or mentally impaired, because they’re helpless and inconvenient too. This way lies Naziism.

25 posted on 12/13/2012 10:39:50 AM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
God help us for living blissfully in the midst of this atrocity.

God forgive us, Amen.
26 posted on 12/14/2012 10:54:20 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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