Strong families

Strong families

Canadian jurisprudence recognizes the relationship between parents and children as sacrosanct, and it should take a high standard before anyone interferes with it. Abortion has lasting effects, particularly when the patient is young and parents usually possess information essential for a physician to exercise his or her best judgement when providing care for a young pregnant teen.

In Saskatchewan (as well as every other province) parental consent is not required for a minor to receive an abortion. The procedure that will impact a young woman1 for the rest of her life can be done without any consent or even knowledge of her parent or guardian.

Abortion providers capitalize on this and engage in direct marketing to vulnerable minors. Planned Parenthood Regina assists teens by advising them that they do not need their parents consent. Further to this they provide an explanation as to how teens can direct hospital/clinic staff not to send information about their abortion to the family physician.2

Provincial governments know that strong families are a core building block for society and will enact policies that both strengthen families, and protect their integrity. A parental consent for abortion act will foster family unity and help to preserve the family as a viable social unity. It will also protect the constitutional rights of parents to raise children who are members of their household.

  1. The risks of abortion are openly acknowledged by abortion providers. See, e.g., Planned Parenthood, In-Clinic Abortion Procedures (2010), available at ">http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/abortion/in-clinic-abortion-procedures-4359.asp (last visited Dec.18, 2013).
  2. http://www.plannedparenthoodregina.com/assets/pdf/info-abortion.pdf

This public awareness campaign is a joint effort between Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association and WeNeedaLAW.ca. For more information please contact us here.

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