Here’s my response/letter to the NP editor after many, many attempts to clarify this on twitter @Carolyn_Bennett @jonkay
Today on Twitter Mr. Kay asked: “If you can find an incorrect sentence in my article, identify it.” The misleading sentence is “It is perfectly legal in Canada to have or perform an abortion — for any reason, or no reason at all — at 20, 25, 30 or 35 weeks gestation”. I am totally fed up with ‘lawyered’ assertions that totally misrepresent the facts. In Canada, we do not have a law, we do have very strict professional guidelines. No physician in Canada can terminate a pregnancy over 24 weeks without serious indications such as if the life of the mother at risk, or if the fetus has very serious malformations. I have sat with these women as they received the terrible news and sat with them throughout the terrible long, tear-drenched process. Mr. Kay’s assertion that late trimester abortions can be performed ‘for any reason, or no reason at all’ is just not true. I challenge him to find ONE late trimester abortion perfomed in Canada to a healthy mother with a healthy fetus. I am one of many politicians ‘willing to tackle’ this subject. He needs to be one of many journalists who are prepared to admit when their fine prose may have misled Canadian, in this case to admit that late-trimester abortions are NOT happening in Canada without ‘reason’.