My friend and colleague Terry O’Neill fumbles with new Canadian abortion stats at the Shotgun:
...it’s hard to see the silver lining when the StatsCan report also finds, “Induced abortions continue to be most common among women in their 20s... On average, 25 women out of every 1,000 in their 20s obtained an induced abortion.” That’s 25 out of every 1,000 women over just one year. If my math is correct, this means that over the course of a decade, it’s likely that 250 women in their 20s out of 1,000—or one quarter—will have an abortion.
What a tragedy.
Since only about two-thirds of women seeking therapeutic abortions are undergoing their first one, the right figure is probably closer to 170 or 180. Not that his reaction would have been any different, or that it is anything but unusually sensitive and restrained coming from a right-wing Catholic. (But does anyone else ever wish there were just one flavour of Christian faith that expended more energy bemoaning “tragic” divorce rates, whose true social and medical effects are much worse than those of abortion?)