In Canada you do have the legal right to an abortion. Abortion is a choice that only you can make. One thing that especially rings true with many women who have abortions is that they had no idea what was happening. It is important that you make a fully informed choice.
There are 3 kinds of abortion procedures:
- Medical Abortion: Drugs are used to empty the uterus.
- Surgical Abortion: Instruments are used to remove the embryo/ fetus and placental tissue.
- Induction Abortion: A lethal injection is used to kill the fetus and labour is induced to deliver the dead fetus.
The following video provide a detailed explanation about what actually happens during an abortion.
Surgical Abortion – First, Second and Third Trimester
This link will take you to the Alliance for Life website where they provide a detailed description of the types of induced abortion procedures:
Check out these videos on the Choice42 page from women who chose abortion and how they feel about their choice today.
Visit the Silent No More Awareness Campaign website for more information and stories from women and men who regret their abortion.
If you were planning to be pregnant then this is an exiting time for you. If your pregnancy was unplanned then this can be a scary and difficult time. Maybe you are faced with a variety of less than ideal challenges and circumstances. There will be people around you with lots of opinions about what you should do. Some people may be supportive of what you want, others may not be. What is important is that you make a fully informed choice based on reliable, factual information that takes into consideration the long term well being of both you and your baby. The amazing people at the pregnancy centres you can speak with are trained to help you sort through the thoughts and decisions that lie ahead. They want you to make the decision you know in your heart is the right one, and the one that you will be able to live with. They are non-judgemental of your circumstances and only want what is best for YOU and for your baby. You are not alone and there are resources to help you and your baby.
There are three main options available to you – parenting, adoption & abortion.
We encourage you to educate yourself about ALL your options before making a decision.
The following links will take you to the Mayo Clinic website and information about Fetal Development.
FIRST TRIMESTER ABORTION
SECOND TRIMESTER ABORTION
THIRD TRIMESTER ABORTION
The Abortion Pill
A Medical Abortion is a procedure that uses medication to end a pregnancy up to 10 weeks gestation. A medical abortion does not require surgery or anaesthesia and is generally started in a medical office, finished at home, with a follow up with one’s doctors.
Like any abortion, the decision to end the life of one’s baby using a medical abortion procedure is a major decision with short and long term emotional, psychological, and potentially physical consequences for the mother. If you are considering this procedure make sure you understand ALL that it entails including side effects, possible risks, complications, and alternatives – including the choice to reverse the procedure if you change your mind.
Choosing to end the life of your unborn baby is a serious decision. We encourage you to speak to your partner, family or friends before making your decision. Speak with your doctor, a spiritual advisor or a counsellor to get answers to ALL your questions to ensure that you are making a clear and certain decision that has not been coerced in any way. YOU have to live with this decision and you need to weigh the alternatives and consider the impact this decision may have on your future.
The Abortion Pill is a multiple step procedulre.
An initial doctor’s visit is required to identify the gestational age of the fetus before determining if a chemical abortion is possible. A follow up visit (or visits) is also required.
You cannot buy the abortion pill on-line or through a pharmacy. Only specially trained doctors in abortion care can purchase and dispense the abortion medication. Currently in Canada you must be 18 years of age or have written parental consent to obtain the abortion pill.
A Medical Abortion involves the following medications: Oral mifepristone (Mifeprex) and oral misoprostol (Cyotec). Mifepristone is taken first, in your doctor’s office. This medication blocks the hormone progesterone, an essential hormonal nutrient. This causes the lining of the uterus to thin and prevents the embryo in its gestational sac from implanting, preventing further growth.
The second drug, mifepristone, is taken at home, usually hours or days later, either orally or vaginally. It causes the mother’s body to create contractions to expel the fetus and gestational sac from the mother’s body. A follow up visit with your doctor is required to confirm that the abortion has been completed. If the abortion has not been successful then a surgical abortion is required to remove the fetus.
The Abortion Pill Continued.
Potential Risks of medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by a surgical abortion
- Ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work.
- Heavy and prolonged vaginal bleeding
- Heavy and prolonged abdominal cramping
Medical abortion is not an option for you if:
- If the gestational age of your baby is more than 9 weeks.
- If you have an intrauterine device.
- If you have a suspected ectopic pregnancy.
- Have certain medical conditions (see your doctor for a list of contraindications)
- Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications.
- Cannot make follow-up visits to your doctor’s office.
- Have an allergy to the medication used.
There have been no long-term studies on the long term effects of these drugs on a woman’s health/reproductive health.
Abortion Pill Reversal
You may have been told or led to believe that once you have taken the first medication in the two-step medical abortion process that you must take the second medication. That is not the case.
If you would like to keep your baby, you have two options:
- Call the Abortion Pill Reversal Network and they will connect you with a local doctor. The 24 hour toll free number is: 1-877-558-0333.
You can live chat with someone at their website here:
- If there isn’t a doctor who is registered with the network in your area, the organization Canadian Physicians for life advises you to take the following letter to your family doctor, specialist or walk-in clinic:
Expectant parents who are exploring adoption as an option have lots of questions. It is important to know that you can ask these questions without fear or pressure.
Expectant parents can call either a private adoption licensee or a local Children’s Aid Society to explore the options and ask questions before making a decision. You will be given information and assistance from a birth parent counsellor who will not pressure or sway your decision. The birth parent counsellor is responsible for ensuring you have an understanding of all the options available to you, including parenting the child.
After these discussions, if you feel that adoption is the best plan for your child, the counsellor will help you determine many factors towards the best plan for you and your child, including what sort of adoptive family would be best suited for your child. The counsellor will also explain the concept of openness and help you decide if you are looking to place your child in an adoption with an openness agreement. The birth parent counsellor will also gather information about you, the prospective birth father and your families, such as social and medical history information. This information is important for your child to have a sense of who you are, and what sort of medical or genetic background run in the family.
The counsellor will review profiles of prospective adoptive families with you. Most of the time, a meeting between you and the adoptive parent(s) is arranged prior to the birth of the child. Following this meeting, if all are in agreement with the adoption plan, the licensee will submit all required information to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services adoption unit requesting permission to proceed with the placement. This information includes the birth parent medical and social histories, the home-study report completed by the adoptive parents, and a memorandum of understanding explaining how the match was made and what plans for ongoing openness have been agreed to. The permission requested at this stage is still conditional on your continued desire to place your child for adoption after the child is born.
Birth parents are not allowed sign their consent for adoption until the child is at least 7 days old. The purpose of this waiting period is to ensure that you have had time to think through this important decision. Adoption consents are signed in the presence of a lawyer.
You will have 21 days after signing the consent to change your mind(s). If you no longer consent, the child must be returned to your care immediately. After the 21 days have passed, you are no longer able to request the return of the baby. The adoption placement will continue to be supervised by the adoption licensee and/or CAS for at least 6 months before the adoption is finalized by a judge.
IF THE BIRTH FATHER IS UNINVOLVED
Sometimes an expectant mother is not in contact with the birth father during the pregnancy. This will be discussed in counselling and with the licensed adoption professional to determine the best course of action.
IF ONE OR BOTH OF THE BIRTH PARENTS ARE UNDER 18
When one or both of the expectant parents are under the age of 18, their own parents may wish to make plans for adoption on their behalf. All decisions related to the child and the adoption, however, remain the sole responsibility and prerogative of the expectant parents. Counsellors may include your parents in the counselling if you so desire, but they will also work privately with you to ensure that you fully understand the decision you are making. The office of the Children’s Lawyer will also meet with you to ensure that you are making all decisions without coercion.
IF THE EXPECTANT PARENTS ALREADY KNOW WHO THEY WOULD LIKE TO ADOPT THEIR CHILD
Sometimes expectant parents hear, through a friend or family member, about a family who would like to adopt their child. This is called a matched placement. The potential family must still become AdoptReady by having an adoption home-study completed and attend an adoption training program. The expectant parents will still be counselled about other placement options. Great care will be taken to ensure that you are not pressured to place your child in a home you are uncomfortable with simply because the family is known to you.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
There are no costs to the expectant parents for any of the services that are provided in the course of preparing the adoption placement. It is important to understand that no money can be given to the expectant parents by any party for any reason related to the adoption, whether it be to cover medical costs, living expenses, or a direct payment for potential placement of the baby.
Adoption Potential Next Steps
If you are interested in adoption as an option contact a private adoption practitioner or your local Children’s Aid Society to discuss this option further. Remember, you will not be pressured to make any immediate decisions by making these calls.
You may wish to read the Memorandum for Birth Parents for a more in depth understanding about the process:
If you have any questions about the process or questions about the information here you can call the Adoption Hotline (see below) or visit the Adoption Council of Canada’s website here: https://www.adoption.on.ca/
Adoption Hotline: 416-482-0021
Toll Free Hotline: 1-877-ADOPT-20
IN THUNDER BAY
There is a licensed private adoption practitioner in Thunder Bay. Her name is Deanna Ward and this is her contact information:
328 Regina Avenue
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5B8
Tel: (807) 621-8966
Fax: (807) 701-5955
Adoption practitioners for other Canadian locations can be found through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services using this link:
Though the thought of being a parent might be scary, thousands of women before you have done it and ended up telling how it was the best decision they ever made. There are tons of resources out there for you. Birthright in once such agency dedicated to helping you through this and finding the resources for you.
Birthright treats each woman as an individual who deserves love and respect, as well as personal attention to her unique situation. We offer information and referrals to help clients meet their emotional and material needs. Birthright services are always free, absolutely confidential, and available to any woman regardless of age, race, religion, marital status, or financial situation. Our Services include:
- Love, hope, and encouragement
- Friendship and emotional support
- Non-judgmental, confidential help
- Free pregnancy tests
- Maternity and baby clothes
- Referrals to:
- Medical supports
- Financial and/or employment resources
- Legal referrals
- Education assistance
- Social assistance
- Professional counselling
- Information on:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Prenatal development and care
- Parenting skills, child care, and child safety
- Career development and/or continuing education
- Community programs and/or social assistance
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We oppose both abortion and euthanasia in all instances. We believe that the taking of innocent human life is intrinsically wrong. In all of the instances where human life is taken, either with or without the consent of the person being killed, a great tragedy has occurred. This tragedy will have on-going negative repercussions for the survivors and for those involved in the act of killing. Society must guard human life and protect it from the time of its conception to natural death. Killing as a means of coping with individual or societal pressures greatly undermines our respect for human life. Killing as the solution to suffering puts the vulnerable at risk, and creates a society where others decide whose life is worth fighting for. If all people are equal, than all human lives must be equally valued and protected.
You can contact Birthright 24/7 Confidentially at:
Pro-choice” Director Punam Gill tackles the most controversial issue of our times; Abortion. Investigating the long-term health effects of this elective, medical procedure. Teaming up with “pro-life” Producer Drew Martin and “neutral” Producer Joses Martin, the unusual team provides an honest look at this highly sensitive and controversial topic.
In “Pro-Life” circles, hearing about the negative effects of abortion is a common thing. Churches and Crisis Pregnancy Centres will tell you about the psychological trauma, potential for physical damage, and even breast cancer, that abortion may cause.
On the other hand, in “Pro-Choice” circles, and at abortion clinics it is commonly told that the procedure is much safer than childbirth, that the psychological effects are the same as if you deliver the child, and the breast cancer connection is a closed case.
One way or the other, someone is lying to women.
“Hush” provides an unusually liberating look at abortion and the most comprehensive presentation ever done on abortion as a subject of women’s reproductive health. One that we believe every woman should see.
To arrange a small or large group screening of this film please contact us and we would be happy to arrange it.
You can learn more about the film or watch the film’s trailer here: www.hushfilm.com