ARCC accepts the statement issued by the National Cancer Institute following a 2003 conference on “Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer”, that “it is well-established that therapeutic abortion is not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.” This statement is supported by such reputable organizations as The Canadian Cancer Society, The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada and The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. To ignore the findings of these organizations tells us that anti-choice groups are more concerned with preventing women from having abortions than protecting their health.
The Hippocratic Oath, which dates back to somewhere between
460 – 377 BC, is today a symbolic ritual in which most medical
school graduates no longer participate. The oath does
not support a ban on all forms of abortions. ARCC agrees
with those medical schools that have revised and modernized
the oath to reflect society’s evolving values, changing laws,
and new medical technologies. Those opposed to legal
abortion simply ignore modern ethics and embrace an inaccurate
version of the Oath in order to legitimate their particular
view of abortion.
#75 - Anti-abortion “Counseling” Agencies
Many agencies that counsel pregnant women are actually anti-abortion Christian ministries. Their main goal is to stop women from having abortions. Studies have shown that most of these agencies misinform and try to intimidate women out of having abortions.
About 170 anti-abortion groups in Canada have charitable tax status (compared to two pro-choice groups). This paper explains why we believe that anti-abortion groups inherently do not qualify for charitable tax status.
The consequences of terminating pregnancy are far less violent than the consequences of the anti-choice agenda. The "pro life" movement has bombed clinics and murdered abortion providers, they try to force women to carry unwanted pregnancies, and their misinformation misleads, confuses, and frightens women who are already in difficult situations.
Anti-choice counselling centers in Canada are increasingly
making use of non-medical ultrasounds to try to persuade women
out of abortion. But ultrasound scans should only be used when
there is a medical reason to do so; otherwise health risks to
both women and fetuses can result. ARCC calls upon the
provincial governments of Canada to regulate or prohibit the
non-medical use of ultrasounds in CPCs, and to ensure women
facing unwanted pregnancies receive competent medical care.