Quebec City, Canada, Sep 14, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Dozens of Canadian women must travel to the United States to receive late-term abortions. But Quebec health officials are “hopeful” that a newly trained doctor will set up practice in the French-speaking province in the next year and offer this procedure to women who are six-months pregnant.
Up until now, Canadian women have been travelling to Colorado, Washington or Kansas to receive late-term abortions because no Canadian doctors would perform them – not even staunch pro-abortion doctor Henry Morgentaler, who opened Canada’s first abortion clinics – for ethical reasons.
“We don’t abort babies, we want to abort fetuses before they become babies,” Morgentaler told the Canadian Press from his Toronto clinic. “Around 24 weeks, I have ethical problems doing that.”
Morgentaler told CP that if a case like that comes into his clinics, his staff usually counsels the woman “to continue the pregnancy and put it up for adoption if she is unable to care for it.”