True or False: what do you think?

1) It doesn’t cost anything to get an abortion in Alberta

True – a person can get an abortion without paying out of pocket, however, abortion is paid for by Alberta taxpayer dollars and performed in clinics or hospitals.

It is also true that if a woman can't get the procedure done in Alberta she may go out of province and her healthcare (your tax dollars) will still pay for it. These regulations differ from province to province, so this may not be the case in other places in Canada.

2) The baby is able to experience pain and sensation during the abortion

Depends - there is debate about this question in the scientific community, however, most scientists would agree that the fetus after 20 weeks gestation does feel pain. The debate concerns whether or not the fetal brain is developed enough to feel pain, and at what stage this development is evident. As medical knowledge grows and procedures to correct conditions such as heart conditions or spinal bifida are done even before the child is born, research into  fetal pain continues.

Click here to read an informative article in the New York Times for more information. 

3) The father of the child can stop me from getting an abortion.

False - a father cannot stop an abortion of his child in Canada. Currently fathers can’t stop abortion or have any say on whether or not the woman who is carrying his child has an abortion.

4) If I'm underage, my parents have to give their consent for me to have an abortion

False - there is no legal obligation for doctors to seek this consent in Alberta. Hospitals, clinics and health insurance plans are obligated to keep confidential the names of all women who have  abortions. Click here for more info. There is also no requirement for parents to be informed about the abortion, no matter how yound the child is.

5) A baby's heart begins to beat at 22 days after conception

True - this is scientific fact. Click here for more info on fetal heart development. And click here to hear the heartbeat of a 16.5 week old fetus!

6) Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide is illegal in Canada

False - As of June 2016 it is now legal.

7) Abortion is legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

True - there are no legal restrictions on abortion at any stage of pregnancy in Canada. The child has no legal rights or protection until he or she is fully delivered from the body of the mother. The Canadian Institute of Health Information reports that in 2010-2011 reporting year, there were at least 727 post-20 week abortions in Canada and 158 of those were born alive. CIHI admits that stillbirths due to abortion are not always reported so the actual number is undoubtedly higher. Also, CIHI numbers do not include all abotions done in Canada, due to incomplete or absent reporting from some provinces.