Abortion is one of the most common surgeries performed on women in
Canada. Roughly 105,000 are performed annually, 70%% of them on women
between the ages of 10 and 29.
Yet Canadian medical research into the health risks associated with
abortion is virtually non-existent. This is in part because Canada's
debate about abortion became dominated by legal-rights talk after the
Supreme Court's Morgentaler decision in 1988.
Despite this, new medical research continues to emerge on the subject
in other nations -- research that Canadian women need to consider
before they put themselves at risk of unwanted pregnancy.
The American Psychological Association (APA) recently removed an old
statement about abortion and mental health from its Web site, a
statement that declared abortion to be largely benign. They have
convened a task force on the subject, and will issue a new statement