Friday, July 19, 2013

Access to information and democracy

Robyn Urback: Ontario’s prohibition on access to abortion data will finally be challenged in court

As I've said many times. This case is about democracy. Robyn Urback from the National Post agrees with me.

Urback says:
There are other mechanisms in place that muddle our conception of abortion rates in the Ontario, including a tendency for some clinics to underreport (or not report at all) procedures to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. But that tendency does not represent a democratic affront in the same way the FIPPA amendment does. The limitation on access to abortion information should rile the sensibilities of all Ontarians, regardless of where their personal opinions lie. I don’t necessarily agree with Maloney’s views on abortion, but I do certainly hope she wins her day in court. 

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