But for now, I'd like to let you know how many abortions were done in Ontario in 2014/2015.
This number was released by the Ontario government via their factum today.
45,471 abortions were done in Ontario in 2014/2015
One of the government's arguments was that I can already have meaningful debate on abortion without accurate abortion numbers, and that there is other information out there on abortion (more on that later).
This is the second time the Ontario Government has given me abortion data in the past five years. And both times it was litigation that made them release it. Yet they tell us that I can ask for abortion information outside of FIPPA, and I will get it. (I will be testing this out very soon on Kathleen Wynne and Eric Hoskins. I guarantee it.)
Let me repeat that number. The number of abortions done in Ontario in one year is 45,471 abortions, based on OHIP billings.
CIHI reported 23,746 abortions in Ontario for 2014.
That's almost twice as many abortions performed in Ontario than is officially reported. No wonder the Ontario government doesn't like me going after abortion statistics. It also goes to shows how important open, transparent and accountable government is. We are paying for these abortions so it's our right to know how many there are and what we are paying for them.
Mind you that is a total number with no breakdown at all. When I was doing my FOIs to obtain abortion numbers, I was also learning all kinds of statistics that this umber doesn't tell me, like:
- How many abortions are being done in hospitals.
- How many abortions are being done in clinics.
- How many abortions are being done in doctor's offices.
- How many abortions were done before 14 weeks gestation.
- How many abortions are being done after 14 weeks gestation.
- How many abortions are fetal reduction abortions.
Meaningful debate can only happen with meaningful information.
The judge will rule on our case later.