Hypocrisy behind Bill 122

The passing of Bill 122 in Ontario, supposedly to improve transparency, means abortion statistics will be even harder to find

August 8, 2012 | by Lauren Klammer , Researcher, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
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  1. Part 8 of The Broader Public Sector Accountability Act amends Section 65.5.7 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, decreasing the transparency of abortion statistics in Ontario. This section states that “[t]his Act does not apply to records relating to the provision of abortion services.”
  2. Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on Social Policy. (2010). Committee transcripts: standing committee on social policy- November 22, 2010- Bill 122, Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010. Retrieved from http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_transcripts_details.do?locale=en&Date=2010-11-22&ParlCommID=8875&BillID=2420&Business=&DocumentID=25404#P609_157346
  3. Maloney, Patricia. (2012). Freedom of information in Ontario aborted. Retrieved from http://run-with-life.blogspot.ca/search?updated-max=2012-05-17T08:01:00-04:00&max-results=7&start=35&by-date=false
  4. Statistics Canada. (2009). Therapeutic abortion survey. Definitions, Data Sources and Methods. Ottawa: Ministry of Industry. Retrieved from http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=3209&lang=en&db=imdb&adm=8&dis=2
  5. Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2012). Induced abortions in Canada in 2010. Retrieved from http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_10_ALLDATATABLES20120417_EN
  6. Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2012). Vision and Mandate. Retrieved from http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/internet/EN/SubTheme/about+cihi/vision+and+mandate/cihi010703
  7. Simcoe Muskoka Health Stats. (2009). Teen pregnancy rate. Retrieved from http://www.simcoemuskokahealthstats.org/Topics/PregnancyAndBefore/BirthFertilityRates/TeenPregnancyRate.aspx
  8. Vanier Institute of the Family. (2012. May 23). Teen pregnancy: supporting young parents. Ottawa: Vanier Institute of the Family.  Retrieved from http://www.vanierinstitute.ca/modules/news/newsitem.php?ItemId=437#.UFyG66DF3Tp
  9. Smith, R. (2012, May 30). Rise in women having repeat abortions. The Telegraph. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9297552/Rise-in-women-having-repeated-abortions-official-figures.html
  10. Arthur, J. (2012). Counter arguments against motion m-312. Retrieved from http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action/M-312.html