NCA Abortion Policy Statement

Introduction

The Canadian Institute for Health Information’s (CIHI) data on induced abortions committed in Canada for 2012.

In regard to abortion, the NCA cannot take a definitive stance on pro-choice versus pro-life without compromising its values. Instead the NCA supports women and other relevant persons if applicable making their own personal decisions within limits as to whether or not abortion is the right choice for them, while being cognizant of fetus rights, opposing abortion as a contraceptive, and supporting adoption. This approach allows for freedom of choice and inclusion of different ways of perceiving abortion.

The National Citizens Alliance supports the following:

● Maintain the non-legislative basis for abortion

● Cease all federal funding for abortion while increase funding for low income women with unwanted pregnancies to help cover their pregnancy costs

● Promote through public service ads adoption as the humane response to unwanted pregnancies and the importance of the family unit that respects the rights of the fetus and the importance of allowing couples that cannot have children of their own a chance to have children

● Offer single women who have unwanted pregnancies the option of an allowance that covers pregnancy related expenses and medical/social support in order to carry the baby to term and give up the child for adoption. The financial support would be retroactive once the child is born, with an additional financial reward to the mother for completing the pregnancy. If a mother changes her mind during her pregnancy to have the child, then she would be required to pay back the financial allowance over pre-determined time period based upon her ability to pay back without compromising the well-being of the child. If a mother decides to abort her pregnancy then she would forfeit all financial support

● Increase funding and tax incentives for adoption and related counselling services as opposed to instant abortion as a birth control option

● Allow women with their doctors and other relevant persons if applicable make their own personal decision as to whether or not abortion is the right decision for them, while acknowledging that the fetus is not directly part of the woman’s body

● Discourage abortion as a contraceptive

● Conduct scientific research including morality aspects of fetus rights while in the woman’s body. (Currently, under Canadian law, the fetus has no rights while in the woman’s body.)

● Conduct a national survey on fetus rights while in the woman’s body, and use the results and scientific studies to create a legislative framework for abortion in regard to fetus rights

Conclusion

In regard to abortion, the NCA supports fundamentally freedom of choice,  while accounting for fetus rights.

Created: 2014-08-09; last updated: 2018-11-18

The NCA membership vote on 2014-08-7/8/9. The vote resulted in 100 percent of membership in favour of the Abortion Policy Statement with a 100 percent quorum (including 1 abstained vote). This vote outcome satisfies the minimum 70 percent membership support and 50 percent quorum required for adoption of policies as per the NCA Constitution.

The NCA welcomes feedback on its policies. Please send policy feedback to info@nationalcitizensalliance.ca

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