U.S., Canada among the world’s top 4% most permissive nations on abortion

Foot of 12-week unborn baby

Foot of 12-week unborn baby

The following comes from a Feb. 25 story on LifeSiteNews.com.

The United States and Canada’s “ultra-permissive abortion policies” make them extreme outliers on the world stage when it comes to abortion, according to a new report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Only five other nations, including China and North Korea, are in the same league.

“The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that permit elective abortion past 20 weeks,” wrote Angelina Baglini in “Gestational Limits on Abortion in the United States Compared to International Norms.”

She studied abortion policy in 198 countries, independent states, or semi-autonomous zones with at least one million people. Of these, 139 have laws requiring the women to present a reason to procure an abortion.

More than two-thirds of the nations that allow abortion-on-demand, 36 of the remaining 59 countries, limit abortion at 12 weeks gestation, or the first trimester.

The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision allows abortion for any reason – or no reason – through viability, which was originally set at 28 weeks but reduced to 24 weeks in 1992. The companion case, Doe v. Bolton, offered broad grounds that essentially allowed abortion-on-demand throughout the pregnancy, absent state law.

Seven nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks: the United States, Canada, China, North Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The findings amplify the isolation of Canada, which is one of three nations to have no legal restrictions whatsoever on abortion.

Natalie Sonnen, executive director of LifeCanada, said in a press release that “Canada completely ignores pre-natal human life, and runs contrary to science, logic, and international humanitarian standards.”

The report comes as several states and the U.S. Congress are considering limiting abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy on the grounds that unborn babies that age are capable of feeling pain.

Congressman Trent Franks, R-AZ, introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House last June by a 228-196 vote. Although the bill has been introduced in the Democrat-controlled Senate, there is no expectation that Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring it to the floor for a vote.

Polls have consistently found that women and young people are more likely to favor a 20 week abortion ban….

Several Supreme Court justices consider foreign law on par with the U.S. Constitution when determining whether a law is constitutional. The court’s swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, cited the laws of other nations to strike down Texas’ anti-sodomy law in Lawrence v. Texas, abolish the death penalty for minors in Roper v. Simons, and to liberalize criminal sentencing of minors in Graham v. Florida.

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  1. Father Karl says:

    Up until a few years ago, Germany had a strange law which said the woman had to have Catholic Church (or Lutheran church) counseling before obtaining an abortion. The woman would receive a certificate stating she attended the session, and after seeing a physician, she could possibly have an abortion. The Vatican demanded that no letters or certificates be given, so now abortions may be easier to get in Germany. As the article said, here in the United States and Canada there are very few restrictions, which makes abortion easily available. Had true shepherds been ruling the Church in the 1970’s, perhaps abortion would not have been approved in the United States.

  2. juergensen says:

    Well, Pelosi, Biden, and all the other “Catholic” politicians who legislate abortion during the week and are allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist on Sundays should be ashamed the U.S. is not in the top 1%.

  3. Steve Phoenix says:

    By the way, thanks to our great Catholic politicians who have stood up for the Church teaching on abortion*. (*Anonymous-clan: this is irony.)

    So please note, in 4 weeks, on Thurs. March 27th, the Great Catholic Nancy Pelosi is going to receive the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood at their annual gala event/dinner in Wash., DC.

    “The Margaret Sanger Award, named from the notorious racist and eugenicist [who] helped to establish Planned Parenthood, recognizes a public figure for “outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement.” Breitbart. com 2/3/14, quoting Catholic World News

    Last year in an interview with a Breitbart correspondent, Pelosi attacked a bill limiting late-term abortions, declaring, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this.”

    Add to that the astounding statistics released for the most recent year they are available (2012) by the New York City Health Department: “In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born [in NYC] (24,758): the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortion.” More African-American children were KILLED by abortion than were actually born by an approx. rate of 3:2.

    And our bishops cant speak out against politicians like Pelosi, and cant refrain even from giving this person and her co-travellers communion. Truly we are spiritually dead.

  4. Do you faithful and orthodox Catholics and Evangelicals ever wonder how Barack Obama ever arrived at the pinnacle of power in the so-called “free” world, as President of these United States? Don’t wonder any longer. For if you cited Christians don’t realize by now that you’re very possibly in the beginning stages of a CHASTISEMENT that is only happening through the WITHDRAWAL of grace , sometimes being masked as protection from the Evil One, BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, then you’re either obtuse, not praying as fervently as you should, or NOT paying attentions to the signs of the times you’re living through. For we’re going through, I believe, perhaps a culmination of many Old and New Testament predictions about what is loosely called the “END TIMES.” NO MORE, NO LESS. Is there a place in the world existing where the Catholic Church has NOT preached the gospel? By either missionaries or the electronic means? In the Middle East? They’ve been hearing with varying degrees of success the Gospel preached for two milleniums. And it’s hinted at in the Acts of the Apostles where some of the earliest Catholics were going, including the then Middle East. (BTW, ALL CHRISTIANS UNTIL THE FIRST MAJOR ATTACK ON CATHOLICISM BY HENRY VIII IN THE U.K. WERE KNOWN AS AND WERE CATHOLICS.In fact, around 1983, a pamphlet was put out by Catholic trads entitled “Jesus Christ, Catholic.” Perfect Logic, also btw.).

  5. good cause says:

    Pray for a change in our laws.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      So called “good cause”,

      Just what laws do you want us to pray for a change in?

      May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
      Viva Cristo Rey!
      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

  6. This is what happens when Catholics and others of good will elect evil politicians.
    Evil politicians appoint evil judges.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      I agree OSCAR. I wish we could change their hardened hearts. Not all Catholics vote this way, its too bad that we are a minority speaking up for the unborn. I cringe at the thought of the pain that an unborn endures at the hands of an abortionist. It should be criminal. How cold and wicked this world has become that it would not consider an abortion murder.

      Abortion is murder and it is wicked! It is murder of the most innocent and helpless.

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