In response to a request for abortion statistics for Vancouver General Hospital, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority provided statistics for the entire health region.
The statistics for the years 2005 to 2009 are as follows:
These are statistics for the ENTIRE Vancouver Coastal Health Authority!
On the website for the Health Authority, there lists the following that provide abortion services:
(As a sidenote, for any of you hyperventilating over the fact that I am “identifying” facilities that provide abortion, keep in mind all these abortion clinics have their own web pages, and have links from various pro-choice sites, including the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Plus, being the good little capitalists they are, all have yellow page listings.)
So…here is the million dollar question. Where are the abortion stats for these abortion clinics? 211 abortions performed in the entire Vancouver Coastal Health Authority?
I hardly think so.
What it means is that the abortion clinics in the Vancouver area DO NOT report their stats, even to their Health Authority.
So who do they report to? Well, they like to be paid, so certainly they report their numbers to the Medical Services Plan…which pays for each and every abortion.How about Stats Canada? Well, the abortion clinics of British Columbia stopped reporting their stats years ago.
How about the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the group commissioned with tracking abortion stats in Canada now?
Surely you aren’t serious. Abortion clinics don’t report there either.
It all boils down to secrecy versus right to know. Thanks to British Columbia’s Freedom of Information laws, the insidiousness of censorship grows ever deeper.
BC’s abortion clinics, by all accounts, are accountable to no one.
So..let’s make the claim. If this censorship and refusal to hold to account of Vancouver’s abortion clinics is allowed to continue, it’s only a matter of time until something like the Gosnell case erupts in Canada.
After all, given the obsession that BC’s abortion industry has over censorship, and the embarrassment after embarrassment that was discovered using FOI laws here, it is no surprise why abortion information is banned.
BTW, all of Vancouver’s abortion clinics are members of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). Can we expect them to report to BC Health Authorities, any problems they might see in BC? The Gosnell case tells us:
We understand that NAF’s goal is to assist clinics to comply with its standards, not to sanction them for deficiencies. Nevertheless, we have to question why an evaluator from NAF, whose stated mission is to ensure safe, legal, and acceptable abortion care, and to promote health and justice for women, did not report Gosnell to authorities.
So once again we ask. Just who is accountable for Vancouver’s abortion clinics?