This past Saturday, I was asked how the birth rate in Quebec compares to the abortion rate. After a little bit of research this is what I came up with.
Roughly speaking for every three births, there is one abortion.
Here are the sources:
- First, the figures for the number of births come from the statistical branch of the provincial government - Institut de la statistique du Québec, and may be viewed here . At this site, you'll find yearly figures for the number of births from 1900 through to and including 2011. Observe that over the past four years the figures have leveled off at about 88 000 from a low of 72 000 in 2000 and 2002.
- As for the abortion statistics, recent figures are not as readily available. I used the figure of 30 000 which comes to us from a study by a pro-abortion group Conseil du statut de la femme, released in 2008 and presenting figures from 2002 through and including 2006 (page 25). These figures vary between 28 500 and 29 900. I rounded them up to 30 000 in order to account for the chemical abortions - i.e., the morning-after pill and other abortifacients.