Taxpayers funding focus on abortion

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Editor: Last year, Colleen MacQuarrie, associate professor UPEI  psychology department, wrote a research paper entitled Trials and Trails of Accessing Abortion in P.E.I.: Reporting on the Impact of P.E.I.’s Abortion Policies on Women. Funding for this research came from UPEI.     

The conclusions and recommendations made in the paper were in part based on the interviews of 22 people who had actually sought abortion services in P.E.I. from 1979 onward. These 22 people represented less than one per cent of those who actually sought abortion services during this time frame.

A sample of this size may be all that’s required for statistically significant results using modern research techniques. I won’t even pretend I know enough to comment.

The conclusions prompted UPEI to host a press conference on May 28, 2014, featuring representatives from three ‘come from away’ organizations who proceeded to tell the P.E.I. government what to do as far as providing abortion services.

The National Abortion Federation, a Washington-based organization, was represented by Vicky Saporta, the president and CEO. Also here to help our government was Jocelyn Downey, a law professor from Dalhousie University, and Dr. Robyn MacQuarrie, a physician from Amherst, N.S.

Next, UPEI has decided to host a conference entitled Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution Aug. 7-8, 2014, an international conference focusing on reproductive justice.

I believe P.E.I. taxpayers are paying for these conferences and research projects. As a taxpayer, I have a request for UPEI which I’m sure it will find most interesting, given its involvement in the abortion issue. How about a research paper using the same population base (1979 to present) to study post-abortion physical or mental health problems? Another project could be to examine the relationship between abortion and breast cancer.

In addition to holding the first international abortion conference in Canada, UPEI could also be the first university in Canada to conduct this much-needed research. I only hope that UPEI does not let the pro-abortion lobby prevent them from undertaking this very important work. I am looking forward to the results.

Rolf Tomlins,


Organizations: National Abortion Federation, Dalhousie University

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada, Amherst

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