Friday, January 27, 2012

Campaign Life Coalition urges Deb Matthews to delist abortion from OHIP

Toronto, Jan. 27, 2012 – Campaign Life Coalition is urging Deb Matthews, the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, to delist elective abortions as part of Ontario’s action plan on health funding that will be announced on Monday January 30th, 2012.

Talking about C-section births, Matthews recently told reporters that “procedures must improve patients’ health outcomes or they won’t be covered,” adding that OHIP coverage applies when a procedure is deemed medically necessary.

“We agree with Deb Matthews that medically unnecessary procedures should be delisted,” said Mary Ellen Douglas, Ontario President for Campaign Life Coalition. “A procedure that kills a child in the womb is never medically necessary and therefore we call on the Liberal government to stop funding this elective surgery with our tax dollars,” added Douglas.

“Abortions are performed for convenience rather than for medical necessity,” said Alissa Golob, Youth Coordinator for Campaign Life Coalition. “If the McGuinty government is prepared to delist services that reflect a lifestyle choice, abortion should be the first one to go.”

A recent poll shows that more than six in ten Ontarians oppose the status quo of tax dollars paying for abortion on demand.

Campaign Life Coalition has already gathered more than 15,000 signatures for a petition to defund abortion, and is urging supporters to contact their MPP and tell them that abortion is a financial drain on our health care system and should be delisted from OHIP.

About Campaign Life Coalition

Campaign Life Coalition is a national, non-profit organization involved in political action and advocacy for legal and cultural change in Canada with respect to protecting human life and the family. It is non-partisan and encourages voting based on principles, not party. For more information visit

Media Contacts:
Alissa Golob, Campaign Life Coalition Youth Coordinator 416-204-9749
Mary Ellen Douglas, Campaign Life Coalition Ontario President 613-389-4472