U.S., Canada: world’s top 4% most permissive nations on abortion
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, reports LifeSiteNews.
“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.