The Ontario government says it recently restricted public access to records of abortion services because the data is “highly sensitive.”
British Columbia has had a similar clause in its Freedom of Information act since 2001, restricting the disclosure of information relating to abortion services.
But in recent years, as provinces change the way they report abortion data, the quality of the statistics around the procedure has declined, said Wendy Norman, an associate professor of family medicine at UBC.
“Over the past four or five years, we have had increasing challenges in being able to estimate the total number of abortions in Canada and part of this is due to our struggles with the balance between privacy legislation for the individual and legislation that helps protect the security of being able to protect the full range of abortion services.”
National Post, Fri Aug 10 2012, Page: A1 / Front, By: Armina Ligaya, Link to full text