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Langley pro-life group seeks release of abortion statistics

A pro-life group is asking B.C.’s privacy commissioner to hold a public hearing to challenge provincial law that prohibits hospitals from releasing abortion statistics.

A pro-life group is asking B.C.’s privacy commissioner to hold a public hearing to challenge provincial law that prohibits hospitals from releasing abortion statistics.

Langley’s Campaign Life Coalition B.C. says statistics on how many abortions are performed at individual hospitals is in the public interest, CBC News reports.

Thursday was the final day for submissions to the commissioner. It is not known when a decision would be made.

The group has appealed to the office of B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner for a hearing so that they can challenge the provincial legislation.

A spokesman for the organization told media that abortion is a public policy issue and needs to be debated with specific numbers.

It has previously applied for abortion statistics from Vancouver General and Kelowna General, both of which refused.

Hospitals have opposed the hearing because they believe previous privacy commissions have already settled the issue.

 
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