Big decline in abortions at 2 southwestern Ontario hospitals over last decade, data shows – CBC

CBC News obtained information through a Freedom of Information request

Nov 03, 2022

The number of abortions performed at two southwestern Ontario hospitals trended downward over the last 10 years, according to new numbers obtained by CBC News.

Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) performed 604 abortions in the 2012-13 fiscal year compared to 169 in the most recent fiscal year. Meanwhile, Bluewater Health in Sarnia performed 199 abortions 10 years ago and 69 during the most recent fiscal period.

For patients, “I think it does reassure them that they’re not on this totally lonely journey [by themselves],” said Dr. Fraser Fellows, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist (ob-gyn) who worked in London from 1974 to 2018. “There’s help out there and the evidence is in the numbers that you’re revealing to them.”

Fellows has been performing abortions since the 1970s. He said he “was happy to provide that option” to ensure the procedure “was done safely and effectively.”

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