I recently asked for more abortion statistics from the Access, Privacy & Corporate Coordination, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Here is the response I received:
"I am replying to your request for access to information, received on April 5, 2012, under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act).
Please be advised that effective January 1, 2012, section 65 of the Act (Application of the Act) was amended to exclude records relating to the provision of abortion services. The effect of section 65 (5.7) of the Act is that individuals no longer have a right to make access requests under Part II of FIPPA to an institution for records in the custody or under the control of that institution relating to the provision of abortion services.
Please find attached copies of Section 65 (5.7) of the Act
Mr. Don Young, Assistant Deputy Minister, was responsible for this decision..."
What does this mean? It means that all abortion information in Ontario is now hidden. It is now secret.
The amendment to FIPPA was silently slipped in as part of Bill 122: An Act to increase the financial accountability of organizations in the broader public sector.
There has been nothing about this debated at Queen's Park. Nothing said about it during debate in the Ontario Legislature; nothing said about it at the committee hearings.
It all happened under the radar.
That's despotic secrecy just like Pierre Trudeau predicted.
Welcome to the world of Orwell.