Friday, October 19, 2012

Late term abortions statistics - born alive

From 2000 to 2009 in Canada, there were 491 abortions, of 20 weeks gestation and greater, that resulted in live births. This means that the aborted child died after it was born. These abortions are coded as P96.4 or "Termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn".

This number does not include late term abortions that are born dead (stillbirths).

This data comes from Statistics Canada here.

To see the data for yourself:

1) After you go to the link above, click on "Add/Remove data".

2) Go to "Step 4 - Select: Cause of death" and click on "All" twice (the first click all causes of death to be ticked, and the second click removes all causes). Then scroll down towards the bottom and click only on "Termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn [P96.4]"

3) Then go to "Step 5 - Select the time frame" and choose from 2000 to 2009.

You can read the descriptions of this abortion code here at CIHI, on page 215.

Here is a screen shot of the data. If you add up the columns you get 491.


  1. I believe this includes stillborn births as well. I looked at the CANSIM directory of codes and on p. 214/215 it explains that both stillborns and liveborns are assigned a p94.6.

  2. This particular table in my entry above (Table 102-0536) does not include stillborns. But you are correct that code P96.4 does include stillborns and liveborns.

    The problem is that table 102-4514 which does include "all" stillborns, but does not separate out the natural stillborns from the abortion stillborns. I am trying to get a breakdown of the natural stillborns and the abortive stillborns.

  3. Just a correction, the description of the code is on page 235 (it says 215 in the table of contents though.).

  4. Andrea I see the description on page 215 of the document. I think you may be referring to page 235 of the PDF doc in the top left hand of the frame. But the actual page number is in the bottom right hand corner is 215.

  5. Excellent work Patricia. And now three MP's have courageously stepped forward, instructing the RCMP to investigate!