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FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE — Members and supporters of Regina Pro-Life have been turning up near the General Hospital entrance since the beginning of Lent in their annual 40-Days for Life protest. About a dozen showed Feb. 19 wearing placards asking passers by to pray to end abortion. There are no restrictions on abortion in Canada. A child can be aborted at any time in the nine months of pregnancy, but most are aborted early in the gestation period. Canada's Supreme Court in a 1988 ruling effectively eliminated any restrictions on abortion by striking down a 1968 law that allowed abortions under strict conditions involving a committee of doctors who determined if the women's life was at risk. According to statistics from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) there were 1,921 abortions performed in Saskatchewan in 2013, the latest year for which statistics are available. There are no abortion clinics in Saskatchewan and all abortions are performed in Regina and Saskatoon hospitals. According to CIHI, most abortions are performed between nine and 12 weeks of gestation.

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