Majority of Canadians oppose abortion requirement for summer jobs grant

May 12, 2018 by

from Catholic Herald:

A poll found 51 per cent think it is wrong to require organisations to support abortion before they receive state funding

The majority of Canadians oppose the requirement for a summer job grant which means organisations must support the government’s pro-abortion stance to receive public funding.

A survey by the Knights of Columbus shows 51 per cent of Canadians think requiring support for abortion to participate in the Canada Summer Job Grants programme is unfair, while just 27 per cent think the opposite.

The programme helps fund summer schemes run by small businesses, non-profit organisations and faith-based employers, and has provided an estimated 70,000 jobs for university or secondary school students.

It was announced earlier this year that organisations must tick a box agreeing with Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms which includes government commitments on “reproductive rights”.

The survey also showed that 44 per cent of Canadians who identify as pro-choice think the new rules are not fair, compared to 36 per cent who think it is. Meanwhile, 47 per cent of Canadians, compared to 31, disagree with forcing religious groups to comply with this requirement.

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