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Historical Analysis of Abortion Debate in the Maritimes

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Historical Analysis of Abortion Debate in the Maritimes

Dear New Brunswick Right to Life Association,

I am wondering if you would kindly distribute this email to fellow Maritime citizens who might be interested in participating in the online survey and/or interview. There is currently very little research in Canada on the regional and national pro-life movements and I hope to fill this gap through an analysis of the debates in the Maritime Provinces. 

I am a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Mitchinson, Canada Research Chair in Gender and Medical history.  I am researching the cultural, economic, political, and social factors that influenced the availability of abortion services in the Maritime Provinces from 1969 to 1996.  The study is being conducted with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

There are two phases to this project.  In the first phase, I am collecting surveys from residents of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia who are willing to reflect on the abortion debates during the period 1969-1996. If you decide to volunteer, a 15-minute online survey is completed anonymously.  Survey questions focus on demography, religion, political views, and personal experiences to determine the various factors that shape a person’s beliefs regarding abortion.  Participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer and you can withdraw your participation at any time by closing your web browser; incomplete surveys will be deleted and not analyzed.  I may use quotes from participants’ responses and publish them in my dissertation and/or articles. In circumstances where answers are of a personal nature or could put a participant’s reputation at risk—such as a patient or medical professional’s experiences with abortion--I will aggregate data at either a regional or provincial level to ensure anonymity. The data collected through this study will be maintained in a de-identified, encrypted file on a password-protected computer and kept for a period of ten years.  The web site is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you (such as machine identifiers). This survey uses FluidSurveys, a company based out of Canada, and secure socket layer links (SSL) encrypt the online survey and data during respondents’ sessions to ensure that your sensitive information remains protected.   If you prefer not to submit your data through FluidSurveys, please contact me via email so you can participate using an alternative method (such as through an email or paper-based questionnaire).  The alternate method may decrease anonymity but confidentiality will be maintained.

In the second phase of the study, I would like to conduct follow-up interviews with those who are willing from the group that has filled out this survey.  Participation in the interview would again be completely voluntary and you may decline answering any questions you prefer not to answer.  Your involvement in the first phase of the study does not obligate you to participate in the second part.  There will be a question at the end of the survey that asks if you would like to participate in the interview and space for you to fill in your contact information.

All information that you provide through your participation in this study will be kept confidential.  Unless requested otherwise, participants’ identities will remain anonymous. 

If you have any questions about this study, or would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about participating, please feel free to contact myself, Katrina Ackerman, at, or my supervisor, Dr. Wendy Mitchinson, at

I would like to assure you that this study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo. However, the final decision about participation is yours. Should you have any comments or concerns resulting about your participation in this study, please contact Dr. Maureen Nummelin in the Office of Research Ethics at 1-519-888-4567, Ext. 36005 or

To take the survey in English, please click on the link and enter this password when prompted: abortionstudy2013

Pour répondre au sondage en français, s'il vous plaît cliquez sur le lien et entrez le mot de passe: abortionstudy2013

Thank you in advance for your co-operation in my research.                                    

Yours sincerely,
Katrina Ackerman