A national anti-abortion conference is in Charlottetown this week with the ambitious goal of seeing new abortion laws introduced in Canada, and moving Canadian public opinion on abortion at the same time.

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Mike Schouten, a speaker at the National Pro-Life Conference (CBC)

The National Pro-Life Conference is looking to take some inspiration from being held on P.E.I., which is the only province in Canada where legal abortions are not performed.

"I applaud P.E.I. for keeping it off the Island," delegate Natalie Sonnen told CBC News Thursday. She hopes P.E.I. will take it a step further, and stop funding out of province abortions too.

"Every provincial government in Canada can spend their money the way they choose with regard to healthcare. And if they don't fund abortions, that's their prerogative," she said.

Mike Schouten, a featured speaker at the conference, is setting his goals higher than that. He is leading a push to draw up a new abortion law that would protect a fetus under all circumstances. That would include cases of rape, incest, or severe fetal abnormalities.

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Natalie Sonnen, a delegate at the National Pro-Life Conference, would like to see P.E.I. stop funding abortions. (CBC)

"People here support the protection of life from fertilization onwards," said Schouten.

Schouten acknowledges his opinions are unpopular, but he believes it is possible to move public opinion. In particular if abortion is made illegal.

"The law does teach us, it does stigmatize certain behaviours. For example, with drinking and driving," he said.

"We can never underestimate where the Canadian people are going to go as far as their opinions on abortion in cases of rape or incest."

UPEI psychology professor Colleen MacQuarrie is part of a group looking to improve access to abortions for women on P.E.I. She's studying how lack of abortion services can affect women.

"The easiest thing that you can do to make sure that a woman is harmed, is to block her options," said MacQuarrie.

"If you block options, it makes people desperate. And that's when harm can occur."

The National Pro-Life Conference wraps up in Charlottetown on Saturday.