CANADA – Ontario Court of Appeal ruling: conscientious objectors must provide effective referral

In the case of Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (2019 ONCA 393) (decision online), the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the lower court ruling that the Policies of the College requiring physicians who invoke rights of conscientious objection in order not to participate in procedures that violate their religious beliefs must provide a patient seeking such a procedure with an “effective referral”. Objected procedures … Continued

USA: A CHRISTMAS STORY

Last week, a South Carolina state senator tabled a bill that the author of this article says every pro-choice lawmaker in the US should copy. It says that if the state wants to ban abortion, it should have to pay all of the costs of birthing and raising children born as a result. SB 928 says that anyone forced to give birth against their will would be acting as a gestational surrogate for the state – labour for which they should be compensated.

SEXUALITY EDUCATION: READING FOR CHILDREN

This website, from Sex Positive Families in the USA, contains a list of books about sex and sexuality grouped accordingly to children’s age. It is a great resource for anyone working with sexuality education or simply a parent who wishes to teach their children about human body, consent, sexual orientation, gender identity and more. The featured read for this month is Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up is the … Continued

USA – Abortion news, 10 December 2019

On 9 December 2019, the US Supreme Court left in place a Kentucky restriction requiring doctors to show and describe ultrasound images to women seeking an abortion, even if the patient objects and shows signs of distress, turning away a challenge arguing that the measure violates the free speech rights of physicians. The justices declined without comment to hear an appeal by the American Civil Liberties Union of a lower court ruling that upheld the law … Continued

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