CANADA – Canada’s Abortion Caravan: Looking back at an historic reproductive rights movement

Fifty years ago this weekend, hundreds of women from across Canada arrived in Ottawa to protest an abortion law passed by Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s government in 1969. They arrived in a convoy led by a Volkswagen van with a black coffin strapped to the roof. They argued that the existing law was too restrictive, forcing women to seek unregulated abortions by unqualified practitioners that resulted in hundreds of deaths each year. It was only in … Continued

NOVA SCOTIA – MLAs from all parties voice their support for a bill to restrict anti-abortion protests

A bill aimed at restricting anti-abortion protests in Nova Scotia received wide support in the legislature in the first days of March 2020, with many members sharing emotional and heartfelt speeches in favour of a woman’s right to access reproductive health care, free from harassment or intimidation. “In my own life, this is a really resonant issue,” said NDP MLA Claudia Chender, who tabled the bill Tuesday. The Nova Scotia NDP is calling on the … Continued

CANADA/QUEBEC – Confidential report reveals negative climate for third-trimester abortions in Quebec

The Clinical Ethics Working Group of the College of Physicians of Quebec has just published a report that denounces the current state of third trimester abortion services in Canada, which it describes as “disorganized”, “discriminatory” and “unacceptable”. The report finds that doctors who provide late abortions are “stigmatized, even intimidated”. Women are rejected by hospitals, and must travel to the USA where they have to pay $10-15,000 for an abortion. Others are “forced to continue the pregnancy”, … Continued

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

CANADA – Clinic 554, Fredericton, New Brunswick, closing

In May 2019, we reported that Clinic 554 (formerly the Morgenthaler Clinic) had receivedthe Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award, recognising their commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights. It is the only freestanding abortion clinic in the province of New Brunswick, and also provides health care to much of the province’s transgender population. The clinic has previously relied on crowd-sourced donations to stay open, and staff would sometimes forgo payment from patients in order to provide services. … Continued

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