Canada – Clinic 554, Fredericton Abortion Clinic That Also Supports LGBTQ Patients, Set To Close

Clinic 554, Fredericton Abortion Clinic That Also Supports LGBTQ Patients, Set To Close
The clinic's director, along with Jagmeet Singh, want the federal government to intervene.

10/11/2019
By Maija Kappler

New Brunswick’s only freestanding abortion clinic, which also provides health care to much of the province’s transgender population, is set to close.

Clinic 554 has previously relied on crowdsourced donations to stay open, and the staff sometimes forgoes payment from patients in order to provide services.

“We feel a tremendous amount of fear for our patients and the underserved communities we care for,” Clinic 554’s medical director, Dr. Adrian Edgar, said in an emotional statement posted to Facebook. “I thought I would be the family doctor for my patients until I or they died.”

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/abortion-clinic-closure-new-brunswick_ca_5d9fa05de4b087efdbab11c0?utm_hp_ref=ca-living


Canada – Candidates’ views on conversion therapy, abortion raise questions about Scheer’s promise to leave social issues alone

Daphne Bramham: Candidates' views on conversion therapy, abortion raise questions about Scheer's promise to leave social issues alone

Opinion: Burnaby Tory candidate Heather Leung believes therapy can cure gays and that abortion should never be an option even in cases of rape and incest. She and other anti-abortion candidates make it tough to believe Andrew Scheer's promise that the issues wouldn't be revisited if Conservatives form government.

Daphne Bramham
Updated: October 3, 2019

For a leader who insists that his party won’t reopen debate on same-sex marriage, abortion and medically assisted dying, Conservative Andrew Scheer doesn’t make it easy for people to believe him.

His own unblemished voting record of opposing same-sex marriage and abortion is a stumbling block. So is his promise to allow members of Parliament to speak freely and potentially introduce private members’ bills on these issues.

Continued: https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/daphne-bramham-candidates-views-on-conversion-therapy-abortion-raise-questions-about-scheers-promise-to-leave-social-issues-alone


Canada – Scheer says he is personally ‘pro-life,’ but would not reopen abortion debate

Scheer says he is personally 'pro-life,' but would not reopen abortion debate

Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019

OTTAWA - Andrew Scheer says he is personally against abortion, but promised a Conservative government under his leadership would not reopen the debate.

His political rivals pushed the Conservative leader to clarify his stance on abortion at the French-language debate hosted by private television network TVA on Wednesday night, demanding to know whether he is personally in favour of women having the right to choose.

Scheer didn't answer the question about his personal views on stage, and he has evaded such questions since before the election campaign began.

Continued: https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/scheer-says-he-is-personally-pro-life-but-would-not-reopen-abortion-debate-1.4622423


Canada – Photo with anti-LGBTQ+ politician was ‘colossal’ mistake, says Toronto brewer

Photo with anti-LGBTQ+ politician was ‘colossal’ mistake, says Toronto brewer

By Alastair Sharp in News, Politics
October 3rd 2019

A Toronto brewery co-founder says her own trade group made a “colossal, tone-deaf mistake” in meeting with a Ford government politician who has vowed to fight abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Mandie Murphy, who co-founded Toronto's Left Field Brewery, tore into Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) in an open letter dated Tuesday and posted on the brewery’s website. Her concerns were echoed by two other breweries: Sawdust City Brewing Co., another OCB member based in Gravenhurst, Ont., as well as Hamilton’s Merit Brewing.

Continued: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/03/news/photo-anti-lgbtq-politician-was-colossal-mistake-says-toronto-brewer


Abortion in Canada: The election debates, the law and the reality

Abortion in Canada: The election debates, the law and the reality
October 3, 2019

Martha Paynter, PhD Candidate in Nursing, Dalhousie University

This federal election season, abortion is undeniably a campaign issue, with media coverage routinely suggesting abortion rights are tenuous or up for debate.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has declared that he is “personally pro-life,” while insisting that his cabinet will not “reopen the issue.” This does, however, leave the door open for individual MPs to put forward anti-abortion private member bills.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/abortion-in-canada-the-election-debates-the-law-and-the-reality-123904


Canada – The Pill was legalized 50 years ago, but experts say we can still improve contraceptive access

The Pill was legalized 50 years ago, but experts say we can still improve contraceptive access

By Leslie Young, Senior National Online Journalist, Health Global News
Sep 26, 2019

As recently as the early 1960s, contraceptives were illegal in Canada.

People still used them, according to Christabelle Sethna, a professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Ottawa, and co-editor of an upcoming book on changes to sexuality laws in the 1969 Omnibus bill.

People were getting condoms or the relatively new birth control pill under the table from pharmacists, nurses or doctors, she said, though they were technically illegal sales. A Toronto pharmacist, Howard Fine, was convicted in 1960 for selling condoms.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5955190/pill-legalized-canada-50-years/


Canada – Abortion is constitutional right and, unfortunately, an election issue

Abortion is constitutional right and, unfortunately, an election issue

Jennifer Taylor argues Canadians can’t trust the Tory leader on his promise to avert the anti-abortion movement
Abortion is constitutional right and, unfortunately, an election issue

By Jennifer Taylor
OPINION 23 Sep 2019

It’s been 50 years since abortion was partly decriminalized in Canada, and 31 years since R v Morgentaler, the Supreme Court of Canada decision that struck down the remaining Criminal Code restrictions. Surely, in 2019, Canadians have accepted that there is a constitutional right to abortion access in this country, and abortion is a publicly funded health care service – not a subject for debate. We’ve moved on. Right?

Unfortunately, not.

Continued: https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/news/opinion/abortion-is-constitutional-right-and-unfortunately-an-election-issue/304370


Leader of Canada’s opposition party distances self from anti-abortion comment

Leader of Canada's opposition party distances self from anti-abortion comment

September 12, 2019
David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The leader of Canada’s main opposition Conservative Party on Thursday distanced himself from comments by a candidate opposing abortion, which could hurt his chances with women voters in an Oct. 21 election.

Andrew Scheer, trying to defeat Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, insisted he had no plans to reopen the abortion debate if he won the election.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-election-scheer/leader-of-canadas-opposition-party-distances-self-from-anti-abortion-comment-idUSKCN1VX231


The sorry state of abortion access in Saskatchewan

The sorry state of abortion access in Saskatchewan

Sask Dispatch, by Sara Birrell
Sep 5, 2019

It has been more than 30 years since the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Morgentaler found Canada’s anti-abortion laws to be such an egregious overreach of state power that they violate Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the right to “life, liberty, and security of the person.” Since then, under the law, abortion has been treated as what it is: a morally and ethically neutral medical treatment. But while the decision ostensibly means that any pregnant person should be able to access medical (that is, induced by a drug) or surgical abortions at any time, the nature of the Canadian health-care system, which puts control of services in the hands of the provinces, means that abortion care is a patchwork that leaves many pregnant Canadians – especially those who are poor, Indigenous, young, or in rural and remote communities – to endure unwanted pregnancies.

Continued: https://briarpatchmagazine.com/saskdispatch/view/the-sorry-state-of-abortion-access-in-saskatchewan


Why social issues are a hot topic in Canada’s autumn election

Why social issues are a hot topic in Canada's autumn election
Social issues like gay marriage and abortion have taken centre stage in the lead up to Canada's autumn election, as the Liberal Party tries to convince voters that the Conservatives want to backtrack on LGBTQ and abortion rights.

30 August 2019

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has fired an early salvo against Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer, and his past record on gay marriage and abortion.

But whether it will wound his primary opponent remains to be seen.

Continued : https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49528267