Women’s rights group protests abortion victim monument with painted stones
January 8, 2020
By Sarah Cooke
BELLEVILLE – A local women’s rights group is protesting the controversial anti-abortion monument in St. James Cemetery in Belleville by painting rocks with messages of support for women’s right to choose.
Early in Nov. 2019, the Belleville Knights of Columbus gained national attention after the group posted images of a gravestone in St. James Cemetery was dedicated to the victims of abortion went viral on social media.
4 Women On What It Was Like Before Abortion Was Decriminalized In Canada
Yes, access has radically improved since 1988—but we can’t be complacent.
by Rachel Chen
Updated Jan 7, 2020
Abortion was decriminalized in Canada in 1988, after pro-choice advocate Dr. Henry Morgentaler successfully challenged the constitutionality of Canada’s abortion law. Three decades later, access to both medical and surgical abortion isn’t perfect—especially for women in rural areas—but it’s radically better than what it once was. Still, as we see threats to Roe v. Wade (the landmark case that gave Americans a right to abortion) growing next door in the United States, it is important to remember how we got where we are.
Here, four women share what it was like to be faced with an unwanted pregnancy prior to 1988—and why we can never go back to such restrictive access.
Anti-abortion group hails appeal ruling against University of Alberta as victory for free speech
UAlberta Pro-Life argued $17,500 security fee infringed on freedom of expression
Posted: Jan 06, 2020
A student anti-abortion group has won one of its appeals against the University of Alberta, in a ruling being hailed by some as a victory for free speech.
The case dates back to 2016 when UAlberta Pro-Life tried to host a protest on campus.
The university approved the event but only if the group paid a $17,500 security fee. The group claimed that cost was prohibitive and violated its freedom of expression.
Medical schools should deny applicants who object to provide abortion, assisted death: bioethicist
By Rachel Browne Global News
Posted November 23, 2019
A bioethicist is calling for medical schools to eliminate applicants who would oppose providing medical services over objections to them based on their personal beliefs.
The call from Udo Schuklenk, a Queen’s University professor and the Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics, comes as the Alberta government grappled with a controversial bill that would have allowed health-care providers to refuse to provide medical care if they object to it on religious or moral grounds.
Controversial conscience rights bill for Alberta physicians voted down
'This is a very political thing and a very cynical thing and it is not about physicians'
Wallis Snowdon · CBC News
Posted: Nov 22, 2019
A controversial private member's bill that called for more protection for Alberta health workers who invoke conscience rights was rejected Thursday by an all-party committee of the legislature.
The Conscience Rights Act for Healthcare Workers, or Bill 207 — introduced by Peace River MLA and UCP (United Conservative Party) backbencher Dan Williams — would have meant doctors could not be sued or sanctioned for refusing to provide a service that goes against their moral beliefs.
How PEI Became One Of The Most Accessible Places For Women’s Health Care In Canada
Within 10 months, PEI went from having no abortion services on the island to offering self-referral. What can the province teach the rest of the country?
by Emily Baron Cadloff
Updated Nov 20, 2019
When Courtney Cudmore learned she was pregnant in 2015, she knew immediately what she would do. At 31 years old, the Charlottetown restaurant worker was already a mother of two, and her then-fiancée had taken a job out of province. She was overwhelmed and scared, and she wanted desperately not to be pregnant. Cudmore saw a doctor at a walk-in clinic, who she says told her he had a religious objection to abortion. After she pleaded with him, he reluctantly gave her a prescription for a medical abortion. She tried several pharmacies before finding one that would fill it.
“There was no way I could bring another child into the equation. What was I going to do? How was I going to feed it? Clothe it? Find room for it?” she wrote at the time on Facebook.
Singh urges Trudeau to act on abortion access in New Brunswick
Kristy Kirkup, Ottawa
November 18, 2019
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act immediately to withhold cash transfers to New Brunswick until the province provides funding for out-of-hospital abortion services.
New Brunswick is clearly violating the Canada Health Act, and it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister to step in, Mr. Singh said in a letter to Mr. Trudeau Monday.
Stop Bill 207: “Abandoning Patients Act” Is Unconstitutional and Dangerous
November 12, 2019
Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
ALBERTA – A bill introduced on Nov 7 in the Alberta legislature is blatantly unconstitutional because it legalizes discrimination against vulnerable groups on the basis of “conscience.”
Bill 207, misleadingly titled Conscience Rights (Health Care Providers) Protection Act, was introduced by MLA Dan Williams of Alberta’s ruling Uterus Control Party (UCP). The bill is more aptly named the Abandoning Patients Act because it is a license for medical negligence.
Under the bill, health care professionals would enjoy complete immunity for refusing to provide a health care service they disagree with for personal or religious reason (so-called “conscientious objection”). The bill removes existing patient protections, including their right to a referral, and their ability to have a complaint heard or to launch a lawsuit.
Anti-abortion group defends their ads on transit buses, despite outrage
Spencer Turcotte, CTV Kitchener
Published Monday, November 11, 2019
GUELPH -- An anti-abortion group in Guelph says they're defending their right to freedom of speech with their advertisements on transit buses as others in the community are calling for them to be removed.
Guelph & Area Right to Life says there are only five images, but they have been duplicated for display on the back of 10 different buses.
Abortion Access In Alberta At Greater Risk With New Bill
Last Updated November 8, 2019
Alberta doctors could refuse to refer women to abortion practitioners if a bill currently making its way through the provincial legislature is passed. Bill 207 would protect doctors from referring patients to procedures that conflict with their personal beliefs.
If it becomes law, the bill would be a blow to reproductive rights in the province. While abortion is legal across Canada, provinces regulate and determine access. And in Alberta, that access is already hit and miss. Crisis pregnancy centres — basically anti-choice centres masquerading as women’s support groups — outnumber clinics that provide abortions four to one. People outside of Calgary and Edmonton have limited access to clinics where surgical abortions take place, and it’s up to individual physicians to decide if they want to prescribe the abortion pill.