Canada – Activists condemn Canadian cinema chain for screening anti-abortion film

Activists condemn Canadian cinema chain for screening anti-abortion film
Cineplex Entertainment criticized for screening Unplanned, which is said to promote falsehoods about reproductive health

Tracey Lindeman in Ottawa
Tue 9 Jul 2019

Abortion rights defenders in Canada have accused the country’s largest cinema chain of hiding behind freedom of expression laws in order to screen a controversial US anti-choice film which has been described as “anti-abortion propaganda”.

The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) said Cineplex Entertainment has “made a decision based on money, not freedom of speech” by choosing to screen Unplanned. ARCC executive director Joyce Arthur said: “The movie theatres who are agreeing to show this film under the guise of free speech are publicly legitimizing anti-choice views.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/09/canadian-abortion-rights-group-condemns-cinema-chain-over-anti-choice-film

Read more

Controversial anti-abortion film ‘Unplanned’ to hit more than 24 Canadian theatres

Controversial anti-abortion film 'Unplanned' to hit more than 24 Canadian theatres

Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, July 3, 2019

TORONTO -- A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests.

More than 24 cinemas across the country are due to screen "Unplanned" for a week starting July 12, after stirring up intense debate during its U.S. release from Christian production studio Pure Flix.

Continued: https://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/controversial-anti-abortion-film-unplanned-to-hit-more-than-24-canadian-theatres-1.4491806

Read more

‘There is a problem here’: advocates sound alarm over abortion access in Canada

‘There is a problem here’: advocates sound alarm over abortion access in Canada

By Heather Yourex-West
June 21, 2019

WATCH: In Canada, abortions are legal but access can be difficult. As Heather Yourex-West explains, it can depend on where you live and how deep your pockets are.

It’s been a few years since a woman — whom we’ll call Joanna — made a 450 km journey across Canada for an abortion. Joanna asked to remain anonymous because she doesn’t feel safe speaking publicly about her abortion, but her ordeal, she believes, is something that needs to be shared.

Joanna was living in Fort McMurray, Alta., when she first learned she was pregnant. Right away, she says she knew she wasn’t prepared to carry the pregnancy to term.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5417539/advocates-abortion-access-canada/

Read more

Canada – Pro-choice groups call on Alberta Health Services to stop linking to anti-abortion organizations

Pro-choice groups call on Alberta Health Services to stop linking to anti-abortion organizations

By Kevin Maimann, StarMetro Edmonton
Mon., Nov. 19, 2018

EDMONTON—Pro-choice groups are calling on a government-run website to stop referring Albertans with reproductive health questions to agencies they deem anti-choice, transphobic and homophobic.

InformAlberta, an online directory of publicly funded or non-profit health, community and government organizations and services, links to anti-abortion groups and faith-based crisis pregnancy care centres — alongside legitimate medical resources — when users search terms such as abortion, sexual health education, teen pregnancy, and pregnancy test.

Continued: https://www.thestar.com/edmonton/2018/11/19/pro-choice-groups-call-on-alberta-health-services-to-stop-linking-to-anti-abortion-organizations.html

Read more

Abortion-pill inequality: How access varies widely across Canada

Abortion-pill inequality: How access varies widely across Canada
Two years after Canadians got access to Mifegymiso, some regions have seen thousands of prescriptions, but others have had hardly any, according to figures obtained by The Globe and Mail. The numbers point to deeply rooted problems in regional abortion care

Carly Week
October 12, 2018

Women’s health advocates have hailed the abortion pill as the key to eliminating barriers to abortion in Canada because it can be prescribed by a family doctor and taken at home, no matter where a woman lives. Yet, nearly two years after Mifegymiso became available, many women still have to travel to abortion clinics, endure lengthy waits and pay out-of-pocket if they want to use it to end their pregnancies.

Prescribing data provided to The Globe and Mail show large regional disparities in access to the abortion pill, which the World Health Organization says is a safe and effective method of terminating pregnancies in the first nine weeks. In Manitoba, where nearly 4,000 abortions are performed every year, no prescriptions for Mifegymiso have been dispensed from retail pharmacies since it came on the market, according to the data. But in Ontario, which has about 40,000 abortions every year, more than 6,600 prescriptions were dispensed last year and this year, up to August, 2018.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-abortion-pill-inequality-how-access-varies-widely-across-canada/

Read more

Canada – Graphic Anti-Abortion Signs Feel Like Visual Terrorism, But Should They Be Banned?

Graphic Anti-Abortion Signs Feel Like Visual Terrorism, But Should They Be Banned?
*Trigger Warning: This article discusses the graphic imagery used by some anti-abortion protesters*

by Katherine Singh
Sep 26, 2018

It was a typical Friday afternoon in July for Apiecalypse Now! owner Jennifer Bundock. The vegan pizzeria owner was driving to her east end Toronto location when she received a text from the manager of her west end location: “We’ve got a situation.”

Anti-abortion activists had set up shop in front of the restaurant with graphic signs. She pulled a U-turn and headed back to the Bloor Street spot, passing the old Honest Ed’s lot and pulling up 10 minutes later in front of her restaurant. Then she started live-streaming on Instagram. In a now-viral video, Bundock exits her car and confronts a group of anti-abortion activists, who were standing outside of her restaurant in plain view of the front window, holding large signs depicting dismembered and bloody fetuses. What the video didn’t show? Bundock’s customers, who were attempting to stand in front of the protestors’ signs when she arrived, trying to shield the images from passersby as well as the daycare and Girl Scout office around the corner.

Continued: https://www.flare.com/news/anti-abortion-signs/

Read more

How university campuses became ground zero for Canada’s abortion debate

How university campuses became ground zero for Canada's abortion debate

WARNING: This story contains graphic images

Brett Bundale · The Canadian Press
Posted: Sep 09, 2018

University campuses have increasingly become a focal point of Canada's anti-abortion movement, prompting a fresh debate over free speech and questions about what critics call misleading tactics.

"On campuses across the country, we have seen a rise in anti-choice groups," said Trina James of the Canadian Federation of Students.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/abortion-debate-at-canada-s-universities-critics-1.4816333

Read more

Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under ‘conscientious objection’

Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under 'conscientious objection'

Joyce Arthur
July 5, 2018

For the first time ever, an expert group has arrived at a majority consensus that the practice of so-called "conscientious objection" by health-care professionals should not be allowed. The experts agreed that the practice of refusing to provide legal and essential health care due to a doctor's personal or religious beliefs is a violation of medical ethics and of patients' right to health care. Abortion and other reproductive health care are the most commonly refused services.

Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care is the title of the expert group's just-released report with recommendations. It is a product of the first global meeting on the topic of "conscientious objection," which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay in August 2017 because the refusal to treat is a major barrier to abortion access in many Latin American countries.

Continued: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/07/expert-group-denounces-refusal-treat-under-conscientious-objection

Read more

Canada – Safe-access zones at abortion clinics are constitutional

Opinion: Safe-access zones at abortion clinics are constitutional

Joyce Arthur
Updated: May 31, 2018

There’s been much misinformation in the debate over Bill 9, the proposed safe-access zone law to protect Alberta’s abortion clinics. Surprisingly, those who oppose the bill seem unaware that British Columbia has enforced a very similar law since 1995 and it’s been held to be constitutional.

Since the Alberta law was closely adapted from B.C.’s law, we can be confident it will also meet Charter scrutiny. In fact, based on the legal soundness of the B.C. law, similar laws have recently been passed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, and Ontario. Alberta is simply following in their footsteps.

Continued: http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-safe-access-zones-at-abortion-clinics-are-constitutional

Read more

Canada – Abortion pill prescriptions likely to rise after 4,253 women used new option last year

Abortion pill prescriptions likely to rise after 4,253 women used new option last year

By Amanda Connolly, National Online Journalist Global News
April 27, 2018

One year after the abortion pill became available to Canadian women, new numbers show thousands have used the new option for reproductive health care and sexual health experts say they expect that number to keep rising.

Mifegymiso is the commercial name for a two-drug combination approved by Health Canada to be used to terminate early pregnancies up to nine weeks, which was approved in 2015 with tight restrictions but only became available to the public in January 2017.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/4172876/abortion-pill-mifegymiso-canada-how-to-get/

Read more