The ‘headstrong, uncompromising, eccentric’ entrepreneur who helped change Canada’s birth-control law

Toronto’s Harold Fine did a roaring trade in condoms starting in the late ’50s. Unfortunately, his business was illegal. He thought it was past time for reform

Written by Nate Hendley
Nov 23, 2022

In the aftermath of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the constitutional right to abortion, some American politicians have mused about tackling the right to birth control next.

Anyone aghast at such a thought should remember that it was illegal to sell contraceptives in Canada until 1969. Various factors led to the law’s reform — among them, the efforts of an oddball Toronto entrepreneur.


Canada – Abortion or carry to term? Most women say they made the right decision, poll suggests

By Sean Boynton  Global News
Posted November 22, 2022

A large majority of Canadian women who have experienced an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy agree they made the right decision whether they chose to get an abortion or carry that pregnancy to term, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The Angus Reid Institute poll also suggests while three in 10 women in Canada have personally experienced an unwanted pregnancy, another 40 per cent said they are close with someone who has had an abortion, and 20 per cent had a close friend or family member who carried that pregnancy to term. Continued:

Canada – ‘Do you have another shirt?’: Possible change in legislative protocol following abortion t-shirt rejection

Brady Lang
Nov. 10, 2022

Clarity on protocols within the Saskatchewan Legislature is being looked for by both the government and the official opposition, thanks to a shirt, which read “Abortion is Health Care.”

The shirt was worn by Moosomin’s Megan Johnston, the executive director of Abortion is Healthcare Signs. The non-profit looks to put up “Abortion is Healthcare” billboards across Saskatchewan, wherever a pro-life billboard stands.


Abortion rights drove American expats to vote in midterms, say Democrats in Canada

Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
Nov 9, 2022

OTTAWA — A representative for Democrats Abroad says concern over the right to abortion was a motivating factor for those living outside the United States to vote in the country's midterm elections Tuesday.

Dianna English, who leads the Toronto chapter of the organization, says many people she spoke to were in "disbelief" that outlawing access to abortion was put back on the table this year.


As U.S. abortion bans take midterm centre stage, a clinic helping Canadians faces a crunch

By Rachel Gilmore  Global News
November 3, 2022

Dr. Warren Hern has clear memories from the years before Roe v. Wade granted women the right to an abortion.

He and his medical school classmates would stay up all night caring for sick women. At first, he said he didn’t understand why they were so ill. Then he learned the women had all tried to get illegal, unsafe abortions — and many were dying as a result.


Canada – ’Abortion is healthcare’ billboard goes up in Sask. to counter anti-abortion messages

Group plans to put up more billboards throughout province

Yasmine Ghania · CBC News
Posted: Nov 01, 2022

If you're driving along Saskatchewan highways, there's a good chance you'll see some anti-abortion billboards.

But now, if you're in Aylesbury, Sask., about 100 kilometres northwest of Regina, you'll also see an "abortion is healthcare" sign.

"We are trying to decrease the stigma and also increase availability and accessibility to those people who need access to abortions," said Rachel Regio, vice-president of Abortion is Healthcare Signs Inc., which paid for the billboard.


Medical students call for comprehensive abortion education across Canada

by Shani Laskin
on November 1, 2022

Medical students are pushing schools across Canada for greater abortion education in their curricula as a means to improve access to reproductive health care nationwide. Students are emphasizing the issue in light of the overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States on June 24, which has led to the increased scrutiny of abortion access in Canada.

Sex[M]ed, an organization founded  by Jillian Schneidman, a third-year medical student at McGill, launched a petition on March 10 calling on various Canadian institutions to increase their abortion training in medical education. The petition was addressed to the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Medical Council of Canada, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, and every medical school in the country.


When It Comes To Abortion Rights, Canada Can’t Save You

As long as Americans are fighting, again, for their right to choose, they should fight for better than what we have in Canada. Trust me.

Oct. 27, 2022

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested that Americans are welcome to use the Canadian health care system, and the abortions it provides, I scoffed.

Offering the Canadian health care system to American abortion seekers is a nice sentiment from someone whose country decriminalized abortion in 1988, but the reality is that much of Canadian health care is currently in shambles. As a Canadian woman who has covered the issue, and experienced it personally, I know that abortion care in this country is uneven at best.


Abortion Access in Montreal: An Uphill Battle

The Life-Risking Consequences of Insufficient Reproductive Care

Maria Cholakova
Published October 25, 2022

On June 24, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a case that made access to abortion services a federal right in the country.

It allowed each state to make its own law on the legality of abortion and its accessibility. The decision sparked major outrage from both the U.S. and people around the world alike. It also led to conversations about the importance of abortion access, leaving many in the dark about their rights.


Canada – Survey finds support for status quo on abortion access, but programs warn about challenges

Thia James
Oct 13, 2022 

The latest Taking the Pulse survey in Saskatchewan found 32.7 per cent of respondents believe abortion access is “good the way it is,” while 27.8 per cent believe it should be easier to access. Another seven per cent said they believe abortions are “too easily accessed” and 11.8 per cent said they believe there should be no abortions.

Saskatoon Sexual Health executive director Caitlin Cottrell is open about the barriers she faced in the past when she had to get a medically necessary pharmacological abortion due to an anembryonic pregnancy, where a fertilized egg implants but no embryo develops.