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.


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.


Joyce Arthur continues the fight for abortion rights and access in Canada

by ORLY ZEBAK, Niv Magazine
Sept 10, 2022

Before 1969 all abortions in Canada were considered a criminal offence. If a doctor or anyone else was caught helping a woman terminate her pregnancy they could face life in prison; the woman, if found guilty, could face up to two years in jail. Before January 28, 1988 you needed approval from a Therapeutic Abortion Committee (TAC) to induce an abortion. Comprised of three medical practitioners in an accredited hospital, the TAC determined that a woman may only receive an abortion at said hospital if the pregnancy posed a threat to the woman’s life or health. Joyce Arthur, founder of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), found herself before such a committee at Vancouver General Hospital.


Crisis pregnancy centres outnumber abortion care clinics on Vancouver Island

A Nanaimo abortion provider says the centres confuse and misinform patients.

Tegwyn Hughes
August 11, 2022

On June 24, 2022, The House of Grace pregnancy centre opened its doors in central Duncan. Within days, a group of concerned citizens mobilized to publicly raise concerns about the new organization and other crisis pregnancy centres like it.

Unlike a women’s clinic or other medical clinic providing reproductive health care, crisis pregnancy centres are nonmedical organizations that offer counselling and support to pregnant people. They typically operate from a religiously informed view that life begins at conception and that preventing abortions is morally good.


How Canadian Abortion Providers Are Preparing For A Potential Uptick of Americans Seeking Care

It’s not clear how many Americans will turn to Canada for abortion care, but clinics are readying as best as they can.

Sarah Ratchford
Updated August 10, 2022

Joyce Arthur’s phone has been ringing nonstop for the past two weeks, and her inbox is filling up relentlessly. She usually fields a lot of requests, but this, she says, is on a whole new level.

Arthur is the executive director of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, one of three national organizations fighting for improved access to abortion care in Canada. The calls have been coming since the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, ending the constitutional right to an abortion in the U.S. The fear Americans felt travelled north of the border, and Arthur has been working to keep Canadians up to speed about what it means in this country. The day we speak, she has already taken calls from five reporters—and it’s only late morning.


Michigan County Prosecutors Can Enforce Abortion Ban Under New Court Ruling

TBEN News, By The Bharat Express News
August 2, 2022

Abortion could become illegal in parts of Michigan after a panel of the state appeals court said in a decision released Monday that a judge’s order blocking enforcement of a pre-Roe v. Wade ban does not apply. applies to provincial prosecutors.

The 91-year-old abortion ban, which was blocked in May from taking effect immediately, makes it a crime for doctors to perform abortions unless the mother’s life is in danger.


Canadian government urged to fast-track promise to tackle anti-abortionists

Trudeau’s party is accused of going silent on vow to strip charity status from groups that ‘deceive’ pregnant people

Annie Burns-Pieper, OpenDemocracy
2 August 2022

The Canadian government has been urged to finally fulfill its promise of ending charitable status for anti-abortion organisations accused of deceiving pregnant people by masquerading as ‘health centres’.

During its 2021 election campaign, the Liberal Party vowed to target groups “that provide dishonest counselling to women about their rights and about the options available to them at all stages of the pregnancy”.


Canada – Graphic roadside anti-abortion signs could be target of stricter sign bylaw

Daryl Newcombe, CTV News London Reporter
 July 29, 2022

London may soon consider broadening its prohibition of graphic anti-abortion images to include their public display on signs, banners and billboards.

Deanna Ronson, a local member of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), wants city council to prohibit people from displaying images of aborted fetuses along roadways and in other public settings.


‘We need to secure access here first’: Why Canada can’t help Americans with abortions yet

Christine Jean-Baptiste
Fri, July 22, 2022

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Canadian abortion advocates and activists have not stopped worrying about what's next.

"It's like a horror show. We're all going through the shock and trying to just grapple with what the consequences will be," said Joyce Arthur, Executive Director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.


Abortion in Canada—Legal for Decades But Hindered by Stigma

By Juliet Morrison

Ottawa, Jul 19 2022 (IPS) - Toronto resident Miranda Knight describes her abortion experience as relatively simple. After finding out she was pregnant on a Wednesday in 2017, she booked an appointment at an available clinic and got one for the following Monday. She had the procedure that day and left the clinic by noon.

But Knight’s experience is not the reality for all. As Canada’s most populous city, Toronto has several access points to abortion. Despite abortion being legal nationwide since 1988 and officially treated like any other medical procedure, many other parts of the country do not have access points.