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”.
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.
Carly Weeks, Globe & Mail
July 11, 2022
Abortion rights advocacy groups are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to defend reproductive rights in Canada by denying anti-abortion groups funding and revoking their charity status.
Dozens of crisis pregnancy centres and other anti-abortion groups received federal COVID-19 relief funds and continue to have tax exempt charity status. Mr. Trudeau has been highly critical of crisis pregnancy centres and has promised to revoke their charity status.
Jennifer Ferreira, CTVNews.ca Producer
July 7, 2022
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Susan Brison is reminded of her late sister’s decision to get an abortion in 1967, when the procedure was still illegal in Canada.
Brison’s sister, Kate Daller, had been 19 at the time, she said. It was after Brison’s family moved from northern British Columbia to Toronto that Daller became pregnant. Having only lived in Toronto for two years, Brison’s family wasn’t able to find a doctor willing to perform an abortion in the city, she said.
By Amanda Coletta
July 3, 2022
TORONTO — The Women’s Health Clinic in Winnipeg is stretched. The facility is one of a handful of abortion clinics in Manitoba, a Canadian province of 1.3 million. It fields about 100 inquiries each week and says it is providing as many as 30 percent more abortions than it receives government funding for.
Even before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old precedent protecting abortion rights across the United States, some of those inquiries about abortion were from Americans. Now the clinic, 70 miles from the border with North Dakota, where a trigger ban goes into effect this month, is watching for more.
By Anna Mehler Paperny, Jackie Botts and Kayla Tarnowski, Reuters
29 June 2022
Some Americans without access to safe local abortions in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling are looking to the country's northern and southern neighbors for access to reproductive care.
While most Americans are likely to first try to access abortion in other states, providers in Mexico and Canada told Reuters they expect some people - especially from border states - will make the cross-border trek for reproductive care.
Hannah Mackay, The Detroit News
June 22, 2022
Canada might become the closest place for Metro Detroit residents to get a legal abortion if the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion is overturned and anti-abortion forces win their legal battle to let a 1931 Michigan law banning abortion take effect.
Canadian Social Development and Families Minister Karina Gould told CBC Canada that Americans would be allowed to seek reproductive care, including abortions, across the border. Gould made the offer last month, soon after a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court indicated a conservative majority of justices was poised to overturn Roe.
May 29, 2022
After a U.S. Supreme Court opinion indicating Roe v. Wade could be overturned was leaked earlier this month, there has been a lot of discussion about how it will impact Americans. But this will also have wide-reaching implications outside of the United States.
U.S. policy decisions are influential beyond their borders. While the fall of Roe v. Wade would not immediately create legal changes in other countries, there will certainly be spillover effects.
If the US supreme court does vote to overthrow Roe v Wade, many Americans in need of surgical abortions could be forced to travel to Canada or Mexico
Mon 9 May 2022
Carolyn Egan has seen people cross the Canada-US border for abortions – going north to south.
In the years before Canada’s supreme court legalised abortion in 1988, it was common for Canadians who needed abortions to travel to the US. “We had a network of people who could make referrals and help them get there [to the US]. If it’s necessary, that probably would happen again – but the other way,” said Egan, spokesperson for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.
Evangeline Lilly likened the ability to choose to terminate a pregnancy with the right to choose whether or not to get vaccinated. That's not even an apples-to-oranges comparison – it's apples to Mack trucks.
Feb 02, 2022
Last week, Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly posted several photos to Instagram with a caption about her vaccine views. She spent the previous weekend in Washington, D.C. “to support bodily sovereignty,” she said, seemingly referring to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s anti-vaccination march. (Yes, the same one where he implied that the unvaccinated have fewer rights than Anne Frank did during the Holocaust.) She also expressed support for “Canadian truckers… rallying for their cross-country, peaceful convoy.” (Her Instagram was posted before the convoy took place, but she hasn’t since mentioned the Nazi or Confederate flags that were a part of that protest.)