Canada Abortion

What You Can Do to Fight For the Morgentaler Clinic

Niki Ashton | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Niki Ashton

After 20 years of providing uncompromised abortion services to women in New Brunswick, and from PEI, the Morgentaler Clinic is being forced to close its doors due to funding shortfalls. It is shameful that Canada now has two provinces that refuse to uphold a woman's right to choose, and provide necessary medical procedures free of cost to women.

If Fredericton's Morgentaler Clinic Closes, Women Will Die

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

The Morgentaler clinic is the only abortion clinic in New Brunswick. It serves not only the population of New Brunswick, but also that of Prince Edward Island. Women in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island cannot access safe, legal abortions unless two doctors declare in writing that the abortion is medically necessary. I want you to think about what will happen in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island once the Morgentaler clinic is gone. Do you honestly believe that women just won't have abortions? If that's the case, let me tell you what's actually going to happen -- women are going to die.

These Little Pills Are Poised To Fire Up The Abortion Debate Again

CBC | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Living

The abortion debate on Parliament Hill isn't likely to fade in 2014 as Health Canada is expected to decide whether to approve a drug that termin...

Don't Blame Autism or Dementia on God's Wrath

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada
Linda Mastroianni

My autistic son wasn't born because God was pissed off at America. My son was born because he was meant to be born, just as he is. My son was born so that I could learn how to be a better human being. He was born so he could teach me how to communicate without words. He was born so that I could learn how to listen with my heart and see things through touch.

Did Facebook Censor Me For Being Pro-Choice?

Erika Lust | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Erika Lust

"Page unpublished ... flagged for self harm ... What?" Don't get me wrong, as a director of adult film, I've been temporarily suspended from Facebook a few times. But my community manager pointed out that the pro-choice banner I had published a month ago was nowhere to be found. In English it reads "My pussy, my rules: free and accessible abortion." This image alone generated 1,200 comments -- 17,500 likes -- and was shared 29,000 times. That is, until enough members found the image offensive to their beliefs and flagged it, and Facebook subsequently dubbed it "self harm."

Coke and the Finland Baby Gift Box

Bill Haines | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

"For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed."

Best Abortion Options? Don't Look In Canada

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Canadian women lack access to the best known option for abortion, two reproductive medicine experts argued in a commentary published Monday ...

Canada's Abortion Laws Could Have Been Very Different

CP | Stanley Stromp, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Recently declassified federal cabinet documents show Canada could have been a very different place for women seeking abortions and the doc...

What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Sandeep Prasad

UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, sexual violence and maternal mortality -- all priority development issues for the Canadian government.

#SWOP2013 - Helping the Third World and Ourselves

Bill Haines | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

#SWOP2013 stands for State of the World Population, a UN report that focuses on the mistreatment of young girls in the Third World as forced child brides. And somehow MP #nikiashton and the #ndp are turning this into a demand for Canada to fund abortion clinics in the Third World. OK, I have a different viewpoint and I tweet a lot. For what it is worth, here are a few.

Girls Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions, Why Won't Canada Help?

Rathika Sitsabaiesan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rathika Sitsabaiesan

Deaths as a result of unsafe abortions are preventable. Unfortunately, the Canadian government has no intention of saving women's lives through the provision of access to safe abortion services. The government will not fund safe abortion services in its overseas initiatives, as part of Canada's contribution to the 2010 Muskoka Initiative on maternal and child health. In addition, they also refuse to provide funding to organizations that would give women and girls referrals to safe abortion services. Canada's refusal to fund abortion services, even in cases of rape as a weapon of war and for young women and girls in early and forced marriage, is unacceptable. The WHO clearly states that in countries where there are few restrictions on the availability of safe abortion services, deaths and illness are dramatically reduced.

Pro-Life Group Sues B.C. University

Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has filed a constitutional lawsuit against the University of Victoria and the UVic Students' ...

The Week In Review: Praising Pope Francis

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

While there was undoubtedly something less than consistent about his "Stop being so preoccupied with abortion!/Let's talk about abortion!" chain of commentary this week, the Pope still deserves credit. His actions and words have been constant in their focus on delivering people help, love and protection, rather than on condemning people for their choices or natures. Even Pope Francis's anti-abortion comments to Catholic gynecologists on Friday seemed to centre on the dignity of life, rather than on the sin of those who would take it.

There's No Excuse for Inciting Fear of Others

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Mark Taliano, the author of the blog, Canada's Hidden Fundamentalism, is a fear-monger telling us that we're about to be overrun by crazy Christian f...

What to do with Orphan Embryos

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

"Did you get all the answers right on your test today?" "Did you make any progress on your research project?" These are the typical questions we ask...

Caloric Content of Muffins Outweighs Gruesome Texas Showdown in State Senate

Darlena Cunha | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

At 11:30 p.m. last night, eastern time, I sat hunched over my desk, a glass of wine at the ready, readying manuscripts to send to magazine editors. I ...

Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Morgentaler's Life's Work

Bill Haines | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

At the passing of Dr. Henry Morgentaler there has been a lot of recent news reports, on the history of abortion in Canada. But will someone please tell "her story?" A great group, Back to Life Canada, has done just that, and whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, you owe it to your country, to listen to "her story", Lisa, Jennie, Tasha.

How to Honour Morgentaler's Memory? By Continuing His Work

Terri Coles | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Living
Terri Coles

It is encouraging that Canadian women feel so certain of their reproductive freedom that they are comfortable, but we can't allow comfort to become complacency. Dr. Morgentaler fought to help women obtain the rights over their own bodies that they deserved. Let's honour his memory by keeping his activism moving. Young Canadians might be surprised to learn that it was just a quarter of a century ago that abortion was fully legalized in this country, thanks in significant part to the efforts of Dr. Morgentaler. And so a history lesson is in order, in order for us to appreciate just how recently the rights we assume as irreversible were granted.

Doctor Morgentaler Helped Create a Safer And More Caring Society

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

What do you say about someone whose contribution to your life, and the lives of all women, is invaluable? Anti-choice groups nearly always talk about what kind of cancer-curing genius any given fetus might grow up to be, but almost no one talks about what a woman might become if she chose to terminate her pregnancy. Thank you, Doctor Morgentaler.

The House of Horrors: A Foundation for Limits on Abortion

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

Whenever I write or talk about abortion and mention the possibility of a slippery slope, I am told that the slippery slope discussion is a straw dog. There are rules after all! But rules are only as good as the people who follow them and the institutions that are set up to oversee them. There is an assumption of honesty and human goodness. In the case of the Philadelphia House of Horrors there was a breakdown on both fronts. Abortionist Dr. Gosnell has no ethical/moral core and the overseers in Philadelphia dropped the ball for 17 years. Anyone who assumes Gosnell's clinic is a one-off is blinded by ideology. Those who refuse to look at limits in abortion are stuck in the rut of Manichean thinking.

Harper's Dilemma

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Former MP Paul Szabo remembers the day he jammed a stick in the spokes of his own majority Liberal government's bill on reproductive technolo...

Not All Abortions Are Born Equal

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

There is no justification for aborting a fetus because one simply doesn't like its sex. Unfortunately, however, those who often elect to have abortions based on the sex of the fetus do not do so out of whimsy; rather, their decision is based upon cultural backwardness. These types of abortions do nothing to strengthen cultures. They weaken them, and allow them to continue to operate in a barbarically chauvinistic mindset that might have had its time in the Middle Ages, but today, is absolutely repugnant; especially in Canada.

Waterloo Should Not Stifle Free Speech

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

At the University of Waterloo last week, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth was scheduled to speak to a group of students at an event organized by the Students for Life campus club. Unfortunately, a group of students shut down Mr. Woodworth's speech by shouting him down, until he was left with no choice but to cancel the event.

No Shock Tactic Should Disrupt Free Speech

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

It is sadly becoming normal for guest speakers to be disrespected in places that we call "higher learning." Dressed as a vagina, Ethan Jackson felt right at home spewing what he believes to be well thought out highly educated views. They demand respect while denigrating the views of others, like Mr. Stephen Woodworth.

The Women Who Paved the Way for Abortions

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Living
Lindsay Pyfer

This Women's Day I'm honoring a wise friend and foremother, Cecilie Scott. In mid-December, she called me to her bedside. In a hoarse voice, Cecilie recounted a story she hoped to write before she died about the lengths to which women were forced to go to end their pregnancies before Roe v. Wade became the law of the land in 1973.