To ensure reproductive freedom by protecting and advancing
rights and access to abortion and to quality reproductive
The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) is
"pro-choice", with a primary focus on ensuring abortion rights
and access for women and transgender people capable of
pregnancy (“trans”). ARCC affirms the following:
- To achieve equality, all women and trans people must have
the right to decide for themselves whether and when they
will bear children, and how many. Without control of their
fertility, they cannot have autonomy over their lives and
cannot play a full and equal role in society.
- Women and trans people have a constitutionally-based right
to unrestricted, fully-funded abortion, without legal or
other barriers or discrimination due to gender, class,
ethnicity, race, age, location/region (or area of
residence), or any other characteristic, including reasons
for choosing an abortion. The rights of pregnant persons
must not be abridged— according to Supreme Court precedent,
a pregnant woman is “one person”.
- Everyone has the right to receive a full range of
reproductive healthcare options, services, and information,
including (but not limited to) medical and surgical
abortion, contraception, family planning services, and
comprehensive sexual health education.
- Everyone has the right to access reproductive healthcare
services safely and in a timely manner, in an atmosphere of
dignity, privacy, respect, trust, and compassion.
- All abortions are medically required—not “elective”—and
fall under the protection of the Canada Health Act (just
like all childbirths), regardless of where they are
performed – hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices. The
delivery and funding of abortion and other medically
required reproductive healthcare services must meet the
Act’s five principles.
- Providers of reproductive health care services have the
right to deliver such services free of discrimination,
harassment, and violence.
ARCC also supports the concept of Reproductive Justice. We
recognize that the sexual and reproductive health and rights
of people from many diverse communities are disproportionately
affected by marginalization and oppression, including the
LGBTQ community (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer),
Indigenous communities, racialized communities, youth, people
with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups. To ensure
justice, fundamental inequalities must be addressed for all.
(Please see our Position
Paper #100 on Reproductive Justice for more