List of Abortion
Clinics in Canada. (PDF
file, 4 pages)
photos for media use. Please use these photos
to illustrate an abortion-related article (instead of an
obviously pregnant woman).
of "Crisis Pregnancy Centre" Websites in Canada -
A study by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
(May 2016) has examined all of the websites of "crisis
pregnancy centres" in Canada. The study shows that most
websites either present misinformation on abortion or sexual
health issues, and/or fail to disclose their anti-abortion or
religious agenda or that they are not medical clinics.
Are Anti-Choice Crisis Pregnancy Centres Targeting Female Students on Ontario University Campuses? - by Sara Tilley, 2013. (A student research paper for the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto; newly posted in April 2016) Examines whether the presence and influence exerted by CPCs on American university campuses is reflected in the Canadian context, focusing on southern Ontario. Looks at CPC outreach on campuses and whether CPCs are included on campus health centre referral lists (they are not). Recommends further research in order to regulate CPCs to protect public health, as well as more public education around them.
of "Crisis Pregnancy Centres" Across Canada
- (February 2016) There are 179 CPCs in Canada,
anti-choice Christian ministries that often pose
as secular agencies, and which misinform women
about abortion and try to persuade them out of it.
This is a resource compiled in 2014/15 as part of
a larger project to be released in April
that no country needs abortion laws - (January
2016) a PowerPoint presentation (in PDF) about Canada's
positive experience with no abortion law. All countries
should repeal their abortion laws as they are completely
Terrorism: Murders and Attempted Murders -
This chronological table lists all murders (13) and attempted murders (29) of abortion providers and clinic staff (as well as patients, escorts, and clinic defenders) in North America, and one murder in Australia.
Body, My Choice: Or is It? (August 2015) The
Importance of Renewed Feminist Activism to Altering
Canadian Abortion Laws to Legalize Pharmaceutical
Abortion, By Grace Charbonneau (32 pages, PDF) Abstract,
and About the Author.
Submissions to the Saskatchewan College of Physicians
and Surgeons regarding its draft "Conscientious
Refusal" policy. (March to Aug 2015)
Submissions to the Ontario College of Physicians and
June 2012 - Tips for Responding to
the Abortion Crapavan (sometimes called
the "new abortion caravan") - Grassroots actions against
this monstrosity are rising up across the country. Check
out this resource for background info, suggested ideas
for your counter action, and tips to keep your protest
safe and hassle-free.
Here it is - the winning video in ARCC's pro-choice video contest (Fall 2011). Congratulations to Steph Caskenette of Kitchener!
Law in Canada: Whose Choice? by Josey W.G. Ross (April
2011). Honours Thesis for Women's Studies 499, University of
Victoria (posted with permission by the author). Discusses
bills introduced in Canada over the years by anti-choice MPs
and Senators. (PDF file,
Survey of Anti-Choice Protesting Activity at Canadian
Abortion Clinics. (Oct 2010) A survey by the Abortion
Rights Coalition of Canada reveals that 64% of abortion
clinics in Canada clinics currently experience protest
activity, while a further 15% have had protesters in the
past. But 73% of clinics have no legal protection from
picketing. (PDF file, 18
Exposing Crisis Pregnancy Centres in BC - (Feb 2009) A research report by the Pro-Choice Action Network. Anti-abortion "counselling" agencies rely on deception, misinformation, and emotional manipulation to persuade women against abortion. (PDF file, 65 pages) Executive Summary
How to Establish a Pro-Choice Group on Campus: (Aug 2008) Learn the basics for starting and running your own pro-choice group on campus! Find out why your campus needs one, how to structure it, recruit members, run meetings, carry out activities, raise funds, and sustain your group. Researched and written by a Simon Fraser University student (PDF file, 34 pages).
Many agencies that counsel pregnant women are actually anti-abortion Christian ministries. Their main goal is to stop women from having abortions. Studies have shown that most of these agencies misinform and try to intimidate women out of having abortions. (Note: This is a brochure that can be printed and distributed - please print double-sided and tri-fold).
Think About the Fetus - Should providers and the
pro-choice movement acknowledge the "moral value" of the
fetus? This philosophical presentation explains that judging
what a fetus is, and any value it may have, is entirely
subjective and personal, and only the individual pregnant
woman can decide what her fetus means to her. (Note: This
is a poster in PDF format.)
July 14, 2014. The
CO debate: ‘Conscientious Objection’ is still
dishonourable disobedience. bpas Reproductive
May 14, 2014 - Why
We Need to Ban ‘Conscientious Objection’ in Reproductive
Health Care. by Joyce Arthur and Christian Fiala. RH
April 2014 - “Dishonourable
disobedience” – Why refusal to treat in reproductive
healthcare is not conscientious objection, by
Christian Fiala and Joyce Arthur. (Woman -
Psychosomatic Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 29 March
2014) Current laws and practices in various countries
around conscientious objection in reproductive
healthcare show that it is unworkable and frequently
abused, with harmful impacts on women's healthcare and
October 2012 - Why the UK doesn't need an abortion law at all. Shares the experience of Canada, where abortion was decriminalised a quarter of a century ago. Published in the Abortion Review, a publication of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas).
December 2010 - Criminalized Abortion Overshadows Good News of Reduced Unsafe Abortion Deaths. Researchers at the World Health Organization have recently documented a substantial decrease in the numbers of unsafe abortion deaths, but the incidence of unsafe abortion itself has not decreased. Anti-abortion laws in developing countries cause grave harm and endanger women's lives and health.
March 2010 -
Abortion Still Does Not
Lead to an Increased Risk of Breast Cancer
(or other health problems): Anti-choicers will
never let facts get in the way of their ideology,
but here's the evidence again anyway.
March 2010 - Yes,
Legalizing Abortion Does
Save Women's Lives: Anti-choicers make
bizarre claims that legalizing abortion does not improve
maternal health and may even harm it, and that countries
with strict anti-abortion laws have better maternal
health records. Nothing could be further from the truth.
May 2010 - Book Review of
Marci McDonald's "The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of
Christian Nationalism in Canada" by Sheila Kieran. Prime Minister Stephen Harper
has virtually turned over the keys to his government to
of letter to Alan Borovoy, General Counsel for the
Canadian Civil Liberties Association. The letter refutes his
position supporting funding and club status for anti-choice
groups on campus.
January 2009 - Women's Rights Are Not Up For Debate. The call to "re-open" the abortion debate is really a call to re-criminalize abortion and eliminate the rights of pregnant women, including their right to life.
January 2009 - The Case for
Repealing All Abortion Laws (PDF, first written in
2006). In every country, all abortion laws and restrictions
should be repealed as unconstitutional violations of women's
rights and equality. This article explains in detail why
abortion laws are harmful and useless, using evidence from
October 2008 - Canada Does Not
Need an Abortion Law, by Joyce Arthur. Since 1988,
Canada has proven that abortion care can be delivered
responsibly without any laws restricting abortion. With our
low abortion rate and majority support for women's equality,
Canada's example should be a role model for the rest of the
September 2008 - Pro-Choice Is Not Pro-Abortion, by Corey Purdy-Smith. Being pro-choice is about much more than abortion.
February 2008 - Abortion:
the provincial reality? - by Beth Lyons.
A brief lesson in the history, reasoning, and unconstitutionality of abortion access in New Brunswick.
November 2007 - Anti-Choicers
to Jail Women for Abortion. Some of Canada’s leading
anti-abortion spokespersons want women to be prosecuted and
jailed for homicide for having abortions.
December 2006 - Paternity, Patriarchy, and Reproductive Rights. Most of the oppression of women that occurs in the world today can be traced back to this: women's ability to bear children and men's need to control their paternity. A woman deciding to have an abortion represents a serious threat to patriarchal authority.