News Archive

May 2020: 1970 Abortion Caravan – Join ARCC and other pro-choice groups in commemorating the 1970 Abortion Caravan and continuing our work to achieve reproductive justice for all.

Jan 12, 2020: 2019 Pro-Choice Victories – This timeline tallies pro-choice victories in Canada over 2019. Included are service-related progress, court decisions, Ad Standards decisions, failed anti-choice endeavours, and other successes.

August 20, 2019:  Have unwanted flyers been delivered to your home, showing graphic images of aborted fetuses? Take action to prevent it from happening again and hold the perpetrators to account!  Seven provinces have trespass legislation that allows residents to notify potential trespassers that they are prohibited from trespassing, and if they do, they can be charged. Here’s details on how to send your Trespass Notice.

June 25, 2019 – Anti-choice propaganda movie “Unplanned” could incite violence against providers. The American film “Unplanned” preaches an absolutist and extreme case against abortion that has nothing to do with reality.

May 23, 2019Report from the Frontlines:  Toronto’s Counter-Protest to the “March for Life” By Tina Beier. “It was uplifting to see so many people banding together to defend the rights of women and transgender people.”

March 24, 2019 – Submitting Complaints Against Anti-Choice Ads
– Have you seen an anti-choice ad that offended or upset you? Or it appeared inaccurate or misleading? You can complain to Ad Standards to get the ad removed. Here’s how. Also, please let us know if you see an anti-choice ad: This page will also provide sample complaint letters for specific anti-choice ads as they appear: Complaint Letters

Jan 23, 2019 Pro-Choice Victories – This timeline tallies pro-choice victories in Canada over 2018. Included are service-related progress, court decisions, Ad Standards decisions, failed anti-choice endeavours, and other successes.

Dec 11, 2018 – How to Identify Fake Clinics – This resource is designed to help you figure out whether a pregnancy centre is actually anti-choice – i.e, a “fake clinic. Includes things to look for – words and phrases, imagery, services, omissions, and disclaimers.

Aug 28, 2018 – ARCC invites you to view our merchandise available from Teespring. Stickers, mugs, tote bags, T-shirts!  Get 50% off our stickers using promo code ARCC2018. Great quality items, and you’ll be supporting our work. Thank you!

March 13, 2018:  Missing Canada Summer Jobs Funds – Some Anti-Choice Groups Reported ZERO Federal Funding to the Canada Revenue Agency  Join us with #SummerJobsW5 as we examine the Elephant in the Room and ask “Where is the federal revenue?” Anti-choice groups have been very vocal about losing access to the federal Canada Summer Jobs Program but have they been as vocal to donors, CRA, and other interested parties about the amounts they receive? Have they reported federal funding on their CRA T3010 charity returns?

February 20, 2018:  Canada Summer Jobs Grants for Anti-choice Groups: Who’s Giving and Getting? Forget about the faux controversy over the new attestation requirement. What about the real scandal that everyone’s been ignoring? Anti-choice groups have been milking the CSJ fund for years. How did they spend the money? Has the CSJ program been abused? Check out ARCC’s series of one-page exposés and memes on the funding given to anti-choice groups under the CSJ program (with more to come!)

August 22, 2017: Joint letter to the Mayor of Ottawa and Council, urging them to end the practice of proclaiming “March for Life Day” and approving anti-choice flag-raisings. (letter from ARCC, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and Ontario Women’s Committee for Unifor Canada.)

April 16, 2017: Actions to resist the Peterborough anti-choice bus ads. We’re sharing this list of  great suggestions for actions against the Peterborough anti-choice bus ads, compiled by Pro-choice Peterborough.

April 8, 2017: Letter to City of Prince Albert, SK, asking the city – again – to not approve an anti-choice flag and proclamation. The City has allowed an anti-choice flag to be flown at City Hall for the last eight years as part of a “Celebrate Life Week” that the City has also officially proclaimed. The flag and proclamation are discriminatory against women and transgender people. Also see our letter of May 15, 2016.

March 27, 2017: Failures by City of Peterborough Led to Anti-Choice Ads on Buses – The City of Peterborough bears the blame for the offensive anti-choice ad that ran on buses from April 1 to July 2017. This article explains eight different failures by the City. 

February 26, 2017: Please help us stop government funding of “crisis pregnancy centres”. We’re launching a “Letter of the Week” campaign targeting specific gov’t agencies and officials. Check the link for the latest sample letter you can send! 

January 3, 2017:Please urge City of Peterborough to cancel anti-choice ads on buses, now that an Alberta court has ruled against the ads. We’ve prepared sample letters and contact information to make it easy.  Also, please read the June 2016 letter from ARCC’s lawyer Donald Crane, explaining why the City of Peterborough was wrong to accept the ads, and the legal grounds they could have cited to refuse the ad.

January 3, 2017Anti-Abortion Bus Ads Nixed – Alberta City Wins Lawsuit. For safety reasons, the City of Peterborough should now refuse the same ad. The Alberta court ruled that the CCBR’s free speech rights are outweighed by the harm the ad would cause to the City of Grande Prairie’s ability to “maintain a safe and viable community”. Further, the court said the ad would likely cause psychological harm to women who have had an abortion or may be considering one.

May 15, 2016Letter to City of Prince Albert, SK, asking the city to stop approving anti-choice flags and proclamations. The City has allowed an anti-choice flag to be flown at City Hall for the last seven years, as part of a “Celebrate Life Week” that the City has also officially proclaimed. These discriminatory actions by the city must end.

March 8, 2016Letter to City of Peterborough, to Protest Allowing Anti-choice Ads on Buses“CCBR ad contravenes the Charter’s Section 15, AND the Canadian Advertising Code” – This letter was sent to the City of Peterborough via email on Feb 25. We asked the City to rescind its approval of offensive anti-choice ads to appear on backs of buses, sponsored by the extremist group “Centre for Bioethical Reform”.

December 15, 2015 – ARCC is pleased to announce our revised Vision and Mission and our expanded Mandate to support Reproductive Justice. ARCC supports the concept of Reproductive Justice because we recognize that the sexual and reproductive health and rights of people from many diverse communities are disproportionately affected by marginalization and oppression. Reproductive Justice needs in Canada cover a broad spectrum and ARCC therefore endorses a variety of programs or rights to ensure justice for all women and marginalized groups. Please see our new paper on Reproductive Justice for more information. We have also published new papers on Transgender Inclusivity, and Sex Workers’ Rights Are Human Rights.

May 24, 2015 – Our letter of complaint to the Regional District of Central Okanagan, which approved a permit for an anti-choice display and event in a public park in Kelowna. Signs and volunteers basically advocated the restriction of pregnant people’s Charter rights by falsely claiming they have abortions right up to the ninth month of pregnancy.

July 23, 2014Does your Provincial Health Hotline Refer for Abortion Services Appropriately? When a retired nurse called Telecare NB for information on abortion services in New Brunswick, she was shocked to be referred to Birthright, an anti-abortion agency. How does your province’s healthline deal with such calls?

April 9, 2014Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton to Close – It’s a dark day for New Brunswick women. For over 25 years, the Province has shown callous disregard for women’s health and rights.

March 29, 2014 – ARCC has sent this letter and Position Paper against parental consent laws to all Saskatchewan Members of Parliament, in response to an anti-choice campaign that seeks to pass a law in Saskatchewan mandating parental consent for abortion. Such a law would be unconstitutional and harmful to the health of youth.

January 29, 2013 – ARCC has sent an Open Letter to the mayor and council of Abbotsford BC, asking them to rescind their approval of an anti-choice sign beside the freeway, displayed along with 1000s of crosses in a farmer’s field.

January 2012Don’t Be Fooled by Fake Clinics – The Kamloops Pregnancy Care Centre has been selected as a charity beneficiary for the Christmas Cheer Fund by the Kamloops Daily News, but do people really understand what this centre stands for? It’s an anti-abortion Christian ministry that tries to dissuade women from having abortions.

October 26, 2012ARCC’s letter to Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding the retraction of Diamond Jubilee medals awarded to two convicted criminals – anti-choice protesters Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner.

October – Join the Pan-Canadian Day of Action for Reproductive Justice: Equal Access Now! – October 20, 2012. Participate or organize an event in your city to bring attention to the lack of access to abortion and other sexual and reproductive healthcare services in underserved areas of Canada. Our Demands (1-page PDF document)

October 2012 – Here’s an updated version of our document “Why Abortion Care Must Be Fully Funded.

August 2012ARCC asks the Western Fair District to stop its long-standing practice of allowing an anti-choice exhibit at the Western Fair in London, Ontario. The exhibit appears to violate several clauses of the Fair’s rules and regulations. It also “offends the spirit of a family fair, exploits and manipulates children, negates the right to privacy of parents, abuses the trust of parents, presents one-sided propaganda, and promotes discrimination against women”.

March 2012Kickstarting PEI’s Pro-choice Movement – Kandace Hagen shares her courageous personal story of how she struck back against the PEI health system that failed her. She succeeded in increasing national awareness about the lack of abortion services on PEI and forcing the Province to address it.

March 2012Angus Reid Takes Sides – With the Anti-Choice – In February, the polling agency Angus Reid lashed out angrily at ARCC’s exposure of their latest poll as fatally flawed and biased, confirming our suspicions that Angus Reid has lost all impartiality and become stridently anti-choice.

October 2011Why Abortion Care Must Be Fully Funded. Defunding abortion would be unconstitutional, discriminatory, and harmful to women. These points explain why. (Also, each point is expanded upon here with detailed arguments, evidence and citations.)

May 31, 2011ARCC’s letter to the Mayor of Ottawa, asking him to refrain from issuing any “Respect for Life” proclamation in the future (PDF).

April 3, 2011 – Check out our Politics and Elections page, with resources and news related to elections, private member bills, and ARCC’s political campaigns.

March 10, 2011Abortion Provider Appreciation Day – Thank you to all the brave and dedicated heroes and heroines who dedicate their daily lives to helping women and making reproductive choice possible!

September 2010What the Pollster Didn’t Ask: Biased Poll Fuels Anti-Abortion Myths. A recent misleading poll by Angus Reid betrays a strong anti-abortion bias in favour of a new abortion law for Canada.

July 2010Anti-abortionists continue to ignore all the evidence: Rebutting Andrea Mrozek’s and Rebecca Walberg’s extremely weak rebuttal (on estimating numbers of maternal deaths from unsafe abortion).

February 2010Key Facts about Maternal and Infant Health in Developing Countries – Women are dying due to unsafe abortion, and lack of family planning services increases maternal and child mortality.

February 2010It’s About Abortion Stupid! – Conservative politicians and commentators have heaped scorn on Michael Ignatieff’s call to not exclude abortion and contraception from Harper’s plan to address maternal and child health in developing countries. But his critics have launched attacks without the benefit of any facts, and even less compassion for women.

October 2009 – Check out our Student Resource Page! We offer a range of campus organizing tools and resources, including a handbook on starting a pro-choice group, buttons, stickers, posters, rally chants, Q&A’s, information sheets, and resource lists. All are free to use and distribute.

June 2009Canadian Pro-Choice Organizations Mourn the Death of Dr. George Tiller – If your group has a pro-choice stance or mandate, you can sign onto this statement by emailing us at Thank you!

June 2009Vancouver Tribute Rally for Dr. George Tiller. Tributes and speeches from the rally on June 18, 2009 in Vancouver.

April 2009Norma Scarborough Remembrances. Canada’s pro-choice matriarch died on April 2, 2009. She was a founding member of the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League. This piece is a collection of remembrances compiled by Amanda Le Rougetel.

October 2007Dr. Henry Morgentaler Raises Funds for New Brunswick Lawsuit

June 2007The Time Has Come – Again: Securing Equal Access to Abortion in New Brunswick – Learn about the poor access situation in New Brunswick, and what you can do about it. Includes sample letters you can send to the New Brunswick and federal health ministers.

July 2007Community Rises Up Against Catholic Hospital Merger that Would End Reproductive Health Services (PDF)

April 2007New Report Highlights Lack of Respect for Women Seeking Abortions (PDF). ARCC’s response to the report from Canadians for Choice, Reality Check: a close look at accessing abortion services in Canadian hospitals.

June 2006We Don’t Need a Law Against Abortion – This editorial summarizes some of the main points from our detailed article The Case for Repealing All Abortion Laws.Donate Now!

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