On the Issues

ARCC‘s Position Papers set out our official positions and provide background information on a wide range of issues related to reproductive rights and healthcare in Canada.

Abortion Access and Funding

About Abortion

Contraception/Sex Ed/Adoption

Abortion Politics

Abortion History and Law

  • #60 – History of Abortion in Canada – From 1869 to now, including a timeline of key events.
  • #61 – Canadian Abortion Regulation – Abortion in Canada is regulated by a patchwork of laws, policies, guidelines, and codes. We just don’t have any criminal laws restricting abortion.
  • #62 – Dr. Henry Morgentaler – Goes to separate ARCC website, with biography and historical information on Dr. Morgentaler and his heroic career at legalizing and normalizing abortion care.
  • #63 – Fetal Rights in Canada – Fetuses are not defined as persons under the Criminal Code and are not protected by the Charter. Fetal rights would infringe the Charter rights of pregnant people.
  • #64 – Why Abortion Needs No Legal Restrictions – Canada’s experience with no abortion law is proof that such laws are unnecessary. Abortion care can be effectively managed as part of standard healthcare practice without being controlled by any civil or criminal law.
  • #65 – Abortion Is a Charter Right – Demonstrates how and why abortion is a Charter right in Canada, and places abortion within the frameworks of women’s rights and international law.

Countering Anti-Choice Misinformation and Harassment

Ethics, Philosophy, Religion

Reproductive Justice

  • #100 – Why ARCC Supports Reproductive Justice – ARCC recognizes that the sexual and reproductive health and rights of people from many diverse communities are disproportionately affected by marginalization and oppression.
  • #101 – Transgender Inclusivity – Some trans men and non-binary people can become pregnant, and all trans people deserve access to sexual and reproductive health services. ARCC fully supports their right to abortion care and healthcare, and to their inclusion when advocating for reproductive justice.
  • #102 – Sex Workers’ Rights Are Human Rights – ARCC supports the full decriminalization of consensual adult sex work.  Our position is based on the best evidence available  and respect for the autonomy and dignity of sex workers.
  • #103 – The Case for Universal Childcare in Canada – An analysis of the direct link between the existence of affordable childcare and the rights and equality of women and others who can get pregnant.