Yesterday, representatives from women’s organizations, social justice groups and labour unions held a press conference to denounce the Harper government’s record on women’s rights and accused the Conservatives of seeking to undermine access to abortion “by stealth.”
On Sunday, women will be holding rallies across Canada to tell election candidates not to “play with women’s rights.” Here’s a excerpt from their statement:
Before the federal election campaign began, a series of private member’s bills were introduced that sought to chip away at a woman’s right to choose. Last spring, all of the Conservative MPs (except four) voted in support of Bill C-484, the Unborn Victims of Crime Act, which would have moved us toward the re-criminalization of abortion.
What did the Conservatives do in response?
They proposed dead-end solutions to violence against women.
They did not protect women’s right to access to quality public abortion services
On Sunday, September 28, defend women’s equality and reproductive rights! Educate, lobby, mobilize and demonstrate.
Stand up for women’s rights and equality:
Ottawa: 12:00 p.m., Women’s Monument at Minto Park (corner of Elgin and Gilmour)
Montreal: 1:30 p.m., Parc Lahaie (St-Joseph, corner of St-Laurent; métro Laurier), www.contrec484.qc.ca
Toronto: 12:00 p.m., Bloor Parkette (south east corner of Bloor and Spadina)
Vancouver: 12:00 p.m., Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Street side
For more information, visit the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s website.
— Ariel Troster