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Ottawa's mayor declares anti-choice 'Respect for Life Day'

On Tuesday, word broke that Ottawa's mayor Jim Watson had signed a proclamation declaring today, May 12, as "Respect For Life Day." This was to honour the annual "March For Life" anti-choice/anti-abortion march that is taking place today.

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New Brunswick Morgentaler Clinic closure: Time to act is now!

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After 20 years of providing uncompromised abortion services to women in New Brunswick, and from PEI, the Morgentaler Clinic is being forced to close its doors due to funding shortfalls.

It is shameful that Canada now has two provinces that refuse to uphold a woman's right to choose, and provide necessary medical procedures free of cost to women. The federal government must enforce the Canada Health Act to ensure that all Canadian women have equivalent access to abortion services across Canada.

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Ten reasons why the closure of Morgentaler Clinic matters

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The Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick has announced it will close its doors in July, striking a huge blow to reproductive choice in Canada.

The clinic opened in June 1994 with the mandate to provide access to safe abortion care and "that no woman would be turned away regardless of [their] ability to pay." Since its opening, the clinic has provided abortion services to more than 10,000 women.

The closure is due to a lack of funding because New Brunswick governments have continued to uphold the anti-choice agenda of former Premier Frank McKenna and block access to abortion. The main obstacle is Regulation 84-20, Schedule 2(a.1), which decides which abortions will be covered by medicare.

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Anti-choice rhetoric: It's all around us

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Pro-choice organizations in Nova Scotia recently ran a successful grassroots campaign to counteract anti-choice advertising on buses. But who is behind anti-choice ads in Canada?

Related rabble.ca story:

Buyer beware: A guide to anti-choice advertising

Two pro-choice organizations in Nova Scotia recently ran a successful grassroots campaign to counteract anti-choice advertising on buses in Halifax, raising enough money to produce their own ads for the sexual and reproductive health services that they offer in their clinics. A petition is also calling to remove the anti-choice ads. Their campaign was driven by seeing an uptick in ads presenting misinformation and false claims about the risk of abortion on local transit.

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Who's influencing reproductive policy in Canada?

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As Canadians, we’re proud of our reputation for tolerance and fairness. Even with a socially and fiscally conservative government, we still maintain that we are the sane alternative to the extreme Tea Party doctrine so prevalent south of the border. Unfortunately, this national sense of self is more illusion than reality.

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Feminist Current

Sweetening the Pill: Have we failed to be sufficiently critical of hormonal birth control?

November 1, 2013
| Meghan Murphy interviews Holly Grigg-Spall, the author of Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control.
Length: 29:09 minutes (26.7 MB)
Feminist Current

Sarah Slamen fights Texas' anti-abortion bill

July 16, 2013
| Meghan Murphy speaks with feminist activist Sarah Slamen, about the anti-abortion bill recently passed by Texas senators.
Length: 27:14 minutes (24.94 MB)
Democracy North

This Week on Media Mornings: Jun 1—Judy Rebick on Morgentaler & reproductive rights, Senate expenses, School homophobia/transphobia

June 1, 2013
| Judy Rebick: Morgentaler & reproductive rights. Karl Nerenberg: Senate expenses. Catherine Taylor: School homophobia/transphobia
Length: 52:24 minutes (47.98 MB)
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