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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.


Women's International News Gathering Service (WINGS)

WINGS #39-14: Feminist Lens Chicago

January 20, 2015
| This feminist viewpoint program based on a live on-stage event discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that religious rights of corporations trump reproductive rights of women.
Length: 28:58 minutes (39.79 MB)

Service restored: New abortion clinic opens in Fredericton

Photo: kandisebrown

Clinical abortion services are returning to Fredericton. Clinic 554 announced its opening on Jan. 16, 2015, as a family practice providing integrated abortion care services as well as specialized care for the LGBTIQ community. Clinic 554 is located at the former Morgentaler Clinic.



Pro-choice reflections on 2014 and predictions for 2015

Photo: Jenn Farr/flickr

What's on the horizon for reproductive rights in Canada for 2015? Let's take a look back at 2014, especially at some ongoing initiatives that may prove very fruitful for 2015.

Anti-choice dinosaurs now extinct in Liberal Party

NB Premier Gallant and Liberals dodge abortion first day Legislature sits

Photo: Amelia Pendelton

Freezing rain did not stop 60 people from rallying for abortion access and comprehensive reproductive health services outside the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly on Dec. 3 as it sat for the first time to hear the Gallant government's throne speech.

"We are disappointed to hear that the throne speech did not only not include abortion access, it did not mention health care even once," says Jessi Taylor with Reproductive Justice NB (RJNB), the group that organized the rally.


Abortion restriction in New Brunswick lifted but access still a problem

Photo: Tracy Glynn

Accessing a publicly funded abortion in New Brunswick will no longer require two doctors certifying the procedure as "medically necessary" after January 1, 2015. Newly elected Liberal Premier Brian Gallant announced the removal of the restriction found in the Medical Services Payment Act on Nov. 26.


Canada's complicated relationship with pro-choice politics

One Kind Word: Women Share Their Abortion Stories

by Edited by Martha Solomon
(Three O'Clock Press,

One Kind Word: Women Share Their Abortion Stories is exactly what the subtitle suggests: a selection of portraits and accounts of women who have had abortions in Canada, collected by photographer Kathryn Palmateer and editor Martha Solomon.

The title comes from Lori, the last woman of the collection, who says of her abortion, "The support I would have appreciated: one kind word from anyone."

Lori's wish is echoed through many of the experiences shared by many of the women in this collection who perceive a lack of kindness and respect extended to women who seek an abortion in Canada.


PEI: An island without safe legal abortion

Photo: flickr/Robert Couse-Baker

When Health Minister Doug Currie was found to have called off the Health PEI working group that would have established a regular abortion clinic at a PEI hospital, it became incontrivertibly clear that political interference is the only reason PEI remains the only province in Canada to not offer in-province access to safe, legal abortion.


Lacking abortion access, New Brunswick women head for Maine abortion clinics

Photo: flickr/Nick Ares

Before the closure of the Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic this summer, Ruth Lockhart of the Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center in Bangor, Maine, saw a client from New Brunswick every eight-to-ten weeks.

That number has jumped to five New Brunswick clients accessing her clinic's services every week.

"We do about 500 abortions a year. We see maybe ten to 15 [clients] a week, and … we had one to two [women from New Brunswick] in a six-month period," said Lockhart.

"And then in the last couple of weeks, it's changed from that to half our clients. We're talking a small number to start with, but still. Where we're doing ten procedures and five are from Maine and five are from New Brunswick, it's hard not to notice."



Reproductive rights under attack: Texas imposes restrictions on abortion

Photo: Ann Harkness/flickr

SAN ANTONIO -- In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go. Scores of medical facilities have been shuttered in Texas, stranding almost a million women hundreds of miles from a health-care facility that they might need. The reason? These facilities provide, among other services, safe, legal abortions. Last week, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 5th Circuit affirmed Texas state restrictions on abortion access, closing 13 more clinics overnight. Overall, 80 per cent of Texas abortion clinics have closed since the law went into effect.

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