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.
Join the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly for a 'coffee house' discussion on:
Abortion Rights: Access and Barriers
Introduced by Rachael Johnstone
Saturday, February 9th
Beit Zatoun612 Markham Street (just south of Bloor, near Bathurst subway station).
Followed by Q and A and discussion.
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Anti-choice researchers recently published a dangerously flawed study that examined various factors associated with Chile's declining maternal mortality rate, and concluded -- incredibly -- that the legal status of abortion has no influence on maternal deaths in Chile, a country that completely prohibited abortion for any reason in 1989.
The pro-choice movement scored a significant victory last week in the Parliamentary debate over anti-choice Motion 312. It could prove to be a watershed moment, one that could end the abortion debate in Canada forever -- or at least until Christian fundamentalists stage an improbable coup and enslave Canadian women into a version of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.
In Canada, only HEALTHY mostly Caucasian, pregnant girls and women, were targeted and systematically rounded up by government social workers and falsely imprisoned in warehouses for pregnant young women. These warehouses were referred to as "maternity homes." Non - Caucasian pregnant girls and women were left alone because their babies were not in demand by infertiles.
A new international report on women's rights versus fetal rights has arrived just in time to help demolish Motion 312, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth's attempt to give legal protection to fetuses in Canada by including them in the Criminal Code definition of "human being." The report, Whose Right to Life? Women's Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law, comes from the U.S.-based Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), a global legal advocacy organization.