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After the defeat of M-312: We won the battle. Next, the war

Photo: Alexandra Lee/Flickr

In the aftermath of last week's resounding defeat of Motion 312 in the House of Commons by a vote of 203 to 91, the pro-choice movement has not been celebrating. No doubt, some activists downed a glass of champagne or two, but only because they really needed a drink.

The defeat was the biggest loss of an anti-choice motion or bill in Canadian history. So why the tears in our beer? Blogger Fern Hill watched the vote and describes her reaction:


A number is never just a number: Abortion and women's rights

Abortion rights rally. Photo: Eyton Z/Flickr


The year parliament "criminalized the distribution and advertisement of contraceptives. Abortion became recognized as a crime punishable by life imprisonment and the use or sale of contraceptives became an indictable offence that was punishable by a two-year term in prison." (Source)


The year Canada made exceptions to legal restrictions on abortion. Women had to make their case to a Therapeutic Abortion Committee comprised of three doctors. (Source and source, page 6)

| September 28, 2012
September 26, 2012 |
ARCC's online petition against Motion 312 has garnered nearly 20,000 signatures, and was sent to Ottawa.
Brent Rathgeber
| September 26, 2012

Threat to Canada: The mysterious female uterus

This educational filmstrip celebrates the brave efforts of Canadian MP Stephen Woodworth and his single-minded quest to understand the uterus.



Video by Heather Libby & Kai Nagata

| September 21, 2012

Anti-choice failures are no reason to give them an inch

Pro-choice presence at 2011 March for "Life". Photo: Jenn Farr/Flickr

This month, Canada's Parliament will vote on whether to re-open the thorny issue that has bedeviled philosophers and theologians for over two millennia: Are women human beings?

June 4, 2012 |
That's the headline we want to see when we wake up on June 14, the day after the vote on Motion 312, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth's attempt to turn back the clock on women's rights.
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