In 1988, abortion was legalized in R. v Morgentaler, which said that the abortion provisions in place at the time were unconstitutional as they violated a woman’s right to security of person under section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Currently, abortion is funded by the Canada Health Act, yet how provinces fund abortion services, where these services are provided geographically, and the barriers women continue to face across the country varies province to province. Common themes do emerge- although abortion is a legal medical procedure, there are women everyday facing barriers when trying to access abortion services.
Over the past year in particular, this issue has reemerged in Canadian media, from the introduction of Mifegymiso to Prince Edward Island finally allowing abortions to be performed in the province after thirty plus years, to the Ontario Attorney General’s announcement of safe access zones. As this show will highlight, Canada still has a long way to go in ensuring equitable access to abortion services across the entire country.
“We want to think about all genders that may need access” – Chelsea Barnett, Communications Coordinator of Planned Parenthood Toronto
On this episode, hosts Leanna Mora and Kayla Ishkanian sit down with Chelsea Barnett from Planned Parenthood Toronto [2:05], Joyce Arthur from the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada [18:12], and Allison Webster from Reproductive Justice New Brunswick [42:20] to discuss what barriers women face in accessing abortion services and what we can do to fix the problem.
“I think it is very important to make sure that everyone is informed about what [Crisis Pregnancy Centre’s] are and what to look out for” – Joyce Arthur, Executive Director of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
Leanna Mora & Kayla Ishkanian, Hosts & Producers
Ian T.D. Thomson, Technical Producer
Leanna Mora, Executive Producer
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