Abortion and Reproductive Rights
Women’s reproductive rights, including the right to abortion, are increasingly under attack in North America. In 2006, the South Dakota Legislature voted a law that would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save a woman's life. The law makes no exception for cases of rape or incest.
Closer to home, several members of the Harper Conservative minority government and Cabinet are a part of the anti-choice movement. NAWL remains vigilant to protect and reinforce women’s reproductive rights in Québec and Canada.
The American Convention on Human Rights is an important human rights instrument, yet it contains a right to life provision. Ratification could have important consequences for women’s reproductive rights in Canada.
August 11, 2004 –
NAWL wrote to the Minister of Foreign Affairs to raise the question of whether and how Canada should ratify the American Convention on Human Rights.
February 2004 –
NAWL will not endorse ratification of the American Convention until we have the assurance that women’s reproductive rights, including the right to abortion, will be effectively guaranteed. NAWL wrote to the Minister of Foreign Affairs to let him know about our concern.
“The American Convention on Human Rights is part of the “regional solution””, by Lucie Lamarche
“Feminist Perspectives on the Draft Federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act”
Women and the Family
- New SCC decision on economic rights in the family
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- Not in the Best Interests of Women and Children - An Analysis of Bill 422: An Act to Amend the Divorce Act
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