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.

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