“Forced evacuation of pregnant Indigenous women must stop” Opinion by FLR/RDF law student Carolina Maass

Opinion published by Toronto Star on January 6, 2022. Read full article here. Pregnant Indigenous women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth alone and away from their communities. Health Canada has a birth evacuation policy that requires them to take planes, buses, boats, helicopters, taxis, or even snow machines two to four weeks before…

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National feminist groups welcome long-awaited legal action on abortion access in New Brunswick

For Immediate Release A coalition of national feminist organizations welcomes the initiation of legal action by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to fight the discriminatory and anti-choice regulation that prohibits the funding of abortion care outside of hospital settings in New Brunswick. In October 2020, Clinic 554, the only free-standing clinic providing surgical abortions in…

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Feminist groups call for immediate action on abortion access in New Brunswick

For Immediate Release A coalition of feminist organizations is calling for the federal government and the government of New Brunswick to take immediate action in light of the imminent closure of Clinic 554 in Fredericton. The Fredericton clinic, the only free-standing clinic providing surgical abortions in the province, is set to close by the end…

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Assisted Human Reproduction Act Update

The NAWL Reproductive Technologies Working Group will be meeting in Montreal in early June 2007 to formulate NAWL’s position on the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which is due for review, likely after the next election. The Act reflects Canada’s position on an array of controversial bioethics issues relating to assisted reproduction such as embryo research,…

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Braving the Backlash From the Hill

The current Conservative government of Canada insists that all women have full equality in our country, but as women we know this simply is not the case. With the 40% cut to Status of Women Canada, closure of 12 offices, abolition of the Court Challenges Program, and a removal of the word ‘equality’ as an…

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Ratifying the American Convention on Human Rights: The Stakes for Women

This report was written for the Working Group on Abortion, Reproductive Health, and Women’s Citizenship in the Americas of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL). Table of Contents Foreword & Acknowledgments Introduction The OAS and the Inter-American Human Rights System ACHR Ratification: Characteristics, Issues and Difficulties for Canada Abortion, Reproductive Health and…

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Ratification of the American Convention on Human Rights

Ratification of the American Convention on Human Rights L’information d’organisation Presented to the Senate Committee on Human Rights. Available in French only. Présenté au Comité sénatorial permanent des droits de l’homme. L’Association nationale de la femme et du droit (ANFD) est très heureuse d’avoir la possibilité de témoigner devant le Comité sur les droits de…

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Feminist Perspectives on the Draft Federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In May 2001, former Health Minister Allan Rock publicized draft federal legislation on assisted human reproduction (AHR) (Health Canada documents on AHR, including the draft Act, can be found at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/protection/biologics_genetics/reproduction/index.htm). The draft Act represents the culmination of a lengthy movement toward the regulation of reproductive technology in…

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The National Association of Women and the Law Response to Bill C-47 and the Working Document on New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies: “Setting Boundaries, Enhancing Health”

While congratulating the government for taking action in this difficult and ever changing area, NAWL criticizes the broad use of the criminal law power especially when it impinges on women’s right to choose. As well as commenting on Bill C-47, NAWL also offers suggestions for improvement on government plans for a regulatory agency.…

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