Feminist Organizations Support No New Abortion Law in Canada

Drafted in partnership with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

In the devastating wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade in the United States, Canadians are wondering how we can protect abortion rights in Canada.

Abortion is regulated differently in Canada. It is an insured health service and so, the Canada Health Act is the law that sets broad national standards under which it is offered (such as accessibility). Pursuant to the constitutional division of powers, provinces are responsible for most elements of health care, such as overseeing the regulation of providers, making rules for hospitals and other health care facilities, as well as dispensing funding under their Medicare plans for insured services.

The following feminist organizations, institutions and academics maintain that no new federal law is needed with respect to abortion. In fact, introducing federal legislation that would try and enshrine a right to abortion would likely bring on unintended consequences that would harm abortion seekers and providers.

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Read more about why new legislation is not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful

Take Action

National Association for Women and the Law (NAWL) and Action Canada are seeking endorsements from Canadian organizations, institutions, and academics in support of ending access barriers instead of introducing a new abortion law. If you would like your organization or name added to the list of endorsers, please fill out the form below.