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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Joint Letter to Finance Minister on PharmaCare

Over 170 national and provincial organizations have signed the joint Pharmacare Now Statement calling on all parties to work together to implement universal, public pharmacare within this government’s mandate. A diverse coalition of 150 national and provincial organizations representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, business, seniors and patients are now calling on the Finance Minister…

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NAWL endorses Pharmacare Now

In the wake of the federal election, our coalition of national and provincial organizations is calling on the new government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare. Our large and diverse coalition represents health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, seniors, patients and academics from across the country. Within a minority Parliament, co-operation is more important…

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Action Canada & NAWL respond to 2019 Canada Summer Jobs Program

In response to the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs Program, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action Canada) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) shared an open letter supporting changes made to the Program. A copy of the open letter can be found here. The framework for the 2019 Canada Summer…

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Rachael Harder Was Rejected As Committee Chair For Good Reason

Her views on women’s reproductive autonomy and choice show that she lacks the basic qualifications necessary to be a member, let alone the chair. Written by Martha Jackman, Professor of constitutional law and member of the Centre for Health Law Policy & Ethics at the University of Ottawa Published in the Huffington Post on October…

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An Open Letter Supporting Recent Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program

The undersigned organizations wholeheartedly support the recent changes made to the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program, which seek to secure greater fulfillment of human rights in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We call on all political parties in Canada to do the same. *** Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Ms. May, Ms.…

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NAWL Responds to Trinity Western University’s School of Law Proposal

Cette lettre est uniquement disponible en anglais. In a letter addressed to the Canadian Federation of Law Societies, NAWL expresses its grave concern regarding Trinity Western University’s proposal to open a new law school. Trinity Western’s University’s requirement that students and staff sign a “community covenant agreement” is discriminatory. PDF version available here…

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Open Letter: Resignation of Rona Ambrose re M-312

Lettre ouverte au gouvernement: Démission de Rona Ambrose re M-312 NAWL calls for Rona Ambrose’s resignation as the the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. L’ ANFD réclame la démission immédiate de la ministre responsable de la Condition féminine, Rona Ambrose. September 28, 2012 Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street…

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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…

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Women’s Reproductive Rights and the American Convention on Human Rights

The American Convention on Human Rights is an important human rights instrument, yet it contains a right to life provision. 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 letters to the Ministers of Foreign…

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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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Consent to Treatment and Substitute Decision Making

NAWL responded to Ontario legislation that recognizes a new category of “partners” (in addition to spouses). The document comments on the implications of this category for lesbian and gay partners, and advocates for a guarantee of explicit consent to treatment for pregnant women.…

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