The fight to defend reproductive rights and gender equality continues

22 June 2023
June 22, 2023

On the anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, NAWL joins 128 other equality-seeking organizations in calling on all levels of government to do more for gender equality and for women and 2SLGBTQIA+ people’s sexual and reproductive rights and bodily autonomy. 

The signatories of the open letter below, drafted by Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights in partnership with LEAF, “stand more committed than ever, to defending sexual and reproductive rights, gender equality, and to collectively fighting against hate and discrimination”. The signatories affirm “believe that having control over our own bodies is essential for having control over our lives.” 

The letter calls on our governments:  

  • to continue to take action until abortion access is a reality for everyone in this country; 
  • to work to stem the unprecedented tide of anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate and discrimination across the country; and 
  • to challenge rising disinformation and to invest in a strong civil society which centres diverse intersectional feminist movements.  

Reproductive justice is one of NAWL’s three priority areas. Last year, we partnered with Action Canada to oppose any new abortion law in Canada. We are currently collaborating closely with, and lending legal expertise to, feminist groups in Quebec faced by the prospect of an unwanted, counterproductive bill purporting to protect the right to abortion. We remain strong in our position that abortion legislation would not protect women and other people who may need abortion services, and that improving access to abortion services, especially for remote and/or marginalized communities, is the better approach.  

The fight continues.

Read the full letter here.

about NAWL
The National Association of Women and the Law is a not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women through legal education, research and law reform advocacy.
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