Thursday, April 22, 2004

It looked like we won

Nicole Cohen wrote:
When protesters march on Parliament Hill on April 25 in honour of the Day of Action for Choice, it will be the largest Canadian march for abortion rights in 16 years. The last time was around the Morgentaler decision in 1988, when the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion. There have been small actions since (when the Pope visited Toronto for World Youth Day in 2002, for example), but they have generally been responses to demonstrations by pro-life activists.

Abortion activism has become low-key in Canada -- limited to advocacy work, escorting women into clinics and trying to stop the flow of misinformation from the pro-life movement.
In Toronto, women can get an abortion at 94 per cent of our hospitals and five free-standing clinics, and the province will cover the cost.

But for non-English-speaking, poor, young or rural women, it is a different story. Only 20 per cent of Canadian hospitals provide abortions, and many provinces will not fund clinics. Nunavut, the Yukon and Northwest Territories have one abortion-providing hospital each. There is nowhere to obtain an abortion on Prince Edward Island.

Remain vigilant! Stay involved!
Click on the link to read the whole article from the Eye Weekly.



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