Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

113,579 supporters

To ensure reproductive freedom by protecting and advancing rights and access to abortion and to quality reproductive health care.

Started 5 petitions

Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland, Diane Lebouthillier - Ministre du Revenu national

Les groupes haineux et anti-choix doivent restituer la SSUC

AnglaisNous exigeons que le gouvernement libéral reprenne la subvention salariale d'urgence du Canada (SSUC) qu’il a versée à des groupes haineux et anti-choix. (La SSUC est une aide aux employeurs qui couvre une partie des salaires pendant la pandémie). Deux groupes se démarquent du lot : le Canadian Centre for Bio‐Ethical Reform, la Canadian Association for Free Expression et le Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform. Le premier est hostile aux droits des femmes et des personnes transgenres. Il diffuse des images traumatisantes de fœtus avortés et distribue des dépliants explicites dans les foyers. Le deuxième et le troisième sont des groupes suprémacistes blancs associés au nationaliste blanc Paul Fromm. Tous ces groupes doivent être considérés comme des groupes haineux non admissibles à la SSUC. Le gouvernement a également donné une SSUC à 15 autres organisations politiques ou militantes anti-choix et à 29 « centres de crise en cas de grossesse » (cf. liste ci-dessous). Ces centres de crise communiquent de fausses informations sur l'avortement pour convaincre les femmes de renoncer à leur droit à interrompre leur grossesse. Au moins deux groupes anti-2SLGBTQI+ ont également reçu un financement de l'AICE : Third Day Worship Centre, qui est homophobe, et Journey Canada, qui soutient la thérapie de conversion.Nous exigeons que tous ces groupes restituent leur SSUC parce qu'ils cherchent à priver les femmes, les personnes non conformes à leur genre et les personnes LGBTQ2S+ de leurs droits.Par ailleurs, le gouvernement libéral doit reconsidérer les critères d'admissibilité à la SSUC pour ajouter les groupes haineux et anti-choix à la liste des employeurs non admissibles. La SSUC pourrait adopter les critères d'Emplois d'été Canada, qui excluent les candidatures des personnes qui « travaillent activement à porter atteinte ou restreindre l’accès aux femmes aux services de santé sexuelle et reproductive » ou qui prônent les discriminations.***************Organisations politiques ou militantes anti-choix bénéficiaires de la SSUC Action pour la vie Ottawa (On.)Advokate Life & Education Services Society (Abbotsford, C.-B.)Alberta Life Issues Educational Society (Edmonton)Campagne Québec-Vie (Montréal)Campaign Life Coalition (Toronto)Canadian Centre for Bio‐Ethical Reform (Calgary)The Cardus Institute (Hamilton, Ont.)Chilliwack Pro‐Life Society (C.-B.)Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (Richmond Hill, Ont.)Focus on the Family Canada (Langley, C.-B.)LifeSiteNews.com (Toronto)New Brunswick Right to Life Association (Fredericton)REAL Women of Canada (Ottawa)Right to Life Association of Toronto and Area (Ont.)Signal Hill Life Education Society (Langley, C.-B.)The Wilberforce Project (Edmonton) Centres de crise en cas de grossesse bénéficiaires de la SSUC Brampton Life Centre (Ont.)Brantford/Brant County Crisis Pregnancy Centre (Ont.)Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre Association (Alb.)Cambridge Pregnancy Resource Centre (Ont.)Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre Society (Edmonton)Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver (C.-B)Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre Association (Alb.)Crossroads Community Association (Brooks, Alb.)Family Support Centre of Winnipeg / Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Winnipeg (Man.) First Place Maternal Health Options (Kanata, Ont.)Grey Bruce Pregnancy Centre (Owen Sound, Ont.)Haldimand Pregnancy Care & Family Centre (Dunnville, Ont.)Island Pregnancy Care & Support Services (Charlottetown, Î.-P.-É.)Lethbridge Pregnancy Care Centre (Alb.)Lambton Crisis Pregnancy Centre (The Pregnancy Centre) (Petrolia, Ont.)Life is for Everyone Crisis Pregnancy Centre (TLC The Life Centre) (Newmarket, Ont.)London Crisis Pregnancy Centre (Ont.)Medicine Hat Pregnancy Support Society (Alb.)Niagara Life Centre (St. Catharines, Ont.)Niagara Life Welland Centre / Elisha House Pregnancy and Family Support Centre (Welland, Ont.)Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Centre (Kelowna, C.-B.)Outreach for Life Association of Edmonton (Alb.)Pregnancy & Wellness Centre of Moncton (N.-B.)Pregnancy Support Centre of Westman / Kairos Maternity Home (Man.)South Fraser Pregnancy Options Society (Surrey, C.-B.)Sussex and Area Crisis Pregnancy Centre (N.-B.)The Valley Care Pregnancy Centre (Kentville, N.-É.)Vernon Live Well Clinic for Sexual Health and Pregnancy (C.-B.)Victoria Pregnancy Centre Society (C.-B.) RéférencesCONNOLLY, Amanda. « Bank of China, anti-abortion groups among coronavirus wage subsidy recipients », Global News, 21 décembre 2020.CONNOLLY, Amanda. « Officials mum on how much Bank of China, anti-abortion groups got in wage subsidy », Global News, 22 décembre 2020.BROWNE, Rachel. « Group Run By Canadian Neo-Nazi Received Federal COVID Relief Funds », Vice World News, 22 décembre 2020.« Merry Christmas: Here’s Every Right-Wing Group That Applied For Wage Subsidies From ‘Big Government’ This Year », Press Progress, 24 décembre 2020. « Groups Opposing LGBTQ Rights, Abortion Received Federal Wage Subsidy », Samantha Beattie, HuffPost Canada. 21 janvier 2021. (Photo : Dan Mesec, The Tyee)

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
11,251 supporters
Petitioning Diane Lebouthillier - Minister of National Revenue, Chrystia Freeland - Finance Minister, Justin Trudeau - Prime Minister

Revoke CEWS funding from anti-choice and hate groups

FrançaisWe demand that the Liberal government take back the CEWS funding they gave to anti-choice groups and hate groups. (The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy helps employers pay staff during the pandemic.) Three groups in particular stand out: the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, and Canadian Association for Free Expression, and Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform. The first group opposes the rights of women and transgender people and traumatizes citizens by displaying aborted fetus imagery in public and distributing graphic flyers to private homes. The second and third are white supremacist groups associated with white nationalist Paul Fromm. All these groups should be designated as hate groups ineligible for CEWS funding. Fifteen other anti-choice political or advocacy organizations received CEWS funding, as well as 29 “crisis pregnancy centres” (full lists below). The latter agencies spread misinformation about abortion and try to dissuade people from exercising their right to abortion. At least two anti-2SLGBTQI+ groups also received CEWS funding, including the homophobic Third Day Worship Centre, and Journey Canada, which supports conversion therapy. We demand that all these groups be required to return their CEWS funding because they seek to remove the rights of women, gender non-conforming people, and other 2SLGBTQI+ people. Further, the Liberal government must change the criteria for CEWS funding to exclude anti-choice groups and hate groups. The criteria for Canada Summer jobs funding can be adopted for CEWS funding, which disqualifies applicants whose activities “actively work to undermine or restrict a woman’s access to sexual and reproductive health services” or that advocate discrimination. *************** Anti-choice political or advocacy organizations that received CEWS funding: Action Life Ottawa Advokate Life & Education Services Society (Abbotsford, BC) Alberta Life Issues Educational Society (Edmonton) Campagne-Quebec-Vie (Montréal) Campaign Life Coalition (Toronto)  Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (Calgary) The Cardus Institute (Hamilton ON) Chilliwack Pro-Life Society (BC) Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (Richmond Hill ON) Focus on the Family (Canada) (Langley BC) LifeSiteNews.com (Toronto) New Brunswick Right to Life Association (Fredericton) REAL Women of Canada (Ottawa) Right to Life Association of Toronto and Area Signal Hill Life Education Society (Langley BC) The Wilberforce Project (Edmonton) Crisis Pregnancy Centres that received CEWS funding: Brampton Life Centre Brantford/Brant County Crisis Pregnancy Centre (ON) Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre Association Cambridge Pregnancy Resource Centre (ON) Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre Society Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre Association (AB) Crossroads Community Association (Brooks AB) Family Support Centre of Winnipeg / Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Winnipeg First Place Maternal Health Options (Kanata ON) Grey Bruce Pregnancy Centre (Owen Sound ON) Haldimand Pregnancy Care & Family Centre (Dunnville ON)  Island Pregnancy Care & Support Services (Charlottetown PE)  Lethbridge Pregnancy Care Centre (AB) Lambton Crisis Pregnancy Centre (The Pregnancy Centre) (Petrolia ON) Life is for Everyone Crisis Pregnancy Centre (TLC The Life Centre) (Newmarket ON) London Crisis Pregnancy Centre (ON) Medicine Hat Pregnancy Support Society (AB) Niagara Life Centre (St. Catharines ON) Niagara Life Welland Centre / Elisha House Pregnancy and Family Support Centre (Welland ON) Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Centre (Kelowna BC) Outreach for Life Association of Edmonton Pregnancy & Wellness Centre of Moncton (NB) Pregnancy Support Centre of Westman / Kairos Maternity Home (MB) South Fraser Pregnancy Options Society (Surrey BC) Sussex and Area Crisis Pregnancy Centre (NB) The Valley Care Pregnancy Centre (Kentville NS) Vernon Live Well Clinic for Sexual Health and Pregnancy (BC)  Victoria Pregnancy Centre Society (BC) References Bank of China, anti-abortion groups among coronavirus wage subsidy recipients. Amanda Connolly, Global News, Dec 21, 2020.  Officials mum on how much Bank of China, anti-abortion groups got in wage subsidy. Amanda Connolly, Global News. Dec 22, 2020.  Group Run By Canadian Neo-Nazi Received Federal COVID Relief Funds. Rachel Browne, Vice World News. Dec 22, 2020.  Merry Christmas: Here’s Every Right-Wing Group That Applied For Wage Subsidies From ‘Big Government’ This Year. Press Progress. Dec 24, 2020. Groups Opposing LGBTQ Rights, Abortion Received Federal Wage Subsidy. Samantha Beattie, HuffPost Canada. Jan 21, 2021. (Photo by Dan Mesec, The Tyee)

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
11,251 supporters
Petitioning Gouvernement du Canada, Justin Trudeau

Le gouvernement fédéral doit assurer des fonds d’avortement pour la clinique 554

English(Note : Cette pétition est adressée au gouvernement fédéral, alors que la pétition de la clinique 554 est adressée au gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick. Veuillez signer les deux !) La clinique à Fredericton, au Nouveau-Brunswick, n’est plus financièrement stable et devra peut-être fermer ses portes. [MISE À JOUR du 25 septembre 2020 : la clinique 554 fermera ses portes d’ici la fin de septembre.] La province se sert d’une vieille politique, politique qui ne respecte pas la Loi canadienne sur la santé ,pour limiter le financement des avortements chirurgicaux aux hôpitaux [1,2], forçant ainsi la clinique et même dans certains cas, les patients, à défrayer les coût de la procédure. Des milliers de personnes ont subi des préjudices et des difficultés en raison de la politique illégale de la province. La clinique Morgentaler, qui a précédée la clinique 554, a été forcée de fermer en 2014 en raison de sa précarité financière [3] ; elle ne pouvait plus assumer les coûts pour les patientes à faible revenu. Si la cliniquelinique 554 doit fermer aussi, ce serait un désastre pour les femmes et les minorités de genre de la province. Cette clinique est la seule de la province qui offre des soins d’avortement et des soins pour les communautés LGBTQ2. Les signataires de la pétition demandent au gouvernement fédéral et au ministre de la Santé de : S’engager dans des discussions et des négociations avec le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick afin de d’abroger la loi provinciale qui limite l’offre des services d’avortement aux hopitaux (règlementation 84-20, annexe 2 (a.1), de la Loi sur le paiement des services médicaux). [1] Réduire le montant transféré pour les services en soins de santé au gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick. Le montant devrait être retenu tant et aussi longtemps que le gouvernement provincial continue d’appliquer la politique. Mise à jour d’août 2020 : Le gouvernement fédéral a commencé à retenir les paiements de transfert en mars 2020, mais a redonné un montant de 140 000 $ au Nouveau-Brunswick en raison de la pandémie. Le gouvernement fédéral doit verser ce montant directement à la clinique 554. [8] [9] Mise à jour de septembre 2020 : Le gouvernement fédéral doit fournir une subvention de 140 000 $ pour la sauver de sa fermeture imminente. Quelques faits choquants : Le Nouveau-Brunswick finance totalement les avortements Mifegymiso (“la pilule abortive”), mais finance les avortements par intervention chirurgicale uniquement dans les hôpitaux. Cela signifie que la clinique 554 est remboursée pour les avortements médicaux, mais pas les avortements par intervention chirurgicale . Puisquela clinique offre les services de première ligneet qu’elle offre un large éventail de services, l’avortement par intervention chirurgicale est le SEUL service qui n’est pas payé par le gouvernement. Ceci est hypocrite et absurde. L’avortement Mifegymiso a un taux d’échec minime. Chaque fois que cela se produit, la clinique 554 doit mener une procédure chirurgicale pour compléter l’avortement, mais parce que ce n’est pas couvert par la province, la clinique doit débourser les fraiselle-même. La clinique 554 est le seul centre du Nouveau-Brunswick qui fait des avortements jusqu’à la 16e semaine de grossesse. Les médecins et les hôpitaux du Nouveau-Brunswick lui réfèrent fréquemment des patients. Puisque la plupart des patientes sont à faible revenu, la clinique couvre habituellement les coûts. La clinique refuse de tourner le dos à ces patientes puisque cela porterait atteinte à leur code déontologique et l'accessibilité des soins. Cette situation n’est pas viable. Il est ni éthique ni légal que la province abandonne ces patientes. La clinique a présenté des pétitions [4,5] au gouvernement provincial et a mené au moins deux campagnes de financement communautaire pour amasser des fonds, mais cela ne peut pas continuer et ce n’est pas soutenable à long terme. Il est inconcevable qu’une clinique, qui fournit des services médicalement nécessaires sous la Loi canadienne de la santé, doit défrayer les coûts des interventions de sa propre poche, voire même refiler la facture aux patients. Cela est illégal i, mais le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick en est responsable puisqu’il oblige la clinique à agir ainsi.La pétition de la Coalition pour les droits à l’avortement du Canada : www.arcc-cdac.ca  •  info@arcc-cdac.ca Sources : Regulation 84-20, Schedule 2 (a.1), of the Medical Services Payment Act (Chapter M-7, section 2.01). Jan 1995 letter from then-federal Health Minister Diane Marleau, instructing provinces and territories to fund medically required procedures in both hospitals and private clinics as a requirement of the Canada Health Act; and: Oct 1995 follow-up statement from Marleau, warning provinces that have not yet complied that they will face penalties. Global News, April 10, 2014: "Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton closing after operating at a loss". 2019 Change.org petition (still open) “Abortion Access New Brunswick: Repeal Restrictions in 84 20!” 2014 Change.org petition (closed) “To fund services at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, NB. 2019 GoFundMe campaign “Clinic 554 Needs Your Help”. 2018 Fundrazr campaign “Help Gender & Reproductive Care Stay Afloat in NB”. “Thanks for Nothing, Premier Blaine Higgs”: efforts to save Clinic 554 grow as election looms. NB Media Co-op, Aug 12, 2020. First act of new Liberal government must be to save Clinic 554. ARCC press release, 22 October 2019

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
79,090 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Alberta Legislative Assembly, Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Oppose Alberta Bill 207: "Abandoning Patients Act"

Bill 207 is a private member’s bill introduced Nov 7 in the Alberta legislature by UCP MLA Dan Williams, misleadingly titled Conscience Rights (Health Care Providers) Protection Act. The bill contravenes patients’ rights and is unconstitutional. It must be opposed and defeated. The bill is more aptly named the Abandoning Patients Act because it is a license for medical negligence. Health care professionals can refuse to provide a health care service they disagree with for personal or religious reason (so-called “conscientious objection”) – with complete impunity. The bill removes existing patient protections, including their right to a referral, and their ability to make a complaint or launch a lawsuit if a health care professional denies them care or medicine for alleged “conscience” reasons. This means that patients would have zero recourse for any harms done by treatment refusals. In effect, the bill would allow healthcare professionals to mistreat or abandon patients because there is no accountability or oversight. Allowing this bill to move forward violates Premier Jason Kenney’s promise to not “re-open the abortion debate.” The primary goal of the bill is to reduce access to abortion services, as “conscience” bills like this are on the wish list of anti-choice groups in Canada, and have been introduced federally several times by anti-choice Members of Parliament. However, this bill attempts to disguise its attack on abortion by expanding care denials to any type of healthcare. Besides abortion, the most common services that could be denied under this bill are contraception and other reproductive healthcare, medical assistance in dying, and LGBTQ2 care. Further, it’s possible that care deniers could interpret the bill as allowing discriminatory refusals of any health care service to disadvantaged groups based on their identity, such as the LGBTQ2 community or ethnic/religious minorities. The impacts of this bill would hit women and disadvantaged communities the hardest. The Abandoning Patients Act is unconstitutional because of the May 2019 decision by Ontario’s highest court, which ruled that doctors who refuse care for “conscience” reasons must provide an effective referral to someone who can provide the service. The court called it a compromise that balances the Charter rights of physicians and the interests of patients, who would suffer harm if doctors refused to give referrals. Bill 207 contains many other extreme measures: The “right” to deny care is extended to all regulated health professions, including doctors, pharmacists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, social workers, and many others. Patient referrals are defined as a health care service that can be denied, both formal and informal referrals. Religious healthcare organizations can deny care under “conscience”– even though only individuals have a conscience. The bill would allow Catholic hospitals to refuse any care that conflicts with their religious doctrine. They would not be required to provide referrals, options, or information. Employers of health care workers cannot "discriminate" against them if they refuse to do their jobs under the guise of "conscience" – that is, employers can’t fire or discipline them or decline to hire them. Authority over “conscientious objection” is removed from regulatory bodies such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) and the Alberta College of Pharmacy, even though it’s their mandate to set and enforce standards and codes of conduct. The bill overrides current guidelines for “conscientious objection” from the CPSA. This means the CPSA can no longer require care deniers to refer patients, to provide accurate information and not withhold information, and to not promote their own moral/religious beliefs. Further, the CPSA cannot discipline care deniers for “unprofessional conduct” and cannot accept patient complaints about treatment refusals. The bill adds "conscientious beliefs" as a new protected ground in the Alberta Human Rights Act, along with race, gender, disability, etc. That goes far beyond so-called "conscience rights" in healthcare. For example, it could allow any business owner or employer to refuse to serve or hire people from the LGBTQ2 community, on the basis that doing so would violate their “conscientious beliefs” and discriminate against them. A note on Section 2(2) of Bill 207, which reads: “For greater certainty, nothing in this Act derogates from a health care provider’s or religious health care organization’s obligations to their patients, which may include informing individuals of options in respect of receiving a health care service.” This section is meaningless because it contradicts the bill itself. The entire objective of the bill is to allow health care professionals to shirk their fiduciary obligations to patients for alleged “conscience” reasons (which they do not have to explain or justify). Further, the phrase about “informing individuals of options” is vague and opens the door to giving inaccurate information to patients and referring them to anti-choice agencies. The petition signers ask the members of the Alberta legislative assembly to please oppose and defeat Bill 207, the Abandoning Patients Act.

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
23,236 supporters
Petitioning Government of Canada, Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Federal Government Must Ensure Abortion Funding for Clinic 554

français(Note: This petition is directed to the federal government, while Clinic 554’s petition is directed to New Brunswick's government. Please sign both!) Clinic 554 in Fredericton New Brunswick is no longer financially stable and may need to close. [UPDATE Sep 25, 2020: Clinic 554 set to close by end of September.] The province enforces a 30-year old regulation in violation of the Canada Health Act that limits funding of surgical abortions to hospitals, [1,2] forcing the clinic to pay the cost themselves or charge patients directly. Over the decades, thousands of people have suffered harms and endured hardship because of the province’s illegal regulation. The clinic’s predecessor, the Morgentaler Clinic, was forced to close in 2014 because it was financially unsustainable [3] – it could no longer afford to pay costs for low-income patients. If Clinic 554 closes too, it would be a disaster for women and gender minorities in the province, as the clinic is the only one in the province that provides abortion care and LGBTQ2 care. The petition signers call upon the government of Canada and the Minister of Health to: Engage in talks or arbitration with the New Brunswick government to make them repeal the provincial law restricting abortion payment to hospitals (Regulation 84-20, Schedule 2 (a.1), of the Medical Services Payment Act). [1] Immediately start withholding a proportion of Health Transfer payments to New Brunswick and continue to do so as long as the regulation remains in force. Aug 2020 Update: The federal government began withholding transfer payments in March 2020 but gave the $140,000 in funds back to NB because of the pandemic. The federal government must give this money directly to Clinic 554. [8] [9]Sept 2020 Update: The federal government must provide an emergency grant of $140,000 to Clinic 554 to save it from imminent closure. Shocking Facts: New Brunswick fully funds Mifegymiso abortions (the abortion pill), but only funds surgical abortions at hospitals. This means that Clinic 554 gets reimbursed for medical abortions, but not surgical abortions. Since the clinic is actually a GP’s primary care practice offering a wide range of services, surgical abortion is the ONLY service not funded. This is hypocritical and absurd. Mifegymiso abortion has a small failure rate. Each time this occurs, Clinic 554 must do a surgical procedure to complete the abortion, but because this is not covered by the province, the clinic is forced to eat the cost themselves. Clinic 554 is the only centre in NB that does abortions up to 16 weeks. Doctors and hospitals in NB routinely refer patients to them. Since most patients are low income, the clinic usually covers the cost. They will not turn away patients as that would violate medical ethics and patients’ right to care. This situation is not sustainable. It is unethical and illegal for the Province to abandon these patients. The clinic has hosted petitions [4,5] aimed at the provincial government, and held at least two crowdfunding campaigns [6,7] to raise money, but this cannot continue and is not sustainable. It is unconscionable that a clinic providing medically necessary services under the Canada Health Act must cover costs out of its own pocket, or charge patients directly. This is illegal under the Act, but the NB government is the lawbreaker because it gives the clinic no choice. Petition by Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada:  www.arcc-cdac.ca  •  info@arcc-cdac.ca Sources: Regulation 84-20, Schedule 2 (a.1), of the Medical Services Payment Act (Chapter M-7, section 2.01). Jan 1995 letter from then-federal Health Minister Diane Marleau, instructing provinces and territories to fund medically required procedures in both hospitals and private clinics as a requirement of the Canada Health Act; and: Oct 1995 follow-up statement from Marleau, warning provinces that have not yet complied that they will face penalties. Global News, April 10, 2014: "Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton closing after operating at a loss". 2019 Change.org petition (still open) “Abortion Access New Brunswick: Repeal Restrictions in 84 20!” 2014 Change.org petition (closed) “To fund services at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, NB. 2019 GoFundMe campaign “Clinic 554 Needs Your Help”. 2018 Fundrazr campaign “Help Gender & Reproductive Care Stay Afloat in NB”. “Thanks for Nothing, Premier Blaine Higgs”: efforts to save Clinic 554 grow as election looms. NB Media Co-op, Aug 12, 2020. First act of new Liberal government must be to save Clinic 554. ARCC press release, 22 October 2019

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
79,090 supporters