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Sample Letter for your Member of Parliament

The following letter can be sent to your Member of Parliament, the Prime Minister or Cabinet members, and other government officials. Please feel free to add, change, or delete as you see fit to make your own customized letter.

Find your Member of Parliament and their contact information here:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Don’t forget to add your name, address, and phone number to your letters and emails!
 


Dear _______ [add “Honourable” for the PM and Cabinet ministers]

Like the majority of Canadians, I am pro-choice and never want to see abortion re-criminalized in Canada. This would be a profound violation of women’s rights.

Please defend and uphold women’s legal right to abortion at every opportunity. It is my hope that you will publicly oppose and vote against any private member’s bill or motion that may be introduced in Parliament that is intended to restrict abortion or reduce access. I also hope that you will vote against any attempts to subordinate pregnant women’s rights in favour of fetal rights. 

Furthermore, do not give the Provinces leeway to infringe on abortion rights or access by devolving more healthcare responsibilities to the provinces, or by failing to penalize provinces when they allow private clinics to charge fees for medically required services in violation of the Canada Health Act.

Instead, please assert that all abortions are medically required. Access to abortion is a constitutional right for women (to protect their life, liberty, conscience, and bodily integrity). Inability to access the service puts women’s lives and health at risk, and both childbirth and abortion must be funded equally to avoid discriminating against women, especially low-income women.

I expect you, as my MP, to hold the government accountable to protect women’s rights under the Charter and to ensure the government enforces the Canada Health Act, and make sure that fully funded abortion care is available for every woman and transgender person who needs it, regardless of where they live.

Thank you for listening to my views.

Sincerely,