To ensure reproductive freedom by protecting and advancing rights
and access to abortion and to quality reproductive health care.
The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) is
“pro-choice”, with a primary focus on ensuring abortion
rights and access for women and transgender people capable of
pregnancy (“trans”). ARCC affirms the
- To achieve equality, all women and trans people must have the
right to decide for themselves whether and when they will bear
children, and how many. Without control of their fertility, they
cannot have autonomy over their lives and cannot play a full and
equal role in society.
- Women and trans people have a constitutionally-based right to
unrestricted, fully-funded abortion, without legal or other
barriers or discrimination due to gender, class, ethnicity, race,
age, location/region (or area of residence), or any other
characteristic, including reasons for choosing an abortion. The
rights of pregnant persons must not be abridged— according to
Supreme Court precedent, a pregnant woman is “one
- Everyone has the right to receive a full range of reproductive
healthcare options, services, and information, including (but not
limited to) medical and surgical abortion, contraception, family
planning services, and comprehensive sexual health education.
- Everyone has the right to access reproductive healthcare services
safely and in a timely manner, in an atmosphere of dignity,
privacy, respect, trust, and compassion.
- All abortions are medically required—not
“elective”—and fall under the protection of the
Canada Health Act (just like all childbirths), regardless
of where they are performed – hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s
offices. The delivery and funding of abortion and other medically
required reproductive healthcare services must meet the
Act’s five principles.
- Providers of reproductive health care services have the right to
deliver such services free of discrimination, harassment, and
ARCC also supports the concept of Reproductive Justice.
We recognize that the sexual and reproductive health and rights of
people from many diverse communities are disproportionately affected
by marginalization and oppression, including the LGBTQ
community (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer), Indigenous
communities, racialized communities, youth, people with disabilities,
and other vulnerable groups. To ensure justice, fundamental
inequalities must be addressed for all. (Please see our
Position Paper #100 on Reproductive Justice
for more information.)