Take Action

What you can do to protect abortion rights

  1. Join ARCC-CDAC and one of our listservs to stay informed on reproductive rights issues and become active.
  2. Find out who your MP is, and whether they‘re on our list of anti-choice MPs or those with an unknown stance.

    • If they’re anti-choice, email or call them to let them know they must not use their elected status to impose their personal religious views on the public and their constituents. Demand that they protect women’s constitutional rights in their political work.
    • If they have an unknown stance, please contact them to ask them their position and then pass on their response to ARCC.
    • If they’re pro-choice (not on the above list), email or call them and ask them to stand up and defend abortion rights whenever necessary.

    Here is a sample letter you can send or customize with your own words.

  3. Inform others by passing along our list of anti-choice MPs to your friends, relatives, and co-workers. Ask them to check out their MP’s stance on abortion and take action.
  4. Join, volunteer, or donate to a local pro-choice group, abortion clinic, or family planning clinic, and ask your friends to do the same.
  5. Write letters and post comments in the mainstream media supporting reproductive rights, especially in response to articles or other letters with an anti-choice bias.
  6. Participate in liberal and pro-choice blogs by posting comments informing people about abortion news and supporting reproductive rights.
  7. If you’ve had an abortion yourself, don’t stay silent. Help erase the stigma of abortion by being open about your experience, and inviting other women to do the same. You can share your story online (“Shout Your Abortion”). If you know someone who’s had an abortion, give them your support and understanding, and encourage them to speak out.
  8. Know your rights! Your right to access abortion is protected under your constitutional rights to “life, liberty, and security of the person” and “freedom of conscience”. You also should not have to pay for an abortion, even at a private clinic it’s an insured, medically required service in every province and territory, under the Canada Health Act.

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