Canadian Labour Congress, January 25, 2013
January 28, 2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of Canada’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Canada’s abortion law – a decision that allowed women the freedom to choose this procedure legally and safely. The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) sees this day as a historic moment for women’s equality across the country. The labour movement has long been a part the fight for a woman’s right to access safe, legal abortion, and unions are committed to protecting women’s reproductive freedom from any attempts to reduce or limit access.
“Abortion rights are a fundamental part of women’s equality,” said Barbara Byers, CLC Executive Vice-President. “But we can never take these gains for granted. Unfortunately there are members of the Harper government who seek to question and erode the progress that women have made. Now, more than ever, we need to acknowledge and remember how important the Morgentaler Decision was for women in Canada, and commit to defending our right to control the decisions we make about our bodies and our lives.”
Please visit the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s (ARCC) newly created website that celebrates the victory and the work of Dr. Henry Morgentaler and all he contributed to the pro-choice movement. The website also lists events and ways you can get involved in the ongoing struggle for reproductive justice.