Reproductive Freedom

The BC Humanist Association is unambiguously pro-choice.

The history of Humanism in Canada is deeply intertwined with the fight for reproductive freedom. Henry Morgentaler, inspired by his Humanist morality, took his fight to make abortions available all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. That case struck down Canada's abortion law in 1988 and since then it has been a decision between a patient and their doctor.

Today, we fight to make sure people continue to have that choice and that contraceptives are accessible to all who want them, in Canada and around the world.

For evidence-based, non-judgmental information about reproductive health, contact Options for Sexual Health.

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The history of institutional religious obstructions

How did we end up in a situation where some publicly funded facilities are permitted to refuse to provide healthcare services in BC? To answer this question we need to look at the history of healthcare in BC and how religious hospitals came to play a part in our medical...

Humanists ask Imagine Canada to rethink position on anti-choice groups

In a letter sent today, the BC Humanist Association is calling on the voice of Canada's charitable sector to drop its opposition to proposed measures to end charitable status for anti-choice organizations. Imagine Canada provides resources and accreditation for charities and non-profits and advocates for issues affecting the non-profit sector....

Sexual and reproductive health advocates call for Reproductive Justice in Canada now!

In light of the Supreme Court of the US decision overturning Roe v. Wade, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) advocates in BC join voices across the country to demand reproductive justice throughout Canada. In their statement, more than 20 organizations are calling on the federal and provincial governments to take real...

Standing up for Reproductive Rights and Justice in BC and Canada

Reproductive Rights & Justice Rally, May 14 2022 at 1pm a  šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly known as Queen Elizabeth Plaza) south side on Georgia Street A network of social justice and reproductive rights groups has come together to say never again and not here in relation to changes afoot to abortion...

In defence of dignity and bodily autonomy

Progressives are still reeling at yesterday's report from POLITICO about a leaked draft majority decision from the Supreme Court of the United States. That decision, from conservative Justice Samuel Alito, would overturn Roe v Wade and lead to the near instant criminalization of abortion in as many as half of the states....

BCHA joins AccessBC Campaign

It's time for free prescription contraception in BC! At its most recent meeting, the Board of the BC Humanist Association voted unanimously to lend the organization's support to the AccessBC campaign.

Ireland votes to repeal abortion ban amid huge cultural shift

By Claire Pierson, University of Liverpool In a historic referendum, the Irish people have voted by a landslide to repeal the 8th amendment to the country’s constitution, allowing the government to legislate for abortion. The vote illustrates the monumental shift in attitudes towards women’s rights in Ireland. It’s also testament...

Kelowna refuses anti-choice proclamations

The City of Kelowna will no longer make anti-choice proclamations. The office of Mayor Colin Basran declined the Kelowna Right to Life Society stating that "Proclamations are not approved if they ... advocate against human rights and freedoms under existing Canadian laws." Ian Bushfield, Executive Director, BC Humanist Association: Given...

Half of British Columbians strongly oppose granting "conscientious objections" to healthcare institutions

A new poll has found that 71% of British Columbians do not support publicly-funded healthcare institutions being able to refuse to provide services like physician-assisted dying or abortion on religious grounds. A majority – 52% – are strongly opposed. A number of healthcare institutions operated by religious groups, including Providence...

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