BC Reproductive Justice Manifesto
We still have work to do in British Columbia and Canada
Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) advocates in BC and across Canada have joined their voices together to demand reproductive justice. Advocates are calling on the federal and provincial governments to do more than make statements or release small amounts of funding – they must take real action to improve people’s access to SRH in Canada.
In the recent ruling of Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has upheld a Mississippi law that outlaws nearly all abortions at and after 15 weeks gestation. The majority’s decision overturns the 1973 ruling in Roe v Wade that protects a pregnant person’s right to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 26 states have existing laws that will definitely or likely ban abortion access for people who can become pregnant, creating “abortion deserts” in large swaths of the country and forcing many to travel long distances to a safe state.
While Canada’s system of justice is different, we still have work to do to ensure access to abortion and to break down lingering stigma around abortion. As sexual and reproductive health advocates, we call on governments to take action on a range of issues that people living in Canada continue to face. We also encourage everyone to reach out to their MLA and MP to ensure that SRH is an issue they are prepared to address and fund.
The BC Government must:
Make contraception free and universally accessible in BC and across Canada.
The Federal government must:
Enforce the Canada Health Act against provinces that fail to provide accessible or fully funded SRH care or abortion (such as New Brunswick and Ontario).
Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) is a national advocacy group devoted to ensuring abortion rights and access. Founded in 2005, ARCC undertakes political and educational work on reproductive justice and health issues, including preserving our legal right to abortion, advocating for improved access, supporting abortion providers and pro-choice communities, countering anti-choice campaigns and misinformation, and more. Find more info at www.arcc-cdac.ca.
AccessBC is a grassroots, province-wide campaign that advocates for universal no-cost prescription contraception in British Columbia. AccessBC was founded in 2017, and since then has mobilized BC residents to send thousands of letters to the provincial government calling on it to implement this important policy. You can learn more about AccessBC, the need for, and benefits of, making all prescription contraception universally available at no cost, at www.accessbc.org. A detailed briefing paper can be found here: https://www.accessbc.org/briefing-paper.
BC Humanist Association
The BC Humanist Association has been providing a community and voice for Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the non-religious of British Columbia for over 30 years. We support the growth of Humanist communities across BC, provide Humanist ceremonies, and campaign for progressive and secular values. www.bchumanist.ca
Options for Sexual Health
Options for Sexual Health (Options) is Canada’s largest non-governmental provider of sexual and reproductive health care. Committed to choice and intersectional feminism, the organization operates 60 community clinics, offers comprehensive sexual health education and professional training along with Sex Sense information and referral line. Find more info here: www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/.
UBC Social Justice Centre
The Social Justice Centre is a student-led resource group at the University of British Columbia that works toward transformative change, justice, and equity through a survivor-centric, harm reduction, radical, feminist, decolonial, anti-oppression framework. Our organizing is prefigurative - the way we win matters; the how is the why. We strive to enact alternative futures based on resistance, relationships, reciprocity, community, trust, love, solidarity, and liberation.
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
Peers Victoria Resources Society
Ishtar Women's Resource Society
Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity
BC Health Coalition
Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances
Alberta Abortion Access Network
Saskatoon Sexual Health
West Coast LEAF
Planned Parenthood Ottawa
Planned Parenthood Toronto
Northern Reproductive Justice Network
HIM Health Initiative for Men
Women Transforming Cities
Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola Federal NDP Riding Association
Battered Women's Support Services
BC Civil Liberties Association
Ending Violence Association of BC
Howe Sounds Women's Centre Society
Nelson Options for Sexual Health
Vancouver Pride Society
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Women Transforming Cities
Institute for International Women's Rights - Manitoba
Socialist Alternative Canada
South Fraser Unitarians
Capilano Students' Union