MLAs can vote their conscience on health providers conscience rights bill, premier says

The premier won’t whip United Conservative Party MLA votes on a private members’ bill that could leave Alberta women without legal recourse if an objecting doctor refuses to refer her to a colleague for an abortion or contraception. Delegates listen…

UCP MLA’s bill on health workers’ conscience rights passes 1st reading, NDP fear it reopens abortion debate

A private member’s bill meant to “commit health care providers’… [conscience] rights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in provincial law,” passed first reading at the Alberta legislature on Thursday. Bill 207 was introduced in the legislature by…

UCP MLA’s private member’s bill to reopen debate on physician conscience rights

Alberta politicians are to debate the role of conscience rights and the responsibilities of physicians asked to assist or advise on abortions, contraception or medically assisted deaths. United Conservative backbencher Dan Williams is to introduce Thursday a private member’s bill…

‘There is a problem here’: advocates sound alarm over abortion access in Canada

It’s been a few years since a woman — whom we’ll call Joanna — made a 450 km journey across Canada for an abortion.  Joanna asked to remain anonymous because she doesn’t feel safe speaking publicly about her abortion, but…

Pro-choice protesters converge on pro-life event at Edmonton community centre

A number of pro-choice protesters gathered outside Edmonton’s Blue Quill Community League on Wednesday night to voice their opposition to a pro-life event being held at the community centre. Story continues below Demonstrators arrived dressed as “handmaids” from the Margaret…

Alberta abortion doula offers confidential kindness – for free

When women contact Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson, they are usually desperate. “They find out they’re pregnant, they really don’t want to be pregnant and there is this urgency — ‘I need information, I need it now,’” Reinhardt-Simpson said. The abortion doula, believed…