Abortion is a nationally protected medical procedure in Canada, regulated by provincial governments, meaning that each province and territory approaches abortion differently. Here’s how each Canadian region measures up when it comes to abortion access.
With American political figures like Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) raising the profile of democratic socialism and Medicare in political conversations across North America, The Pigeon charts how in just over 50 years, socialist Saskatchewan became a conservative stronghold.
Clinic 554 is currently the only health centre in New Brunswick where trans people know they can go to receive informed, inclusive care. Now that it’s closing, they’re being forced to contend with a medical system they say doesn’t prioritize them.
Clinic 554, New Brunswick’s only independent clinic that offers abortions, is set to close permanently at the end of September. Advocates for the Fredericton, N.B. clinic, as well as former patients, are urging the provincial government to save it.
In Canada, abortion has not been restricted federally since 1988. While the essential nature of abortion was quickly reaffirmed by policy-makers at the beginning of the pandemic, providers had to adjust the way they delivered health services so patients could continue to access abortion at the peak of regional quarantine measures. While the types of services patients need haven’t changed dramatically, the pandemic has altered the way clinics and hospitals think about accessibility of care.
Emily Jarrett gave birth to her son, Thomas, on Nov. 28, 2019. She knows her pregnancy and labour would not have gone the same without the help of her registered midwife. When she found out she was pregnant, Jarrett reached out to friends and researched a variety of primary care options before deciding to use a midwife.