Women in most parts of Canada will soon be able to access emergency contraception over-the-counter. But the lack of centralized health care policy means women in Quebec will still need to consult pharmacists first.
We are all looking for a sense of community and somewhere to belong, but I won’t belong to a church that believes that I have no rights.
When it comes to motherhood, Canada may offer some benefits and social programs that American mothers envy, but not still not enough to make having children accessible to all women.
Medical students in Canada are not receiving the training that they need to become abortion providers. Many medical schools do not include the subject in their curriculum, so students wishing to learn the procedure must take it upon themselves to become trained providers.
The "Unborn Victims of Crime" Act is far closer to becoming law in Canada than any pro-choice advocates would like to believe.
Women’s access to unbiased, medically-sound reproductive health care in Canada is being compromised by doctors hiding behind conscience clauses to refuse services and referrals.
Think that religious policing only applies to abortion and contraceptives? Doctors in Canada are now refusing to perform pap smears on young women, citing "religious beliefs."
As Canada's pro-choice community gets ready to celebrate the anniversary of legal abortion in Canada, the media campaign of an anti-choice group ramps up.
The Canadian government is currently reviewing a proposed "Unborn Victims of Violence Bill" that would open the door for fetal rights arguments once again.
Here in Canada there are a number of issues that are going to come up in the new year in regards to sexual and reproductive health and rights -- perhaps most prominently, the Unborn Victims of Violence Bill.
Should women be criminally punished for having abortions? Some Canadian anti-choice activists think that they should.
Do you need to have a sit down about sex with someone that you love? Is that person your mom, dad or even a grandparent? The reality is that the changing face of "seniors" means a lot more sexually active older adults. We need to start talking to the old and the young about the birds and the bees.
After giving birth, many women experience a roller coaster of emotions. But what happens when that roller coaster won't let you off and you can't shake the baby blues? Postpartum depression is a reality for fifty to eighty percent of all new mothers in Canada.
Sex within marriage is not a right -- it is something that is consented to even though vows have been taken.
Think that child marriage only happens in the developing world? Think again - a fundamentalist sect of Mormonism has been marrying the young girls in their community to men two or even three times their age.
Why have women's reproductive health issues been put on the back burner in Canada and the US? With an election looming in the US, can we change the anti-choice tide?
What are some ways to increase rates of HIV testing without making it mandatory?
How is it that our neighbor to the north manages to enact the liberal legislation the U.S. can't seem to pass?
Four generations of Canadian television's "Degrassi" never shy away from covering teens' real dilemmas.
Pamela Pizarro discusses the challenge of working in the sexual and reproductive health and rights field; it's not always easy, but it is necessary.
Pamela Pizarro looks at prevention through education, reflecting on her high school education and the way in which girls and boys are taught (or not taught) about sexual violence.
Pamela Pizarro interviews Lisa Middleton, the coordinator for Youth for Choice, a Canadian network of young people who advocate for the sexual and reproductive rights of youth.
Empowering young girls (and boys) to make educated choices over their bodies, rather than blindly following the "trend," is vital for their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Same-sex couples have the right to legally marry across Canada; this right is linked to sexual and reproductive health and rights through the core principle that every individual is free to love and be with another individual of their choice.
A recent article in The Globe and Mail reveals that teen pregnancy and abortions are both declining in Canada. However, sexually transmitted infections are continuing to increase.
Young people deserve respectful, culturally competent care when accessing basic health care services. But some find a trip to the doctor winds up more like a stint in the principal's office.
An interview with Jessica Shaw of Canadians for Choice reveals that information about sexual and reproductive healthcare is not as easily accessible in Canada as we would like to think.
Editor's Note: Today we welcome Pamela Pizarro, writing from Canada. She has experience with youth coalitions and will be writing about the sexual and reproductive health and rights of youth in Canada.
Youth are curious; it is one of our fundamental traits as young people. It helps us to explore and learn about the world around us. Curiosity about sex and sexuality is something that every young person goes through. We begin by exploring our own bodies, and then move on to exploring the bodies of others. It is a natural progression that each individual goes through, and when we encounter questions about our sexuality we look to our peers, educational institutions and our parents for answers.