Abortion Rights

Abuse of “conscientious objection” in reproductive healthcare:

Letter to the Editor: Refusal to Treat Patients Does Not Work in Any Country—Even If Misleadingly Labelled “Conscientious Objection”, by Christian Fiala and Joyce H. Arthur, Health & Human Rights Journal (Sept 2017)

There is no defense for ‘Conscientious objection’ in reproductive health care, by Christian Fiala and Joyce H. Arthur.  European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. (July 2017)

“Conscientious objection” kills women, by Christian Fiala and Joyce Arthur (June 2017)

The dishonourable disobedience of not providing abortion, by Joyce Arthur, Christian Fiala, and Kristina Gemzell Danielsson (Nov 2016)

Yes We Can! Successful Examples of Disallowing ‘Conscientious Objection’ in Reproductive Health Care, by Christian Fiala, Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Oskari Heikinheimo, Jens A. Guðmundsson, and Joyce Arthur (February 2016)

“Conscientious objection” in reproductive healthcare is dishonourable disobedience – Presentation delivered at the IWAC conference in Bangkok Thailand on January 28, 2016 – the 3rd international conference on women’s health and unsafe abortion. (PowerPoint in PDF format.)

Prohibit Conscientious Objection: My Feedback to the Ontario College of Pharmacists (November 2015)

“Conscientious Objection” in Reproductive Healthcare is Immoral and Should Be Abolished (October 2015)

Christian doctors angry they can no longer abandon their patients (April 2015)

Doctors do not have the right to discriminate and deny basic health care (Aug 2014)

The CO debate: ‘Conscientious Objection’ is still dishonourable disobedience by Joyce Arthur and Christian Fiala (July 2014)

Why We Need to Ban Conscientious Objection in Reproductive Health Care by Joyce Arthur and Christian Fiala (May 2014)

“Dishonourable disobedience” – Why refusal to treat in reproductive healthcare is not conscientious objection, by Christian Fiala and Joyce Arthur. PDF version. (March 2014)

Refuting anti-choice academic “research”:

Study Still Dead After Resurrection Attempt Fails (October 2015)

‘False Witnesses’ Publish Deeply Flawed Study on Abortion Mortality in Mexico (March 2015)

How Deeply Flawed Studies on Abortion and Breast Cancer Become Anti-Choice Fodder (Jan 2014)

A Disgraceful Example of B.A.D. Science (biased, agenda-driven): Anti-Choice “Research” on Maternal Mortality in Chile (Aug 2012)

Anti-choice researchers in Chile try to hide illegal abortion – and women who die from it (June 2012)

Refuting Elard Koch’s errors and distortions – Supplement to above article. Updated Addendums appear at bottom (June 2012; latest update Nov 2014).

Yes, Legalizing Abortion Does Save Women’s Lives – Refuting the bizarre and false anti-choice claim that legalizing abortion does not improve maternal health. (March 2010)

Abortion Still Does Not Lead to an Increased Risk of Breast Cancer (March 2010)

Fighting anti-choice bills and motions:

Motion 408 to condemn sex selection abortion (introduced 2012):

Motion 312, a testing ground for giving legal personhood to fetuses (introduced 2012):

Other bills:

Study: Review of “Crisis Pregnancy Centre” Websites in Canada (May 2016).
Overview page with summary, links, and other resources.
Full study (PDF).  by Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.
Authors: Joyce Arthur, Rebecca Bailin, Kathy Dawson, Megan Glenwright, Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson, Meg Sykes, and Alison Zimmer.

Saving Women’s Lives – Thoughts on the life and legacy of Dr. Henry Morgentaler (June 2013)

Determinants of emergency contraceptive use after unprotected intercourse: Who seeks emergency contraception and who seeks abortion? – by Zoltan Kozinszky, János Sikovanyecz, Iván Devosa, Dávid Szabó, Katalin Barabás, Attila Pál, and Joyce Arthur. Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 91(8):959-64. (April 2012)

Paternity, Patriarchy, and Reproductive Rights – The male need to control paternity of children explains most of the oppression against women. (Dec 2006)

The Question Left Hanging – How did anti-abortion protester Maurice Lewis really die? (Autumn/Winter 2002)

What Pro-Choice Really Means – or, Pro-Choice for Dummies. (Aug 2000)

“The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion” – When the Anti-Choice Choose (Sep 2000)

Abortion in Canada: History, Law, and Access (Oct 1999)

Risky Business: Learning to Play It Safe (Sep/Oct 1998)