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):

Bill C-484, “Unborn Victims of Crime Act” (introduced 2007)

Other bills:

Undermining democracy and human rights: A cautionary tale about anti-choice politics (Feb 2014)

Defunding abortion: A non-starter (Nov 2013)

Anti-choice centres lose lawsuit: What does it all mean? (Sep 2013)

Don’t Be Fooled by Fake Clinics (Nov 2012)

Why Abortion Must Be Fully Funded (Oct 2012)

Tips for Responding to the Abortion Crapavan – (sometimes called the “new abortion caravan”), by Jane Cawthorne and Joyce Arthur (June 2012)

Angus Reid Takes Sides – With the Anti-Choice (Spring 2012)

Angus Reid and the ‘False Dilemma’ Fallacy (Feb 2012)

Cozy Bedfellows: Prostitution Abolitionists and Anti-Abortionists (Jan 2012)

What the Pollster Didn’t Ask: Biased Poll Fuels Anti-Abortion Myths (Sep 2010)

Exposing Crisis Pregnancy Centres in BC – A research report on anti-abortion “counselling” agencies for the Pro-Choice Action Network. (Feb 2009) Executive Summary

Women’s Rights Are Not Up For Debate (Jan 2009)

Anti-Choicers Want to Jail Women for Abortion (Nov 2007)

“Abolish Abortion”? NOT!  A Media Lesson from Canada (July 2007)

Linking the prostitution and abortion debates (Jan 2007)

Where is the Anti-Choice Movement Headed? – A detailed analysis of the successes and failures of the anti-choice movement in North America, with a focus on the history and role of extremism. (Summer 2003)

The Myth of “Pro-Abortion Violence” – Did you know the pro-choice movement is 50 times more violent than the anti-choice movement? NOT! (April 2003)

How to Interpret Polls on Abortion (Autumn/Winter 2002)

A Word of Advice to Anti-Choicers – If you want a chance of winning your “war” against abortion, at least “know your enemy!” (Dec 2002)  (Personal, homepage, anti-advice)

Abortion and Breast Cancer – A Forged Link – Anti-abortion zealots hurt women with their disproven claim that abortion leads to an increased risk of breast cancer. (Jan 2002)

No Virginia – Abortion is NOT Genocide (April 2000)

Hypocrisy and the Hippocratic Oath (July 1999)

Psychological After-effects of Abortion: the Real Story (Jan 1997)


The Trumpocalypse – vs. Women’s and Reproductive Rights (Dec 2016). Powerpoint in PDF format.

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)