Canada: More women in politics would help safeguard access to abortion
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"Women hold just 30 per cent of seats in Parliament; only two of 12 premiers are women. It matters because women matter."
I remember sitting in the back seat of my dad’s truck, driving around Saint John when I was 12. I was feeling smug because I had just correctly named the mayor, premier and prime minister: Ivan Court, Bernard Lord, Stephen Harper. It would be another 10 years before I would start questioning why politics in Canada is dominated by men and what that means for women.
Have you ever tried to get a routine Pap test without a family doctor? What about contraception? Access to abortion in Canada is a fundamental right ensured by the Charter, but battling over who is pro-choice vs. anti-choice has sucked up all the political air in the country for decades at the expense of making abortion more accessible and health care more equitable.
Click here to read the full article published by Toronto Star on 23 May 2022.