In this module, we have discussed the history of the abortion debate in Canada, including key legal battles that affect the lives of people seeking abortion today. What the authors we read remind us of is that even in a context of formal legal access, there is much to consider when it comes to the abortion debate in Canada. The reproductive justice movement, emerging out of the organizing efforts of women of colour collectives in the U.S., urges us to put the individualized language of the ‘right to choose’ in a broader historical and structural context. Through the lens of reproductive justice, issues such as forced sterilization, poverty, geographical barriers, and substandard living conditions must be considered when assessing what is a true ‘choice’. Further, Gordon and Saurette, through their study of the Canadian anti-abortion movement, tell us to pay attention to the strategic maneuvers of the movement and the ways that it co-opts progressive and feminist language. Taken together, these authors teach us big lessons about the current state of abortion in Canada and remind us that reproductive justice is an intersectional, social justice issue.
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