The Canadian government promised to strip anti-abortion organizations of their charitable status. Here's why it hasn’t.

What exactly counts as an anti-abortion organization is unclear, experts told Future of Good.

Why It Matters

This policy, if enacted, could affect the charitable status of organizations that oppose abortion – but it could also open the door to more scrutiny of charities any government disagrees with.

In the wake of the Supreme Court of the United States’ likely overturn of Roe v. Wade, a pivotal court case cementing the right of Americans to access abortion services, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government was quick to jump to the microphone.

Canadians, unlike Americans, have no legal right to abortion access. Ever since abortion was legalized in 1988, Canadian governments have generally taken a hands-off approach to the issue: not overtly interfering with it, but not enshrining it with legal protections, either. During the last election, Trudeau pledged to penalize provinces that don’t provide a minimum level of abortion access, a major issue in Maritime provinces and the Far North. “This government will never back down on defending and promoting women’s right

 


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