Why Anti-Choice Groups Should Not Have Charitable Tax status-archived
4 February 2019
They seek to persuade the public to the point of view that abortion is wrong and should be illegal. [...] The CRA has said that for a group to be eligible for charitable tax status, the information it provides must be "presented in an unbiased manner so as to allow the reader to make up his/her own mind on the position being advocated." But the literature of all anti-abortion groups tends to be one-sided, emotional, and rife with unsubstantiated opinions and misinformation. [...] In the 1988 Morgentaler decision that struck down Canada’s abortion law, the Supreme Court justices ruled that access to abortion is guaranteed to women based on Section 7’s guarantee of "security of the person" (Charter of Rights and Freedoms). [...] The decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy is essentially a moral decision and in a free and democratic society, the conscience of the individual must be paramount to that of the state." Access to legal abortion is therefore a constitutional right for women and must not be abridged. [...] In circumstances where abortion is not against the law, such abortion should be safe." Women's basic human rights include the right to unbiased and accurate information about reproductive healthcare services, and the right to access such services, including contraception and abortion (where legal).