OTTAWA, October 17, 2005 ( – Pro-abortion groups in Canada are taking a page from their American counterparts, attempting to repackage their image so as to become relevant to the younger generation of Canadians that has largely ignored them leaving a tired, old leadership without many prospects to fill their shoes. In the US last year, the National Abortion Rights Action League renamed itself NARAL Pro-Choice America. In Canada, the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League (CARAL) officially closed its doors only to reopen under the name The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC).

In a press release today, ARCC admits that the abortion movement is struggling to even find doctors willing to terminate the lives of unborn children. Joyce Arthur, a well-seasoned pro-abortion veteran from British Columbia, said that “Access (to abortion) is further hampered by a persistent shortage of doctors able or willing to perform abortions.”

The CARAL website ( ) says, “Now that abortion is just one of the many of the reproductive services available to women, CARAL has closed its doors and discontinued its activities.” However, Arthur says in the ARCC release. “Abortion is often called a settled issue in Canada, but in reality it is still politicized and that impedes access . . . every year, about 9,000 women pay out-of-pocket for their abortions, in violation of the Canada Health Act. Fewer than one in five Canadian hospitals even provide abortion services . . .In most medical schools, training in reproductive health and abortion is inadequate, and providers remain at risk for anti-choice harassment and violence.”

Also featured on the ARCC press release was Carolyn Egan of the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics. Egan, after making a splash as a lesbian activist in the 1970’s, went on to fame during the 1980’s as a staunch supporter of notorious abortionist Henry Morgentaler. (See the full release: )

The group will launch officially in Ottawa on October 19th and there will be a French launch in Montreal on October 20.



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