New Parkland Institute report on reproductive health

With less than a week remaining in a federal election campaign that has once again seen abortion rights emerge as a key issue, Parkland Institute has just released its latest report, Political Challenges and Digital Frontiers: Reproductive Health and Services in Southern Alberta.

The report, which emerges from a 2015 Parkland Institute faculty research award won by the University of Lethbridge’s Dr. Carol Williams, explores the history of reproductive health in Canada and Alberta, and looks at current and emerging threats to meaningful access to these critical health services.

“With recent state legislative changes in the United States that amount to near-total bans on abortion, the election in Alberta of a number of politicians who self-identify as anti-abortion, and the ambiguous positions of some federal leaders, Canadians are rightly concerned that reproductive rights are under political threat,” Dr. Williams says. “But it’s also important to remember that other barriers, including a lack of regional service providers, financial barriers, and a knowledge deficit already combine to make meaningful access almost theoretical for many of those seeking abortions.”

Political Challenges and Digital Frontiers features three papers exploring different elements of the movement for reproductive justice, written by Dr. Williams, Katelyn Mitchell, and Carly Giles. 

You can read the full report and media release on Parkland Institute’s website.

A friendly reminder that we’re just a month out from Parkland Institute’s 23rd Annual Conference, Populism and Its Discontents, happening November 15-17, 2019 on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton. Early bird prices are in effect until October 31 and, as always, Parkland Institute supporters receive discounts on conference registration. We hope you can join us!


Yours for a better Alberta,

– The Parkland Team