Year Published: 1983 Resource Type: Organization Cx Number: CX2705 Inactive/Defunct Organization Abstract: Organization profile published 1983:
The purpose of CARAL, as defined in its constitution, "is to ensure that no woman in Canada is denied access to safe, legal abortion". Its aim is "the repeal of all sections of the Criminal Code dealing with abortion, and the establishment of comprehensive contraceptive and abortion services, including appropiate counselling across the country". Removal of abortion from the Criminal Code "would permit all Canadians to act acording to personal conscience". It would eliminate the current situation, in which Canada's Abortion Law is "unfairly and unequally applied and tends to discriminate against low income and rural women". Only one-fith of Canadian Hospitals hacve Therapeutic Abortion Committees; yet a Gallup poll done in June 1982 "showed that 72% of adult Canadians believe that the decision whether or not to have abortion should rest with the consenting patient."
CARAL mantains an extensive file on abortion around the world, and publishes a bibliografhy and information materials. (One article, entitled "When Does Life Begin? - The Envolving Position of the Roman Catholic Church", traces the history of the church's postion on abortion.) Members are also active in lobbying politicans across the country.
CARAL points out that it is not pro-abortion, but that they do recognize that "all birth control methods can fail, and unwanted pregnancies do occur . . . it's a situation where there are no good answers, only rational decisions". "In a humane and caring society, every child should be a wanted child".
This organization no longer exists. This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1983. See also CX2985.
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