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Abortion is a routine and essential part of health care and includes planned and unplanned pregnancies.


Many continue to face significant barriers to culturally safe, appropriate, and timely access to abortion care.


Health systems in Canada are not meeting the sexual and reproductive care needs of women, trans, and nonbinary people.


Midwives are ideal abortion care providers and key to addressing current barriers

To help midwives provide abortion care, CAM has created a number of tools. This includes several resources as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

Additional Resources for Health Care Providers

If you are pregnant and looking for information on abortion care, there are many resources available to you.

  1. National Abortion Hotline 1-800-772-9100 (7 days /week)
  2. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights Access Line 1-888-642-2725 (7 days/week, 9 AM-9 PM ET)
  3. Find sexual health services near you (Action Canada)
  4. Abortion Access Tracker. This site illustrates the legal landscape of abortion in Canada and the reality of accessing abortion care across the country.
  • The CART Project aims to advance access to abortion to underserved populations through tools for health professionals and people seeking care and the work is supported by Health Canada’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund. See Abortion (
  • CAM’s Position Statement on Abortion Care asserts that abortion and post abortion care are part of the role of Canadian midwives. CAM supports midwives who already provide this care and those working to integrate this in their practice.  New Position Statement: Midwives’ Provision of Abortion – Canadian Association of Midwives ( 
  • CAM National Strategy is an evidence-informed advocacy tool for midwifery associations, midwives, regulators, midwifery education programs, and collaborating health professionals to champion change. National Strategy for Midwife-Led Abortion Care in Canada
  • Reproductive Oppression in Canada includes a range of intersecting oppressions that perpetuate systemic inequalities and injustices. In order to move towards reproductive justice, we must first acknowledge the past and current abuses of women, trans, and nonbinary peoples’ reproductive bodies. Some of the ways it manifests is through the historical and ongoing impacts of racism and colonization, including medical colonialism, obstetric violence and anti-Indigenous racism. 
  • Reproductive Justice is a social movement and intersectional framework for activism founded in the 1990s, bringing together the advocacy work of women of colour and grassroots health organizations in the United States. It is founded on four primary principles: The human right to own our bodies and control our future; the human right to have children; the human right not to have children and the human right to parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. Sister Song
  • Policy Resources have been developed for midwifery associations, midwives, regulators, midwifery education programs, and collaborating health professionals, including briefing notes, an advocacy road map, and a stakeholder mapping tool. Toolkit
Where can I refer clients who need abortion services? 

National Abortion Federation Canada: 

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights: 

Wellness within pamphlet: Accessing abortion services in Canada  

Where can I find resources for clients to help destigmatize abortion? 
  • Campaign in Québec to destigmatize abortion, Ta raison, c’est la bonne: in English & French
  • #youknowme : Started in 2019 by abortion rights activists in US and used to share abortion stories.
Where can I learn about Reproductive Justice? 
Where can I find anti-stigma resources for professionals? 
Where can I learn more about the role of midwives in abortion care? 
What abortion care training is available for midwives? 
Where can I get support from colleagues providing abortion care services? 
Where can I find Clinical Guidelines? 
Where can I find resources regarding gender affirming care?
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.