Who Owns Your Womb?

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Who Owns Your Womb?

Do you believe in your right to bodily autonomy? Do you believe women should be able to choose where and with whom they give birth? Do you believe you should be able to choose your care providers while you are pregnant, in labour or postpartum? 

Saskatchewan, Canada currently has legislation tucked into their midwifery act that removes these rights from its women. The Midwifery Act of Saskatchewan blatantly violates Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It infringes upon a woman's right to "life, liberty and security of person" .

We, Mothers In Action Canada Inc., a registered non-profit, need your help to challenge this legislation in court. As MIAC’s first action, we have raised funds to retain experienced legal council and our goal is to launch a formal constitutional challenge against the very legislation that is taking these rights away from you, your wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and female friends.

The pre-trial date is fast approaching (June 9) and our lawyer is set to present the challenge to the prosecution by May 9th, 2017. 

The time for us to change this legislation is now! We have the unique opportunity to raise this challenge because the Saskatchewan College of Midwives is pursuing its first case against an individual in regards to this legislation.  If the charge is successful it will set a precedent that affects the rights of every woman across Canada.

You might be asking, "Why now? Something big must have happened?"  The facts pertaining to this case do not include someone misrepresenting themselves as a Registered Midwife, nor delivering a baby, and no one is accused of causing harm. The charge states that the accused performed unauthorized practices pursuant to the Midwifery Act of Saskatchewan over the period of one month, for one person, in November 2014.  This is a test case. If they succeed it sets precedent in Canada.

Our first financial goal to launch the challenge on January 5th, 2017 was met in just 16 days!  Join us as we launch the second phase of this action!  In the event Intervenor status is achieved we will continue to fundraise for the third phase to raise $22,000 for the trial.

Please donate!  Your rights and the birthing rights of all our children are at stake.

Visit the FAQ's page on Mothers In Action Canada’s website for more information and details on the legislation, proposed changes and who this will affect.

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Below is a link to our Facebook page where you can read a Memorandum release to Mothers in Action Canada by our lawyer Chris Lavier. ​In summary, our lawyer has advised us that the law in Canada makes it difficult for the provincial court ​to consider our request for intervenor status​. Although it is not impossible, the likelihood of success at this stage is sufficiently low enough that MIAC's credibility before the Court could be eroded if we are unsuccessful and the resources from our ​successful fundraising efforts ​​c​ould be ​​unnecessarily​ misused.​ ​

It is important to note that, throughout the early part of the proceedings, Mr. Lavier, the Crown Prosecutor's Office, and even the Court at a Case Management Conference for the case, accepted that intervenor status would be granted in some capacity. However, ​as the process continued, it became apparent that the Provincial Court may not have the legal authority to hear the application at all. This research is contained in the memo and we would be pleased to facilitate your questions to Mr. Lavier on your behalf.

Mr. Lavier ​recommends that we wait until the case​ before the Provincial Court​ is decided ​and reevaluate our options at that time. There is some chance of legislative change without our direct involvement ​as the Defendant is also​ expected to challeng​e ​the constitutionality of the legislation. Because of the unique issues ​raised in th​is​ case, Mr. Lavier believes that it’s likely to be appealed ​one way or the other. ​ He has advised us that, ​at​ ​the next​ higher level of court​, the Court of Queen's Bench, MIAC ​has a significantly higher likelihood of being​​​​​​ granted intervenor status and to facilitate change in the legislation.

While this is a lot to take in it will give our current membership base time to re-work our website, fundraise and gather more of the birthing community for the cause. ​In the meantime, the majority of the current intervenor status application ​has been completed and can be finalized when we have had an opportunity to learn about the judge' specific reasons for deciding ​the Defendant's trial​, which is scheduled for October 24.​ ​ ​

We need feedback and the passion that brought us to this point to help direct our next actions and how we are going to provide information and help facilitate birthing options for all women.

Thank you for your time and continued support.

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Thank you so much for rallying with us to make this happen!! With your help we've raised almost $5,000 in a week! It is an amazing gift to be giving women: their right to choose her birth. We didn't quite achieve our goal but we secured our lawyer to try for the intervenor status. The good news is we heard from our lawyer and he is willing to work with us on the fiscal side. It's a really interesting case and he is already very invested in it. Currently, we are roughly $3,500 away from our goal so we are still going to need your help. Please keep sharing and encourage people to donate! Let's walk this road together <3
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We have two days left to the closing of the second phase of our fundraising. We need your help! We have three phases to roll out because we are here for the long run and we need you to be here for Women's rights!
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Memberships are now available!! We have two easy ways for you to become members of MIAC Inc. today!

You can join through our website on the membership page

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Donate to join directly through the Go Fund Me Page.

It's so easy!

Just $5 gets you a general membership or even better
donate $10 to become a voting member!

Let's get this membership roster to reflect what we know. Canadian women want to protect their reproductive and births rights.
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