“It was beyond what I expected. The support provided during my visit and the counselling provided really made an experience I was tremendously nervous about feel far more normal and less scary.”
Everywoman’s Health Centre is committed to excellence and innovation in reproductive health care and we strive to provide a high standard of compassion care to everyone who uses our services.
Who we are
On January 28, 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada issued the “Morgentaler decision”, which effectively decriminalized abortion in Canada. On November 4, 1988, Everywoman’s Health Centre became the first abortion clinic in BC.
Our interdisciplinary care team includes physicians, nurses, counsellors, and support staff. We are a nonprofit society and registered charity that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our organization receives its base funding from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. The facility is accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and the National Abortion Federation. There are about 30 employees and contractors and the clinic has a unionized workforce.
Vancouver abortion clinic history
Everywoman’s Health Centre opened its doors on November 4, 1988. Originally located in East Vancouver at Victoria Drive and 44th Avenue, Everywoman’s was BC’s first freestanding abortion clinic and was established by activists from the women’s and labour movements. When the clinic opened at this site, it endured massive anti-abortion protests for its first few years. Anti- choice individuals also bought the house next door to the clinic and were a constant harassment to staff, doctors and clients. Due to increasing volumes of work that could not be handled within the small 44th Avenue location and the daily harassment of protesters, we decided to look for a new site for the clinic. The search took five years but we finally found our current Commercial Drive site in 2002. Since our relocation, we have had very few protesters and they are required by law to be on the opposite side of Commercial Drive from the clinic.
Our clinic has been involved in many research projects dealing with issues that affect abortion, contraception, and reproductive care. Everywoman’s has always worked on a feminist model of service, which empowers women to participate in their own health care. We also adhere to the principals of responsibility, accountability, and team work in our internal organizational structure.
Vancouver now has three other abortion clinics: Elizabeth Bagshaw Women’s Clinic, the CARE program, and Willow Clinic.
Support our work
At Everywoman’s Health Centre we strive to provide a high standard of care, we are committed to excellence and we work hard to put the needs of our clients first.
We value diversity, dignity and respect for cultural differences. We provide interpreters for those with languages other than English to give the same standard of care to everyone in our community.
We believe the counselling and care we provide at our clinic is second to none. In order to continue to meet these high standards, we depend on the generosity of our donors. Healthcare funding is limited in this time of shrinking budgets and cutbacks. Your donation to our clinic helps us maintain and improve our services. Help us to continue helping women! Any amount will be gratefully accepted and tax receipts are provided.