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October 3 - 23, 2022


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This online workshop will prepare registrants with the information they need to support others in accessing abortion care. It will start with a brief historic context of abortion in Canada to better understand the contemporary landscape. There will be an overview of aspiration and medication abortion, myths surrounding them and information on availability. Barriers and facilitators to access to abortion will be discussed as well as gaps that still need to be addressed. The course is designed for people who want the information needed to support pregnant people access abortion care and those who want to increase their knowledge to support advocacy interests.


  • Jill Doctoroff (she,her,hers) is the Executive Director of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) Canada. The bulk of Jill’s career has been in the non-profit sectorfocusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Before joining NAF Canada, Jill was the Canadian Director at the National Abortion Federation. She briefly worked in the public sector as a Public Health Program Manager with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Prior to that, Jill was the Executive Director of the Elizabeth Bagshaw Clinic, a community-based facility that provides abortion care. Jill has also worked as the Executive Director at the Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS, an organization working with Asian Canadians living with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDs, and Planned Parenthood Ottawa, which focused on education, information, outreach and pregnancy options support counselling.


    Jill has international work experience both as a Regional Program Officer with Canadian Crossroads International focusing on Latin America and with a national women’s organization in El Salvador. Jill’s adult education experience started when she taught English mainly to employees in the automotive industry in Japan. Jill has served on the Boards of Directors for NAF and Canadians for Choice; she is currently the Past President at Options for Sexual Health.