Standing 4 Choice in Southwestern Ontario
Pechakucha London Ontario, Vol. 7, September 20, 2018Television
Abortion has been legal in Canada for thirty years. Despite what many Canadians may think, people in our communities work tirelessly to access this normal part of reproductive health care. In Robyn Schwarz's presentation, we will examine the barriers that still exist for Londoners looking to get an abortion.
King's University College screening controversial anti-abortion film
CTV London, January 9, 2020Television
The Bill Kelly Show - Global News RadioRadio/Podcast
Activists and local groups in London are fighting against a Calgary based group that has been displaying graphic images of abortion and distributing them.
Guest: Robyn Schwarz, Co-founder, Pro Choice London
The Craig Needles Show - AM 980 Global News, June 27, 2019Radio/Podcast
AM 980, July 12, 2019Radio/Podcast
The Craig Needles Show - AM980 Global News, January 13, 2020Radio/Podcast
Colorado’s Abortion Ban Would Have a Lasting Impact Across the Border
Rewire Newsgroup, October 29, 2020Print
"Canadians who travel to the United States for abortion care will be deeply impacted by Colorado's Proposition 115."
This commentary on the 2020 United Election examines how and why Canadians needing abortion care after 24 weeks must travel to the United States. It shows that restricting access in Colorado after 20 weeks would impact Canadians and thus argues for a no vote.
Choice on Campus: Reflections on Anti-Abortion Activism at Western University
The Activist Newsletter - Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, June 10, 2019Print
Pro-choice activists speaking out against anti-abortion ads on Hamilton buses
Hamilton Spectator, May 17, 2019Print
Controversial anti-abortion film, blocked in many cities, opening in London
London Free Press, July 10, 2019Print
Local abortion app being used across Canada
Zeitspace, February 13, 2020Online
Protest to be held at ‘Unplanned’ Friday night showing in London
Global News, July 12, 2019Online
Women's Issues Network, Pro-Choice London run first-ever pro-choice booth in UCC
Western Gazette, April 3, 2018Online
Andrew Scheer and the Anti-Abortion Movement in Canada
Celebrating Canada: Commemorations, Anniversaries, and National Symbols
by Edited by Raymond B. Blake and Matthew Hayday
University of Toronto Press
February 15, 2018
My article, "A Continental Centennial: Situating Expo 67 within the Canadian-American Relationship," is published in this edited collection. This piece is based on the Masters Research Project I completed in 2013 for my MA in American Studies.
Then and Now: Celebrating 50 Years of the 1970 Abortion Caravan
by Jaime Nikolaou and Robyn Schwarz
Published by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
May 11, 2020
In May 1970, seventeen women set out on a cross-country trek from Vancouver to Ottawa to reject Canada’s criminal abortion law and demand legal reform. They stopped in cities and towns along the way, performing acts of guerilla theatre to show how women were suffering and dying from so-called “back-alley abortions”. When the Caravaners arrived in Ottawa and no government leaders would meet with them, they chained themselves to House of Commons’ gallery seats and shut down Parliament for the first time in Canadian history. Their actions mobilized vast public support that bolstered feminist battles in the courts and the streets in the ‘70s and ‘80s, which eventually decriminalized abortion in Canada.
On Mother’s Day weekend fifty years later—11 May 2020—a coalition of feminists marked the Caravan’s significance in Canadian history by embarking on a virtual “trek” of our own – a “2020 Abortion Caravan”, so to speak. Co-editors Jaime Nikolaou and Robyn Schwarz launched “Then and Now: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1970 Abortion Caravan” – a project comprised of a series of position papers that showcase how pro-choice organizing in Canada has evolved from 1970 onwards.
Robyn Schwarz is a non-profit professional, community leader, and feminist scholar. She is currently the Special Projects Coordinator and Expansion Lead at SHORE Centre, a pro-choice non-profit that serves all of Southwestern Ontario. She oversees ChoiceConnect.ca, Canada's national online abortion referral directory. She is a member of the National Abortion Federation of Canada and regularly volunteers with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.
Schwarz transitioned from academia to the non-profit sector. She is PhD ABD in History at Western University. She holds a Masters of Arts in American Studies specializing in Canadian-American relations and Bachelor of Arts from UBC in Honours History and English.
Schwarz has always been an interdisciplinary scholar. Her broad research interests include women's history, feminism, welfare policy, health care, Canadian-American relations, and 20th Century Canada. Her dissertation research examines the experiences of single mothers in Ontario from 1958 to 1984, with a focus on the impacts of the 1968 Divorce Act on families.
Schwarz has built her reputation as a feminist commentator in both local and national media. She blends her academic background with real world experience working in non-profit management. She has a decade of experience as an adult educator. She is a fierce advocate for patient-centered approaches to health care policy.
Additional Titles and Affiliations
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
Access Line Volunteer
National Abortion Federation Canada
Reproductive Activism and Abortion Research Network
Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
Canadian Committee on Women's History - Comité canadien de l'histoire des femmes
Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipOrganization: Social Science and Humanities Research Council
Date: September 1, 2015
Grant amount: $105,000
The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Scholarships aims to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities. This funding opportunity from the Canadian government aims to help train Canada’s researchers and leaders of tomorrow.