Next Monday, January 28 marks the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada decision overturning that country’s abortion law. For 25 years, thanks to this decision, abortion has been legal in Canada.
The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada has launched a great website to celebrate the anniversary. Check it out.
Here’s a taste:
In the 25 years since our Supreme Court struck down Canada’s abortion law, our country’s experience is proof that laws against abortion are unnecessary. A full generation of Canadians has lived without a law and we are better off because of it.
Canada is the first country in the world to prove that abortion care can be ethically and effectively managed as part of standard healthcare practice, without being controlled by any civil or criminal law.
Canada’s success is a role model to the world.
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As a Canadian, I am proud of this milestone, but I hasten to add that the legality of on-demand abortion does not correspond to access. Access to abortion in Canada remains very spotty, subject to the availability of doctors willing to perform it (many don’t because insurance costs are so high), and constantly under clandestine attack by “pregnancy counselling centres” (covert anti-choice operations) and the like. There isn’t a single abortion provider in the entire province of Prince Edward Island. Many of the most vulnerable women in Canada – e.g. poor, geographically remote, Aboriginal – have to travel great distances to have an abortion, if they can get one at all. There is still much work to be done.
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