Monday, January 28, 2008
Twenty years ago today, Canada made a landmark judgment when our highest court struck down Criminal Code restrictions on abortion.
The 5-2 ruling in the case of R. v. Morgentaler overturned the law that had required the consent of three doctors for any abortion and limited the procedure to full-service hospitals rather than free-standing clinics.
The court ruled that those restrictions violated the Charter of Rights' guarantee of "right to life, liberty, and the security of the person."
But, as the story reports, access to abortions services continues to be a problem in many parts of Canada.