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| February 4, 2014

Celebrating 25 years of no law on abortion

February 9, 2013
| At the end of January 1988, the Supreme Court made a landmark ruling that decriminalized abortion. The Morgentaler decision, as it is known, has resulted in the absence of an abortion law in Canada.
Length: 13:46 minutes (12.62 MB)

The 25th anniversary reader: Key readings on the Morgentaler decision and Canada's abortion rights struggle

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On January 28, 2013, Canada celebrated 25 years of no abortion law. The Supreme Court of Canada threw out our criminal law in its entirety in 1988 because it violated women's constitutional rights to bodily security, life, liberty, autonomy and conscience. I've put together the following selection of key works describing the history of the pro-choice campaign, the role of Dr. Henry Morgentaler, the Supreme Court decision, the benefits of having no abortion law, and some personal stories. Enjoy!


January 16, 2013 |
Our website ( honours the heroic sacrifices of Dr. Morgentaler, including numerous trials and a jail sentence, before he was finally and fully vindicated by the court.
November 23, 2011 |
Not providing abortion services in PEI violates women’s constitutional rights, discriminates against women, and endangers their health and lives. It also contravenes the Canada Health Act.
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