Wednesday, September 26, 2007

20th Anniversary of "R. v. Morgentaler (1988)"

January 28th, 2008, will mark the 20th anniversary of the judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Morgentaler, [1988] 1 S.C.R. 30, which decriminalized abortion in Canada.

Since then, Canadian women have lived in a legal vacuum with respect to abortion (i.e. there are no laws whatsoever that currently restrict the legality or timing of abortive procedures). So far, the staus quo seems to be working for us.

However, the reproductive rights of Canadian women now face increasingly alarming threats - particularly since the Conservatives came to power - and having to do, namely, with access to abortion.

Therefore, I think it is of vital importance that women's organizations and feminist groups or individuals unite and show, on January 28th, that we are not willing to go back 20 years when it comes to our rights to reproductive freedom and bodily integrity.

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