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There is No International Right to Abortion

Oct. 31, 2011 – If anyone ever tells you that there exists an international right to abortion, they are wrong. Recently, the San Jose papers were published in which these details are laid out. Check them out here. Incidentally, if anyone ever tells you that there exists in Canada a right to abortion, they are also wrong. The infamous R. v. Morgentaler case, handed down by the Supreme Court in 1988 did NOT give women a right to abortion; in fact, some of the judges specifically argued against such a proposition. The case simply stated that abortion was unequally available to women depending on where they lived, and that fact was the issue. If the limited abortions were equally available (or equally unavailable) there would not have been an issue. The Supreme Court even stated that Parliament was well within its rights to create a new abortion law. If you’re interested, the Morgentaler judgement can be read here. All of this to say, Canada can pass a new abortion law – there is no law or constitution holding us back. So, let’s get started.

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