The Morgenthaler Decision -- the Supreme Court judgment that decriminalized abortion in Canada -- is 20 years old this month.
On the eve of the anniversary, the indomitable Dr. Henry Morgenthaler talks to The National Review of Medicine:
Q - Canada's current government is, shall we say, ambivalent about abortion. Are you worried they might try to restrict access?
A - They're not ambivalent, they're hostile! Yeah, I was worried about the Conservatives coming to power, but although they are known to be hostile I don't think they will risk alienating 80% of Canadians who believe in freedom of choice.
Hard to believe that, less than a generation ago, women had absolutely no choice.
Which is why Chief Justice Dickson wrote:
Forcing a woman, by threat of criminal sanction to carry a foetus to term unless she meets certain criteria unrelated to her own priorities and aspirations, is a profound interference with a woman's body and thus a violation of her security of the person.
Incidentally, the illustration is from henry, a documentary by Dara Bratt. It had a limited theatrical release here last year. It deserves wider distribution, especially this month.
Morgenthaler went to prison to defend our reproductive rights and our dominion over our bodies.
This should be a big media deal.
Let's see if they even notice.
A tip of the cloche to Lilith Attack.