Campaign Life Coalition's Response to the 1988 Supreme Court Decision

    TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - Campaign Life Coalition reminds Canadians that
in the 1988 Morgentaler decision, the Supreme Court of Canada did not declare
abortion a right. Rather, they threw out the existing law that required women
to get permission from therapeutic abortion committees that all too often
rubber stamped the approval for a doctor's request to kill an unborn child.
    The Supreme Court urged Parliament to pass new abortion legislation.
Sadly, twenty years later, Canada still operates in a legal vacuum when it
comes to abortion as Parliament has ignored its responsibility to pass another
abortion law. Only one justice, Bertha Wilson, in a concurring opinion,
declared abortion a right, but even she recognized that abortion could be
regulated by Parliament.
    "There is a lot of misunderstanding about the Morgentaler decision," said
Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC). "Too
many Canadians, including too many Canadian politicians are in the mistaken
belief that abortion was declared a right. The Supreme Court struck down the
existing abortion law on narrow grounds and never ruled that abortion was a
woman's right."
    In fact, the January 28, 1988 decision is not the most important date in
Canada's abortion history. CLC recognizes the passage of Pierre Trudeau's
Omnibus Bill in 1969 as the birthdate, so to speak, of Canada's permissiveness
on abortion. "Since that date, May 14, 1969, 3.5 million babies have been
killed," said Douglas.
    Campaign Life Coalition calls on Parliament to enact legislation to once
again recognize the humanity of all children in their mothers' wombs.

    A media spokesperson will be available at the CLC Toronto office for
interviews from Monday, January 28th at 9:00 a.m. until Tuesday, January 29th
at noon.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC National
Organizer, Kingston, ON, (613) 389-4472; Campaign Life Coalition, Toronto,
(416) 204-9749

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