Canada should focus on abortion access not legislation, advocates say

Canada has no legal restrictions on abortion but the US reversal of Roe v Wade has led to calls for pre-emptive action

Tracey Lindeman in Ottawa
Sun 3 Jul 2022

Abortion advocates are warning that the recent US supreme court ruling overturning Roe v Wade will empower anti-choice groups in Canada to push for restricted access, making a settled matter appear controversial in a country where nearly 80% of people are pro-choice.

A key anti-choice strategy in Canada revolves around enacting abortion legislation – an idea that has been gaining traction amid the fallout of the US court ruling. There is currently no abortion law in Canada, making it the only country in the world where the procedure is totally free of legal restrictions.

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