Part Two of The Current
Laws and Mores (Doc Repeat)
When MPs return to Ottawa in the fall, they may once again be faced with a controversial private member's motion that is seen by many as an attempt to re-open the abortion debate in Canada.
Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth wants a review of the section of the Criminal Code that says a fetus becomes a human being only at the moment of birth. The motion encountered stiff opposition during its initial debate in the Commons in the spring ... and it's expected to get a similar reception this fall.
Canada has been without an abortion law since 1988 when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the existing law after an aggressive legal battle by Doctor Henry Morgentaler.
The Current's contributor Piya Chattopadhyay traces the story of how that happened in her documentary Laws and Mores: The Legal Battles of Doctor Morgentaler. It first aired on The Current in May, as part of The Current's season long look at game changers. If you want to hear more of our stories about the people, moments, ideas and inventions that changed everything, tune into Game Changer all summer long.
Find it Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and Friday mornings at 9:30, which is next, here on CBC Radio One. Listen any time at cbc.ca/gamechanger.
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