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How safe are abortion rights in Canada?

The reversal of Roe v. Wade in the U.S. has raised questions about the state of abortion care in Canada. Could something similar happen here?
Abortion-rights protesters cheer at a rally following the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the opinion that had secured constitutional protections for abortion in the country for decades, outside the state capitol in Lansing, Mich., on Friday, June 24. (Paul Sancya/The Associated Press)

The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had secured constitutional protections for abortion in the country for nearly 50 years, raises questions about whether something similar could happen here.

Canada has its own historic Supreme Court ruling that protects abortion rights: R. vs. Morgentaler. It still stands. But is it ironclad? Or could it be overturned, too? 

Today on Front Burner, we explore the history of abortion rights in Canada, just how protected they really are, and how much sway the anti-abortion movement has here. We talk to Kelly Gordon, an assistant professor at McGill University and co-author of the book, The Changing Voice of the Anti-Abortion Movement: The Rise of Pro-Woman Rhetoric in Canada and the United States

 

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