Canadian Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Law

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The Canadian Supreme Court rules that a law restricting abortion is unconstitutional. According to the ruling, the anti-abortion law violates Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it infringes upon a woman's right to "life, liberty and security of person."

Chief Justice Brian Dickson writes:

"Forcing a woman, by threat of criminal sanction, to carry a fetus 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."

This ruling makes Canada one of a very small number of countries without any laws restricting abortions.

At this point, abortion is treated like every other medical procedure and is regulated by general provincial medical rules.

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