Abortion: A Canadian Public Perspective after Three Decades

It has been fifty years since having an abortion in Canada was legalized: in 1969 the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s father) passed a bill which included an amendment to the criminal code allowing abortions to be performed in a hospital. Since two decisions by the Supreme Court—in February, 1988 that Canada’s abortion legislation was unconstitutional and the following Tremblay v Daigle decision in 1989— having an abortion in Canada is not limited by law.