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After Morgentaler

The landmark decision R. v. Morgentaler (1988) struck down Canada’s abortion law and is widely believed to have established the right to abortion, but its actual impact is much less decisive. In After Morgentaler, I examine the state of abortion access in Canada today and argue that substantive access is essential to full citizenship for women. Using case studies, I assess the role of both state and non-state actors in shaping access. This book affirms the need to recognize abortion as an issue fundamentally tied to women’s equality while stressing the utility of rights claims to improve access. (Read More)