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After Morgentaler

The Politics of Abortion in Canada

The landmark decision R. v. Morgentaler (1988) struck down Canada’s abortion law and is widely believed to have established a right to abortion, but its actual impact is much less decisive. In After Morgentaler, Rachael Johnstone examines the state of abortion access in Canada today and argues that substantive access is essential to full citizenship for women. Using case studies, Johnstone assesses 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.

240 pages

Table of Contents


1 The Anti-abortion, Pro-choice, and Reproductive Justice Movements

2 Federal Politics and the Supreme Court

3 Abortion in the Provinces

4 Abortion as Health Care

5 Social Movement Activism in the Provinces

6 Never Going Back

Appendices; Notes; References; Index

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