Abortion in Canada

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In Canada, there are no legal limits on abortions.

Abortion in Canada is not restricted by law, so that a woman can get an abortion any time she wants to, without any legal restrictions. While some non-legal restrictions do exist, Canada is one of the few nations to allow legally unrestricted abortions.

Early in Canada's history, abortions were illegal, as of 1869. The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69, passed on May 14, 1969, was a partial easing of Canada's laws, provided for a legal abortion when three doctors decided a woman was in danger. A Supreme Court case (Morgentaler et al. v. Her Majesty The Queen, [1988] 1 S.C.R. 30 at 37), allowed for the unlimited access to abortions. In a Gallup Canada poll, 54% of Canadians thought abortion was "morally acceptable".

In 2005, 97,254 abortions occurred in Canada.[1]


  1. http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb-bmdi/pub/document/3209_D4_T2_V6-eng.pdf
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