- 2015 Federal Election
Justin Trudeau ignores facts of Supreme Court decision on abortion
Editor: It is ridiculous that Justin Trudeau continues to pontificate on abortion, without having to justify his oft-repeated claim that any limitation on a woman’s right to choose to abort her child are inconsistent with the Charter. Trudeau is either completely ignorant of the law or acting in contempt of it.
The Supreme Court’s 1988 Morgentaler decision, referred to ad nauseum by Trudeau, clearly states that it is Parliament’s responsibility to enact constitutionally sound laws protecting the rights of the fetus at some point during the pregnancy.
In the Morgentaler decision, the court struck down the existing abortion legislation on a more technical constitutional ground, finding that it did not provide equal access to a defence in criminal law. The court fully understood that fetal rights needed to be protected, and the justices certainly did not anticipate the legal vacuum we have seen for the past 25 years.
It is preposterous that an elected representative who desires to become prime minister consistently distorts historical and legal facts.