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Tory MP reopens abortion debate: Queen's University expert

2011-12-23

Queen’s University law professor Kathleen Lahey is available to speak about Kitchener Tory MP Stephen Woodworth fueling abortion debate with a call to revisit the rights-of-unborn law.

“This statement is not surprising. A number of back bencher bills have been submitted over the years of the Tory minority governments for the purpose of constraining or eliminating abortion rights,” says Professor Lahey. “Most informed observers expect this majority government to do everything it can to eliminate women's abortion and other family planning rights, and of course it has already demonstrated willingness to implement its preferences without discussion or debate. The majority of Canadians do not agree with this approach, but this political system does not have many effective checks in place that would prevent such a move. Litigation funding on behalf of women rights was eliminated on Halloween in 2006, and the recent pattern of male-only judicial appointments is diluting the effect of having women on the bench who can bring a fuller perspective to the issues.”

Professor Lahey specializes in sex equality and has been involved in equality cases brought under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She is the author of several books, including Are We 'Persons' Yet?: Law and Sexuality in Canada (University of Toronto Press) and Fiscal Barriers to Women's Wageforce Participation, Status of Women Canada.

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