Victory! Supreme Court declares abortion law unconstitutional

Victory! Supreme Court declares abortion law unconstitutional

Announcement Date: 1988

On January 28, 1988, the Supreme Court hands down its ruling in R. v. Morgentaler. In a 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court finds that the federal abortion law is unconstitutional, as it violates Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by infringing on a woman’s right to life, liberty, and security of the person. This decision follows nearly two decades of intense activism by pro-choice advocates.