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Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic StateA Comparative Study of State Feminism$
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Dorothy McBride Stetson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242666.001.0001

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Of Rights and Power: Canada's Federal Abortion Policy 1969–1991

Of Rights and Power: Canada's Federal Abortion Policy 1969–1991

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(p.63) 4 Of Rights and Power: Canada's Federal Abortion Policy 1969–1991
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Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic State
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Melissa Haussman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199242666.003.0004

Canada's government gained constitutional autonomy from Britain in the 1960s and decriminalized abortion for a few women under the strict control of doctors and hospitals. When the Supreme Court ruled this law unconstitutional in 1988, it marked a complete success for the women's movement activists. They were able to seal this victory by stopping, barely, the attempts by the Conservative government to return abortion law to the criminal code. The movement developed its political clout without the help of numerous women's policy agencies that, although sympathetic to feminist goals and well‐funded, were silenced by the policy environment.

Keywords:   abortion, Canada, Conservative party, constitution, doctors, feminism, policy environment, Supreme Court, women's movement, women's policy agencies

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