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Political Science PhD Student, Chris Cummins, writes about the discrepancies of Canadian abortion policy across provinces.

New article in Policy Options finds that with a lack of federal direction, abortion access and services have remained uneven and inconsistent across the nation.

Aug 28, 2019

Chris Cummins, a PhD student in Political Science, examines the discrepancies of Canadian abortion policy across the nation. Since the 1988 Supreme Court ruling that abolished previous federal law, provincial governments have had primary control over abortion services with little federal oversight. With a lack of federal direction, abortion access and services have remained uneven and inconsistent across the nation. Through the historical analysis of Prince Edward Island and Ontario, the research displays the variation of services available to Canadian women. With global scrutiny of recent legislative changes in the United States, the article compels Canadians to remain active in reproductive rights of our southern neighbors but to also examine the challenges Canadian citizens face while seeking reproductive autonomy.  

The full article,  Decades later, abortions in Canada are still hard to get, is available on the Policy Options website.