Parliamentarians avoid responsibility

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Editor: As a native born Islander I have to correct MP Sean Casey's comment in the Guardian newspaper dated May 16. How can someone in his position not know that the Supreme Court of Canada did not at anytime approve abortion as a legal entity in our country.

In 1988 The Supreme Court threw out the existing abortion law on narrow technical terms. It did not rule there is a constitutional right to abortion.

The decision is not set in stone. In the Morgentaler decision, the Supreme Court invited Parliament to legislate on abortion.  Brian Dickson, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada (1988) stated "Protection of fetal interests by Parliament is also a valid Governmental concern".

Just because an issue is divisive does not mean Parliamentarians should avoid their responsibilities in this crucial matter.

Bill Mullally,

Toronto

Organizations: Supreme Court of Canada, Morgentaler

Geographic location: Toronto

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