Sunday, January 28, 2007

Thank you, Dr. Morgentaler

I missed last Monday's "blogging for choice" in recognition of the 34th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in the USA. But coincidentally, the Morgentaler Decision (R. v. Morgentaler) that gave Canadian women access to abortion on demand was decided January 28, 1988. So this post celebrates that landmark decision made 19 years ago today.

Abortion was legalized in Canada in 1969, but until the Morgentaler Decision the procedure had to be approved by a "Therapeutic Abortion Committee". Apart from being an insult to the intelligence of women who are more than capable of conducting their own reproductive business, anti-choicers attempted to infiltrate the TACs to make it more difficult to get abortions. Abortion wasn't truly available "on demand" and women's reproductive autonomy complete, until 1988.

I'm adamantly pro-choice for one reason: my reproductive life is nobody's goddamn business but mine. I'm totally capable of making the right decisions about it and every other aspect of my life, and believe all women are equally competent. There's no "discussion", there's no "debate", there's only "fuck off and mind your own business".

Reproductive freedom is a hard-won human right. I fought for it the first time around, and if the rabid anti-choicers want to start sniffing our crotches or humping our legs (or even biting us) again, we'll slap them down again. As long as women have a right to control their own lives, abortion on demand is here to stay. Thank you, Dr. Morgentaler!