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The law of abortion access: What Ireland can teach Canada | Jennifer Taylor

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 8:49 AM | By Jennifer Taylor

On May 25, 2018, Ireland voted by referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution, which had prohibited abortion in the country.

Referenda are not foreign to Canadians by any stretch, but the Irish notion of putting individual rights and freedoms to a popular vote might seem antithetical here, in light of the Charter. As Justice Rowe recently asked in Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University 2018 SCC 32, “Is not one of the purposes of the Charter to protect against...