The Supreme Court of Canada last month decided against a man who had attempted to stop his ex-girlfriend from aborting their child. The effect of the court’s action was to leave Canada’s de facto abortion-on-demand rule in place. Canada has had no abortion law since January 27, 1988, when the Supreme Court removed restrictions that had prevailed since the 1960s.

Though the court set aside an injunction barring the abortion, the justices did not issue any opinions on the case and said reasons for the ruling would be released later.

In fact, the case ended as a moot question before the Supreme Court of Canada. The woman involved had received an abortion at an unidentified Boston clinic just days before the hearing.

The “Baby Daigle” saga began July 3, when 17-week-pregnant Chantal Daigle of Montreal left her live-in boyfriend, Jean Guy Tremblay, and revealed her intention to abort the child. A Quebec Superior Court granted Tremblay an injunction to stop the abortion. The injunction was later upheld by the Quebec Court of Appeals.

When Daigle appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, the vacationing justices were summoned back to hear the case on August 8. But when the court convened, Daigle’s lawyer announced his client had received an abortion the weekend before.

Subsequently, it was revealed that Daigle had crossed the border in disguise and traveled to a Boston abortion clinic. The $8,000 cost for the trip and the procedure was paid for through contributions raised by several Canadian prochoice groups. (Daigle reportedly also earned another $8,000 by selling her story to a British tabloid.)

Battle For Legislation

In recent months, highly vocal and politically sophisticated groups have joined the Canadian abortion battle on both ...

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