THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA’S 1988 MORGENTALER DECISION

Contrary to what many Canadians think, the Supreme Court of Canada, in its landmark 1988 Morgentaler decision striking down Canada’s abortion law, did NOT recognize a constitutional right to abortion. Nor did the Court “settle” the abortion issue as is often claimed. Rather, the Court left it to Parliament to come up with a new abortion law that would balance the rights of women with the state’s interest in the protection of the fetus, without offending the Charter.

Although 26 years have passed since this landmark decision, there is still much confusion and misunderstanding amongst Canadians (including politicians, media, and even the legal and medical professions) as to what Canada’s highest court actually said about abortion, women’s rights, and fetal interests when it struck down Canada’s abortion law. This is understandable, as it was a very complex decision. Three different sets of reasons for judgment formed the majority opinion. There was also a dissenting opinion.

The purpose of this website is to shed light on what Canada’s Supreme Court did decide and what it did not decide when it declared the abortion provisions in Canada’s Criminal Code unconstitutional in R v Morgentaler [1988].

What the Supreme Court decided

What the Supreme Court did not decide

See the full text of the decision at R v Morgentaler [1988]

Also

A "Right to Abortion?"

A ‘RIGHT’ TO ABORTION? - ABORTION IN CANADIAN COURTS – Office of David Anderson, MP (July 2018)



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REV. FR. JAMES WHALEN - June 30, 1939 - February 24, 2008) - Ordained: June 24, 1972

REV. FR. JAMES WHALEN who was the the founding National Director of Priests for Life Canada, since 1996 passed away on February 24, 2008 while giving a pro-life mission in Thorold ON. Father Jim's last talk

Father Jim was pastor of Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Cumberland, ON since 1992 and had been a priest with the Ottawa Archdiocese since his ordination in 1972. For many years he also served as Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary Senatus of Ontario as well as the Ottawa area Catholic Home Schoolers Association.

He will always be remembered as a strong advocate for the unborn, believing strongly in building a culture of life and civilization of love, truth and justice.

Wake services were conducted at Fr. Jim's own Parish of St. Margaret Mary's, Cumberland, Ontario, on Thursday, February 28th. The funeral was held on Friday, February 29th. at Divine Infant Church, Orleans, Ontario with a capacity crowd of over 750. Msgr. Kevin Beach presided in the absence of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast. Fr. Paul Burchat, former chairman of Priests for Life Canada presented the homily. A reception followed the Mass. Interment followed the funeral mass at Hope Cemetery, Ottawa. Fr. Jim was laid to rest alongside his mother.

Father Whalen was one of the greatest Canadian advocates for life as you can see by his writings. here

I really miss him.

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From a homily given on July 13, 2008

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The Dictatorship of Relativism

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Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Isaiah 25:6-10, Phil 4:12-14,19-20, Mt 22:1-14

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From the Pilgrimage of masses to pray for an end to abortion and for a pro life Medical Center in Ottawa

March 5th, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. St. Mary Church 100 Yonge St. Ottawa,

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From the Pilgrimage of masses to pray for an end to abortion and for a pro life Medical Center in Ottawa

January 8th, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

320 Olmstead St. Vanier

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Homily Father Tony Van Hee click here


Pro Life Mass Saturday July 27th 2013

Father Bob Poole

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From the March for Life 2009

an excerpt from Jean Louis Plouffe`s homily

`Being pro life is not just a cause, it is a calling. We are men and women who are called to be artisans of a culture of life. We know in our hearts that human life is to be respected because it is sacred, because we are made in God's likeness. It is not mere religious opinion. Upholding the right to life is speaking up for a basic fundamental human right. We are called to give our lives so others may live, not counting the cost and not afraid to acknowledge the truth. Our vocation is love and it is by our love that we will win the hearts of others and the world will come to know the truth. ``

Bishop Jean Louis Plouffe


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Letter to the Archdiocese of Ottawa on the implementation of the Third Edition of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal - Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

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The World the Woman Loves - Father Allan MacDonald C.C.

A "Right to Abortion?" A ‘RIGHT’ TO ABORTION? - ABORTION IN CANADIAN COURTS – Office of David Anderson, MP (July 2018)

Inspirational Quotes :

St.Ignatius of Loyola, , Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict VI, Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, Father James Whalen and more...

Some of my favorite quotes and reflections

" God’s moral message and standards are clear. We are to 'take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ ' (2 Cor. 10:5). 'Every thought we allow should be able to pass the examination proposed in Scripture. Is this thought, true, noble… right… pure… lovely… admirable… excellent… worthy? (cf Phil 4:8) + "' Father James Whalen , Catholic Life and Family, 2004, Issue 1

A Prayer for Life " Lord, give us the strength to persevere. Father; teach us how to change hardened hearts. Help us always to choose life. Grant us the graces to protect all human life today. Have mercy and forgive all who promote a culture of death. Lord, open the eyes of all to your truth. "Father James Whalen DAILY PRO-LIFE PRAYER - A Review by Fr. Jim Whalen 2001, Issue 3

" The right to life of a human fetus is non-negotiable. To experiment on a human fetus, is not acceptable. The truth is non-negotiable." Father James Whalen The truth is non-negotiable ~REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY~ by Fr. Jim Whalen 1997, Issue 2

" Truth never changes. It cannot be destroyed by any decision or legal act. Telling the truth with courage is a way leading directly to freedom " Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko

“Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away. God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.” Santa Teresa de Jesús

" Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary." Pope Benedict XVI

"I f we allow the love of Christ to change our heart, then we can change the world. This is the secret of authentic happiness." Pope Benedict XVI

“No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. "Maximilian Kolbe

" Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world. "Pope Benedict XVI

"To choose rightly it is necessary to concentrate on the end for which I am created, that is, for the praise of God and for the salvation of my soul." - St.Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, 169

"Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me." Saint Ignatius Loyola

"Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything." Words of Our Lady to Juan Diego

"Do not be afraid of the demands of the love of Christ. On the contrary, be afraid of being fainthearted, of taking things lightly, of seeking your comfort, of being selfish. Be afraid of everything that seeks to silence the voice of Christ Who addresses each person." Pope John Paul II

"It is a great poverty to decide that a child must die so you can live as you wish" Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion because it is war against the child " Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Suffering for the sake of love, truth, and justice is a sign of fidelity to the God of life and of hope. It is the blessedness of those who suffer for Christ, who fall to the ground like grains of wheat and are promised life and resurrection." Pope John Paul II

" Let us pray the Rosary and ask our Blessed Mother to strengthen us, so that we always have the courage to promote the sanctity of human life and defend Catholic Teaching." Jennifer Snell, Ottawa ON, Canada

"We can conquer 'The Culture of Death' and build a 'Culture of Life' if we unite in dedicated prayer, through our Blessed Mother, Mary, by proclaiming the Glory of God throughout the entire world". Fr. Jim Whalen , founding National Director, Priests for Life Canada

"The common outcry which is justly made on behalf of human rights - for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family to culture, is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determinatiom." Pope John Paul II, Christifideles laici

"Those who deem themselves to be Christian must know this fact. They are bound by conscience to the basic, imperative duty of bearing witness to the truth in which they believe and to the grace that has transformed their soul. "Blessed Pope John XXIII

" At the heart of the human family and of the Church the work of assistance to the poor, the sick, the elderly, the disabled, the marginalized, the alienated, is as fruitful as the love that inspires it. It is a living force of Christ's disciples that cause today's observers to repeat, "See how they love one another." Pope John Paul II

" And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence" Leonardo da Vinci

"The peace of Christ is different from that of the world. The peace of Christ surely does not remove trials and tribulations, but it is always a source of serenity and happiness. For it brings with it the fullness of life." Pope John Paul 11

"Pray for the many spiritual and material needs of your families, your communities, the whole Church, and all of humanity. Indeed, prayer is the first and greatest work of charity that we must do for our brothers and sisters." Pope John Paul 11

"Mary is the clearest and surest sign that God always comes to us with His love. She sings with all her being that whatever we receive from God is grace. The Virgin is our true teacher in the journey of faith." Pope John Paul II

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following Your Will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing... - Thomas Merton

"You will probably, if you continue as you do, begin the laborious job of changing the national mind and opening up the national conscience. How far will you get? God alone knows. All that you and I can ever hope for in terms of visible results is that we will have perhaps contributed something to a clarification of Christian truth in this society, and as a result a few people may have got it straight about some things and opened up to the grace of God and made some sense out of their lives, helping a few more to do the same." Thomas Merton

" All the good that you will do will come not from you but from the fact that you have allowed yourself, in the obedience of faith, to be used by God's love. ...The real hope, then, is not in something we think we can do, but in God who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see. If we can do His will, we will be helping in this process. But we will not necessarily know all about it beforehand." Thomas Merton

Do not make concessions as regards truth and goodness. Do not stoop to compromise on the Gospel values that must be the basis of your life. For they are the foundation of your new life inaugurated by Christ." Blessed Pope John Paul II

From the homily - Saint Patrick Basilica - 2009 March for Life `Being pro life is not just a cause, it is a calling. We are men and women who are called to be artisans of a culture of life. We know in our hearts that human life is to be respected because it is sacred, because we are made in God's likeness. It is not mere religious opinion. Upholding the right to life is speaking up for a basic fundamental human right. We are called to give our lives so others may live, not counting the cost and not afraid to acknowledge the truth. Our vocation is love and it is by our love that we will win the hearts of others and the world will come to know the truth. ``Bishop Jean Louis Plouffe

" The absolute ‘right’ to an abortion without conditions does not exist in Canadian law. Canadian courts have been clear on that. Is it time that Canadians and indeed Parliament carry out what the Court has suggested – to have a debate about what ‘life’ means in Canada, to determine the role that abortion should have, and to put in place laws that will protect every Canadian’s right to ‘life, liberty and security of the person’, as stated in Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?" Taken from A ‘RIGHT’ TO ABORTION? - ABORTION IN CANADIAN COURTS – Office of David Anderson, MP (July 2018)

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Quotations from the Popes of the Church

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Pope Benedict XVI

"It is necessary that each person freely accept the truth of the love of God. He is Love and Truth, and love as well as truth never imposes themselves. They knock on the door of the heart and mind, and where they enter, bring peace and joy. This is the way God reigns; this is his plan for salvation..."

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005AD)

Mini-Bio: pope: (1978 - 2005) Polish; The most traveled pope in history. During his papacy he has issued many letters clarifying and safeguarding the Churches teachings in moral areas. Has consecrated his papacy to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope John Paul I (1912-1978AD)

Mini-Bio: pope: (1978) Italian; September ceremony initiated his pastoral service. Pope for less than five weeks. Died of a heart attack though the cause of death is still much disputed by some people who believe he was murdered.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)

Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Blessed Pope John XXIII (1881-1963AD)

Mini-Bio: pope: (1958-1963) Italian; He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant and Greek Orthodox. Doubled the number of cardinals, making the college the largest in history and convened Vatican II, on 11 October 1962.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)

Mini-Bio: pope: (1939-1958) Italian; He supported several reforms in the Papal States, which included central Italy, and several outlying areas, such as Assisi. Gained a reputation for being a patriotic, and reforming Pope.

Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914AD)

Mini-Bio: pope: (1903-1914) Italian; pope, reformer. Created a special congregation of cardinals to look at formation of a new code of canon law.


Quotes from Evangelium Vitae Pope John Paul II

QUOTES FROM THE GOSPEL OF LIFE BY POPE JOHN PAUL II

The Gospel of Life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture. (#1)

To all the members of the Church, the people of life and for life, I make this most urgent appeal, that together we may offer this world of ours new signs of hope, and work to ensure that justice and solidarity will increase and that a new culture of human life will be affirmed, for the building of an authentic civilization of truth and love.” (#6)

The blood of Christ, while it reveals the grandeur of the Father’s love, shows how precious man is in God’s eyes and how priceless the value of his life

. . . . Furthermore, Christ’s blood reveals to us that his greatness, and therefore his vocation, consists in the sincere gift of self... Whoever in the Sacrament of the Eucharist drinks this blood and abides in Jesus (cf. Jn 6:56) is drawn into the dynamism of his love and gift of life, in order to bring to its fullness the original vocation to love which belongs to everyone. (cf. Gen 1:27; 2:18-24) (#25)

"We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the "culture of death" and the "culture of life." We find ourselves not only "faced with" but necessarily "in the midst of" this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life." (#28)

Truly great must be the value of human life if the Son of God has taken it up and made it the instrument of the salvation of all humanity! (#33)The deepest element of God’s commandment to protect human life is the requirement to show reverence and love for every person and the life of every person. (#41)

The Gospel of Life is both a great gift of God and an exacting task for humanity....In giving life to man, God demands that he love, respect and promote life. (#52)

The use of human embryos or fetuses as an object of experimentation constitutes a crime against their dignity as human beings who have a right to the same respect owed to a child once born, just as to every person. (#63)

True “compassion” leads to sharing another’s pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear. (#66)

We are asked to love and honor the life of every man and woman and to work with perseverance and courage so that our time, marked by all too many signs of death, may at last witness the establishment of a new culture of lfe, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love. (#77)

Everyone has an obligation to be at the service of life... Together we all sense our duty to preach the Gospel of life

, to celebrate it in the Liturgy and in our whole existence, and to serve it with the various programmes and structures which support and promote life. (#79)

We need to bring the Gospel of life to the heart of every man and woman and to make it penetrate every part of society. (#80)

These can be summed up as follows: human life, as a gift of God, is sacred and inviolable. For this reason procured abortion and euthanasia are absolutely unacceptable. Not only must human life not be taken, but it must be protected with loving concern. The meaning of life is found in giving and receiving love, and in this light, human sexuality and procreation reach their true and full significance. Love also gives meaning to suffering and death; despite the mystery which surrounds them, they can become saving events. Respect for life requires that science and technology should always be at the service of man and his integral development. Society as a whole must respect, defend and promote the dignity of every human person, at every moment and in every conditionof that person's life. (#81)

To be truly a people at the service of life we must propose these truths constantly and courageously from the very first proclamation of the Gospel, and thereafter in catechesis, in thevarious forms of preaching, in personal dialogue and in all educational activity. (#82)

... I propose that a Day for Life be celebrated each year in every country, as already established by some Episcopal Conferences. The celebration of this Day should be planned and carried out with the active participation of all sectors of the local Church. Its primary purpose should be to foster in individual consciences, in families, in the Church and in civil society a recognition of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. Particular attention should be drawn to the seriousness of abortion and euthanasia, without neglecting other aspects of life which from time to time deserve to be given careful consideration, as occasion and circumstances demand. (#85)

By virtue of our sharing in Christ’s royal mission, our support and promotion of human life must be accomplished through the service of charity, which finds expression in personal witness, various forms of volunteer work, social activity and political commitment. (#86)

No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone’s task and responsibility.... the challenge facing us is an arduous one: only the concerted efforts of all those who believe in the value of life can prevent a setback of unforeseeable consequences for civilization. (#91)

The family celebrates the Gospel of Life through daily prayer, both individual and family prayer....But the celebration which gives meaning to every other form of prayer and worship is found in the family’s actual daily life together, if it is a life of loving and self-giving (#93).

The first and most fundamental step towards...cultural transformation consists in forming consciences with regard to the incomparable and inviolable worth of every human life. It is of the greatest importance to re-establish the essential connection between life and freedom. ... There is no true freedom where life is not welcomed and loved; and there is no fullness of life except in freedom. ... Love, as a sincere gift of self, is what gives the life and freedom of the person theirtruest meaning. (#96)

A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world...Let us...discover anew the humility and courage to pray and fast so that power from on high will breakdown the walls of lies and deceit: the walls which conceal from the sight of so many of our brothers and sisters the evil of practices and laws which are hostile to life. May this same power turn their hearts to resolutions and goals inspired by the civilization of life and love. (#100)

"It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop The Gospel of Life is for the whole of human society. To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. (#101)