R v Morgentaler: Reflections After 25 Years

 On January 28, 1988, 25 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s abortion law using the still new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The legal battle was long, dramatic and groundbreaking – including a police raid on a clinic, novel constitutional evidence and arguments, an extraordinary criminal jury trial, an acquittal overturned by the Court of Appeal, followed by a week-long hearing and divided decision at the Supreme Court. Today, the case remains one of the most significant decisions in Canadian law. This panel provides a unique opportunity to hear from participants in the case as they reflect on the historic events and the continued significance of the case today.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House
Faculty of Law, University of Toronto


Dr. Robert Scott – Appellant and Co-Accused
Morris Manning, QC – Counsel for the Appellants
Kirk Makin – Justice Reporter with the Globe and Mail
Lorraine Weinrib – Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Carolyn Egan – Expert witness at trial


Paul Schabas – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and co-counsel for the Appellant
Cheryl Milne – Executive Director, David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights


Please register online for this event here.