History of Abortions in Canada and Saskatchewan

Timeline of Reproductive Health in Saskatchewan

2019
June 7

Universal Coverage for Mifegymiso

The Saskatchewan government  decided to fully cover the cost of the abortion pill Mifegymiso. Universal coverage under the province’s drug plan is in effect starting Friday, June 7, 2019. Mifegymiso is the first oral drug approved by Health Canada for early termination of a pregnancy. Saskatchewan was the last province to say..Read More
2018
October 18

SK Nurse Practitioners Prescribe Mifegymiso

October 18, 2018 – Nurse Practitioners given the authority to prescribe Mifegymiso; “Sask. nurse practitioners now allowed to prescribe abortion medication Mifegymiso.” Regina Leader Post. October 24, 2018.
1993
September 30

Invalidate a Provincial Attempt to Regulate Abortions

R v Morgentaler (1993) was a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada invalidating a provincial attempt to regulate abortions in Canada. Having won his case in R v Morgentaler (1088), abortion rights activist Henry Morgentaler planned to open an abortion clinic in Nova Scotia. The provincial government responded by..Read More
1988
January 28

Legalization of Abortions in Canada (1988) – R v Morgentaler Supreme Court Judgment

R v Morgentaler, [1988] 1 SCR 30 was a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada which held that the abortion provision in the Criminal Code was unconstitutional because it violated a woman’s right under section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter”) to security of person...Read More
1969
May 14

Limited Abortions Permitted – Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968–69 (Bill C-150)

In 1969 the Liberal government permitted abortion under certain circumstances. Abortions were to be provided only in a hospital if a committee of doctors decided that continuing the pregnancy might endanger the mother’s life or health. On May 14, 1969, after heated debates, Bill C-150 passed third reading in the..Read More