Friday, October 18, 2013

Four Score and Four Years Ago

Four score and four years ago today, the Supreme Court of Canada decided that women were "persons" under the law, after a group of brave women fought to be recognized as such. It was one of the first steps towards women asserting their rights under the law. It paved the way for women to own property and to vote. It paved the way for many of things that women take for granted now. It also highlights how much work there is still to be done, particularly when I think of the treatment of pregnant women in Canada today.

So happy persons day - might we get to a place someday where it is recognized that pregnant women are persons too - persons entitled to informed consent and patient autonomy.

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