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Old 05-16-2019, 08:11 PM
Hari Seldon is offline
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Not an issue in Canada. Some time around 1970, a doctor was charged with having performed an abortion, then illegal. He (or his lawyer) argued medical necessity (I think it was the woman's mental health) and he was acquitted. In Canada, you can appeal an acquittal and the crown (government prosecutor) did so. The appeal judge not only granted the appeal, but substituted guilty for not guilty. That was reversed on further appeal and the crown tried him again and the jury hung. They tried him a third time with the same result. Finally the gave up and finally they repealed the law and I have not heard anyone wanting to go back. If you cannot get a conviction, there is no point to a law. Maybe the nut in Ontario would like to change it, but criminal law in Canada is federal.