In 2015, Abortion Access Now PEI legally challenged the restrictive abortion policy of Prince Edward Island. This article studies their challenge as a unique case in the building of a constitutional future for abortion rights in Canada. The article tracks how AAN PEI drew on classic rule of law arguments of transparency, accountability, and constitutional justice to shape and claim abortion rights as democratic rights, an entitlement to fully and equally participate in and benefit from the health care system as a fundamental social institution of the state.
In mid-2016, a Citizens’ Assembly was initiated by the Irish Government to consider the views of the country on the future of the eighth amendment to the Constitution, which gives equal right to life to an embryo/fetus as to the woman carrying it. On 8 January, the Irish Times reports that the group discussed for the first time what their eventual recommendations on possible changes to the law might look like.