L'évolution du droit à l'avortement (French Only)


L'évolution du droit à l'avortement (French Only)

Duration: 6 period(s)
Suggested level: Secondary 4
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, Law, History of Québec and Canada



This activity concerns the evolution of abortion rights in Canada and the 1989 case of Tremblay v. Daigle. Students will learn about pro-life and pro-choice interest groups. Students work in teams to prepare an oral presentation based on the position of an interest group that intervened in Tremblay v. Daigle. Students also write a personal reflection on a position argued before the Supreme Court.

Educational objectives

  • To understand that rights and the law are constantly evolving along with society
  • To reflect on a controversial subject from an ethical and legal perspective
  • To learn about the history of abortion rights in Canada
  • To practise engaging in dialogue about a controversial topic
  • To become more familiar with Canada’s legal system and how judges reach decisions

Subjects and subject-specific competencies

  • Ethics and Religious Culture:
    • Competency 1: Freedom, autonomy, social order, tolerance, human ambivalence
    • Competency 3: Organizes his/her thinking, develops a substantiated point of view
  • History of Quebec and Canada
    • The modernization of Quebec and the Quiet Revolution. Feminism.
    • Societal choices in contemporary Quebec. Gender equality (1988, decriminalisation of abortion)


Six periods

Connections with other subjects

  • French, second language
    • Competency 1: Lire des textes variés en français
    • Competency 2: Interagir en français
    • Competency 3: Produire des textes variés en français

Broad areas of learning

  • Health and Well-Being: Awareness of the consequences of collective choices on individual well-being
  • Citizenship and Community life: Promotion of the rules of social conduct and democratic institutions

Cross-curricular competencies

  • Uses information: Puts information to use
  • Exercises critical judgment: Forms and expresses his/her opinion
  • Communicates appropriately

Related content

External resources

  • Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada: Tremblay v. Daigle
  • Tout le monde en parlait, a program on Ici Radio-Canada, dedicated an episode to the case of Tremblay v. Daigle (French only).