OTTAWA—In 1967, then justice minister Pierre Trudeau’s declaration that “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation” shocked many Canadians who feared the impact of legalizing “taboo” practices. The legislation, Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69), overturned prohibitions against birth control and abortion, homosexuality (between consenting adults aged 21 or older), and divorce. These changes affected many aspects of personal life for Canadians from coast to coast.
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