Supreme Court will eventually decide the importance of ruling and its impact across the land.

The decision of Judge E.J. Cronin of the Provincial court of British Columbia lights one candle in the darkness of many court decision on the abortion issue. In essence, this Judge has decided that the part of the B.C. law that prohibited all sidewalk counselling and picketing near abortuaries is unconstitutional. He decided that the law is not justified because it infringes on the guarantee of freedom of expression in the Canadian Charter of Rights.

However, he also said that sidewalk counselling that invaded the privacy of women seeking abortions could be prohibited by a reasonable law. This seems inconsistent with the other part of his ruling. It is hard to tell what the Judge might have accepted as a reasonable law on this point.