It all began in 1978 when Joe Borowski applied to the Saskatchewan courts for a declaration that would give unborn children full legal protection. His case was held up for 5 years because of procedural challenges from the Crown, but was finally heard by Mr. Justice Matheson in Regina. That decision went against Borowski, who immediately appealed to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in the fall of 1985. Two years later, in April 1987, the Court of Appeal upheld Matheson’s decision.
On July 29, Borowski was granted a last chance at obtaining full legal protection for the unborn through the courts when we won the right to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Within the next month, Borowski’s lawyer, Morris Shumiatcher, will present the case to the Court, at which time Borowski will file an official appeal. After considering Shumiatcher’s presentation the Supreme Court will set a date for the actual hearing.
Borowski, who is optimistically hoping for an early 1988 hearing said, “The Supreme Court is the end of the road – our last chance. Everyone had better pray twice as much as before.” He is hoping that we will be able to look back on this leave to appeal as a pivotal point in the struggle to obtain justice for the unborn.
The trial will be very expensive, said Borowski, who is hoping that donations will cover some of the expenses. Anyone interested in contributing to Borowski’s Supreme Court Appeal can send donations to Joe Borowski at 427 St. Anne’s Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2M 3C7.