The Conservative government abandoned efforts to create a new abortion law after Parliament defeated a bill to outlaw abortions unless a woman's physical, mental or psychological health was threatened.
Justice Minister Kim Campbell said Thursday the government had tried its best to create a law that appealed to supporters of abortion rights and opponents of abortions. She said the Conservative government would not propose any other abortion bill during its five-year term that expires in 1993.The elected House of Commons approved the bill with a nine-vote margin in May. But the Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament which has the right to approve or reject government bills, defeated the bill with a tie vote. It was the first time in 30 years that the Senate has defeated a government bill.