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Canadian abortion rights fighter: Dr. Henry Morgentaler

A great man and feminist, Dr. Morgentaler fought for women's reproductive rights and legal, safe abortions in Canada.

Women across Canada have lost a great ally in the fight for the right to legal and safe abortions. Dr. Henry Morgentaler died at the age of 90 on May 29. At great personal risk, surviving the bombing of his abortion clinic and many aggressive anti-abortion protests, Dr. Morgentaler fought tirelessly for the right of women to have full control over their reproductive choices. Along with many women's rights groups, he took this fight to the Supreme Court and twenty-five years ago this year, the Court ruled that the abortion law was unconstitutional.

As Julie Lalonde, a board member with the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada told CBC news: "Our hope is that he will be memorialized respectfully and that even people who disagree with his beliefs or who disagree with women's access to abortion will still recognize the work that he did and the sacrifices he made in his own life."


Kim Crane's picture

Thanks for sharing this

Thanks for sharing this tribute. I learned something new today!

Nelly Bassily's picture


Glad you found that informative. Women's sexual and reproductive health and rights are an ongoing struggle.

Nelly Bassily
"We must become the change we want to see in the world"
(Mahatma Gandhi)

Tam's picture

A Courageous Man

Thank you for remembering Dr. Morgantaler. The early Women's Centres in Montreal housed many women who came from all over the USA and Canada, as we found ways to make appointments for everyone with Dr. Morgentaler. It was a time when frequently women were dying from back street unsafe abortions. We were lucky to have this brave doctor in Montreal. I never met him, but knew that he was facing danger to do this work. He would have been in his mid forties at that time. He deserves to be remembered with honour, and you have done this beautifully.

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