Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Henry Morgantaler

Dr. Henry Morgantaler, interviewed by the National Review of Medicine, twenty years after his crusade to decriminalize abortion in Canada came to a landmark conclusion at the Supreme Court of Canada:

And I'm very proud of what I have been able to achieve and the crowning achievement was the Supreme Court decision of 1988, which legalized abortion, took it out of the criminal code and doctors performing abortions were no longer considered as criminals and women could ask for an abortion and obtain one under good conditions and thereby protect their health by reducing the fatality, and their dignity as well. It was a revolutionary decision, really, with tremendous consequences for the health and well being of women. I think that's the most important thing: the safety of women has increased a hundred-fold.

Read the Supreme Court of Canada's January 28, 1988 decision in R. v. Morgentaler.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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