With the New Brunswick Morgentaler Clinic closure last week, New Democrats urge the Minister of Health to work directly with her provincial counterparts in New Brunswick to ensure that safe access to abortion services is publicly available.
The Morgentaler clinic is the only abortion clinic in New Brunswick. It serves not only the population of New Brunswick, but also that of Prince Edward Island. Women in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island cannot access safe, legal abortions unless two doctors declare in writing that the abortion is medically necessary. I want you to think about what will happen in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island once the Morgentaler clinic is gone. Do you honestly believe that women just won't have abortions? If that's the case, let me tell you what's actually going to happen -- women are going to die.
As Canadian historical figures go, Henry Morgentaler's relevance isn't hard to grasp. Since his death on Wednesday, the Canadian editorial pages have been chock-full of Morgentaler obituaries, with reactions running the full gamut. Basically there's five camps of thought.
At the passing of Dr. Henry Morgentaler there has been a lot of recent news reports, on the history of abortion in Canada. But will someone please tell "her story?" A great group, Back to Life Canada, has done just that, and whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, you owe it to your country, to listen to "her story", Lisa, Jennie, Tasha.
It is encouraging that Canadian women feel so certain of their reproductive freedom that they are comfortable, but we can't allow comfort to become complacency. Dr. Morgentaler fought to help women obtain the rights over their own bodies that they deserved. Let's honour his memory by keeping his activism moving. Young Canadians might be surprised to learn that it was just a quarter of a century ago that abortion was fully legalized in this country, thanks in significant part to the efforts of Dr. Morgentaler. And so a history lesson is in order, in order for us to appreciate just how recently the rights we assume as irreversible were granted.
What do you say about someone whose contribution to your life, and the lives of all women, is invaluable? Anti-choice groups nearly always talk about what kind of cancer-curing genius any given fetus might grow up to be, but almost no one talks about what a woman might become if she chose to terminate her pregnancy. Thank you, Doctor Morgentaler.
Canadian politicians — including Liberal leader Justin Trudeau — took to Twitter on Wednesday to share condolences after
Performing abortions for women who needed them when the law was not on his side was an act of defiant feminism. For that, and for so much more, Morgentaler is a hero. He and the many other doctors who dared to defy the moral majority saved women's lives. When we honour Morgentaler, we honour the understanding that women are inherently equal to men, that women are the authorities on their bodies and lives, and that a woman's choice is just that -- hers.
Canadian abortion crusader Dr. Henry Morgentaler died of a heart attack at the age of 90 Wednesday. Morgentaler, who fought
Canadian abortion crusader Dr. Henry Morgentaler has died of a heart attack at the age of 90. Carolyn Egan, with the Ontario