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Abortion doctor Morgentaler on the stress and joy of notoriety

The Story

By 1977 Henry Morgentaler's abortion battles subside in Quebec as the Parti Québécois government chooses to look the other way on the issue. Morgentaler continues to work at his Montreal clinic and lecture about the need to change Canada's abortion law. Life is much calmer for him now but his friends say Morgentaler is never content with the status quo. His opponents maintain that he is a show-boater who craves the public spotlight. Morgentaler reflects on the stress and joy of his years in the public spotlight, and there are signs that he will emerge again in the centre of the abortion storm.

Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: Sept. 19, 1977
Guest(s): Henry Morgentaler
Interviewer: Hana Gartner
Duration: 2:45

Did You know?

• Toronto Sun feature writer Catherine Dunphy wrote a biography on Henry Morgentaler entitled A Difficult Hero (1997). She portrayed Morgentaler as a courageous hero with plenty of flaws, including an insatiable desire for public recognition.


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