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Morgentaler’s controversial abortion legacy

The Story

Life does not slow down for Dr. Henry Morgentaler after the Supreme Court's landmark abortion ruling in 1988. In this clip from CBC's The Journal, Brian Stewart speaks to Dr. Morgentaler about Canada's abortion issues 10 years after the ruling.

Medium: Television
Program: The National Magazine
Broadcast Date: Jan. 28, 1998
Guest: Henry Morgentaler
Interviewer: Brian Stewart
Duration: 4:32

Did You know?

• Morgentaler's legal battles continued when he opened clinics in Nova Scotia (1989) and New Brunswick (1994) and the provinces passed legislation prohibiting abortions outside of hospitals. By 1995, provincial and federal rulings forced both provinces to allow private clinics.

• During the 1990s Morgentaler and other doctors who performed abortions faced increasing risks. Three Canadian doctors were shot but survived their injuries. In May 1992 a firebomb destroyed Morgentaler's Toronto Clinic and in November 1996 his Edmonton clinic suffered a chemical attack.

• Canadian groups that oppose abortion say they are opposed to violence and maintain their goal is to protect life not destroy it.
• By the year 2002, there were eight Morgentaler clinics around the country.


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