who is henry?

“I have dedicated my life to helping women obtain safe abortions in an atmosphere of compassion and empathy.” Henry Morgentaler

You have the right to choose to terminate your pregnancy, safely and legally anywhere in Canada, thanks to the courage and compassion of one man: Dr. Henry Morgentaler.

A Holocaust survivor who graduated from medical school in Montreal, Henry Morgentaler championed the idea that women have a right to control their own sexuality and reproduction.

Throughout the 1960s, he challenged the criminal code by providing safe abortions for women in his Montreal clinic. Despite death threats, bomb scares and prosecution by the long arm of the law (including 10 months in jail), Dr. Morgentaler continued to advocate – and administer – compassionate abortion services for all Canadian women.

Finally, on January 28, 1988, the famous “Morgentaler Decision” by the Supreme Court of Canada legalized abortion in this country… 20 years after the visionary doctor opened the first freestanding abortion clinic in Canada.

On July 1st 2008, Dr. Henry Morgentaler was awarded the Order of Canada for his commitment to women’s healthcare and his devotion to the cause of “Freedom of Choice”.