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jokerofish:

Born in Poland, Morgentaler spent WWII imprisoned in a concentration camp. He remained in Europe until 1950, when he moved to Canada and began pursuing a medical career. He specialized in family planning; becoming one of the first Canadian doctors to offer vasectomies, intra-uterine exams and birth control to unmarried women.

In 1968 he closed his practises and open a private clinic where he performed abortions. He never hid what his clinic was for, and publically admitted to performing over 5,000 safe, but illegal, abortions. His clinic was raided several times, and he was arrested for preforming illegal abortions. In first case a jury found him not guilty; a decision which was later, in an unprecedented move, was over turned by a court of appeals and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.  In 1975, this move by the court of appeals was made illegal (a court of appeal can call for a retrial but cannot overrule a jury’s decision) – known as the Morgentaler amendment.

While in prison his second trial went before a jury, and once again the jury refused to find him guilty. After severing 10 months, a suffering a heart attack, he was released from prison. His third trial resulted, once again, in the jury acquitting him- a decision they made in under an hour. After this third acquittal the government of Québec declared Canada’s abortion law were unenforceable against trained medical doctors and dropped the charges against Morgentaler days before his fourth trial was supposed to begin.

In 1983 he decided to challenge abortion laws in other provinces, so he publicly declare his intent before opening abortion clinics in Winnipeg and Toronto.  The Toronto clinic was quickly raided by police and Morgentaler was charged, once again, with performing illegal abortions. This trial, in the Ontario courts before an Ontario jury, once again acquitted him of his crimes. In 1988, an appeal for this case was brought before the Supreme Court of Canada, who upheld the jury’s original decision and declared Canada’s anti-abortion law unconstitutional resulting in their abolishment. He has called that day “the happiest day in his life.”

He continued opening and running abortion clinics throughout Canada until his death.

Just as Tommy Douglas was the man who almost singlehandedly brought universal health care to Canada, Morgentaler almost singlehandedly brought the legalization of abortion to Canada.  Whether you agree with him or not you have to respect the sheer force of will he showed in his believes. And the unspoken support of those 4 juries who refused to enforce the law against him.    

Regardless of your position on the issue, it is unarguable that this man saved lives by providing safe abortions. There are people who do not want to be pregnant and will end their pregnancies, legally or illegally. When done illegally, the risk of harm to the pregnant person increases exponentially. If you’re okay with other human beings dying because they don’t want to be pregnant and you won’t grant them a safe way to end it, you’re a sick person.
-Victoria

Abortion access NOW

Anti-choice candidates support the status quo in regards to abortion access in New Brunswick (approval from two doctors saying the procedure is medically necessary, must be performed in one of two approved hospitals, by a specialist). This restrictive, outdated and dangerous policy on reproductive healthcare is a violation of the Canada Health Act and human rights.

Do you have a message for anti-choice candidates in NB? Submit a photo to NBProchoice! 

If you live in NB: on September 22, #VoteforAccess.

Consent to sex is NOT consent to pregnancy

Anti-choice candidates support the status quo in regards to abortion access in New Brunswick (approval from two doctors saying the procedure is medically necessary, must be performed in one of two approved hospitals, by a specialist). This restrictive, outdated and dangerous policy on reproductive healthcare is a violation of the Canada Health Act and human rights.

Do you have a message for anti-choice candidates in NB? Submit a photo to NBProchoice! 

If you live in NB: on September 22, #VoteforAccess.

We’ve been protesting all spring and summer, and we won’t give up.  People across Canada have shown their support for the pro-choice movement in NB and PEI, and together we will ensure that everyone has equal access to reproductive healthcare services.

There may be a rally in your city on Saturday! Come out and raise your voice! Show us your signs! Demand abortion access and reproductive justice!

Thank you everyone for your continued support.

#NBProchoice #ProchoixNB

Standing in the way of reproductive health services

Anti-choice candidates support the status quo in regards to abortion access in New Brunswick (approval from two doctors saying the procedure is medically necessary, must be performed in one of two approved hospitals, by a specialist).  This restrictive, outdated and dangerous policy on reproductive healthcare is a violation of the Canada Health Act and human rights.

Do you have a message for anti-choice candidates in NB? Submit a photo to NBProchoice! 

If you live in NB: on September 22, #VoteforAccess.

I don’t always block people on social media, but when I do it is about abortion access. #NBProchoice #VoteForAccess

Photos by Douglas Mullin

The Conservative party supports the status quo in regards to abortion access in New Brunswick (approval from two doctors saying the procedure is medically necessary, must be performed in one of two approved hospitals, by a specialist). They want the people of NB to ‘say yes’ to restrictive, outdated and dangerous policy on reproductive healthcare.  No thanks.

Do you have a message for anti-choice candidates in NB? Submit a photo to NBProchoice! 

If you live in NB: on September 22, #VoteforAccess.