by Steven Ertelt
August 1, 2005
Toronto, Canada (LifeNews.com) — Infamous abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler is slated to receive another award on the heels of a June award given to him by a public university. Morgentaler has been named as the recipient of the 2005 Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership for his abortion advocacy.
He will receive the award Friday at the 74th annual Couchiching Conference in Orillia, Canada and will address delegates following the presentation, according to the London Free Press.
The Couchiching Award in an annual national award given to a Canadian who demonstrates leadership in an area of public policy. The person typically awarded is someone who has overcome adversity or faced tremendous public opposition in their pursuits. The group also awards a recipient who has advanced policies that positively impact the nation.
"Through the direct and measurable impact that Dr. Morgentaler has had on public policy, he exemplifies the high level of leadership required of award recipients," said the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs said in a press release.
Sun Life Financial underwrites the annual award, which was first presented in 2003 to former federal finance minister Michael Wilson. Urban affairs author Jane Jacobs received the 2004 award.
This is the second time Morganteler has received an award for his abortion advocacy. In June, University of Western Ontario gave him an honorary degree, which sparked a tremendous outpouring of protest from pro-life advocates and Catholic officials.
Morgentaler founded the first abortion center in Montreal in 1968. He currently operates six abortion facilities in Canada and has fought numerous battles to make Canadians pay for abortions with their tax dollars.
Last year, Morgentaler made headlines by distributing a press statement saying the decline in Canada’s violent crime statistics since 1991 “confirms again my theory that access to abortion” is responsible for the favorable numbers.
However, a number of scholars contradict Morgentaler’s view, noting that child abuse has actually escalated since Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion.
There are more than 100,000 abortions annually in Canada.
Send your concerns to the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs at 250 Consumers Road, Suite 301, Willowdale, Ontario, M2J 4V6, 416-494-1440, Fax: 416-495-8723, [email protected]