Columnist Wants Abortion Practitioner Morgentaler to Get Order of Canada

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 31, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 31,

Toronto, Canada ( — An editorial columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail wants Canada’s most infamous abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler to get the Order of Canada. That’s an award that is Canada’s highest civilian honor that normally applauds the work of community volunteers from astronauts to scholars.

Yet, Andre Picard says the abortion practitioner responsible for allowing unlimited abortions across the country should get the lifetime achievement award — just days after the nation marked 20 years of legal abortions.

"How is it that a towering public figure like Henry Morgentaler has never been awarded the Order of Canada?" Picard wrote Thursday. "Sure, he is a controversial figure, but that does not lessen his contributions."

"The bottom line is this: Dr. Morgentaler’s crusade for safe, legal abortion and his provision of that basic service has greatly benefited the health of Canadian women," Picard argues.

Morgentaler’s promotion of abortion goes back decades.

Ironically, the Order of Canada was first awarded in 1967 — the same year Canadian justice minister Pierre Trudeau presented a bill to legalize abortion that eventually became law in 1969.

The Canadian high court eventually issued a ruling on an appeal abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler filed claiming the law was unconstitutional and that abortion should be allowed without any limits.

The committee that awards the Order of Canada has given it to both pro-life advocates, such as the late Cardinal Gerald Emmett Carter, and abortion advocates such as the late June Callwood.

"There are a total of 5,541 members of the Order of Canada. The glaring omission of Dr. Morgentaler from the membership list of the Order of Canada is a shameful politicization that cheapens the award," Picard concludes.

ACTION: Send your comments about his editorial to Andre Picard at [email protected].