Canada Women Who Had Abortions With Morgentaler Want Award Revoked

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 7, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Canada Women Who Had Abortions With Morgentaler Want Award Revoked

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 7
, 2008

Ottawa, Canada ( — A leading Canadian group for women who had abortions and have come to regret their decision wants the recent Order of Canada award given to abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler revoked. The organization sent an open letter Monday to Governor General Michaelle Jean of the Advisory Council.

Denise Mountenay, the founder and president of Canada Silent No More, tells her group is asking for the termination of the Order of Canada.

Because Morgentaler has been involved in the destruction of more than 100,000 unborn children and the injuring of countless women in addition, she says he’s not qualified for the special award.

"The Morgentaler abortion industry is not doing the majority of women, or Canadians a favor by exterminating their preborn children," she said. "Therefore he should not receive the Order of Canada for such an atrocity."

Mountenay says her group represents thousands of women who say they were lied to by Morgentaler and other staff at abortion businesses.

"Most of us never wanted an abortion, but we were pressured into it, and it was never a ‘medical necessity’ as we were healthy women ignorantly using abortion as a form of birth control," she explained.

"We believed that if the government allowed it, and the doctors did it, that it must be okay," she added.

Much of the misinformation women receive when they go to abortion businesses like those run by Morgentaler concerns the development of their baby, Mountenay told

"Many of us were lied to about fetal development being told it was ‘just a clump of tissue,’" she said. "However, when we learned that our tiny babies had a beating heart by 3 weeks, arms, legs, fingers and toes by 8 weeks, we were devastated."

Morgentaler founded the first abortion center in Montreal in 1968. He currently operates six abortion facilities in Canada and has fought to make Canadians pay for abortions with their tax dollars.

The governor general’s web site said Morgentaler will be named at a later date as a member of the Order of Canada because of his so-called work on behalf of health care and humanitarian causes.

"For his commitment to increased health care options for women, his determined efforts to influence Canadian public policy and his leadership in humanist and civil liberties organizations," the governor general’s site said.

Despite an overwhelming objection to the award from the pro-life community, Morgentaler says he deserves it.

"The work I’ve done over the years and the sacrifices and the sentence of imprisonment that I have suffered, I think that finally now the government has recognized my contribution to Canadian women and I am very proud of it," the eighty-five year old Morgentaler told a news conference in Toronto.

Immediately following the news, a slew of statements and comments from pro-life advocates came to condemning the award.

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