Canada Court Rules Henry Morgentaler Can Sue to Force Tax-Funded Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
August 8, 2008
Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — A New Brunswick Court has ruled that infamous abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler can proceed with a lawsuit to force the Canadian province to pay for abortions. Morgentaler’s bid to make taxpayers fund abortions done at his private abortion business dates back to 2003.
New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Paulette Garnett ruled that Morgentaler has the right to challenge the policy preventing the province from paying for abortions not done at a public hospital.
In addition, the current provincial policy requires two physicians to sign off on the abortion for it to qualify for funding.
Women going to his abortion business in Fredericton currently pay about $750 Canadian for an abortion.
New Brunswick officials filed legal papers saying Morgentaler didn’t have standing to fight the policy and it maintained that only women who bought abortions at his facility and didn’t have the funding have legal standing.
According to a CBC News report, Judge Garnett rejected that argument.
"There are many valid reasons why women who have had abortions at the Fredericton clinic would not or could not bring this challenge," Garnett ruled. "Dr. Morgentaler is therefore a suitable alternative person to do so."
The decision comes on the heels of a nationwide pro-life protest following Morgentaler receiving the Order of Canada award.
A poll conducted last month by KLRVU found 55.8% of Canadians oppose the awarding of the medal to the man who helped usher in unlimited abortions in Canada paid for at taxpayer expense.
The poll found opposition to the award across the provinces.
Beginning with a wave on the east coast of Newfoundland, ebbing slightly in Quebec and then continuing with a surge in Ontario right to the west coast — the tide of opinion against awarding Morgentaler has risen dramatically.
"Whatever side of the abortion debate you are on, many Canadians from all walks of life felt this appointment went way too far and offended too many," Jim Hughes, the national president of the Campaign Life Coalition, said.
"The mass media coverage of the Morgentaler award has given us the largest abortion debate this country has seen in twenty years, and Canadians when they are forced to think about abortion realize it is horrible," he added in a statement to LifeNews.com.
Opposition to awarding the abortion practitioner is highest in Nova Scotia (68%), Prince Edward Island (67%), Manitoba (66%) and Saskatchewan (65%).
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