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May 29th, 2013

Statement by Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) and Justice critic Françoise Boivin (Gatineau) on the death of Dr. Henry Morgentaler

Today, we lost a great man, Doctor Henry Morgentaler. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.

We salute his courage, perseverance and dedication. He gave help to many women, and thanks to his actions, they were free to exercise their fundamental right to choose for themselves.

Dr. Morgentaler was honoured with the Order of Canada for his tireless efforts over nearly half a century – putting his life and freedom at risk – so that Canadian women could have access to safe abortion services.

25 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in his favour, declaring the old abortion law unconstitutional. Unfortunately, even today, access to abortion remains unequal and we must remain vigilant against repeated attempts to roll back this right.

New Democrats will continue to defend a woman’s right to choose.