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Henry Morgentaler

Lorne Wallace gathers sound for the series, A Walk in the Wild, 1982Montreal doctor Henry Morgentaler is Canada's best-known abortion advocate. In 1967, he petitioned the Commons Health and Welfare Committee to repeal the law against abortion. By 1973, he revealed he had successfully performed more than 5,000 abortions in his career, and testified to the safety and efficacy of clinical abortions.

His campaign for safe abortions and family planning has resulted in many court appearances - he was charged with violating article 251 of the Criminal Code, jailed in 1974, and eventually acquitted - speaking engagements, and the establishment of a national chain of clinics.

Morgentaler opened a clinic in Edmonton in 1991. Since 1996, when Alberta Premier Ralph Klein enacted health care reform, the province has funded abortion through regional health authorities with contracts to hospitals and private clinics.

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News and Current Events #25
The Capital Health Authority has contracted with the
Morgentaler Clinic of Edmonton, and a story from the
Nov. 24, 1996 broadcast of the evening edition of
Alberta Today discusses the increase in the number of
clients to the clinic.

In addition to the Morgentaler story, the report carries
a story on how Albertans came to the aid of Quebec
flood victims.

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