Henry Morgentaler, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Henry Morgentaler

Canadian champion of women's right to safe, legal abortion

Date of Birth: 19-Mar-1923

Place of Birth: Łódź, Łódź Voivodeship, Poland

Date of Death: 29-May-2013

Profession: physician

Nationality: Canada, Poland

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Henry Morgentaler

  • Henekh "Henry" Morgentaler, (March 19, 1923 – May 29, 2013), was a Jewish Polish-born Canadian physician and pro-choice advocate who fought numerous legal battles aimed at expanding abortion rights in Canada.
  • As a youth during World War II, Morgentaler was imprisoned at the Lódz Ghetto and later at the Dachau concentration camp. After the war, Morgentaler migrated to Canada and entered medical practice, becoming one of the first Canadian doctors to perform vasectomies, to insert intrauterine devices, and to provide birth control pills to unmarried women.
  • He opened his first abortion clinic in 1969 in Montreal, challenging what he saw as an unjust law placing burdensome restrictions on women seeking abortions.
  • He was the first doctor in North America to use vacuum aspiration and went on to open twenty clinics and train more than one hundred doctors.
  • Morgentaler twice challenged the constitutionality of the federal abortion law, losing the first time, in Morgentaler v R in 1975, but winning the second time, in R v Morgentaler in 1988.In 2008, Morgentaler was awarded the Order of Canada "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." Morgentaler died at the age of 90 of a heart attack.

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