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Dr. Henry Morgentaler

Series consists of files relating to Dr. Henry Morgentaler and the pro-choice movement. Series contains notes, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, leaflets, newsletters, court transcripts, book excerpts, and correspondence.
Dr. Henry Morgentaler was a gynecologist and abortion activist from Montreal. Morgentaler was caught performing illegal abortions in 1970. He went to trial in 1973 and was acquitted. However, in 1974 his acquittal was overturned and he was sent to jail. He spent time in jail, appealed and was acquitted for a second time. Morgentaler was charged again in 1983 for "procuring illegal miscarriages." Although he was acquitted by a jury, the verdict was reversed and was sent to the Supreme Court of Canada where he was acquitted once again. This last ruling in the Morgentaler case essentially ended all statutory restrictions on abortion in Canada. In 1993, he won another case before the Supreme Court, this time challenging provincial abortion regulations. Throughout all the legal battles, Morgentaler continued to practice abortions at his Toronto clinic, which was subsequently bombed by anti-abortionist groups May 19, 1992. He also opened up a Winnipeg Clinic and an Edmonton Clinic, which was also subjected to arson July 1991. Morgentaler's case is an extremely influential legal battle in the pro-choice movement.


Series consists of files relating to anti-abortionists, or pro-life advocates. Series consists of files relating to news, issues, actions and incidences of those opposed to abortion. Series contains mostly newspaper clippings. Series also contains notes, memos, pamphlets, catalogues, and articles.

News, views, and actions of the pro-choice movement

Series consists of files relating to the pro-choice movement in general. Series contains pamphlets, newsletters, articles, reports, newspaper clippings, and notes. File also contains records from the Everywoman's Health Centre abortion clinic.

"The Pedestal"

File contains an article from The Pedestal newspaper and an article on backstreet abortions.

[General notes]

File contains notes on abortion views, anti-abortionists, the CCCA, the 1984 Canadian Federal election, churches and abortion, hospital boards, CARAL, and Dr. Morgentaler.

[General reference]

File contains newspaper articles from The Pedestal, The Georgia Straight, and The Weekend Sun.

[General reference]

File contains Kinesis and Militant newspapers as well as abortion pamphlets and CCCA newsletters.

[General reference]

File contains pamphlets (mostly from the CCCA) and notes on abortion polls, CCCA Maguire meeting, Morgentaler tour, the CCCA, and abortion news in general.

[General reference]

File contains records pertaining to the Woman's Choice Health Clinic as well as a networking directory of women's organizations in the Lower Mainland.

[General reference]

File contains pamphlets as well as copies of the minutes of proceedings and evidence of the Legislative Committee on Bill C-43.


File contains notes and letters pertaining to the CCCA, BCCAC and the BCTF.

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