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Opposition to Morgentaler OoC – the usual suspects?

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

At a press conference following his naming to the Order of Canada. Dr. Henry Morgentaler acknowledged there were those who questioned his suitability for the honour, but quickly dismissed them in a line:
“The negative opinions all come from the usual suspects: the Catholic Church, fundamentalists, women opposed to women’s rights.”

I’ve been thinking about that statement for some time, trying to figure out what it is about it that’s so disquieting.
Maybe it’s because I’m none of those things. I’m just a middleclass Canadian who thinks it’s wrong to take life away from innocents who are incapable of speaking or acting for themselves.

But that’s not what this is about. It’s about that staement Morgentaler made. It says so much about him, in such few words.
For one thing it’s not even remotely true. The opposition to Morgentaler’s being named to Canada’s highest award is wide and deep and intense. It’s pretty safe to say there are people who oppose abortion in every corner of Canadian society, whatever their religion, whatever their sex, no matter how fervent their values. It’s boggling that Morgentaler could blithely claim anyone who disagrees must be limited to so small and distinct a set of enemies. If he believes it, he’s a fool.

Opinion piece by Kelly McParland, National Post.