Oct. 19, 1967: Dr. Henry Morgentaler is among witnesses before the House of Commons health and welfare committee arguing that legal abortions should be available to all women on request.
June, 1968: He performs his first illegal abortions in Montreal, and is soon besieged with requests for the procedure.
June, 1970: The doctor is charged with conspiring to commit abortion and conspiracy to perform an abortion; he pleads not guilty.
October, 1973: At trial, he testifies he has performed "between 6,000 and 7,000" abortions at his clinic.
Nov. 13, 1973: A jury of 10 men and one woman acquits him.
April 26, 1974: Quebec Court of Appeal overturns the acquittal and he is later sentenced to 18 months in jail. Former prime minister John Diefenbaker describes the legal decision as a threat to the jury system. Dr. Morgentaler is freed on bail, pending his appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
March 26, 1975: Supreme Court upholds the lower court's conviction and Dr. Morgentaler surrenders to police the next day to begin his sentence. While in jail, he is tried on new charges and acquitted.
Jan. 20, 1976: Quebec Court of Appeal upholds Dr. Morgentaler's second acquittal and accepts his defence of necessity as reason for performing an abortion.
Jan. 22, 1976: Justice minister Ronald Basford orders a new trial on the abortion charges that sent the doctor to jail. Dr. Morgentaler is released on bail a few days later.
Sept. 18, 1976: He is acquitted at the retrial of the original charges.
Dec. 10, 1976: Quebec government orders a halt to prosecutions against Dr. Morgentaler and recommends that the federal government amend the law on abortion. All outstanding charges are dropped.
May 6, 1983: Dr. Morgentaler opens a clinic in Winnipeg; a month later it is raided by police and closed. Eight people, including the doctor, are charged with "conspiring to procure a miscarriage of females."
June 15, 1983: He opens a clinic in Toronto. About 300 people demonstrate and one man tries to attack him with garden shears.
July 5, 1983: Toronto police raid the clinic and arrest doctors Morgentaler, Robert Scott and Leslie Smoling. Police seize medical equipment and files; defiant staff reopens the clinic minutes later.
July 20, 1984: Supreme Court of Ontario rejects Dr. Morgentaler's contention that Canada's abortion law violates the Charter of Rights.
Nov. 8, 1984: Dr. Morgentaler and the other accused doctors make legal history, acquitted by an Ontario Supreme Court jury of breaking a law they openly defied.
Oct. 1, 1985: Ontario Court of Appeal orders a new trial, finding fault with statements made to the jury by the defence counsel, Morris Manning, who told the jurors to ignore the law. Dr. Morgentaler appeals the order to the Supreme Court.
Jan. 28, 1988: Supreme Court strikes down Canada's abortion law, ruling it is unconstitutional because it "clearly interferes with a woman's physical and bodily integrity." The judgment meant freestanding clinics are legal, but the abortion battle continues.