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Dr. Henry Morgentaler and the struggle for abortion rights in Canada

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler speaks at York University March 5, 1976.

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Vowing he will go to jail if necessary, a defiant Dr. Henry Morgentaler announced June 8, 1983 he will open his Toronto abortion clinic, even though Attorney-General Roy McMurtry yesterday repeated his intent to enforce the Criminal Code.

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Pro-Choice demonstrators show their support for the Morgentaler abortion clinic at its opening in Toronto June 15, 1983.

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Demonstrators link hands to try to stop police leaving the Morgentaler clinic in Toronto after it was raided July 5, 1983.

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler is kissed by supporter Selma Edelstone in Toronto after he and his associates were acquitted November 8, 1984 of breaking an abortion law that they openly defied and virtually confessed to breaking.

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler gives the victory sign as he arrives at 52 Division station to surrender to police in Toronto. December 20, 1984. Morgentaler is accompanied by Norma Scarborough, left, Judy Rebick and associate Dr. Robert Scott, rear (behind his hand).

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler and supporters leave court in Toronto with anti-abortion persons shouting in the background January 4, 1985.

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Judy Rebick and Dr. Henry Morgentaler stand outside provincial courtrooms in downtown Toronto January 10, 1985. In court, Morgentaler and Dr. Robert Scott waived the right to a preliminary hearing and would appear in the Supreme Court of Ontarioto set a date for trial by jury on abortion-related charges.

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Thomas Brown and Barbara Brown protest outside the Morgentaler clinic on Harbord Street in downtown Toronto March 30, 1988.

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler stands in front of banner which reads, Canadian Abortion Rights Action League in 1988.

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An anti-abortion protester is carried from Morgentaler clinic in Toronto August 23, 1989.

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler displays the operating room in his Halifax abortion clinic after performing six abortions November 3, 1989 in defiance of Nova Scotia law.

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Pro-choice activists rally near the rubble, vowing to rebuild the shattered Morgentaler Abortion Clinic in Toronto May 19, 1992.

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With the smell of fresh paint still strong in the outside corridor, Dr. Henry Morgentaler showed reporters and photographers through his new, heavily fortified abortion clinic in Toronto March 4, 1993.

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler speaks at press conference in Toronto January 28, 1998 to mark the ten-year anniversary of Canada's Supreme Court decriminalizing abortion.

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler may not have demonstrators outside his clinic doors anymore but security is still tight at his midtown clinic near Leaside December 1. 2004.

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At his abortion clinic Dr. Henry Morgentaler speaks during the press conference January 20, 2006 along with Shayna Hodson (centre) a spokesperson for the clinic and Kim Walker (left) from Students for Choice regarding the upcoming Canadian federal election and abortion rights.

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After a press conference held at Dr. Henry Morgentaler's abortion clinic, Dr. Morgentaler and author June Callwood speak to the press January 20, 2006 regarding the upcoming Canadian federal election and abortion rights.

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler speaks to the media July 2, 2008 after the Governor General announced Morgentaler's appointment to the Order of Canada.

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Henry Morgentaler is awarded the rank of Member in the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaelle Jean at the Citadelle in Quebec City, October 10, 2008.

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler faces the media in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct.1, 2002.

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Dr.Henry Morgentaler faces the media in Toronto, October 1, 2002.

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