May 29, 2013 (Ottawa)—Today ProWomanProLife acknowledges the death of Dr. Henry Morgentaler and offers sincere condolences to his family and friends.
For many thousands of women across Canada, this is a day to mourn the sorrow and pain he has caused precisely because he made abortion mainstream. His life, marked by suffering itself as a survivor of the Holocaust, was one in which he “treated” a woman’s suffering with the death of her unborn child.
Morgentaler is not a hero. To the contrary: many Canadians mourn that he remained unrepentant, to the best of our knowledge, unlike the famous abortion doctor and founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League in the United States, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who became vociferously pro-life after seeing abortion for what it is: the killing of an innocent child.
Morgentaler’s death cannot pass by without remembrance for the women, who, in their hour of need faced a doctor who instead of reminding them of the humanity they carry and hope for the future, told them the unborn are merely a clump of cells.
“I never saw a woman enter or leave an abortion clinic joyfully. Morgentaler marked the creation of an era in which ‘I don’t want to do this, but I must’ became strangely, the hallmark of triumph for women’s rights,” says Andrea Mrozek, director of ProWomanProLife.
“In the public sphere, his passing will not be without mourning for those he chose not to see—first and foremost women with all their natural reproductive capabilities and second, the many thousands of lives taken before they breathed their first breath.”
Where the public actions of a man are wrong, it is impossible to speak soothing platitudes at the time of his death. Morgentaler, time will show, stood on the wrong side of history and it is for this reason that ProWomanProLife makes this statement today; that the historical record may show that many Canadian women did not admire Dr. Henry Morgentaler.