On Canada Day the Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, awarded the Order of Canada to a number of people. Among the recipients is Dr. Henry Morgentaler. As the Governor General’s website indicates Dr. Morgentaler was given this honour “for his commitment to increased health care options for women, his determined efforts to influence Canadian public policy and his leadership in humanist and civil liberties organizations”.
Not only did Dr. Morgentaler provide a choice for women but he did it at a great risk to his life and to his freedom. Through every attack on his life and liberty he did not back down from his belief that women should have this basic right to choose and to have access to safe medical treatment. As a Canadian and a woman I’m proud to know that his efforts have been acknowledged and honoured.
You can find the entire list of recipients on the Governor General’s website.