TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario applaud the appointment of Dr. Henry
Morgentaler as a Member of the Order of Canada.
"Henry Morgentaler has spent his life as a Canadian ensuring that women
have access to the safe medical procedure of abortion," said Wayne Samuelson,
President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. "Recognising Dr. Morgentaler
with this honour was an excellent way to celebrate our national holiday and
commitment to equality."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario was one of a number of
national and provincial organisations that nominated Dr. Morgentaler for the
honour earlier this year.
"This recognition for Dr. Morgentaler is long overdue," said Shelley
Melanson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
"Students realise that we are much closer to equality for women in Canada
today because Dr. Morgentaler has been relentless in his determination to stop
the unjust criminalisation of women who choose abortion."
While the medical service of abortion is supposed to be available on
demand for women across the country, access is not guaranteed. Even today Dr.
Morgentaler continues to fight some provinces to solidify women's right to
choose. The importance of his work remains evident as the Harper government
attempts to criminalise abortion by stealth through the Unborn Victims of
Crime Act, a private member's bill by Ken Epp, the Member of Parliament for
"The widely-held understanding that decisions about reproduction are a
personal matter for each woman is something that elected representatives of
all political stripes must respect," said Melanson. "Prime Minister Harper
should be supportive of recognising Dr. Morgentaler for his lifelong
commitment to improving women's healthcare."
"The federal government must enforce national standards for access to all
aspects of healthcare for women, including abortion," said Samuelson.
The Ontario Federation of Labour unites 700,000 organised Ontarians and
1,500 affiliated local unions who make all aspects of the province work.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites over 300,000 college
and university students and more than 35 students' unions throughout the
For further information: Wayne Samuelson, President, OFL: (416) 443-7678
or (416) 571-7408 (cell); Shelley Melanson, Chairperson, CFS-Ontario: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 882-9927 (cell); Ken Marciniec, Communications Coordinator,
CFS-Ontario: (416) 925-3825 or (416) 803-6066 (cell)