This comment is made to the journalist France Nadeau during the show Femme d'today on May 24, 1971 by a man who made the legalization of abortion in Canada one of the great fights of his life.
In Canada, it was not until 1988 that a Supreme Court decision completely decriminalized abortion.
Before this judgment by the highest court in the country, abortions were often carried out in squalid, dangerous, even fatal conditions for women.
This situation shocked the doctor who immigrated to Canada in 1950.
Holocaust survivor, Henry Morgentaler began practicing family medicine in Montreal in 1955.
He then gradually becomes aware of the appalling conditions in which clandestine abortions are practiced almost everywhere in Canada.
In 1967, Dr. Morgentaler asked the Canadian House of Commons to amend federal abortion law.
In 1969, the government of Canada authorized the practice of certain abortions in hospitals when the mother's life was in danger.
This opening towards what was then called therapeutic abortions did not satisfy the doctor, however.
As Henry Morgentaler told journalist France Nadeau, the change in the law only concerns 2% of abortions.
The rest continues to be practiced in deplorable conditions.
To obtain a safe abortion, Canadian women have to go to clinics in the United States and it is very expensive, laments the doctor.
There is no one who is for abortion, just as there is no one who is for brain surgery or a tonsillectomy. We are for the right of women to have an abortion in good medical and psychological conditions.
A quote from Dr. Henry Morgentaler, 1976
In this context, Henry Morgentaler opened a clinic in Montreal in 1969 which performed abortions considered illegal because they were non-therapeutic.
He is being sued by the Quebec government, which is filing three lawsuits against him for illegal medical acts that will land him in prison for 18 months.
In 1974, the doctor was acquitted by a jury, before being found guilty in the Court of Appeal, then acquitted again by a jury.