Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Order of Canada Sees Three Quit Over Award for Abortion Practitioner Morgentaler

Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) -- The Order of Canada has officially accepted the resignations of three members over its decision to present a medal to long-time abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler. The award, given last year, sparked national outrage and polls showed Canadians thought it was inappropriate.

Morgentaler was one of 20 recipients of the award and he received it at a ceremony in October that Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean presided over in Quebec City. Morgentaler was awarded the Order of Canada, "[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."

Now, Jean, Canada's Governor General, has officially accepted the resignations of three members of the Order of Canada who protested the award. Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, who resigned his Order, recently said that he "decided to take a stance that clearly reflects my convictions." He called the decision to give the honor to an abortion practitioner "questionable." Rene Racine and Jacqueline Richard also resigned. Full story at LifeNews.com

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