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Dr. Henry Morgentaler was given the award for Outstanding Service to Humanity May 28 at the CLC convention in Toronto.

Mortgentaler went to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1988 to strike down the law that prevented women from having abortions, and infringed on their rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Almost 2,000 convention delegates greeted Dr. Morgentaler with a prolonged standing ovation.

He cautioned that we must not become complacent. “Just look south of the border to understand that a woman’s right to choose can be easily eroded.”

Morgentaler opened clinics across the country to give women access to safe abortions.

“I’m proud to have worked with so many in the labour movement and beyond to provide women with quality of life, safety and well-being in this country when it comes to reproductive health.”