It is with great sadness that we learned on Thursday that Bob Gardner, a long-time activist in OCAC, had passed away.
Bob was a leader and stalwart in OCAC and in Aids Action Now. He made a huge contribution to the fight to overturn the federal abortion law, and to stop the recriminalization of abortion. His keen sense of strategy and his tremendous ability to synthesize perspectives helped OCAC produce so many of the briefs and documents that guided our work. His determination, humour and intelligence will be missed terribly.
We mourn his loss, and extend our deepest condolences to his life partner, Linda. And we celebrate his many achievements and contribution by carrying on the struggle that he was so passionate about and committed to – for social justice and true liberation.
A celebration of his life is being planned for early fall. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to AIDS Action Now (c/o 102 Salem Avenue, Toronto ON M6H 3C1) or to the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics * (427 Bloor St. West Box 3, Toronto ON M5S 1X7). Condolences can be sent to funeral home www.rosar-morrison.com.
*Please note that OCAC is unable to take online donations but cheques can be mailed to the address listed above.
March 19, 1923 – May 29, 2013
Friday July 19th
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
The Great Hall, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
Please join us in a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Henry Morgentaler. Donations to a scholarship fund honouring Dr. Morgentaler’s life and work will be gratefully accepted at the event.
Today we mourn the passing of Dr. Henry Morgentaler, a man of great courage and humanity who bravely fought to advance women’s equality in our society. Across this country there has been an outpouring of support and admiration for Dr. Morgentaler. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to his family and many, many friends. While we mourn today, our task tomorrow is to continue his legacy.
There are individuals who, at certain moments, rise to a challenge at great personal cost – and it makes an incredible difference. Henry Morgentaler did that. If he had not agreed in 1982 to open an abortion clinic in Toronto – a clinic which became a symbol of women’s resistance to an unjust law – we would not have had the historic Supreme Court decision which struck down Canada’s abortion law. It was a mass movement of women and men across the country that made that change, but it was Henry Morgentaler that sparked that movement and the tens of thousands across this country who mobilized against the federal abortion law.
The fight for reproductive justice is far from over. We need to keep fighting to make sure that women everywhere in this country have full access to free abortion. As we reflect on the incredible role that Dr. Henry Morgentaler played, we honour his legacy and his sacrifice by keeping up the struggle.
January 28th, 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Morgentaler decision which struck down Canada’s discriminatory abortion law. To mark this important date, the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics held an event in Toronto. Here, Carolyn Egan speaks about how the movement to repeal the federal abortion law was built.
An event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision
that repealed Canada’s abortion law, as well as to recognize
the ongoing struggle for reproductive justice across Canada today.
MONDAY JANUARY 28, 2013
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue
(at St. George Street – nearest TTC station: St. George)
With a discussion panel featuring:
• Judy Rebick
• Michele Landsberg
• Carolyn Egan
• Angela Robertson
• Jillian Bardsley
Followed by a screening of The Life and Times of Henry Morgentaler.
$5 donation at the door.
Sponsored by the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics (OCAC)
Endorsed by Medical Students for Choice UofT and Arts for Choice
Twenty-five years ago, the Supreme Court overturned the federal abortion law in the Morgentaler decision. Canada became one of the few countries in the world without criminal restrictions on abortion access because of the strength of a broad based movement for reproductive justice.
Come hear some of the veterans of that campaign speak of their experiences and what it took to win significant steps forward for women’s liberation in this historic battle with the Canadian state.
Women will also outline the challenges we are facing today with repeated private members motions and bills trying to roll back gains we have made, calls to defund abortion by Conservative MPPs in Ontario, women having to pay for clinic abortions in New Brunswick and a complete lack of services in Prince Edward Island.
Come out and join the movement for reproductive justice and fight the ongoing attack on abortion rights!
Saturday October 20
Old City Hall
60 Queen Street West
• Reproductive health care for all, including refugees
• Maternal health includes abortion
• Stop the inequity in access
• The right to bear the children we choose to have
We need childcare, decent jobs and other support services to raise our children.
Women in PEI have no access to abortion. Women in New Brunswick have to pay for clinic abortions.
The Conservative government refuses to implement the Canada Health Act to stop these inequities and
MPs continue to introduce anti-abortion private members bills while taking away health care for refugees.
Join this Day of Action and help build the fight for reproductive rights for all!
Organized by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada and the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics
The Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics is a pro-choice organisation that advocates free access to safe abortions in Canada. We work with abortion clinics in the Toronto area and elsewhere to ensure that all women can access abortion and other reproductive health choices free from economic barriers, harassment or intimidation.