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The Doctor Who Couldn't Turn Away

by (author) Eleanor Wright Pelrine

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Jan 1983
Medical, Reproductive Medicine & Technology
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    Jan 1983
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Henry Morgentaler has long been a figure of controversy: his initial decision to establish an abortion clinic in Montreal challenged Canadian law, leading to several trials and a jail sentence--and finally to changes in the law itself.
What kind of person is Henry Morgentaler? Why did he choose to defy the laws of the land? Was it idealism? Desire for fame, money, martyrdom? Eleanor Wright Pelrine searches Henry Morgentaler's life for answers. Born in Poland, condemned to a death camp by the Nazis, he managed to survive the Second World War and immigrate to Canada as a young man. She describes his medical practice in a low-income Montreal neighbourhood, and the circumstances that led him to found an abortion clinic there. Finally, she chronicles the decade-long battles that ensued between Morgentaler and law-enforcement authorities.
Morgentaler: The Doctor Who Couldn't Turn Away is a fascinating account of the difficult life and unending struggles of one of Canada's most controversial figures.

About the author

ELEANOR WRIGHT PERLINE is a journalist and lecturer. She as taught journalist at Humber College.

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Editorial Reviews

"Fascinating reading."

Toronto Star