Last year, Dr. Henry Morgentaler was named to the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. Obviously, I don't care a fig about who does and doesn't receive such honours (well, actually, I'm a little embarrassed that the members of Rush are recipients) but one can't help but be amused by some of the fallout from Morgentaler being invited to join the club, ie. previous recipients of the Order resigning from it.
A little bit of background for those who are unfamiliar with the story. For many years, Morgentaler risked imprisonment so that women in Canada could have access to abortions performed by qualified physicians in properly-equipped clinics. He openly admitted to performing thousands of "illegal" abortions and, consequently, faced a multitude of legal troubles. Ultimately, some time after the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted, he was charged with violating the anti-abortion laws. The case eventually found it's way to the Supreme Court of Canada where the court found that the law under which Morgentaler was charged was unconstitutional. So, in 1988, the law was struck down. Because it's still such a "hot button" issue, no federal Canadian government has dared to introduce new legislation regarding abortion. That's right: thanks to Morgentaler and the SCC, there is no law in Canada regarding abortion.
So -- and it does make me chuckle to think of it -- a number of previous recipients of the Order of Canada have resigned from the Order in protest against the honour going to Morgentaler. Recently, three more.
Look at this bozo. He's one of them.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte
From his Wikipedia entry: Jean-Claude Turcotte (born June 26, 1936) is a Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Montréal. His full title is "Cardinal Priest of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Canadian Martyrs."
Methinks they forgot to add "total fuckwit" to that title.
from http://www.canada.com/news/more+resign+ ... story.html
3 more resign from Order of Canada
Canwest News Service
June 1, 2009
OTTAWA — The Governor General has formally accepted the resignations of three members of the Order of Canada, a brief news release from her office said Monday.
Rene Racine, Jacqueline Richard and Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte have officially resigned their prestigious awards and Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean has formally "accepted" the resignations, the release said.
While the release didn't give a reason for the resignations, Turcotte, Montreal's archbishop, was one of several who announced their intentions to resign the order in protest over the decision last year to bestow Canada's highest civilian honour on abortion activist Dr. Henry Morgentaler.
Jean said at the time, Morgentaler deserved 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."
While pro-choice groups hailed the appointment as well-deserved and long-overdue, it stirred outrage among anti-abortion activists.
The Governor General's office announced in October 2008 that seven Order of Canada medals had been returned to protest Morgentaler's nomination, including former New Brunswick lieutenant governor Gilbert Finn, B.C. priest Lucien Larre, another anonymous Canadian and families of three deceased recipients.
The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to honour those who have "enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country."
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