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Garson Romalis

Garson Romalis (b. 1947) is a Canadian gynecologist who specializes in providing abortions. (See Abortion in Canada.) As a private citizen providing ... More »Garson Romalis (b. 1947) is a Canadian gynecologist who specializes in providing abortions. (See Abortion in Canada.) As a private citizen providing a legal medical service, he has twice been wounded by anti-abortion terrorists. The first attempt on his life was by far the most violent antiabortion crime in Canada, according to the National Post. It was made by James Kopp. The second attempt was made by an unknown assailant who stabbed him and fled. Since being personally attacked, Romalis has become more outspoken and more determined to provide abortions to women who want them. As such, he is a notable public figure in the Canadian abortion debate. The University of Toronto Law School invited him to speak at their Symposium to mark the 20th Anniversary of R. vs. Morgentaler. He is working to convince medical students of the need to continue providing abortions. Romalis first observed the results of illegal abortions in 1960, when he was in medical school. He was assigned the case of... [ Wikipedia ]

Notorious abortionist Garson Romalis has died: over a decade ago, I sat with him in his office

The Vancouver Province reported that Dr. Garson Romalis died from illness on January 30, incidentally almost a full pregnancy gestation since abortionist Henry Morgentaler died last May 29. When I learned of Dr. Romalis’ death, I couldn’t help but recall our encounter sitting in ...

MP defends giving Queen's Jubilee medal to jailed woman

The following year in Vancouver, Dr. Garson Romalis, a gynecologist and obstetrician who had been picketed by anti-abortion protesters, was seriously wounded when he was shot through his kitchen window...

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Dr. Romalis, abortion provider

On January 31, Vancouver abortion provider Dr. Garson Romalis passed away at the age of 76, after providing reproductive choice for four decades and surviving two anti-choice attacks. His life is best summarized in his own words, in a 2008 address he gave to mark the 20th anniversary of ...

Remembering, Dr. Garson Romalis, Canadian Abortion Provider – The Sisterhood – Forward.com

His name was Dr. Garson Romalis, and he was a member of my extended family. I knew Gary as my cousin’s husband, but the rest of the world knew him as a staunch advocate of women’s reproductive healthcare and a woman’s right to choose. An obstetrician-gynecologist, he pioneered the ...

A quarter-century after Morgentaler, abortion debate lingers

Three different Canadian abortionists — Dr. Garson Romalis of Vancouver, Dr. Jack Fainman of Winnipeg and Hugh Short of Ancaster, Ont. — were shot in the mid-1990s, though all survived. “I know activists that were, and in some cases continue to be, threatened because (abortion) is an ...

Sexism, ableism and other anti-choice claims: What you need to know about Motion 408

As Dr. Garson Romalis (who survived two anti-choice attacks) said in a speech on the 20th anniversary of the Morgentaler decision, recalling life before abortion was legal: "The first month of my internship was spent on Ward 41, the septic obstetrics ward. Yes, it's hard to believe now...

Vancouver abortion doctor who survived murder attempts dies of illness

Vancouver : Canada | Feb 02, 2014 at 6:48 PM PST Vancouver's Dr. Garson Romalis, a champion of women's reproductive choice who survived numerous attempts on his life for providing abortion care, died in hospital Thursday after a period of illness...He will be very much missed by the team ...

Doctor risked life to perform abortions

Garson Romalis, one of the first doctors to provide legal abortions in Canada, is remembered in The Globe and Mail. Romalis was a clinical professor at UBC’s medical school. He was 76...

Shakesville: National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers

In 1994, Dr. Garson Romalis was shot but not killed. In 1995, Dr. Hugh Short was shot and killed. In 1997, Dr. Jack Fainman was shot but not killed, the shooter was a suspect in an unnamed NY physician's murder In 1998, Dr. Barnett Slepian is shot and killed. His murderer, James Koop...

Shakesville: Quote of the Day

In 1994, Dr. Garson Romalis was shot but not killed. In 1995, Dr. Hugh Short was shot and killed. In 1997, Dr. Jack Fainman was shot but not killed, the shooter was a suspect in an unnamed NY physician's murder In 1998, Dr. Barnett Slepian is shot and killed. His murderer, James Koop...

Abortion

Doctor Garson Romalis tells a story about his experience of an abortion, he said “Let me tell you about an abortion patient I looked after recently. She was 18 years old, and 18-19 weeks pregnant. She came from a very strict, religious family. She was an only daughter, and had several brothers...

Pro-Life Org Sued for Sexual Abuse During Exorcism

The CFC document also reports—as does Michelle Goldberg in The Means of Reproduction —that in the 1990s pro-life activist Don Treshman deemed a “superb tactic” the 1994 sniper attack on abortion provider Dr. Garson Romalis; and, shortly thereafter, was given a role as HLI spokesperson. ...

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