Tribute for Dr. Henry Morgentaler sign now

Dear friends and advocates of human rights,

Dr. Henry Morgentaler - physician, Holocaust survivor, civil rights activist, and tireless champion for womens reproductive rights and choices - has been chosen by the University of Western Ontario (UWO) to receive an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree. This degree is to be awarded at their convocation on June 16, 2005.

Unfortunately, the noble attempt on the part of this prominent Ontariouniversity to bestow an honour on Dr. Morgentaler is being vigorouslyopposed by anti-choice elements. A petition to this effect, authored byWilliam Vandoodewaard and endorsed by Catholics for Life, has beenposted on the Internet. Currently, this protest petition has collectedover 5000 signatures opposing the pending honour.

The genuine website for the University of Western Ontario (UWO) is http://www.uwo.ca. There you will find a press release issued by the Canadian Association of University Teachers in support of honouring Dr. Morgentaler.

The university's President, Dr. Paul Davenport, favours offering the tribute to Dr. Morgentaler. The Chair of the Board of Governors, however, Don McDougall, does not.

As there is a good possibility that the university may, in the face of mounting opposition, decide not to proceed with the honour for Dr. Morgentaler, the Humanist Association of Canada is requesting the assistance of members of any community to sign this new petition (in support of UWOs decision to honour Dr. Morgentaler) as quickly as possible.

You may also send letters of support to the officials at UWO, particularly to its president, Dr. Paul Davenport, who may be under siege. His email is [email protected]

The postal address for the University is:
University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond Street, Suite 2, London, ON N6A 5B8.

Please pass this message on right away to others who are willing to help.

We thank you very much for any assistance you can give at this critical time.

Katherine Meidell
2nd Vice President
Humanist Association of Canada

William Broderick
Editor, Canadian Humanist News
Humanist Association of Canada

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