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OTTAWA, June 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — It’s been eight years since Canada’s “father of abortion” Henry Morgentaler received one of the country's highest civilian honours for his work in “health care options” for women. Now, one of his disciples who has dedicated her life to campaigning for mothers to be able to have their pre-born children “safely” and “legally” killed by abortion will be given the same award for her national and global contributions to “women’s health.” 

Dr. Dorothy Shaw of Vancouver, British Columbia, will be awarded the Order of Canada on Canada Day for her “contributions as a doctor and administrator who has helped advance women’s health care in Canada, and maternal and newborn health globally.”


Shaw is the former president of Planned Parenthood Vancouver and current Vice President of Medical Affairs at the BC Women’s Hospital where surgical abortions are performed through the center’s “CARE program” up to 23 weeks of pregnancy.  

Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer for Campaign Life Coalition, told LifeSiteNews that after Morgentaler received the award, it is no surprise that one of his disciples would be awarded as well. 

“The Order of Canada lost its credibility and value when the late Henry Morgentaler was awarded for killing babies. He never treated a patient other than to kill a baby,” she said. 

As the president of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), a post she began in 2006, Shaw was a “key influence” — according to a Lancet article — in bringing abortion advocacy to the forefront of FIGO’s agenda. The position allowed her to influence the development of policies in numerous countries aimed at improving access to abortion and contraception. 

A year after Shaw took over the FIGO reins, the organization launched an initiative to “prevent unsafe abortion and its consequences” which included a working group that “promote[d] and advance[d] women's access to safe abortion and post abortion services” including providing contraception. 

For her abortion activism, the National Abortion Federation awarded Shaw in 2012 the Christopher Tietze Humanitarian Award — its highest distinction — which honors recipients for their “significant, lifetime contributions in the field of abortion service delivery and/or policy.”

According to the pro-abortion British Columbia organization Options for Sexual health, Shaw was “instrumental in the development of many reproductive health policies and guidelines that are in use throughout Canada.”

“Dr. Shaw is recognized around the world for her dedication to reproductive rights and…is a warm, caring, generous physician and person and it is our good fortune that she is ‘one of ours,’” the pro-abortion organization wrote in 2012. 

In 2013 when commenting on the death of Morgentaler, Shaw praised him for being a “courageous man” and being “correct” in challenging restrictions to abortion access. Morgentaler was arrested in 1970 for breaking criminal law by performing illegal abortions. 

Wrote Shaw: “[A]bortion will remain a necessity for a variety of reasons. Dr. Henry Morgentaler fought all his life to protect the right to access safe abortion.”

Morgentaler's 2008 induction into the Order of Canada prompted as many as eight Canadians to return their medals in protest. 

Douglas lamented the fact that people who champion the death of the youngest members of the human family through abortion are awarded.

“How can we give honours to people who do dishonourable things?” she said.