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MONTREAL, May 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life and religious leaders in Canada and across North America today expressed their hope that Canadian arch-abortionist Henry Morgentaler repented prior to his death, and lamented his grim legacy of bringing abortion-on-demand to the country.

Vancouver Catholic Archbishop J. Michael Miller said that in addition to mourning the loss of a life, he mourned “Dr Morgentaler’s tragic legacy of promoting the abortion of so many unborn Canadians.”

Echoing, several Canadian pro-life groups, Archbishop Miller noted: “For years we have prayed that before his death Dr. Morgentaler would become a supporter of the right to life for all his patients, as many other former abortion supporters have done.” 

In press releases today, Campaign Life Coalition, Life Canada, National Campus Life Network and United for Life BC all noted their prayers for Morgentaler’s conversion. 

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Writing from the US for Priests for Life, Fr. Frank Pavone commented: “I just gave another retreat for former abortion clinic workers, and saw the beauty of repentance on the part of child killers. Would that abortionist Morgentaler could have been one of the participants. He survived the holocaust in Europe but brought it to Canada. 

“We at Priests for Life pray for him. We invite all prolifers to pray both for him and for all abortionists, and to support the work of the Society of Centurions which works for their conversion and healing.” 

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“I have been praying for him daily for more than 20 years,” said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition. “With that said, Morgentaler has been a highly divisive figure, training abortionists in his methods of killing, doing unbelievable damage to the future of this country and as a result, millions of Canadians have been aborted.”  

Natalie Hudson of LifeCanada noted they were “greatly saddened” by Morgentaler’s death.  “We are saddened because his legacy will live on as the man who pushed for the legalization of abortion in Canada, making him responsible for countless thousands of deaths of so many unborn children.”

The National Campus Life Network noted: “We are grieved at the destructive legacy that Henry Morgentaler has left, having performed thousands of abortions personally and making hundreds of thousands more possible through his clinics and the 1988 Supreme Court decision that struck down the abortion laws.  We, as young people, have felt the impact of his legacy with a quarter of our generation having been killed by abortion in the quarter century since the R. v. Morgentaler court case.  We will continue to work with students across Canada to ensure that the next generation is spared the same fate.”

United for Life British Columbia President John Hof commented, “For many years, pro-lifers have been keeping Henry in their prayers. It is our sincere hope today that he made his peace with his maker before he died. Death-bed conversions are not unheard of and Henry's would be the best of news for all those who have prayed for him for so long.” 

“Throughout his life Henry advocated for abortion and made millions of dollars committing them. He was the poster boy for a movement that made Canada the most barbaric first-world country on the planet with no restrictions whatsoever.”

Hof added, “Perhaps, with his passing, Canada can begin to make real progress in recognizing the humanity of her youngest citizens.”

Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer of Campaign Life Coalition expressed similar sentiment as she reflected: “This is the end of an era and we hope that our country can now turn a necessary corner and find the courage to restore protection to all human beings, born and pre-born.” 

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