Two out of three Canadians either support or somewhat support NAF member Dr. Henry Morgentaler’s appointment to the Order of Canada, according to an opinion poll released this week. The poll, conducted for Canwest News Services and Global National, showed 65% of Canadians supported the decision, with women, Quebecers, and people under age 35 as being most likely to favor Morgentaler’s award.
“Two-thirds support is very solid,” said John Wright, senior vice president of Ipsos Reid, the polling firm that conducted the survey.
According to the Governor General’s website, Morgentaler was made a member of 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.”
Following the announcement last week, abortion opponents have asked the Governor General to revoke this award. Today, Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD) has launched a petition to urge the Governor General to stand firm by her decision to award Morgentaler with this honor.