On October 18 Henry Morgentaler appealed the Ontario Court of appeal ruling of October 1 to the Supreme Court of Canada. He and his two fellow abortionists cite 10 grounds where they say the Court of Appeal erred. The Supreme Court will have to decide whether or not to accept the case.


In a telephone interview with the Toronto Globe, Morgentaler called the Manitoba Government “moral cowards and hypocrites” and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba “dinosaurs and mastodons.”  The College had refused to issue a licence for the Winnipeg abortuary. Morgentaler said he would appeal.


Three clergymen, two Catholic priests and a Baptist minister, were arrested for padlocking the Morgentaler abortuary on October 24, 29 and 31, respectively. Father Alphonse de Valk (53); Father Ted Colleton (72); and the Rev. Fred Vaughn (59) were charged with “public mischief.”  The trial date for all three has been set for December 9.

Father de Valk, the first of the trio of clergymen, spent one night in Toronto’s Don Jail, after he refused to accept a bail condition not to come within five feet of the abortuary’s back-lane gates. He was released when the Crown withdrew the condition during a new hearing the next morning.