This piece was originally published as “Remembering Dr. Garson Romalis, Canadian Abortion Provider” on The Sisterhood blog at the Forward.
I knew Gary as my cousin’s husband, but the rest of the world knew him as a staunch advocate of women’s reproductive healthcare and a woman’s right to choose. An obstetrician-gynecologist, he pioneered the provision of safe abortions to women in the Canadian province of British Columbia in the early 1970’s, a couple of years after abortion was legalized in Canada.
Gary died at age 76 on January 30 from an acute illness after having managed to survive two violent attacks on his life by an anti-abortion extremists.
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