Remembering Dr. Garson Romalis

House of Commons

HANSARD

February 5, 2014

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honour the memory of Dr. Garson Romalis who passed away on January 30. Dr. Romalis was a courageous champion of women's reproductive rights and an ardent supporter and provider of safe abortions.

He received his medical degree from UBC in 1962, prior to the legalization of abortion in Canada. At that time, he treated many women suffering from septic shock in the aftermath of back-alley abortions. After Canada's abortion rules changed, Dr. Romalis built his practice on the belief that women have the right to choose when and if they become pregnant.

Dr. Romalis survived two violent terrorist attacks in Vancouver in 1994 and 2000. Despite these attempts on his life, he remained steadfast in his work and belief in a woman's right to choose. His deep compassion and care has helped countless women and saved lives.

New Democrats offer our deepest sympathy to his family and thank them for sharing this great doctor and his life's work with Canadians.

This Statement in the House of Parliament was posted on February 5, 2014