Garson Romalis (b. 1947) is a Canadian gynecologist who specializes in providing abortions. (See Abortion in Canada.) As a private citizen providing a legal medical service, he has twice been wounded by anti-abortion terrorists. The first attempt on his life was by far the most violent antiabortion crime in Canada, according to the National Post. It was made by James Kopp. The second attempt was made by an unknown assailant who stabbed him and fled. Since being personally attacked, Romalis has become more outspoken and more determined to provide abortions to women who want them. As such, he is a notable public figure in the Canadian abortion debate. The University of Toronto Law School invited him to speak at their Symposium to mark the 20th Anniversary of R. vs. Morgentaler. He is working to convince medical students of the need to continue providing abortions.
Romalis first observed the results of illegal abortions in 1960, when he was in medical school. He was assigned the case of a young woman who had died of a septic abortion after using a folk remedy slippery elm bark. It often contains spores of the bacteria that cause gas gangrene, which is what had killed the young woman.