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Vancouver doctor is shot by antiabortionists

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 19 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1322
  1. D Spurgeon

    The shooting of a Vancouver gynaecologist who performs abortions has caused shock and dismay among Canadian physicians, family planning associations, and the public. Dr Garson Romalis, who has practised in Vancouver for almost 30 years, was shot by an unknown assailant as he ate breakfast in his home on 8 November.

    The bullets, thought to have come from an AK-47 assault rifle in the street, passed through a glass patio door. Dr Romalis was struck once in the upper left thigh; he lost a lot of blood and underwent eight hours of emergency surgery. He is now recovering.

    The attack is being interpreted as an escalation of American-style harassment of those involved in providing abortion services. Vancouver police moved immediately to expand …

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