They Shoot Doctors Don’t They

A Memoir

Jack Fainman with Roland Penner

6” x 9”, softcover
Page Count:
192 pp

The bitter debate about abortion in the 1990s led to the attempted murder that shattered Dr. Jack Fainman’s shoulder and life. At the time, Fainman was the head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winnipeg’s Victoria Hospital. He had performed therapeutic abortions but he had also delivered more than 5,000 babies. This memoir of Fainman’s life as a doctor begins in Winnipeg’s North End and takes us to Chicago where he trained in his specialty and to the bedsides of thousands of women who gave birth with his guidance. Former Manitoba attorney general Roland Penner wrote the book with Dr. Fainman and adds the legal context governing the abortion issue both then and now.


Jack Fainman was a doctor for more than four decades, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology for much of that time. His career came to an abrupt end on Remembrance Day, 1997 with a shot in the dark.

Roland Penner is a recently retired professor at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law. He was Manitoba’s attorney general for seven years, dealing with several critical issues including abortion. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2000.


Books By Jack Fainman with Roland Penner