Women’s reproductive health is a hugely important issue. Access to safe, affordable care NEEDS to be a priority. When we lose facilities that provide such care, it’s a problem for all of us. This post from The Belle Jar sums up the issues nicely. Feel free to visit the site directly to post a comment on the original post.
This morning the Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick announced that it will be closing in July of this year due to lack of funding.
The Morgentaler clinic is the only abortion clinic in New Brunswick. In fact, aside from the Athena clinic in Newfoundland, it is the only abortion clinic east of Montreal. It serves not only the population of New Brunswick, but also that of Prince Edward Island. Currently, abortions in those provinces are not covered by medicare – in fact, Regulation 84-20 of New Brunswick’s Medical Services Payment act includes the following under procedures which are “are deemed not to be entitled services”:
(a.1) abortion, unless the abortion is performed by a specialist in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology in a hospital facility approved by the jurisdiction in which the hospital facility is located and two medical practitioners certify in writing that the abortion was medically…
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