How a Canadian City Got an Abortion Clinic Through Crowdfunding

It’s better for patients to have access to a clinic, where people who are there want to be providing the service. People in hospitals are forced to be there; they have to perform the abortion, even if they’re anti-choice, and that can be acted out in punitive ways upon the patient. New Brunswick is also a small province — if you work in the hospital, where are you supposed to go if you don’t want everyone in the world to know you’re having an abortion?

Clinic 554 is not a place just to go when you’re desperate; it’s a place to go for a full range of reproductive health care, not just abortion, which is what the Morgentaler Clinic was providing. It came out of the desires of the community — to have a clinic centered on reproductive justice.

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Media Roundup – January 16

Clinical abortion services return to Fredericton – NB Media Co-op

Former Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton to reopen as health centre – Global

New clinic to bring back abortion services in Fredericton – The Globe and Mail

RJNB spokesperson Jessi Taylor speaking at the clinic this morning.           Photo by Tracy Glynn

Activists to open health centre in former Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic –

L’ancienne clinique Morgentaler rouvrira ses portes avec de nouveaux locataires – Acadie Nouvelle

Former Abortion Clinic Reopening – CTV (Video)

New Fredericton clinic to offer reproductive services including abortion – The Guardian

New health centre opening in former Morgentaler clinic / L’ancienne clinique Morgentaler à Fredericton va rouvrir

Clinic 554 health will offer abortion services, contraception, cancer screening and prenatal care

The emergence of the new medical clinic is the result of a fundraising campaign led by Reproductive Justice New Brunswick and the Fredericton Youth Feminists, which garnered more than $125,000.

The crowd-funding initiative started after the Morgentaler clinic announced it was closing.

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L’ancienne clinique Morgentaler à Fredericton va rouvrir et offrir une plus grande gamme de services.

L’établissement devrait rouvrir dans les prochaines semaines, selon ses promoteurs. Il offrira des services liés à la santé reproductive ainsi qu’à la santé sexuelle. Il veut servir une large clientèle de tout âge et proposer des programmes pour la communauté gaie ainsi que les personnes transgenres et transsexuelles.

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Pro-choice reflections on 2014 and predictions for 2015 – Rabble

Until January 1, 2015, New Brunswick had been enforcing a restrictive abortion regulation for over 20 years, even though it was unconstitutional and created hardship for women and trans* people. The regulation required a patient to obtain written approval from two doctors who had to certify that the abortion was “medically necessary” before being allowed a funded abortion at a hospital.

It took the shocking closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, the province’s only abortion clinic, to finally spark change. Between the clinic’s April announcement and its July closure, a vibrant new reproductive rights movement sprung to life in New Brunswick. Its young activists campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness, and lobbied the government to repeal the regulation.

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N.B. provincial government publishes new abortion regulations – Global News

Right now, both hospitals that provide abortions in the province are managed by Vitalité Health Network: the Dr. Georges L Dumont Regional Hospital in Moncton and the Bathurst Chaleur Regional Hospital.

Spokesperson Luc Foulem said there is no plan to add to that number but what has changed is the way people can access the abortion clinics.

“Her first point of contact can be directly with our family planning clinics instead of going through a process of going through a family physician,” he said.

Foulem said the whole process from initial contact to having the procedure takes between two and three weeks.

He said it is premature for Vitalité to look at expanding the availability of the procedure.

“We don’t know at this point in time what our colleagues at Horizon Health Network will be doing, so there are a few too many variables at this point for us to justify making some infrastructure changes,” he said.

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Reproductive Health Rally / Rassemblement pour la santé reproductive

Le français suit.

Reproductive Health Rally / Rassemblement pour la santé reproductive

Join us for a rally at noon on Dec 3rd outside the Legislature on the first day that the Gallant government sits to:
– demand a repeal of Sec. 2.01 of the Medical Services Payment Act that does not allow public funding of abortions in clinics
– public funding for reproductive health services across NB
– reproductive justice now!

We will have music, posters, placards, chants, and speakers to show support for a future when all people can access the healthcare they need to thrive and decide if, when, and how to have or parent children, with dignity and support.

Confirmed speakers:
Jessi Taylor, Reproductive Justice New Brunswick – RJNB
Sorcha Beirne, Fredericton Youth Feminists
Abbie Strout, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Centre in Bangor ME, USA.
Daniel Legere, President, CUPE NB SCFP
More to come.
Mercredi le 3 décembre prochain, 12h00, l’Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick ouvrira officiellement la première session.

Soyons donc nombreuses et nombreux au rassemblement devant l’Assemblée législative et exigeons dès maintenant:
-l’abrogation de l’alinéa 2.01b) de la Loi sur le paiement des services médicaux qui empêche le financement public des services d’avortement dans des cliniques.
-le financement public des services de santé reproductive partout dans la province.
-et…la justice reproductive!

Il y aura de la musique et des slogans, des pancartes et des affiches, ainsi que des prises de parole. Nous désirons un futur où les services de santé nécessaires et essentiels sont accessibles et dans lequel chaque personne puisse prospérer et choisir la parentalité quand et comment elle veut, en toute dignité et respect.

Prises de parole confirmées :
Jessi Taylor, Justice Reproductive Nouveau-Brunswick
Sorcha Beirne, Fredericton Youth Feminists
Abbie Strout, Education and Outreach Coordinator avec le Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Centre, Bangor, ME
Daniel Legere, Président, SCFP NB

#NBProchoice #ProchoixNB


Abortion restriction in New Brunswick lifted but access still a problem

“In failing to apply reproductive health best practices by refusing to fund services outside of hospitals, New Brunswick continues to be in violation of the Canada Health Act,” says Jessi Taylor with RJNB.

“People are sometimes treated in a punitive way when they access abortions in some hospitals. There are also confidentiality problems when abortions are provided in a hospital,” says Taylor.

Her concerns are shared by the New Brunswick College of Family Physicians and Surgeons in their reaction to the news that more hospitals in New Brunswick may be doing abortions. They liken accessing the service in a hospital to going to an airport: “lots of people, no real privacy.”

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RJNB Press Release / Communiqué de Presse de JRNB

Fredericton, NB, November 26, 2014 – Today’s announcement of the repeal of abortion restrictions in regulation 84-20 is an important first step in bringing the law of New Brunswick in line with the Canadian Constitution, the Charter and the Canada Health Act.

Nous remercions le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick pour l’abolition de cette politique restrictive. Nous soulignons et nous désirons mettre en évidence le travail incessant des militantes et militants de toutes les communautés du Nouveau-Brunswick depuis des décennies. Ce changement annoncé par le gouvernement peut entraîner, en théorie, une amélioration de l’accès aux services de santé essentiels qui sont légaux au Canada depuis 1969 et reconnus par la Cour suprême du Canada comme une composante essentielle des soins de santé publics.

However, the removal of a legislative barrier does not necessarily guarantee access to abortion. From the announcement, it is apparent that access will still be restricted to a hospital. “In failing to apply reproductive health best practices by refusing to fund services outside of hospitals, New Brunswick continues to be in violation of the Canada Health Act. In addition, clinics are the most fiscally responsible model for a province with limited resources like New Brunswick” says RJNB spokesperson Jessi Taylor.

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New Brunswick abortion restriction lifted by Premier Brian Gallant

Gallant said the new regulation will no longer require two physicians to certify the procedure is medically necessary, effective on Jan. 1.

This will put reproductive health procedures in the same category as any insured medical procedure, according to the government.

“We have identified the barriers and are proceeding to eliminate them in order to respect our legal obligations under the Supreme Court of Canada ruling and the Canada Health Act regarding a woman’s* right to choose,” Gallant said in the statement.

(*Abortion access does not just affect women)

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Days of Inaction/Jours d’Inaction Twitter Campaign

Disappointed with the new NB Liberal government’s lack of action on abortion access? Us too!  It has been 45 days (and counting!) since cabinet was formed. We’re going to let Premier Brian Gallant (who is also the Minister responsible for women’s equality) and Health Minister Victor Boudreau know we expect them to act swiftly, as promised.

@BrianGallantNB / or / (506) 453 2144

@VictorBoudreau / / (506) 457 4800

Follow @ReproJusticeNB for inspiration and use the hashtags #ActNow and #Agissez!

As predicted by activists and healthcare providers, clinics in Montreal and Maine have seen a significant increase in patients travelling from New Brunswick after the closure of the Morgentaler clinic.  It is unacceptable that an essential, safe, life-saving medical procedure is so difficult to acquire in one’s home province. And that goes double for Prince Edward Island.

The course of action is obvious: repeal any and all legislation that prevents a person from receiving a self-referred, government funded abortion at the hospital or clinic of their choosing.

We demand repeal. We demand change. We demand reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy.

#NBProchoice #ProchoixNB