A leaked business plan for a twice-monthly clinic prepared by Health PEI shows the province could have saved $37,000 a year providing abortions on the Island, rather than paying for them to be performed at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre in Halifax.
In addition, women using the service would also save tens of thousands of dollars.
The American providers say they are happy to fill the gap in services and will even provide financial assistance for any New Brunswick women who can’t afford the $500 fee, either by dipping into their national network funding or through local donations.
But they are urging premier-designate Brian Gallant to ensure access to abortion services in New Brunswick.
“Abortion is part of a woman’s reproductive rights,” said Kate Gawler, director of abortion services at the Maine Family Planning clinic in Augusta.
“Certainly it’s an extra hardship to drive the four-and-a-half hours or five hours,” she said of the round trip.
“The passport issue is another barrier.”
The Maine Family Planning clinic used to get the occasional phone call from Canada, but now it’s routinely getting about one or two calls a week from New Brunswick women, said Gawler.
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Incoming New Brunswick Premier moves to remove barriers to abortion - The Globe and Mail
Doctor calls for promotion of safe abortion – New Vision
Calling out anti-choice politicians:
Supportive sidewalk slogans and solidarity from Toronto and Montreal on the National Day of Action:
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La campagne des sexes – Acadie Nouvelle
N.B. election campaigns wind down; protest targets lack of abortion access – The Chronicle Herald
A national day of action will be marked across Canada on Saturday, September 20th. The theme is “Reproductive Justice – Equal Access Now” with a focus on the dire access situations in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Rallies are planned in Halifax, New Brunswick, Charlottetown, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Peterborough and Guelph. There is still time to plan a rally in your city! Get involved and come out to support abortion access and reproductive justice!
“The people of Canada, Quebec, and Aboriginal communities deserve access to the full scope of their human rights as protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This is not the case for many Canadians, particularly those seeking to exercise their reproductive rights in conservative or isolated areas such as the Maritimes, the North, and rural areas.”
Abortion Insurance Coverage Is Imperative for Women’s Safety – RH Reality Check
Stigma of Brazil abortions in spotlight in case of missing woman – The Globe and Mail
Fredericton Youth Feminists and RJNB have created this amazing and informative public service announcement on the state of abortion in New Brunswick. Please watch and share!
And if you’re living in NB, VOTE!!!
Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be in Fredericton this Sunday, Sept 14th along with Provincial leader David Coon for a Go Green rally. This is an opportunity to meet and speak with two party leaders and reaffirm that abortion rights are an integral part of the Green party’s mandate.