Travel and Access to Abortion

Excellent paper on the topic of access in the Maritimes and creating barriers to access by forcing pregnant people to travel for abortion care:

On July 18th, the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton performed its last abortion. Without government funding, and the generous support of Dr. Henry Morgentaler, the clinic is no longer sustainable financially. The closure of this clinic is a reminder that although abortion is legal in Canada, there are still significant disparities in timely access to abortion services. The closure of the clinic is part of a long history of women’s access to abortion services at the local level before and after the legalization of abortion in 1969 and the decriminalization of abortion in 1988. The lack of access at the local level has a major impact on obtaining an abortion in much wider contexts because women have tended to travel to other jurisdictions for pregnancy termination. Travel is one of the main barriers to access to abortion. Yet travel is often the only way women can access abortion services.

Via Activehistory.ca, article by Nancy Janovicek, Christabelle Sethna, Beth Palmer, and Katrina Ackerman

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Thank You / Current Access Info

An open letter from Reproductive Justice NB to our supporters:

The words “thank you” do not feel big enough to express the gratitude we’ve felt over the last month as we surpassed our original fundraising goal of $100,000 in the #SaveTheClinic campaign. Our work would not be possible without your generosity and continued support!

The donation site will remain up and running past the July 31st deadline as we are still looking to finance equipment for the clinic and fund our advocacy work. Unequal access to reproductive services is a problem 20 years in the making in this province and any additional support goes a long way to help us eradicate these archaic healthcare practices… Read more

How to Access Abortion in New Brunswick / Services d’avortement à l’heure actuelle

Télé-soins ou Télé-saints ? // Tele-care or Dial-a-prayer?

Excellent piece by Rosella Melanson on government operated telecare hotline directing callers to ‘pro-life’ organizations when they request abortion information/services.

In English

In French

“What about that code of ethics? What does the profession have to say about having to read a political script? You have a health question? Here’s political propaganda. You want a health procedure? Here’s a number for a political-religious procedure.”

“Télé-soins manque à sa responsabilité. Bonjour, ici Télé-saints. Tu as des rhumatismes? Essaye une prière à Saint-Jacques le Majeur. Tu es anémique et tu contemples une transfusion sanguine ? Voici le numéro des Témoins de Jéhovah.”