Organizing for access to abortion and reproductive health services in New Brunswick * Coordination d’efforts pour assurer l’accessibilité aux avortements et aux services de santé sexuelle et reproductive au Nouveau-Brunswick
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.
Reproductive Justice NB sent a survey on August 22 to all parties in the upcoming NB provincial elections, asking the parties to send the surveys to all their candidates. The survey asked candidates whether they supported (1) a repeal of regulations that have been identified as barriers to abortion access and (2) the extension of reproductive healthcare in the Province. The NDP and Green Party both responded collectively “yes” to these two questions. The other parties, Progressive Conservatives, NB Liberals and the Peoples Alliance of NB, chose not to respond to the questions.
Le 20 août 2014, Justice Reproductive Nouveau-Brunswick a transmis un sondage aux cinq partis politiques enregistrés aux prochaines élections provinciales afin qu’il soit relayé aux candidates et candidats. Le sondage portait sur la justice reproductive et demandait leur appui pour: 1) abroger les règlements qui créent des obstacles entravant l’accès à l’avortement; et 2) étendre les services de santé reproductive dans la province. Le NPD et le Parti Vert y ont répondu favorablement. Les autres partis, le Parti-progressiste conservateur, le Parti Libéral et l’Alliance des gens du N.-B. n’ont pas répondu le sondage.
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Participate if you can! You don’t need to be from New Brunswick to take part and any support is welcome. Lack of access in NB has become a huge election issue and it must be part of the official debates. Let’s make sure it is!
FREDERICTON, NB, August 28, 2014 – Reproductive Justice NB is calling on organizations and media outlets hosting leaders’ debates during the New Brunswick election to include questions about abortion access. As a leading healthcare issue facing the province, leaders must make their positions clear on how they would rectify the lack of safe, equitable and accessible reproductive health care for all New Brunswickers.
“Since the closure of the Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton just over a month ago, our group has received countless calls and emails from New Brunswickers who are, quite frankly, terrified,” said Kathleen Pye, Chair of Reproductive Justice NB (RJNB). “A doctor shortage and personal financial restrictions given the current economic climate in the Province make the current two-doctor regulation particularly dangerous. Some will be fortunate enough to have the funding to be able to travel out-of-province to have a self-referred abortion. Others will be forced into desperate measures. It is the health, well being, and safety of all New Brunswickers on the line. Legislators must answer to this crisis. Now.”
Since announcing the clinic closure in April, there has been a groundswell of provincial and national support for New Brunswick’s restrictive abortion rules to change. An RJNB-led campaign to raise $100,000 to work to secure a lease for the clinic and recruit healthcare professionals with a pro-choice mandate reached its goal in less than two weeks. And on the eve of a provincial election, voters have taken to social media to express their concerns about lack of access.
“We encourage every voter who wants reproductive justice in the form of province-wide access to abortion services to speak to every candidate who knocks on their door,” said Pye. “This is our opportunity to demand answers and action from our provincial leaders.”
The provincial leaders running for office in the New Brunswick election have all answered questions about abortion access to some degree via media interviews. The various leaders’ debates (televised or not) will provide an opportunity for leaders to be clear on their stance on this critical health care issue that must be addressed.