New Brunswick Liberal leader says candidates expected to be pro-choice

Via The Toronto Sun

“New Brunswick’s provincial Liberal leader is taking federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s line in warning his candidates to either support abortion rights or get out of the way.

Brian Gallant said he plans to “remove barriers” to abortion if elected.

“Any candidate that will respect that position and that will support that position can run for us,” he told reporters at a stop in Moncton after campaigning with Trudeau. “It’s not about personal preference. It’s about ensuring that we respect a woman’s right to choose and I’ve made that very clear to all 48 candidates that will be running with me in this election.”

 

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CBC – Brian Gallant’s abortion stance offers opportunity and risk

“The impatience with Gallant among abortion-rights activists, and the opposition he has encountered from abortion opponents, is partly a result of his own careful choice of words.

Gallant has declared himself “pro-choice” and has suggested his promised review would almost certainly lead to the repeal of what’s known as the two-doctor rule.

But he has refused to promise an immediate repeal. He says a review is needed to sort out what would happen once the restrictions vanished…

…The ideal political math for Gallant on abortion would be to have some progressive-minded women hold their nose and vote Liberal in the hopes he follows through — while at the same time anti-abortion Liberals remain loyal to the party.

No one can predict yet whether he can make that equation work.”

Read the article here

RJNB Protests Liberal Campaign Launch in Fredericton

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Several members of Reproductive Justice New Brunswick were present for the Fredericton-area Liberal campaign launch on Saturday, August 3rd. With an ‘Abortion Access Now’ banner and ‘No vague Promises’ and ‘Show us your repeal Timeline’ posters, RJNB hoped to reinforce the importance of the Liberals clarifying their stance on improving abortion access in NB, and how they plan to “identify all barriers to a woman’s right to choose and eliminate them“.  Although not indicated on the invitation or ticket, RJNB members were told only official Liberal party signs were allowed in the building. Most members remained outside, and were told that nothing in regards to reproductive heath was mentioned.

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The barriers to access have been studied for as long as they’ve existed. The first steps toward ‘eliminating barriers’ to abortion are to:
-Repeal NB Regulation 84-20, Schedule 2 (a.1) of the Medical Services Payment Act which requires two doctors to sign off that the procedure is “medically required” and that it must be performed in a hospital by an OB/GYN;
-Repeal Medical Services Payment Act, Section 2.01, which prohibits government funding of “entitled services furnished in a private hospital facility in the Province”.

NB Liberal leader Brian Gallant: you know #NBProchoice is heading to the polls.  The Green and NDP parties have promised repeal, unequivocally. Stand behind your convictions and inform us of the decisive action you’ll take in regards to abortion access if you’re elected. No more vague promises. No more reviews. New Brunswick deserves safe, accessible, government funded abortion, NOW.

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Media/Link Roundup – August 18

Privileging Infertility over Abortion in New Brunswick – Impact Ethics blog

Reproductive restrictions highlight grey zone of rights – The Star

Pro-choice supporters hold counter-rally in Halifax – Global TV

Abortion Access in New Brunswick – New Website from Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

Democracy on Trial: The Morgentaler Affair – Facebook Event for Film Screening in Fredericton (Sept 5)

National Day of Action for Reproductive Justice – Facebook Event, Various Cities (Sept 20)

#AbortionPEI

Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution International Conference takes place Aug. 7 and 8 at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Follow the #AbortionPEI and #NBProchoice hashtags on twitter to get live updates from the conference!

Abortion conference protested with disturbing images – CBC

“It’s hard to study abortion without being an activist” – Article on the Conference from Activehistory.ca

Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution Website

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Media Coverage Roundup – August 6

Efforts aimed at reopening the Morgentaler Clinic – Global

Activists continue fight for better access to abortion in New Brunswick – Rabble.ca

Survey shows the majority of adult Canadians polled (59%) say they are “fine” with no law restricting abortion – Angus Reid Global

N.B. abortion access prompts St. John’s demonstration – CBC

Despite being legal, abortions still not accessible for all Canadians – The Globe and Mail

Abortion conference coming to UPEI – The Guardian

 

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

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.”