Survey on Reproductive Health / Sondage au sujet de la santé reproductive

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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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

Link Round-Up * Liens pertinents

Some news and reactions to the Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic closure * Plusieurs articles et réactions ont été publiés en réponse à l’annonce de la fermeture de la Clinique Morgentaler. Voici une liste de liens pertinents :

NEWS * NOUVELLES

Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic to close, Reproductive justice group forms (NB Media Co-op)

Canadian abortion clinic closes its doors (Al-Jazeera)

Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton to close (CBC)

RAW: Out-of-province abortions (CBC)

Politicians Weigh In On Access In Abortion To New Brunswick (CHSJ)

La clinique d’avortement Morgentaler ferme ses portes (Acadie Nouvelle)

Clinique Morgentaler : Entrevue avec Michèle Caron (Le Réveil, Radio-Canada)

Fermeture de la clinique d’avortement Morgentaler à Fredericton : une situation déplorée par de nombreux organismes au pays (Radio-Canada)

Inquiétude et indignation devant la fermeture de la clinique Morgentaler (Le Devoir)

Fermeture de la clinique Morgentaler de Fredericton pour raisons financières (La Presse)

Abortion Clinic Closure, Disarming Police, Your Feedback (CBC Maritime Noon)

New Brunswick government faces more calls to change abortion regulations (Vancouver Sun)

Morgentaler clinic closure prompts thousands to sign petition (CBC)

Response to the Morgentaler Clinic closure (From the Margins)

Rally for accessible abortions in NB in pictures and audio (From the Margins/NB Media Co-op)

BLOGS

If Not Now, Then When? (Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome)

Fredericton’s Morgentaler Clinic Is Closing, And Here’s Why You Should Care (The Belle Jar)

Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic Forced to Close. How You Can Help (Gender Focus)

Ten reasons why the closure of Morgentaler Clinic matters (rabble)

What You Can Do to Fight For the Morgentaler Clinic (Huffington Post)

L’avortement, intervention politico-religieuse (Mon Doux : Un blog de Rosella Melanson)

Fermeture de la clinique Morgentaler à Fredericton (ONF/Blogue)

Fermeture de la seule clinique privée d’avortement Morgentaler du Nouveau-Brunswick: clinique inaugurée en 1998. (Association canadienne des libertés civiles / Romeo Eric Mbourangon)

If Fredericton’s Morgentaler Clinic Closes, Women Will Die (Huffington Post)

Abortion in New Brunswick: It’s Time (DAMMIT JANET!)

New Brunswick Morgentaler Clinic closure: Time to act is now! (rabble)

Ça Va De Soi (Astheure)

Y’a plus que la question Morgentaler (Mon doux)

L’avortement, intervention politico-religieuse (Mon doux)

This is my rally cry: Because in New Brunswick, ‘liberty’ is yours if you don’t have a uterus (Fem2.0)

The closure of the clinic and the rule of law (Institute for Feminist Legal Studies Osgoode)

For those who fight for abortion rights in N.B., a love letter (YWCA Moncton)

PRESS RELEASES *COMMUNIQUÉS DE PRESSE

Le RFNB craint pour l’accès à l’avortement au Nouveau-Brunswick (Regroupement Féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick)

New Bruswick Gambles with Women’s Lives (Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada)

Le Nouveau-Brunswick met en péril la vie des femmes (Coalition pour le droit à l’avortement au Canada)

Government Must Act Quickly on Reproductive Health Services for Women (Green Party of New Brunswick)

L’administration doit agir rapidement concernant les services de la santé de la procréation des femmes (Parti Vert du Nouveau-Brunswick)

NEW BRUNSWICK MUST FOLLOW THE LAW ON ABORTION PROVISION, SAYS NDP (New Democratic Party of New Brunswick)

LE N.-B. DOIT SUIVRE LA LOI SUR L’ACCÈS AUX SERVICES D’AVORTEMENT AFFIRME LE NPD (Nouveau parti démocratique du Nouveau-Brunswick)

An Open Letter to the Minister of Health // Lettre ouverte à la ministre de la Santé (Niki Ashton, MP)

YWCA Moncton calls for equitable and publicly funded abortion access in New Brunswick (YWCA Moncton)

YWCA Moncton plaide pour un accès à l’avortement équitable et public au Nouveau-Brunswick (YWCA Moncton)

Morgentaler Clinic Closure puts New Brunswick Women at Risk (YWCA Canada)

La fermeture de la Clinique Morgentaler pose un risque pour les femmes du Nouveau-Brunswick (YWCA Canada)

Professors urge NB ministers to act on women’s rights to reproductive freedom

Ongoing list – add yours in comments!