Canada – The 30-year struggle for abortion access in P.E.I. shows how hard this fight can be

Let us not take for granted our right to access abortion services

Rebecca Viau · for CBC Opinion
Posted: May 17, 2022

I have been on the front line of P.E.I.'s fight for abortion access. I saw firsthand the harm done when access to abortion is limited or restricted.

In 2014, I had stepped forward in the movement and became a beacon of sorts, a public face for people to connect to. Once someone connected with me seeking to access abortion services, I would mobilize the community-organized support network that could help them find the treatment they needed in a timely manner. Because abortion services weren't available on P.E.I. until 2017, anyone seeking an abortion had to travel off-Island for treatment.


New book examines abortion access comparisons between P.E.I. and Ireland

New book examines abortion access comparisons between P.E.I. and Ireland

The Guardian
Nov 19, 2018

A new book from Island Studies Press will examine and compare the stories of abortion access in P.E.I. and Ireland.

“Crossing Troubled Waters: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Prince Edward Island’’ was co-edited by UPEI’s Colleen MacQuarrie and launches at 4 p.m. today in Schurman Market Square of UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall.


Canada: Abortion services is The Guardian’s top news story of the year

Ann Wheatley, co-chairwoman of Abortion Access Now P.E.I., describes as “very significant’’ the government’s move to provide medical and surgical abortions

Jim Day
Published on December 31, 2016

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - There has been so much suffering for such a long time. Now, finally, 2016 has brought much-anticipated change that was sought for decades through rallies and protests to end one harrowing experience after another for Island women.

But nothing short of the threat of legal action, and the associated hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills, moved our political leaders. Still, the decision was made, and nobody will be able to take that right away from Island women. (Wayne Thibodeau, regional managing editor with The Guardian).

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Source: Charlottetown Guardian