Canada – Civil liberties group prepared to sue New Brunswick over access to abortion

Province is asked to repeal law that prevents funding outside hospitals

Mia Urquhart · CBC News  
Posted: Oct 16, 2020

Citizens shouldn't have to sue their own government to ensure the right to health-care services, says the doctor who runs Fredericton's abortion clinic.

"In a perfect world, you don't have to sue your government to either respect the Canada Health Act or simply provide equal access to health care," said Dr. Adrian Edgar.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/ccla-threatens-lawsuit-over-abortion-1.5763355


Canada – 36 Canadian senators call for New Brunswick to ensure access to abortion

By Karla Renic, Global News
Posted September 30, 2020

On Tuesday, 36 senators from across Canada signed a call for access to reproductive rights in New Brunswick after Premier Blaine Higgs said funding Clinic 554 would be a “slippery slope.”

Fredericton’s Clinic 554, which serves as an abortion clinic, a family practice and a resource for LGBTQ2+ patients across the province, is set to close at the end of the month as a result of the lack of funding.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/7368407/canadian-senators-new-brunswick-access-to-abortion/


Canada – It’s hard enough to get an abortion in New Brunswick—closing Clinic 554 won’t help

by Tegwyn Hughes
Posted on August 17, 2020

This article is the first in a two-part series about Clinic 554 and health care in New Brunswick.

In the Greater Toronto Area, there are nine locations where someone can access abortion services. In the entire province of New Brunswick, there are only four.  Come September, that number could shrink to three, worsening the already poor access to abortion care in the province.

Clinic 554, New Brunswick’s only independent clinic that offers abortions—as well as family medicine, trans-inclusive care, and contraception counselling—is set to close permanently at the end of September. Advocates for the Fredericton, N.B. clinic, as well as former patients, are urging the provincial government to save it, but the Progressive Conservative leadership hasn’t budged.

Continued: https://the-pigeon.ca/2020/08/17/clinic-554-1/


Clinic 554 looking into class-action lawsuit over abortion access in New Brunswick

By Silas Brown, Global News
Posted August 11, 2020
(video at link)

A class-action lawsuit could be brought against the New Brunswick government for allegedly limiting abortion access in the province.

Dr. Adrian Edgar is the current owner of Clinic 554, the only clinic that performs out-of-hospital abortions in the province and one of the only providers of specialty LGBTQ2 care.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/7265703/clinic-554-class-action-lawsuit-abortion-new-brunswick/

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An Abortion Doula On Canada’s Problematic Lack Of Access

Sarah Ratchford
Last Updated July 28, 2020

As an abortion doula, Shannon Hardy spends her days driving people to appointments or taking care of them afterwards. That all changed when the pandemic started. Sharing a car with a stranger, not to mention helping them convalesce, has been out of the question since COVID-19, leaving many without access to this crucial healthcare service.

Getting an abortion in Atlantic Canada, where Hardy lives, was a challenge even before coronavirus. Though abortions have been decriminalized in Canada since 1988, provinces have jurisdiction over access. As a result, where and at what point in a pregnancy you can get an abortion is influenced by the local political climate, and varies widely. Mifegymiso, the pill that induces what's called a medical abortion, is available and covered by provincial healthcare, but not every doctor will prescribe it. In some places, there's access to surgical abortions, but parts or all of it are not covered or you have to pay up front and seek reimbursement afterward.

Continued: https://www.refinery29.com/en-ca/abortion-doula-canada-access


Lack of answers frustrates Fredericton abortion clinic supporters

Lack of answers frustrates Fredericton abortion clinic supporters
Fredericton abortion clinic supporters frustrated

Laura Brown, Reporter
Published Sunday, November 10, 2019

It has been a month since Fredericton’s only abortion clinic has been put up for sale, and supporters say they are frustrated with a lack of movement on provincial abortion regulations.

Clinic 554 had been providing abortion services, but because they weren’t in a hospital setting, the procedures weren’t covered by New Brunswick’s provincial health care insurance.

Continued: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/lack-of-answers-frustrates-fredericton-abortion-clinic-supporters-1.4678760


Canada – “Just eat your cake”: Health minister’s response to doctor’s query on better abortion access

“Just eat your cake”: Health minister’s response to doctor’s query on better abortion access

Written by Dr. Adrian Edgar
on May 1, 2019

Clinic 554 was represented in Ottawa this week as one of two national recipients of the Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award recognizing commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

As part of the award, we were flown to Parliament Hill to discuss New Brunswick’s purposeful exclusion of abortion funding from community-based settings, despite its knowledge of the increased health risks to patients in hospitals, and its willful negligence in acknowledging how its regulatory restrictions on accessibility of healthcare disproportionately target pregnant women and transgender patients.

Continued: http://nbmediacoop.org/2019/05/01/just-eat-your-cake-health-ministers-response-to-doctors-query-about-better-abortion-access/