Due to increased costs and a lack of government funding, the Morgentaler Clinic, an abortion clinic which provides its services for vulnerable women, raised $100,000 to keep its doors open using crowdfunding. This clinic performs over half of all the abortions in the entire province.
Reproductive Justice New Brunswick, a collective of activists that formed in May as a response to the clinic’s closure, launched an online FundRazr campaign July 4. The $100,000 raised would finance an effort to lease the existing Morgentaler building, maintaining women’s access to a clinic that performs 60 per cent of the province’s abortions.
Saving the building is a Band-Aid solution allowing women safe access to the procedure, said Reproductive Justice NB member Kathleen Pye.
The larger battle is getting the New Brunswick government to repeal a regulation under the province’s Medical Services Payment Act that states an abortion will only be covered by Medicare if it is performed in a hospital by a specialist in the field of obstetrics or gynecology, and that two doctors certified in writing that the procedure is medically necessary.
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