Target: New Brunswick Health Minister Ted Flemming
Goal: Lift government limitations on abortion coverage
While most medical procedures in the Canadian province of New Brunswick are covered by medicare, abortions, in most circumstances, are not. The Morgentaler Clinic, the only clinic that provides the procedure to those that cannot afford to pay out of pocket, is set to close due to financial deficit. Without the clinic, which provides 700 abortions per year to less-fortunate women, women may be forced to turn to less reputable sources or travel out-of-province.
Under provincial regulation 84-20, introduced in 1984, abortion is only covered by the provincial heath system if two doctors certify that the procedure is medically necessary. Moreover, pregnancy terminations are only to be performed by a specialist in one of the province’s two approved hospitals.
Comparably, all abortions are covered by the publicly funded health care system in the majority of other Canadian provinces. Without coverage, the procedure can cost nearly a thousand dollars, depending on the stage of the pregnancy.
Less than 10% of Canada’s abortions are for medical reasons, and the remainder for personal reasons. Some of these reasons include unfinished education, financial instability, or unpreparedness. New Brunswick’s lack of funding for abortion places serious limitations on women’s options during pregnancy, and can cause severe stress to pregnant women.
Equal access to reproductive health care is currently being hindered by an outdated and unfair law. Every pregnant woman should have the ability to choose the best option for themselves, and the government should not discriminate against those who choose the procedure for non-medical reasons. Your signature will demand that regulation 84-20 be repealed, ensuring equal access to pregnancy termination in New Brunswick.
Dear New Brunswick Health Minister Ted Flemming,
Currently, New Brunswick is one of the only Canadian provinces that does not include abortion on their medicare coverage. Without certification from two doctors that the procedure is medically necessary, women can be forced to pay nearly a thousand dollars to have the procedure performed at a private clinic. Those that cannot afford the procedure can be forced to turn to less reputable sources, and are faced with extra stress during their pregnancy.
This is all due to regulation 84-20, an outdated law enacted in the 1980s. Women should have equal access to any option they choose during pregnancy, and regulation 84-20 puts serious restrictions on that right, rendering pregnancy termination impossible for some mothers. I ask that the regulation be lifted, and that all women in New Brunswick are provided with equal access to abortion procedures.
[Your Name Here]
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