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Dr. Henry Morgentaler led the campaign for the legalization of abortion. On Thursday, it was announced his only Maritime clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick was being closed.
The Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton will close at the end of July after 20 years of providing abortions because it is losing money.
The clinic says women have been unable to pay for the procedure and its revenues have never met expenses.
It says it cannot continue to provide services that are not publicly funded.
Abortion isn’t covered by medicare in New Brunswick unless two doctors certify in writing that it is medically necessary and is performed by a specialist in an approved hospital.
The Morgentaler clinic charged between $700 and $850 for the procedure, depending on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy.
In 2002, Dr. Henry Morgentaler launched a lawsuit to force the provincial government to pay for the procedure.
The case has been in limbo since Morgentaler died last May.
Morgentaler was a family doctor in Montreal in 1967 when he emerged as an advocate for the right of women to have abortions on demand.
... More on this story later, including what impact the decision may have on Prince Edward Island women who access services at the clinic.