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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.
A group of Islanders who support access to abortions is holding a rally at Province House Thursday to take their concerns to P.E.I.’s MLAs.
In a news release, organizer Katherine Searle said the organizers knew abortion services weren’t available in P.E.I. but were shocked to learn how hard it can be for Island women to have an abortion off-Island.
“We feel it’s time that policymakers and legislators take action on this issue.”
The rally starts at 1 p.m. and will feature several speakers, including a representative from Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.
Searle said P.E.I. is the only province that doesn’t perform surgical abortions and about 80 women travel to the Morgentaler Clinic in New Brunswick every year to receive abortions they pay for themselves.
“Even more concerning is the Morgentaler Clinic’s slated closure in July 2014,” she said.
In a separate news release, NDP leader Mike Redmond called on MLAs to attend the rally.
“Island women are demanding what other Canadian women accept as a basic human right – access to safe abortions in their own province,” he said.