Prince Edward Island is the only jurisdiction in Canada where abortion services are not available.
The province announced with some fanfare Tuesday that arrangements have been made for the Moncton hospital, in neighbouring New Brunswick, to provide abortion services to island women beginning in July, but the fact remains that abortions are not available within PEI’s boundaries.
The province’s medical health plan covers only procedures performed at the hospital, not at a private clinic.
The private Morgentaler Clinic in PEI closed last July because of the lack of funding from the province. The government then rejected an offer to have physicians from outside the province travel to PEI on a regular basis to offer the service. Before it closed its doors, the clinic said between 70 and 80 women paid for their own abortions annually at the facility.
Women in PEI will no longer need a doctor’s referral to terminate a pregnancy.
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