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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Action in New Brunswick

There is action in New Brunswick. Read the news. Some brave soul has brought a complaint against the Human Rights Commission because the province's Medical Services Payment Act "discriminates on the basis of sex in relation to abortion." Some of you might already be aware that in the province of New Brunswick, women are still subject to the very same conditions that were struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1988 when they seek an abortion. These conditions include having to have their abortion "approved." Without approval, the abortion is not covered by medicare and the cost is paid by the woman. They do not have the same rights as their sisters in Ontario or BC or Saskatchewan.

I thought it was interesting that the tribunal might meet behind closed doors for security reasons. Of course women seeking access to abortion don't have such a luxury. They run the gauntlet of abuse, derision, bullying and shaming, especially in New Brunswick where anti-choice activity is as common as eggs for breakfast.

I say again, abortion is medically necessary, like setting a broken bone or doing an angioplasty. The fact that it is not treated so is not just a violation of women's rights, but a violation of human rights.

Here's another article if you want a little more info. National Post.

And let's support this effort, shall we? Go, unidentified complainant, go. We are behind you here at The Abortion Monologues. Let's write our letters to New Brunswick. Here are some addresses:

For the Human Rights Commission:

Jill Peters, Director
Human Rights Commission
Barry House
P. O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1

For the Minister of Health in New Brunswick

Hon. Madeleine Dubé
HSBC Place
P. O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1Or send her an email at: madeleine.dube@gnb.ca

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