October 10th, 2019
Trudeau’s Refusal to Act Leads to Closure of Sole Abortion Clinic in Fredericton
As Justin Trudeau campaigns on abortion, his refusal to enforce the Canada Health Act has led directly to the closure of New Brunswick’s only freestanding abortion clinic.
Clinic 554 announced today that it is closing because of New Brunswick’s refusal to cover the cost of surgical abortion services outside of hospitals - a clear violation of the Canada Health Act.
Justin Trudeau has ignored widespread calls to stand up for abortion services in New Brunswick.
In Atlantic Canada access to abortions is limited and expensive, forcing some people to travel up to 500 kilometres to access surgical abortion.
The essential health care services Clinic 554 include abortions, as well as specialized care for trans people, HIV-positive people, and those dealing with substance use.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh:
“Justin Trudeau is campaigning on the right to choose, but his refusal to act has actually reduced access to abortion. New Democrats will make expanding access to abortion services a priority so facilities like Clinic 554 can continue to serve their communities. We will fully enforce the Canada Health Act and impose real consequences on any provincial government that creates barriers for abortion access.”