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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Politicians Weigh In On Access In Abortion To New Brunswick

The closure of New Brunswick's only abortion clinic has been making national headlines since it was announced in Fredericton this morning.

A few hours later in the provincial legislature, Liberal Leader Brian Gallant called for an independent review into abortion access in New Brunswick, saying New Brunswick is lagging behind the rest of Canada when it comes to addressing the issue.

This questioning of the status quo represents a departure for the Liberals, who have historically aligned with the PCs on abortion legislation.

Health Minister Ted Flemming says the government's position hasn't changed--women in New Brunswick have access to abortions under certain medical circumstances and in his view further comment would be inappropriate.

Currently in New Brunswick, women can only get an abortion in a hospital with the approval of 2 doctors, and clinic abortions are not covered.