April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

FREDERICTON, N.B. – The pro-life movement is claiming victory, a small one but a victory nonetheless, in New Brunswick with the announcement that the Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton will close in July.

The announcement came on April 10 with the clinic citing financial difficulties as the main cause for the proposed closure.

"I definitely think it is ground-breaking," said Alissa Golob, youth co-ordinator for Campaign Life Coalition.

BOOSTS CREDIBILITY

"There haven't been too many instances where we can pinpoint the success of this campaign but when we have tangible examples it definitely boosts our point and helps give it more credibility."

Although New Brunswick uses tax dollars to fund abortions in two of the province's hospitals, the Morgentaler clinic has remained the province's only private abortion clinic since opening in 1993.

Golob, who has organized the annual Defund Abortion Rally in Ontario since 2012, was quick to add caution to her optimism about the closure.

"Obviously it is good news for the pro-life movement but nothing is certain yet until we can actually see the doors close," she said."

P.E.I. CLIENTS

Prince Edward Island is the only province in Canada that does not fund abortions, nor does it host any private clinics. It is estimated about 10 per cent of those who used the Fredericton clinic were from P.E.I.

The clinic charged between $700 and $850 for an abortion depending on the stage of the pregnancy. It is estimated that between 600 and 700 abortions were performed there annually, more than half of all abortions performed in the province.

Peter Ryan, executive director of the New Brunswick Right to Life Association, echoed his pro-life allies at Campaign Life Coalition. "We feel this may very well be a trial balloon they are floating in order to stir up public reaction and sympathy in order to mobilize more pressure on the government in favour of clinic funding."