Morgentaler Says New Brunswick Should Pay for Abortions at His Business

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 22, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 22, 2006

Fredericton, Canada ( — Now that the Canadian province of New Brunswick doesn’t have a place where women can get taxpayer-funded abortions, abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler says the province should pay for women to get them at his abortion business.

Last week, the Chalmers Hospital announced it would stop doing abortions at the end of June because it does not have enough staff in its obstetrics department to continue. Hospital officials said doctors may do the abortions on their own but no one has stepped forward.

That means women in New Brunswick wanting to have their abortions paid for under the Canada Health Act have to go to Morgentaler’s private abortion business, where abortions costs anywhere from $500 to $750.

The province has previously refused to pay for abortions there — citing the Chalmers location — and Morgentaler took New Brunswick officials to court, where a case is still pending.

Morgentaler told the CBC his abortion facility should become the place for women to get tax-funded abortions.

"It’s [one of three] provinces which does not pay for abortions," he said. "But it’s the only province which does not even pay for the doctors fees at the clinic."

Chalmers did about 400 abortions annually, which constituted approximately 95 percent of all taxpayer-funded abortions in New Brunswick. Another hospital did abortions as well but stopped, too.

Health Minister Brad Green has said he is looking into finding another hospital to replace Chalmers as the province’s publicly funded abortion center.

Peter Ryan of the local Right to Life group in Fredericton, applauded Chalmers’ decision to stop doing abortions.

"Many of these women have abortions but later regret it because they didn’t have the full information in front of them when they made the decision," he said.