Canadian Abortion Clinic Closing Down, Pro-Life Group Celebrates

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 11, 2014   |   4:49PM   |   Fredericton, Canada

The news of the imminent closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick has pro-life advocates in Canada celebrating.

The Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton will close the end of July following a 20-year fight with the New Brunswick government over taxpayer funding for abortions.The abortion clinic claimed the lives of 1,000 babies before finally giving notice that it was closing.

Here are more details from a local newspaper:

mergantalerThe clinic held a news conference on Thursday to explain the decision. The province’s Department of Health has always refused to cover abortions performed at the clinic.

“Regulation 84-20 remains on the books and New Brunswick women will now have no option to access abortions in the province except by meeting its discriminatory and medically unjustifiable requirements,” according to a statement issued by the clinic.

The Morgentaler clinic is the only private abortion facility in New Brunswick.

The province pays for abortions at two hospitals, but only if a woman gets approval from two doctors who certify the procedure is “medically necessary.”

Mike Schouten is the Campaign Director for, was happy about the news. Here’s what he had to say:

The news of the imminent closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick will mean that women seeking abortion in that province will have greater difficulty in doing so. This is a good thing. All too often women who find themselves in an unanticipated pregnancy will feel as though abortion is the only option they have. When that option is not readily available, other options will be considered.

Obviously there will be some who attempt to polarize the discussion by flippantly stating that the back alley will be her next option. Resorting to this shock and awe language is nothing short of extremist, and severely lacks any sentiment of love and compassion towards pregnant women in desperate need of help.

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The decreased availability of abortion in New Brunswick will provide opportunity for improved care for women and their pre-born children. It will certainly require an increased focus by those directly involved with organizations like New Brunswick Right to Life in highlighting the options available, including that of adoption.

The pro-life movement in Canada has a long standing history of putting most of its resources into pregnancy care centres – showing love and compassion for pre and post-abortive women as well as care for their children and families. I am confident that they will embrace this opportunity with renewed vigour in New Brunswick, and you can be assured they will do it even without any public funding.