New Brunswick health officials say abortion numbers are down 20 percent in the past five years.
The “demand” for abortion just isn’t there, a province health leader told CBC News.
That should be cause for celebration. But Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a radical pro-abortion politician, is trying to bully the province into expanding abortions.
On Tuesday, his administration announced a new project at the University of New Brunswick to research abortion access in the province, according to the report. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said they allocated $366,000 for the research.
It appears that the purpose of the study will be to prop up the private abortion industry in New Brunswick – which currently consists of a single abortion facility, Clinic 554 in Fredericton.
Hajdu made the announcement outside Clinic 554 on Tuesday, according to CBC News.
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Here’s more from the report:
The research will focus mainly on the work done at Clinic 554 between 2015 and 2020 and identify gaps and barriers, such as costs, transportation, stigma and discrimination.
Ottawa would be outside its jurisdiction if it were to fund the health service directly, said Hajdu.
But it can help provide advocates with data to demonstrate the need for clinics and “make it impossible for New Brunswickers and voters to ignore those stories,” she said.
New Brunswick forces taxpayers to pay for elective abortions through the government-run health care system but only at public hospitals. The province has three hospitals that offer abortions.
Public health officials in the province have said there is no need to fund private abortion facilities because the demand for abortions is dropping, the CBC reports.
But Trudeau and his administration apparently want to reverse that trend.
Last week, the prime minister punished New Brunswick by cutting off federal health care funding to the province. According to the Canadian Press, a spokesperson for the Trudeau administration said New Brunswick will be defunded by about $140,216.
Reacting to Trudeau earlier this summer, Tabitha Ewert, legal counsel for We Need a Law, a national campaign dedicated to advocating for legal restrictions on abortion in Canada, said many medically necessary services are not covered by public funding in Canada, including dental work, psychiatry and optometry.
“There is no reason abortions performed at a private clinic should be given special consideration,” Ewert said.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Union also is challenging the New Brunswick law in court, the report states.
Canada has no limits on abortion. Unborn babies may be aborted for any reason up to birth across the country, and many of their deaths are funded directly by the taxpayers.