Politics decides issue
Premier Wade MacLauchlan concedes that P.E.I.’s position on abortion is based on politics and reflects what he determines are the views of a majority of Islanders. In his yearend interview with The Guardian, the premier admitted he is trying to balance many views on the controversial issue and defends the decision to keep P.E.I. the only province in Canada where women do not have access to in-province abortion services.
The government did make some concessions last year to make it easier for Island women to access abortion services in Moncton. The “divided views of Islanders” are preventing the logical next step, or more accurately, the divided views of the provincial government.
As Islander’s viewpoints soften on abortion, government will move gradually towards allowing full access on the Island. The fact remains that Island women must deal with roadblocks not faced by women in other provinces which makes the government’s stance discriminatory.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is strongly prochoice. His party passed a resolution three years ago to deny transfers to provinces that do not “ensure complete access to (abortion) services.” At the time, the party couldn't do more than pay lip service to that resolution. Now it’s in power.
Ottawa will keep pushing the Island government to offer Island women a service available in every other province and P.E.I. will have to concede – divided views or no divided views.