No right to abor­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Re: The AAN P.E.I. abor­tion-ac­cess law­suit draft: Let’s look at the facts.

There is no hu­man right to abor­tion. There is no con­sti­tu­tional right to abor­tion in Canada. In fact, the Supreme Court Mor­gen­taler rul­ing ad­vo­cated that Par­lia­ment cre­ate a law to pro­tect the pre-born child.

Ad­di­tion­ally, it is within provin­cial ju­ris­dic­tion to de­ter­mine which med­i­cal ser­vices are pub­licly funded. It is also within provin­cial ju­ris­dic­tion to de­ter­mine where those ser­vices are best pro­vided ac­cord­ing to its re­sources.

Re­gard­ing the no­tion of P.E.I. be­ing re­quired to pro­vide abor­tion - the prov­ince is only re­quired to fund ‘med­i­cally nec­es­sary’ ser­vices, and it is in this light that the Mor­gen­taler case and the Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms must be un­der­stood. The re­al­ity is that abor­tion is rarely med­i­cally nec­es­sary. And since pro-choicers call abor­tion a ‘choice’, the gov­ern­ment is not re­quired to fund mere elec­tive surg­eries be­cause some­one wishes it to be so.

As it stands, P.E.I. is not even re­quired to have in place the ex­ist­ing abor­tion-on-de­mand fund­ing via Monc­ton, as it is not re­quired to pay for elec­tive abor­tion at all! Now that would be the real way to save money — cut provin­cial fund­ing for non-nec­es­sary abor­tion al­to­gether. Holly Pier­lot, Pres­i­dent P.E.I. Right to Life As­so­ci­a­tion

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