No right to abortion
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