Is­land women have abor­tion ac­cess

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL - BY EL­LIE BRUCE GUEST OPINON El­lie Bruce, BScN is a reg­is­tered nurse liv­ing in Mil­lview, P.E.I.

With the an­nounce­ment of Anne Wheat­ley and Abor­tion Ac­cess Now P.E.I. launch­ing court ac­tion against the govern­ment of P.E.I., I am be­com­ing in­creas­ingly more frus­trated that th­ese ef­forts are be­ing so ag­gres­sively fought for when there is al­ready abor­tion ac­cess to women a mere three hours away.

First, many es­sen­tial, non-elec­tive life sav­ing ser­vices we could ben­e­fit from right here in P.E.I. are cur­rently not avail­able. One such ser­vice is a car­diac catheter­i­za­tion lab. In the un­for­tu­nate in­stance where an in­di­vid­ual suf­fers a heart at­tack and it is de­ter­mined they are in need of car­diac catheter­i­za­tion, that in­di­vid­ual has to travel to Hal­i­fax or Saint John, N.B. to have this pro­vided.

Ac­cord­ing to cur­rent ACLS guide­lines (the gov­ern­ing body which sets na­tional stan­dards in ad­vanced life sav­ing prac­tice), if symp­toms have ap­peared within 12 hrs, car­diac catheter­i­za­tion is re­quired within 90 min­utes of that in­di­vid­ual pre­sent­ing to the emer­gency depart­ment. Sta­tis­ti­cally, this en­sures the great­est chance of sur­vival for that per­son. On P.E.I., we can wait hours to days be­fore ar­riv­ing out of prov­ince to re­ceive this es­sen­tial ser­vice.

This is just one ex­am­ple of the many ur­gent ser­vices we re­quire but do not re­ceive here on P.E.I. There­fore, I am call­ing on the res­i­dents of P.E.I. to be­come more knowl­edge­able about what those ser­vices are and to think about this when it comes to pres­sur­ing the govern­ment about where to al­lo­cate their lim­ited re­sources.

If I be­come acutely ill and need life sav­ing pro­ce­dures, I want to know they are go­ing to be there for me in a timely man­ner. I don't want pre­cious dol­lars to be di­rected to­ward pro­vid­ing a ser­vice that is not es­sen­tial and is in­deed not, de­spite much pro­pa­ganda, ei­ther le­gal (it was de­crim­i­nal­ized, not made le­gal) or a con­sti­tu­tional right.

Se­condly, there are many provinces across Canada that have the very same ac­cess to abor­tion ser­vice, 3 or MORE hours away from any given area where a woman may re­side. There is no ar­gu­ment in those provinces about the ser­vice though be­cause due to the size of the prov­ince it is still of­fered within the same prov­ince. We hap­pen to live in a smaller re­gional area, so it is more than rea­son­able to make this ser­vice avail­able in Hal­i­fax and to ex­pect the cost of the travel to be cov­ered by the per­son us­ing the ser­vice.

The so called abor­tion de­bate, is not as cut and dry as many be­lieve. It is a com­plex is­sue and comes with a spec­trum of con­sid­er­a­tions. And no, Mr. Editor, the govern­ment does not have to con­cede on the abor­tion is­sue. It's not the right thing to do and it has noth­ing to do with it be­ing 2016.

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