Abor­tion rel­e­gated to his­tory books?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I think I’ll sue the P.E.I. govern­ment be­cause my dad had to travel to Hal­i­fax, his bones full of holes, near death and in ex­treme pain - there were no spe­cial­ists in P.E.I. to help him. Or I’ll sue be­cause I had to rush over to Hal­i­fax to get my grow­ing baby looked at by a spe­cial­ist who ended up giv­ing me the same info I re­ceived here (signs of Down Syn­drome and heart is­sue).

In Hal­i­fax, I was of­fered a chance to dis­con­tinue my preg­nancy, so that was handy at least! Did I men­tion that 3 1/2 months later my per­fectly healthy baby was born? Or I should sue be­cause I had to travel off-Is­land twice in the last three years for ur­gent ul­tra­sounds that would have taken too long to have on P.E.I.

Or per­haps I should sue be­cause two of my chil­dren have se­vere jaw is­sues that can only be fixed in Monc­ton. It will cost at least $12,000 for each of them. Many things can go wrong along the process that would re­sult in more costs. Th­ese two kids will have to suf­fer with locked jaws, etc. be­cause af­ter spend­ing close to $1,000, we’re not sure where we would come up with an ex­tra $23,000.

But I prob­a­bly won’t sue. We live in P.E.I. and we only have so much health­care fund­ing. Some­times we have to travel for health­care, or pay for cer­tain types of health­care. Some­times you do the best you can with what you’re given.

One day, abor­tion will only be found in his­tory books. Fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will read in dis­be­lief that politi­cians, friends, neigh­bors and good peo­ple ac­cepted that end­ing the life of in­no­cent ba­bies was ac­cept­able, just like we now read about slav­ery, seg­re­ga­tion and the Holo­caust. Nancy Vail, Winsloe

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