If I can’t have it, you can’t ei­ther

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

There has been a great many let­ters lately de­nounc­ing the pro­choice group for their ac­tions to pro­vide abor­tions.

They com­plain about the lack of spe­cial­ists, travel costs to Monc­ton and Hal­i­fax. Their feel­ing is if I can’t have it, then you can’t have it. My need is on a higher moral ground than yours. Ex­cept I think they are yelling about the wrong thing. We live on a very small is­land with a small pop­u­la­tion. There is no way we can at­tract or af­ford a lot of spe­cial­ists, we have to ac­cept that travel to Monc­ton or Hal­i­fax or even West Prince to Char­lot­te­town is the only way.

What we should be yelling about is that we are left en­tirely on our own in get­ting to cer­tain nec­es­sary ser­vices. If you break an arm, leg etc. you must go to Char­lot­te­town for your casts, to see a spe­cial­ist. Now for this health ser­vice you do not have to go to Hal­i­fax or Monc­ton.

The govern­ment has to in­clude travel costs and pro­vide means for pa­tients to ac­cess th­ese ser­vices. They must pro­vide the ser­vice, and ac­cess to that ser­vice.

Pro-choice doc­tors of­fered a plan for safe timely abor­tions on the Is­land that were cost ef­fec­tive and did not take away from any other ser­vices. If a cost ef­fec­tive plan for a blood spe­cial­ist could be found for the is­land and all the nec­es­sary sup­ports, would peo­ple who need a kid­ney spe­cial­ist say, well you can’t have that blood ser­vice be­cause we can’t have the kid­ney ser­vice on the Is­land? Carol Cap­per, Sum­mer­side

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