Abor­tion Ac­cess Now P.E.I. hold­ing an­niver­sary so­cial

Group marks 28th an­niver­sary of Mor­gen­taler rul­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Abor­tion Ac­cess Now P.E.I. will hold a hot choco­late so­cial to cel­e­brate the 28th an­niver­sary of the Mor­gen­taler Supreme Court rul­ing and the group’s re­cent no­tice of ap­pli­ca­tion in the Supreme Court of Prince Ed­ward Is­land against the govern­ment of P.E.I.

It takes place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the Gallery at The Guild, Queen Street, Char­lot­te­town. All are wel­come.

The so­cial will in­clude a dis­cus­sion about the planned le­gal chal­lenge to en­sure full and un­re­stricted ac­cess to on-Is­land, pub­licly-funded abor­tion ser­vices for P.E.I. women.

“While

the

govern­ment

is con­sid­er­ing their re­sponse to our ap­pli­ca­tion, we thought it im­por­tant to hold a pub­lic event to dis­cuss why this case must be brought for­ward as a Char­ter case,” said Ann Wheat­ley cochair­woman of Abor­tion Ac­cess Now P.E.I.

The group ar­gues that, since P.E.I. is the only prov­ince in Canada that re­fuses to pro­vide sur­gi­cal abor­tion ser­vices in the prov­ince, it creates a vi­o­la­tion of women’s Char­ter rights.

“We are hop­ing peo­ple will come out for a fun, re­laxed evening of learn­ing about the or­ga­ni­za­tion and con­sider join­ing us in this his­toric le­gal bat­tle,” said Colleen MacQuar­rie, cochair­woman.

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