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Abortion Group Calls on BC Addressing Access Gap

"Destructive, sad and incredibly angry" — Michelle, Executive Director of Options for Sexual Health in the Reversal of the US Roe v. Wade Case・ Fortin

In a file photo, pro-choice advocates walk through an anti-abortion rally in Edmonton.
In the file photo, the pro-choice supporter is in Edmonton. Walk through the anti-abortion rally. Photo: Shaughn Butts / Postmedia / File

B.C. The ruling states that it "ignites" under a group that promotes improved access to abortion in British Columbia.

Michelle Fortin, Executive Director of Options for Sexual Health, said Friday morning reading a court ruling on page 283 and calling it a "drainage" experience.

"We knew it was coming, we were waiting, but it was still devastating, sad, and incredibly angry," she says. I did.

Today is a dark day for everyone who has fought to protect women's rights.

The US Supreme Court's ruling to overturn the Roe v. Wade case represents a horrifying clock setback.

— John Horgan (@jjhorgan)June 24, 2022

Many Canadian politicians Fortin, who vows to protect access to abortion, said Canada still has a long way to go to provide equitable access to assisted reproductive technology.

Timely access to abortion providers is especially important for vulnerable groups of women and women living in remote areas, but with free access to contraception, comprehensive sex education and affordability. Childcare is also important.

"We're doing well, but not outside the woods," she said.

Fortin is B.C. The government needs to do more to reduce barriers, especially where there are no abortion clinics nearby. Medical abortions that require two tablets can only be done 10 weeks in advance.

To reduce barriers, some Vancouver clinics are meeting patients in more remote states via video to provide medical abortion. increase.

"They have tried to break down some of those barriers, but it wasn't the government," she said. "It would be great if my doctor could give me more impetus to provide this health care."

The option keeps the B.C. list. Abortion clinic. Not listed in Fraser Health, the state's largest health authority.

Fortin does not mean that there are no doctors to provide abortion in healthy areas, but many do not disclose it. "They are wary of the stigma."

Meanwhile, some experts say Canada may have increased demand for abortion services across national borders.

In a commentary written for The Conversation Canada, Dr. Candace Johnson, a political scientist at the University of Guelph, saidabortion, including Michigan, North Dakota. Mentioned some of the states that are likely to be outlawed. Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Dakota and Idaho, which border the rural areas of B.C.

"Americans paying from their pockets for abortion increase waiting times. , Rural, Northern and Indigenous Women may further restrict access, "she said.

She is also concerned that the combination of drugs used in abortion is "increasingly scarce or difficult to access."

Fortin said he did not expect a significant surge in demand in British Columbia as Washington continues to provide access to abortion.

In a joint statement issued Friday afternoon, B.C. Prime Minister John Horgan, Finance Minister Serena Robinson, and Grace Lore, Secretary of Parliament for Gender Equality, called the day "adark day for everyone who has fought to protect women's rights." is.

"The injustice of the day is remembered and the catastrophic consequences can be tolerated for generations."

The statement acknowledged that there was "more work to be done" in BC, especially to improve access in the north and rural areas.

"Today we are saddened with all those who have been traumatized by this news. Tomorrow, people across Canada and around the world will be infringing on women's rights these days and themselves. Organize to fight infringement of the body.

"Our government will never retreat from supporting women's choices "

  1. Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years, a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases.

    Some US clinics will stop abortion once the decision is finalized

  2. People protest after the leak of a draft majority opinion written by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, in New York City on May 3, 2022.

    Trudeau calls the reversal of abortion rights in the US Law vs. Wade case "terrifying"

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