October 8, 2014 — Abortion clinics in Maine have been serving more women from Canada after a reproductive health facility in Fredericton, New Brunswick, closed in July, CBC News reports.
The Morgentaler Clinic, which performed about 600 abortions annually, was the only private clinic in the Maritimes. In April, it announced that it would shut down by the end of July because of a lack of government funding.
Under Regulation 84-20 of the New Brunswick Medical Services Payment Act, only abortions that are determined medically necessary by two physicians and performed in one of two hospitals are covered.
Effects of Closure
As a result of the clinic's closure, many New Brunswick women are seeking abortions in Maine. New Brunswick women accounted for about half of the 12 appointments at a clinic in Bangor last week.
According to CBC News, providers in the U.S. have been welcoming such women. Specifically, some clinics have been providing financial assistance to women who cannot afford the $500 fee.
Abortion Access Under Review
In the meantime, U.S. providers are urging premier-designate Brian Gallant to ensure access to abortion services in New Brunswick. Gallant said he plans to create a group of experts to address barriers to abortion (CBC News, 10/7).