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Abortion Rights on PEI - Marc Babin

Abortion 25 1.jpgAbortion Rights on PEI - Part 1
It was 25 years ago today that the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the criminal abortion law. Dr. Henry Morgentaler and his supporters had spent decades arguing for abortion rights for Canadian women. Twenty-five years later, Prince Edward Island remains the only place where women must travel out of province to obtain an abortion -- either at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton -- or at the QE 2 in Halifax. The provincial government will only pay for hospital abortions, with a doctor's referral. Our Radio-Canada colleague Marc Babin has been working on a story about the state of abortion on PEI, 25 years after the historic court ruling. Marc interviewed an Island woman who has had TWO abortions... including one here on PEI. Here is part one of Marc's conversation with a woman we'll call Justine.

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Abortion 25 2.jpgAbortion Rights on PEI - Part 2
We heard from an woman who had an abortion at the Morgentaler clinic back when she was a teenaged mom. Justine -- not her real name - told us how difficult it was then to find any information about the procedure... and how protesters shouted at her when she showed up at the Morgentaler clinic. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada decision that overturned the criminal abortion law. But Prince Edward Island still remains the only place where women must travel out of province to obtain an abortion - either at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton - or at the QE 2 in Halifax. The provincial government will only pay for hospital abortions, with a doctor's referral. Our Radio-Canada colleague Marc Babin now brings us the second part of his interview with Justine who tells us about her second abortion - this one performed here on PEI.

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