Post-abortion care needs improving, says Green P.E.I. leader
'Need to end that political timidity' over abortion services
Immediate steps need to be taken to ensure P.E.I. women receive appropriate after-care following an abortion, says Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker.
On Friday a woman came forward saying she was told to go to Halifax for an abortion after presenting at the ER at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. She said she was worried about potential complications after using prescribed medication to terminate a pregnancy.
Bevan-Baker said government's refusal to provide local abortion service is putting the health of Island women at risk.
"They're just making it terribly difficult and making it judgmental, and making women, at a very vulnerable time, making life even more difficult for them," said Bevan-Baker.
"We need to end that political timidity, and stand up and say Island women deserve access in the same way that all other women in Canada currently do."
P.E.I. is the only province in Canada where surgical abortions are not performed, but some doctors will provide a prescription for a medical abortion.
Bevan-Baker said there needs to be better communication and support for women going through the process. Eventually, he said, P.E.I. should have its own women's health clinic providing local abortions.
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