Rodd says province doesn't support women

The leader of the New Democratic Party of P.E.I. is calling on the Ghiz government to bring back abortion services to the Island.

The leader of the New Democratic Party of P.E.I. is calling on the Ghiz government to bring back abortion services to the Island.

It's been close to 30 years since abortions were conducted on the Island, and the debate over abortion resurfaced this week.

Health Minister Doug Currie said this week that P.E.I. would continue to be the only province in Canada not to provide  service for the foreseeable future.

"To me, it's not about the political discussion. It's more about another service, and it falls in the suite of services that we don't provide at this point in time," Currie said Wednesday.

A new group called the P.E.I. Reproductive Rights Organization has started a lobby for abortion services, and has planned a rally for Nov. 19.

NDP leader James Rodd said he was pleased to see the issue resurface and that it's time government take action.

"Both Liberal and Conservative governments have refused over the years to support women," Rodd said Friday.

"There is a current policy that allows for women to have out-of-province services paid for. It's unfortunate that on the government's website they don't identify that this is part of the financial support. Hiding information is very blatant on behalf of this government."

Rodd said it's disappointing that the service isn't provided.

"So the outrage that we have seen by women here on P.E.I. is only going to continue and hopefully will jar the government into providing the services."

Earlier this week, the P.E.I. Green Party also called on the Ghiz government to reintroduce abortion services, saying the absence amounted to discrimination against women.