Ms. Dawn Black (New Westminster-Burnaby):
Madam Speaker, access to abortion services remains uneven across the country.
Fourteen hundred abortions are performed on Canadian women in American border states because of lack of access in parts of Canada. Women in the Atlantic provinces, the north and those outside urban centres spend a great deal of money and time to travel for this simple medical procedure.
When they do reach a clinic they are often forced to walk through a barrage of picketers who harass them. While they were in power both the Liberals and Conservatives significantly cut funds for family planning education, thus increasing the need for abortion.
I ask the health minister to make RU-486 available in Canada, as it is in the U.S., and for the government to reverse its policies of economic and social inequality which rob many women of the choice to have children and of the right not to have children.
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