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The push for a controversial service


Last month, the Manitoba NDP put out a call to the Pallister government to follow the example of four other provinces and make the abortion pill available, at no cost to women, in Manitoba.
“Alberta is the latest province to acknowledge the huge impact this medicine has on women, especially low-income women and those living in remote regions of the province,” MLA Nahanni Fontaine said in a press release. “It is too expensive and too difficult to obtain for many women, unless the government ensures it is affordable and accessible.”
The same press release claims that the abortion pill, Mifegymiso, is listed by the World Health Organization as an ‘essential medicine’ and was approved by Health Canada in 2015. It can also cost patients $350 or more and is only currently available at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are other provinces that currently cover the cost of the abortion pill and make it readily available.
“This pill can be a game changer for women, but it is beyond the scope of many doctors and clinics, particularly those in rural and remote communities, to stock and dispense this essential medicine,” added Fontaine.
“Women have a right to affordable and accessible health care. Women have a right to have full control over their reproductive health, which includes access to the abortion pill.”
Fontaine is clearly pro-choice, but we all know that the abortion debate has been an ongoing controversy surrounding the moral, legal, and religious status of induced abortion for decades. And, the ‘right thing to do’ is more a matter of opinion and belief than fact.
Historically, abortion, along with infanticide, was considered in the context of family planning, gender selection or population control, and rarely were the rights of the prospective mother, much less the prospective child, taken into consideration. While this seems barbaric now, it proves just how much the norms of society can change as time passes.
At this point in my life, I can honestly say that I am neither solidly pro-choice or pro-life. As a mother of two beautiful daughters, who has also experienced the struggles of miscarriage, I can cherish the importance of a growing fetus. Many people struggle with fertility and it seems callous that some are so willing to throw that ‘blessing’ away.
On the flip side, I have seen the damage caused by people who were not ready or equipped to be parents. Whether it be for selfish reasons, financial situations, mental struggles or a multitude of other situations – some people should not raise children for the sake of the child alone.
So, what do you think of the NDP’s push to spend taxpayer dollars to provide such a controversial service?