FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, April 10, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton announced this morning amidst great mainstream media attention that it will be closing its doors in July because it is not making enough money.
But pro-life critics say the move seems to be a “ruse” to build public support to pressure the provincial government into funding the killing of unborn children in at the private clinic.
“This looks like a stunt to extract cash from taxpayers' wallets,” said Jack Fonseca, project manager for Campaign Life Coalition.
“They’re threatening to close down because of money, and that’s what abortion is really all about for them. It never was about helping women. Henry Morgentaler himself was investigated by police after he was caught re-using disposable Vacurettes in order to save himself the cost of $3.30 each, which exposed his clients to infectious diseases,” he said.
Peter Ryan, executive director of the New Brunswick Right to Life Association, told LifeSiteNews he now has little doubt that the proposed closure is a “ruse” to get sympathy for public funding.
“It’s like a trial balloon,” he said, that allows the abortion clinic a couple of months to see if they can rally support to pressure the government through the media.
The Morgentaler Clinic said its ultimate reason for closing is that “the clinic cannot continue to provide abortion services that are not publicly funded,” according to a press release obtained by LifeSiteNews.
Ryan said mainstream media vehicles, personnel, and equipment have been swarming the abortion clinic all morning.
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“It was quite striking to me that it had not occurred to the media I talked to that the abortion clinic closure might be a ploy.”
The Canadian Press and CBC are reporting sympathetically towards the clinic, following the abortion clinic’s lead that points the finger of blame for closing at the lack of government funding. None have mentioned the tragedy of the untold number of human lives that have been snuffed out at the clinic in the name of ‘choice.’
While abortion is covered at taxpayers’ expense in two of the province’s hospitals, it is not covered at the province’s single private Morgentaler Clinic where the cost of aborting an unborn baby at 16 weeks gestation or later would cost a mother about $850.
Morgentaler sued the New Brunswick government in 2002 for not paying for abortions in his clinic, but his death in May put the suit into limbo.
The New Brunswick government stated today in a press release that it has been “made aware” of the proposed closure through the media and that women will “continue to have access to medically-necessary abortions in the province with the approval of two physicians.”
Fonseca said the Morgentaler Clinic has no valid argument to bring before the government demanding tax funding for abortion.
“The Canada Health Act only states that medically necessary procedures must be funded by the province, but it does not state that abortion is a medically necessary procedure.” Fonseca said that despite popular opinion, there is no ‘right’ to abortion in Canada but only a legal vacuum created in 1988 when the Supreme Court struck down existing laws.
Fonseca pointed out how provinces across Canada delist from time to time various procedures from their health insurance plans deemed to be not medically necessary.
“There is absolutely no requirement for the New Brunswick provincial government to even consider funding abortions,” he said.
Fonseca said that it seems a more “devious plan” is at play than what appears at face value, calling it “too coincidental” that the news of the upcoming closure comes out just after university students created a petition to the government to fund the abortion facility.
“Pro-lifers in the province should be ready to fight and they should be talking to their MLAs,” he said.