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HALIFAX, September 30, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Henry Morgentaler is publicizing his plans to force dissident provinces to fund abortions in private clinics. At present, five provinces (Manitoba, Quebec, PEI, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) refuse to fund abortions done in private clinics—a position Abortionist activists claim contravenes the Canada Health Act.  Morgentaler, who stands to profit hugely from federal funding of his lucrative chain of abortion mills, says: “[Anne McLellan is] afraid, she doesn’t want to antagonize anybody, she has a position of power where she could tell the provinces, ‘If you don’t follow and obey the Canada Health Act we will withhold substantial federal transfer payments’,” Morgentaler raged. He vows to take the government of New Brunswick and “possibly” Nova Scotia to court.  But Campaign Life Coalition NB’s Peter Ryan said his province’s policy does not contravene the Canada Health Act. “The Act is about paying for medically necessary procedures. Ending an unwanted pregnancy is a personal choice, not a medical necessity.”

Ryan took issue with the CBC’s report, which stated as fact that five provinces contravene” the Act. “That is Morgentaler’s contention, not fact,” Ryan says. “Even Ottawa has not officially made that claim.” Ryan holds that the Canada Health Act is not about abortion at all: “It’s about healthcare and abortion is not healthcare because pregnancy is not a disease.” In a press release today Ryan also stated “Henry Morgentaler is once again trying to bully New Brunswickers.”  Meanwhile Campaign Life Coalition National has issued a press release on Morgentaler’s latest rant. Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition is quoted in the release stating “It seems Henry craves the media attention he always receives with these announcements almost as much as he craves the extra billing he seeks, whether it comes from the woman or the taxpayer or both.”  Karen Murawsky, CLC Director of Public Affairs also states in the release, “The federal government is looking for ways to save health care dollars and here we have an individual wasting taxpayer money on court cases to line his own pockets.” The release continues, “Campaign Life Coalition calls on the federal government to ignore these publicity-seeking rantings and use taxpayers’ money to heal the sick, not kill the healthy.”  To read CBC coverage see:  https://www.cbc.ca/stories/2002/09/30/morgentaler_020930   For the complete CLC Press Release see https://216.122.249.80/clc/press/2002/020930.html

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