FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, April 22, 2004 ( – Planned Parenthood has opened a new “reproductive and sexual health clinic” in Fredericton.

Beth Paynter, Planned Parenthood executive director, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that “We really are providing a service for women who are just not comfortable perhaps with having a male physician or with discussing these very intimate things with the family doctor they may have had, and their parents may have, and it’s just not a comfortable situation for them. Or perhaps their family doctor doesn’t prescribe birth control,” she said.

Paynter said she has converted the Planned Parenthood office into a clinic with waiting room and treatment rooms, to offer services to women one evening weekly, by a volunteer staff of female doctors and nurses.  Volunteer family physician Mary Jarrett told the CBC, “I think the important point here is that patients go to a place where they feel comfortable to receive the medical care that they’re entitled to.”  The clinic is for women over 24 years of age; Fredericton already has a clinic for women under that age. The services mentioned include contraception, pap tests, breast exams, contraception, and menopause counselling. No mention is made as to whether abortions will be committed at the new site.

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