Trudeau hints he’ll force PEI to provide abortions on-island
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, September 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has hinted that if he wins the upcoming October 19 federal election, he will force Prince Edward Island to start offering abortions on the island.
“I recognize that Premier MacLauchlan has made positive steps in the right direction, but it’s important that every Canadian across this country has access to a full range of health services, including full reproductive services, in every province in the country,” Trudeau told The Guardian last week.
"It’s important that every Canadian across this country has access to a full range of health services, including full reproductive services, in every province in the country."
Referred to by pro-lifers as a “life sanctuary,” PEI is the only Canadian province which does not offer abortions within its jurisdiction. The province’s government pays for women to obtain abortions in hospitals off island.
While abortion activists including Trudeau claim that Canadian women enjoy the right to abortion covered by provincial healthcare, constitutional lawyer Faye Sonier has argued that the Canada Health Act does not actually require provincial health plans to cover abortion, only “medically necessary” services, which are determined by the provincial government. In 2012, Canadian Physicians for Life said “it is our strong belief that no abortions are medically necessary.”
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When asked if as prime minister he would financially penalize PEI for refusing to offer abortion to women on the island, Trudeau replied: “I think we’re a long way from consequences like that, but I’m pleased that Prince Edward Island has taken some significant steps in the right direction and I’m continuing to be encouraged by that.”
Premier Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan made it clear prior to his April 2015 election win that he would increase access to abortion for island women by removing “barriers.”