Leibovitch said the clinic cannot continue to offer procedures that are not publicly funded. Abortion isn’t covered by medicare in the province unless two doctors certify in writing that it is medically necessary and is performed by a specialist in an approved hospital.
The Morgentaler Clinic charges between $700 and $850 for the procedure, depending on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy. It is the only Morgentaler Clinic in the Maritimes.
So we're to believe there's this incredible demand for abortion.
But women won't pay the actual cost of having an abortion.
So that raises the question:
How badly do women want abortion?
Let's perform this thought experiment. Leave aside the morality of abortion. Suppose you are pregnant. And you don't want to be. Are you going to let a measley little thing like price get in the way? Now you might give me some sob story about how women are often poor. True, there are a lot of poor women out there, but not all of them are that poor. And what about their partners? If I'm a guy, and I don't want a baby, I'll certainly chip in.
Why aren't abortionists doing this for free? Perhaps because they value money over "women's safety?"
And I find it a bit rich that poor-choicers always demand that pro-lifers pay for the cost of children that are unwanted, but they won't raise the money to keep a clinic open.
This is ultimately a stunt to get the government to either fund abortion or to get rid of the only regulation in Canada on abortion.
And perhaps the truth is that there isn't that much demand for abortion. Maybe it's demographics. Maybe it's apathy. There could be a million reasons why. But if you really want something, you'll pay for it, and it seems that New Brunswick doesn't really value it.