Recently the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) bemoaned inequalities in abortion access in Canada and today, recently elected Premier Brian Gallant announced a change in regulations that would improve access to abortion in New Brunswick, fulfilling his election promise to do so. Both the Premier and the CMAJ refer to reproductive “care”, “services”, and “health procedures”, and neither question what this “care”, “services”, and “health procedures” actually consists of.
As someone who grew up in a rural area, I know that access to health care is a concern. My town has a great hospital, but anything requiring surgery or even delivering babies required a bit of a drive or a ride in the helicopter. So for the more vulnerable members of rural communities, access to health care is a real legitimate concern and certainly a legitimate election issue.
I am all for improving access to important medical services and health care generally in Canada and in New Brunswick specifically. But both the Canadian Medical Association and the Premier of New Brunswick should remember that the reality shrouded by words like “reproductive services” and “termination of pregnancy” is the killing of a human being. Abortion might be a ‘procedure’ or ‘service’, but it constitutes lethal violence against the smallest and most vulnerable Canadians.
So, to the Canadian Medical Association and to Premier Gallant we say, please do improve access to health care, but #AbortionIsNotHealthCare