The New Brunswick law creates a serious issue for New Brunswick women, girls and trans people who need access to abortion, a basic form of health care.
As of January 2021, there are only three approved hospitals in the entire province that perform surgical abortions:
- one in the small city of Bathurst, NB, that only accepts patients from the Bathurst area
- two in Moncton, a city of 70,000 people
The hospitals also limit when they will provide abortions.
Coupled with wait times, quotas, and travel requirements, this raises very grave access issues for women, girls and trans individuals across the province – in particular those who may be marginalized, dealing with poverty, or domestic violence. Their rights to liberty, security, privacy and equality must be protected.