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Abortion barriers still exist in Saskatoon, 25 years later

6:45 pm - 01/28/2013
Monday marks 25 years since the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the country's abortion law, but in Saskatchewan access to the procedure remains uneven.

Abortions are only performed in two cities in the province, Saskatoon and Regina.

Women who choose to go to Saskatoon have to make two trips — one to see the doctor, and the other for the procedure itself.

Evelyn Reisner, who runs Saskatoon's Sexual Health Centre (formerly known as Planned Parenthood), is working to change the two-visit requirement.

"We work very closely with the doctors," said Reisner. "And have very good relationships with the doctors, and a lot of the doctors are quite happy about this idea."

Still, when it comes to access to abortion, doctors remain the gatekeepers.

According to Reisner women depend on a few willing doctors.

"I had a call last week of a woman whose doctor told her that if she chose to terminate a pregnancy the doctor would refuse to be her doctor anymore," said Reisner.

First abortion clinic in Canada in Quebec

Dr. Henry Morgentaler broke the country's existing abortion laws in 1969 and opened the country's first abortion clinic. At the time, abortion was only legal if a committee of doctors signed off that it was necessary for the physical or mental well-being of the mother and the procedure was performed in a hospital.

The Montreal doctor became one of Canada's most controversial figures.

During the next two decades Morgentaler was assaulted, arrested, jailed.

In 1988 the Supreme Court of Canada granted him victory and declared the country's abortion law unconstitutional. Canada is now one of only a few countries with no legal restrictions on abortion.

Source at the CeeBeeb
Ain't no Saskatchewan tag!

Radio-Canada's tv spot about this mentioned that there have been zero abortions in PEI in the last year, despite women having the same federal rights. "The social culture is different," they said. Well, they just go off island, is the truth.
beemo 29th-Jan-2013 02:39 am (UTC)
honestly i don't think GPs should have to be in the loop if a woman wants an abortion. most canadian women can't just find another doctor.
lurkch 29th-Jan-2013 04:23 am (UTC)
This. :(
romp 29th-Jan-2013 04:45 am (UTC)
what does "should have to be in the loop" mean? they should all be trained to perform abortions?
beemo 29th-Jan-2013 04:47 am (UTC)
i mean women shouldn't have to tell their doctors they want or have had an abortion.
romp 29th-Jan-2013 05:13 am (UTC)
the_siobhan 29th-Jan-2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
"How many pregnancies have you had" and "how many live births" are both questions I've answered on medical history forms. So is "previous surgerys". I imagine there is some relevence to giving the GP a clear picture of your medical history.

Having said that, if they have a problem with a patient choosing to have a legal medical procedure they are probably in the wrong line of work.

beemo 29th-Jan-2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
definitely, but it's up to you if you want to disclose that. and you shouldn't need your GP's permission to get an abortion to begin with, which is what is happening in saskatchewan. :(

totally fucking agreed. unfortunately... medical professionals are the biggest barrier to contraception & reproductive health in this country. hospitals refusing to offer abortion services, GPs refusing to prescribe birth control or sign off on abortions or do pelvic exams, pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions, etc. this is all perfectly legal btw. with my last GP, i would never say the word "abortion" around him, i'd just be glad i was one of the <50% of people in my town who have a GP.
ericadawn16 29th-Jan-2013 03:30 am (UTC)
And you can guarantee, despite it being Canada, that John Boehner is smiling like a jackass...
romp 29th-Jan-2013 05:09 am (UTC)
thanks for posting, I didn't know
_tiger_saver_ 29th-Jan-2013 07:30 am (UTC)
I feel so stupid reading this and not knowing about these difficulties even though I live in Saskatchewan. This is so awful.
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