Protest held over closure of New Brunswick Morgentaler clinic

Published on July 29, 2014

The abortion rights advocacy group Voices for Choice held a rally this afternoon outside the Athena Health Centre on LeMarchant Road in St. John's to protest the closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in New Brunswick.

The New Brunswick clinic will close Thursday due to lack of funding.

Voices for Choice said in a news release this is largely the fault of a regulation that restricts public funding for abortions in the province.

It says the closure of the Morgentaler clinic in New Brunswick will make the Athena Health Centre in St. John's the only dedicated abortion provider east of Montreal.

Voices for Choice is also collecting monetary donations to give to Reproductive Justice NB to go toward a lease to open a reproductive health-care facility in New Brunswick.

Renee Dumaresque, shown holding a Voices for Choice sign, leads a rally outside the Athena Health Centre in St. John’s Tuesday afternoon to protest the closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in New Brunswick. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram