Interim Staff

June 30 will be the last day that abortions will be committed in New Brunswick hospitals, after Fredericton’s Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital announced that it would cease committing them on that date. Pro-lifers are applauding the move, saying they expect the number of abortions committed in the province to continue to decline.

Peter Ryan, executive director of New Brunswick Right to Life, said the announcement is “wonderful news for New Brunswick’s unborn and their families.” Ryan added that pro-lifers have been pressing the hospital to end the lethal procedure.

In 2002, the Moncton South East Health Authority ceased doing abortions and subsequent abortion statistics have found a decrease in abortions in New Brunswick by approximately the number formerly  committed in Moncton.
The CBC reported that there are about 400 abortions committed at Chalmers annually. Ryan estimates that about 600 are done at the Morgentaler facility each year. Abortionist Henry Morgentaler has used the Chalmers announcement  to drum up business, as well as to increase his advocacy for getting provincial funding for his lone abortuary in the province. Morgentaler is currently suing the province to get full funding for abortions done at his Fredericton site.

Ryan told, “Now all we need is for Henry Morgentaler to stop picking on our province’s women and children.”