Legislation, passed in the spring, has paved the way for the Devine government to consider asking the Saskatchewan voters whether or not taxpayers should pay for abortions.

Premier Grant Devine made the announcement following a recent meeting with representatives of Campaign Life Coalition, Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association and the Catholic Women’s League.

While pro-life activists in the province consider the cessation of funding a step in the right direction, May Brown, coordinator of the Saskatchewan Action Committee on the Status of Women, received the news in stunned silence.