1 April 2016
For immediate release
The Green Party of Prince Edward Island I welcomes the announcement that our government will not contest the legal challenge regarding access to abortion on PEI.
“This announcement is in accord with our party’s support for a woman’s right to choose what happens in her body, and I want to congratulate all those people who have fought for so long to make yesterday’s decision come about,” said Green Party deputy leader, Lynne Lund.
Green Party leader, Peter Bevan-Baker also expressed relief that this issue has finally been resolved. “I am relieved that Island women no longer face significant barriers to access, I’m relieved that the government decided not to contest an unwinnable legal case, and I’m relieved that so many other important women’s health issues which have been drowned out by the debate on abortion will now be discussed more fully.”
The Greens are also pleased that the government has announced that it will establish a permanent clinic on PEI which will offer a range of services related to women’s reproductive health.
“During last year’s campaign, as part of our promotion of a more collaborative political environment on PEI, we stated that all our policies were ‘up for adoption’”, continued Lund. “An Island women’s reproductive health centre, which would offer and pay for services such as in vitro fertilization, post-partum depression, and natal counselling for example, is exactly what the Greens were advocating for in last year’s election.”
MLA, Kellys Cross-Cumberland
Leader of the Green Party
Deputy Leader, Green Party of PEI