The Question of Access: News Release Feb. 5, 2016

Abortion rights activists had a public meeting yesterday at UNB. “Abortion in New Brunswick” was the topic. NB Right to Life executive director Peter Ryan released the following comments. It’s not hard to figure out what these folks are up to. They will complain loudly about “not enough access,” without of course offering any excuses about why abortion is a good or necessary thing for either mother or child. They are expert at avoiding the real issue. Their more specific grievance will likely be that the government is wrong not to impose choice (no contradiction, of course) on a hospital like Saint John’s. They will also try to shame the government for not forcing taxpayers to fund abortions at the private Clinic 554 in Fredericton. One wonders if many in the media will not simply cheer them on. “The abortion issue is settled,” much of the thinking seems to be. “The only issue now is access, and of course the more the better.” In truth the issue is settled only for the minority of people who support a woman’s right to end her child’s life with taxpayers footing the bill. The fact most people disagree does not seem to elicit much interest. Is dissent only interesting when you favor it? No doubt this is not the end of the story. But there is little mystery about the story script. The drumbeat will continue, pressing on toward victory, waiting for the government to cave. Perhaps we’re about to get an excellent object lesson in the political power of “pro-choice” propaganda to get its way. But if so, it will be at the expense of many innocent lives in an underpopulated province, the health of countless women, the will of the people, and the expenditure of a lot of money in a province that’s broke. Not to mention the integrity of the media if all the people get is one side of the story. Time will tell. We won’t stop hoping for something better. - 30 - CONTACT: Peter Ryan Executive Director New Brunswick Right to Life Association 562 Brunswick St. , PO Box 113, Stn. A Fredericton NB E3B 4Y2 Tel. (506) 459-8990 or 1-888-796-9600

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