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VICE Canada Reports

Abortion Access in the Maritimes - Trailer

Abortion is legal in Canada and has been for more than 25 years, but in spite of that, access varies across the country. In this edition of VICE Canada Reports, Sarah Ratchford investigates abortion access in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
June 30, 2015, 2:21pm

Abortion is legal in Canada and has been for more than 25 years, but in spite of that, access varies across the country. In this edition of VICE Canada Reports, Sarah Ratchford investigates abortion access in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. She attends a pro-life rally crashed by pro-choice activists, goes undercover into a pregnancy crisis centre, and talks to an activist helping people access under-the-counter abortions in PEI.

New Brunswick has few options for people in need of abortions, especially for the rural majority of its population. PEI, though, offers no official abortions on the island; a recent change to increase access saw the provincial government deciding to pay for abortions in New Brunswick. As the battle rages in these two conservative provinces over the right to access abortions, one pro-choice activist noted that people don't stop having abortions when access is restricted: they just stop having safe ones.

Check out Ratchford and producer Patrick McGuire talking about the production here, and stay tuned for the full-length video on Thurdsay.