Canada cuts health transfer in response to New Brunswick’s position on abortion outside hospitals

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The federal government has reduced the Canada Health Transfer to New Brunswick by approximately $140,000, saying the province has failed in its obligation to fund out-of-hospital abortions.

It’s only the latest event in the dispute over abortion funding between the two levels of government.

In New Brunswick, abortions are only funded by the provincial government at three locations: two hospitals in Moncton and one hospital in Bathurst — locations that critics say limit accessibility for those who need the procedure.

Read more: Civil rights group sues New Brunswick over access to abortion

Abortions are only offered in limited locations because previous provincial governments have not repealed a regulation, known as Regulation 84-20, banning the funding of abortions outside of hospitals.

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The province is the only jurisdiction in Canada to not fund abortions outside of hospitals.

New Brunswick refused to pay for abortion services offered at  Clinic 554, a private facility in Fredericton. As a result, it was forced to close down late last year.

A contentious dispute between Ottawa, New Brunswick

Blaine Higgs’ PC government has said that it believes it is complying with the Canada Health Act…

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