Right of way
Yup, it's been 21 years since Canadian women won the right to privatize their lives and bodies.
Women not living in their home province or territory also face challenges because abortion is not part of the inter-provincial billing agreement. In fact, abortion is the only time-sensitive and medically necessary procedure excluded from the list of services on the inter-provincial billing agreement.
This policy forces students attending school in another province or women who have recently moved and are in the process of transitioning their health-care benefits to pay the full cost of their abortion care out-of-pocket, or incur additional expenses travelling back to their home province in order to obtain a publicly funded abortion.
Now more than ever, it is important that we do not lose sight of the women who continue to face these obstacles in order to obtain the abortion care they need. We must continue to work together to ensure that women have the same access to abortion care whether they live in an urban centre or a small town, or whether they live in British Columbia or Prince Edward Island.
I wonder how people would react if, say, prostate cancer surgery were excluded from the inter-provinical billing agreement.
That said, it's way past time that prostate cancer screening got equal funding and availability in this country. More of my male friends have died from prostate cancer than women friends than breast cancer, because of early screening I am sure.
But I digress.
Why are some women in Canada put at such risk?