Saturday, August 8, 2009

Quebec Might Extend Bill 34 Deadline For Private Abortion Clinics

Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc, seen with Premier Jean Charest during 2008 National Assembly, says he's "ready to look at" extending the Sept. 30 deadline for private abortion clinics to get up to code with new Bill 34 guidelines. Photograph by: The Gazette, file photo

From The Montreal Gazette:

'We do not want in any way to limit access to abortion in Quebec,' Health Minister Yves Bolduc says.

STE. THÉRÈSE – Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc has opened the door to extending a Sept. 30 deadline for private abortion clinics to better equip themselves based on a new set of government norms.

With one Montreal clinic – L’Alternative – threatening to close down and others scrambling to adjust to the new rules, Bolduc said he does not want women’s access to abortions in any way compromised because of the new system. If necessary, the public system will take up the slack.

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