Woman told to change ‘abortion is health care’ shirt before entering Sask. Legislature


An abortion rights activist was requested to flip her shirt inside out to achieve entry to the Saskatchewan Legislature as a customer Wednesday.

Megan Johnston launched a billboard marketing campaign this summer time targeted on the phrase Abortion is Health Care.

Johnston’s shirt had the identical phrase.

She and abortion rights teams and suppliers had been on the Saskatchewan Legislature on Wednesday as visitors of the Opposition to name for the provincial authorities to enhance abortion entry.

The teams attended query interval contained in the legislature.

Johnston mentioned that when she took her coat off after entering the constructing, safety on the entrance entrance told her she had to change.

“I couldn’t put on my shirt into the constructing and I had to flip it inside out,” she mentioned. “I used to be escorted by safety to the lavatory to guarantee my shirt was turned inside out in order that phrase — I’m assuming ‘abortion’ not ‘health care’ — was not seen within the room.”

CBC reached out to the federal government for remark and was told it was wanting into the problem and would supply a response Thursday.

This fall, a brand new group took over safety inside and out of doors the constructing, changing the sergeant-at-arms and his workers.

Bill 70, handed within the spring, noticed the federal government appoint a safety director, leaving the sergeant-at-arms solely in control of safety and security contained in the meeting. 

The legislative meeting web site signifies guests aren’t to maintain demonstrations contained in the constructing.

“Demonstrations aren’t permitted inside the Legislative Building. No placards, megaphones, or something that is likely to be used as a part of an illustration could also be introduced into the constructing.”

Johnston mentioned her shirt is non-controversial and never an illustration however a reality.

“I used to be shocked. I used to be shocked. I believed, what if I used to be sporting a shirt that mentioned knee surgical procedure is health care or optometry is health care?”

Advocates name for elevated entry, streamlined processes

Johnston was joined by Planned Parenthood Regina, Saskatoon Sexual Health, the Regina Abortion Support Network, abortion suppliers and medical college students.

The teams and the Opposition are asking the provincial authorities to enhance abortion entry. They desire a provincial consumption system created that would supply abortion referrals to all ladies, regardless of the place they dwell within the province.

They additionally need surgical abortion centres in Prince Albert and Saskatoon, just like the one which exists in Regina.

Women in northern Saskatchewan, the place there aren’t any abortion clinics, should journey to Saskatoon and discover a doctor prepared to carry out a surgical abortion before the cut-off of 14 weeks, a lot sooner than in different jurisdictions.

Supporters of bettering entry to abortion rights held a rally outdoors the legislature on Wednesday afternoon. (Pool Feed/Global News)

Julian Wotherspoon from the Regina Abortion Support Network, a volunteer group, additionally attended query interval.

“These limitations are actual and so they exist. It should not be unpaid volunteers managing this problem. Our authorities has a accountability to us as human beings to present that health care,” Wotherspoon mentioned.

Wotherspoon took problem with a response from Health Minister Paul Merriman, who mentioned it was regular for folks to journey from a rural space or smaller group into a big centre to have an abortion.

“This surgical procedure is already out there in different communities. It is out there. If I had been to current at an ER with an ectopic being pregnant or a spontaneous abortion, I’d obtain what quantities to the identical care as I’d if I had been searching for an elective abortion.”

Wotherspoon mentioned it is not a matter of workers or medical doctors, however a “selection that our authorities is making.”

Merriman mentioned the province doesn’t supply different surgical procedures in “each nook of the province.”

“With any surgical process we wish to be sure that it is carried out in an environment friendly manner, and for this particular process, it is carried out within the main centres. We’re not denying entry to anyone.”

Merriman mentioned the federal government eliminated limitations with the approval of the abortion capsule Mifegymiso and the choice to embody it within the provincial drug plan in 2019.

He mentioned that this spring, “inconsistencies” round abortion entry had been raised and the provincial authorities and Saskatchewan Health Authority are consulting with medical doctors in regards to the problem.

But abortion rights advocates have identified that not all Saskatchewan medical doctors will prescribe Mifegymiso in Canada, and never all pharmacies will stock or fill a prescription for it.


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