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Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton closing its doors after operating at a loss

Dr. Henry Morgentaler raises his arms in victory at a news conference in Toronto, Ont., Jan. 28, 1988. The Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton will close at the end of July, a move the facility's manager says will restrict the rights of women in New Brunswick seeking abortions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Blaise Edwards

FREDERICTON - The Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton is closing after 20 years of providing abortions in the city because it is losing money.

The clinic says women have been unable to pay for the procedure and its revenues have never met expenses.

It says it cannot continue to provide services that are not publicly funded.

Abortion isn't covered by medicare in New Brunswick unless two doctors certify in writing that it is medically necessary and is performed by a specialist in an approved hospital.

The Morgentaler clinic charged between $700 and $850 for the procedure, depending on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy.

In 2002, Dr. Henry Morgentaler launched a lawsuit to force the provincial government to pay for the procedure.

The case has been in limbo since Morgentaler died last May.

Morgentaler was a family doctor in Montreal in 1967 when he emerged as an advocate for the right of women to have abortions on demand.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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