WHEREAS access to reproductive health services, including legal abortion, is guaranteed under the Canada Health Act;
WHEREAS complete access to reproductive health services saves women’s lives and protects their health, thereby making these services an integral part of women’s overall health care;
WHEREAS many publicly funded health institutions refuse to perform abortions and other reproductive health procedures and may offer women misleading information as to the availability of such services in other health institutions;
WHEREAS in certain areas of the country women’s access to reproductive health services is limited, being eroded or non-existent, in direct opposition to the guarantees of the Canada Health Act, forcing women to travel long distances at their own expense to obtain these services;
WHEREAS many provinces list abortion on their “excluded services list” for reciprocal billing under Medicare, which means that an abortion obtained outside a woman’s home province may not be covered, even if no provider exists in the area in which she resides;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to enforce the provisions of the Canada Health Act to guarantee women’s access to timely and effective reproductive health services, including reciprocal billing for out-of-province services;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Government of Canada financially penalize provinces that fail to abide by the provisions of the Canada Health Act with respect to i) ensuring complete access to these services, and/or ii) covering costs related to their provision.
National Women’s Liberal Commission