Last week, Clinic 554, New Brunswick’s only privately-owned abortion facility, shut down. Dr. Adrian Edgar, the facility’s director, stated that its closure was due to Premier Blaine Higgs’s refusal to fund abortions outside of public hospitals. New Brunswick has had a policy in place since 1985, prohibiting funding for abortions in “private hospital facilities.”
Women who sought services at Clinic 554 were charged $700 to $850 for surgical abortions. For those unable to afford the costs, doctors would perform abortions pro bono. And providing surgical abortions for free was one of the reasons the facility got into financial trouble.
Despite Clinic 554’s closure, surgical abortions continue to be performed in the province’s three public hospitals – one in Moncton and two in Bathurst.
During a press conference, Edgar lamented:
“2024 brings the sad end to New Brunswickers’ access to this level of skilled and tenderhearted state-of-the-art care.”
To hear a man describe his practice of dismemberment as “tenderhearted state-of-the-art care” serves as a reminder of the deceitfulness of human hearts when not transformed by the grace of God (Jeremiah 17:9). We can be grateful then that such a man has been put out of business.