She awoke at 2 a.m. and began her journey along darkened roads and highways. By morning, sleepless and nervous, she pulled up to the plain brick abortion clinic in Fredericton. The protesters were already waiting.
“You have other options,” cried a middle-aged woman clutching a rosary, patrolling the sidewalk steps from the clinic entrance. “You don’t have to go through with it.”
Kimberley’s mind was made up. The mother of a toddler, she was pregnant again and wanted an abortion. But as a resident of Prince Edward Island, which doesn’t have a single abortion provider, she had to drive over four hours with her boyfriend to New Brunswick, dodge anti-abortion protesters, then pay $600 out of her own pocket for the procedure.*
It seems the anti-abortion protesters are geographically specific with regards to their effectiveness in keeping impoverished, rural and isolated women from obtaining easy abortions.
Not so, for urban, middle class and mobile women. Makes you wonder why the protesters pick on the marginalized women?