For those who’ve been following the debate, here’s the update: Quebec retreats on plans to tighten abortion rules.
Quebec’s Health Minister is under fire for a proposal to tighten rules for private abortion clinics, forcing him to retreat on the politically volatile issue amid calls for his resignation.
Clinics threatened to close and others protested after Quebec said it would impose stringent new guidelines on them.
The guidelines, contained in a new law, would subject the private abortion clinics to the same standards as clinics that perform procedures such as cataract or hip-replacement surgery. Critics say the move would be costly and create a less welcoming environment for patients.
But of course. Abortion is an essential health service, they say. Just not one that requires the same kind of stringent rules as, say, health clinics that remove bits of unwanted tissue from some people’s eyes. It’s all perfectly clear.by