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Hundreds protest New Brunswick abortion rules

By: The Canadian Press

 | Apr 17, 2014 - 1:40 PM |
Jenna Knorr, left to right, Erica Knorr and Megan Aiken take part in a protest as pro-choice demonstrators rally at the New Brunswick Legislature in Fredericton on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the New Brunswick legislature today for a pro-choice rally aimed at getting the provincial government to fund abortions at private clinics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Smith

Jenna Knorr, left to right, Erica Knorr and Megan Aiken take part in a protest as pro-choice demonstrators rally at the New Brunswick Legislature in Fredericton on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the New Brunswick legislature today for a pro-choice rally aimed at getting the provincial government to fund abortions at private clinics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Smith

FREDERICTON - Hundreds of people gathered in front of the New Brunswick legislature today for a pro-choice rally aimed at getting the provincial government to fund abortions at private clinics.

Sorcha Bierne (Sor-cha Bern), co-ordinator of the Fredericton Youth Feminists, says the government must repeal Regulation 84-20.

It requires abortions to be performed by specialists at approved hospitals and only after a woman gets approval from two doctors certifying that it is medically necessary.

Marie-Claude Blais, the minister responsible for women's equality, says she will take the concerns of the protesters to the government.

Liberal Opposition Leader Brian Gallant also spoke at the rally, saying he is pushing the government for a review of the province's abortion regulations.

But many of the protesters jeered the politicians, saying they want changes, not more study.

The protest follows the announcement last week that the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton will close at the end of July, saying it can't continue without government funding.

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