From the recent NB Liberal policy meeting:
The most significant shift from the weekend came on abortion rights as two resolutions were overwhelmingly approved by grassroots members. The resolutions broke from the policy first established by former Liberal premier Frank McKenna.Even more interesting -- and encouraging to us sane people -- is this from a Telegraph-Journal story (behind paywall).
The two policies refer to family planning services and reproductive health but the meaning was clear: with the pending closure of the Morgentaler clinic, Liberals now support greater access to abortion in hospitals.
Wendy Robbins, a Liberal member, helped draft the wording of the resolutions.
"This is a clear signal that the party's moving beyond the position it's held in the past,” she said.
Geneviève Gagné, president of the New Brunswick Young Liberal Association, called for “access to a full-range of publicly funded family planning information and services.”Voice in the wilderness. Ayup.
“I think every woman should have access to abortions or any information she needs to provide adequate family planning information to her,” the 20-year old Gagné said.
Gagné’s amendment came right after another delegate could not find a second person to support an amendment she had proposed to restrict abortion to medically necessary cases and to promote a culture of life.
Fredericton delegate Nancy MacAfee said she was surprised no one else in the room was willing to support her motion for right to life.
“I was flabbergasted. I know the mentality of people has changed a lot. … I felt like a voice in the wilderness,” she said.