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PEI Crafts Council news

The PEI Crafts Council’s next jury will take place September 21. Visit their website to fill out t [ ... ]

Creative arts and dance classes

Soul Play Studios is a new studio offering a wide range of classes for kids and adults in the Callbe [ ... ]

The 30-Year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island
Kate McKenna

No Choice: The 30-Year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island—Kate McKennaCBC journalist, and former Prince Edward Island resident, Kate McKenna sheds light on the long struggle to provide access to abortion on the Island in her new book, No Choice: The 30-Year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island (Fernwood Publishing).

Abortion was made legal in Canada in 1969, and in 1988 a supreme court ruled that criminalizing abortion was unconstitutional. Despite this ruling, providing access to abortions was not constitutional. However, the procedure falls under Canada’s Health Care Act, which all provinces must deliver. PEI was the exception. McKenna tells us that in the book she illustrates how the influence of the Catholic Church and the Right to Life movement worked to lobby government officials, doctors and even to assume roles on hospital boards in order to prevent abortions from being made available to women on the Island.

McKenna introduces readers to the activists who fought for women’s rights and pro-choice, risking being ostracized and fired from their jobs, and who often paid to take women off the Island to Nova Scotia or New Brunswick to have the procedure performed.

Kate McKenna is a journalist with the CBC. She was a finalist for two Canadian Association of Journalism Awards and a silver medal winner of the Atlantic Journalism Award.

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Some Upcoming Events

Miracle Man

Tomáš Kubínek brings his unique show to Summerside October 3
Harbourfront Theatre Get ready for  [ ... ]

DMayne Event returns

With guests Jerry–Faye, Jamie Comeau and the Crooked Teeth, and Math Class October 12 at Spo [ ... ]

The Red Dirt Road

Margie Carmichael’s stories adapted into new production Until September 21 (select dates)
The Mack [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Drawing the line

Profile: Sandy Carruthers by Jane Ledwell Retired for a year now after twenty-five years teaching  [ ... ]

Free transportation at Cloggeroo

The provincial government will sponsor free transportation at this year’s Cloggeroo festival to he [ ... ]

Charlottetown’s Historic Squares exhibit...

The City of Charlottetown Planning and Heritage Department has created an exhibit exploring the hist [ ... ]