Next, some celebratory media releases from groups that worked their butts off for this:
Reproductive Justice New Brunswick,
Sexual Health and Rights, and
Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.
And a sample of the predictable and ridiculous foot-stomping from the Fetus Freaks: LifeShite and Fetal Gore Pr0n Gang.
Here at DJ!, where we like to think we helped a little, the main take-aways are:
1. This is a grand success for a new generation of reproductive justice activists. It looks good on them and must feel fabulous and empowering.
2. The mouldy old men and their antiquated views on women are finally succumbing to the reality of modern pro-choice Canada, or as this writer puts it, we may be entering a more enlightened time on women's issues.
Of course, while Premier Gallant addressed his promise on access surprisingly quickly and with minimum fuss, there's more to do, principally to take abortion out of the exclusive purview of hospitals and widen access by funding the procedure in clinics and doctors' offices.
One quick and easy way to widen access -- not just for women in Atlantic Canada, but for all Canadian women, especially those in rural and remote areas -- is for Health Canada to stop dragging its feet and finally approve the "gold standard" of medical abortion.
While lamenting the general state of access in Canada, this Canadian Medical Association Journal article seems hopeful on the issue.
And here, Vicky Saporta may be tempting the Goddesses.
The drug is currently up for review by Health Canada, and some close to the process believe a ruling will be made in January 2015, according to Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation.
So, with a loud KNOCK WOOD, here's our happy dance.