November 6, 1970


In a document described as a “legal opinion” prepared for the New Brunswick Association of Registered Nurses (NBARN) the unnamed authors argued that the TAC system was inadequate because “there are few instances where therapeutic abortion is a matter of life or death”, and that “[t]he question of the preservation of ‘health’ is therefore the difficult question” because it was not clear whether or when a pregnant person’s economic circumstances might be accepted as a health issue. For this reason, poor women’s vulnerability to unsafe abortion would continue under the TAC regime. The opinion argued that the TAC regime should be eliminated, but with the stipulation that abortion must be provided by a qualified medical practitioner, in order to “protect society against the back-alley abortionist.”