By Skyler Lee
A little under two years after a devastating fire, the New Brunswick Right to Life’s Women Care Centre has higher hopes than ever for the future.
Before the fire, the New Brunswick Right to Life’s Mother and Child House, which also contained the Women’s Care Centre, was located directly next to the abortion facility on 562 Brunswick Street in downtown Fredericton, a prime location for any pro-life organization.
Knowing the building was irreparable, the group made the decision to demolish and rebuild in the same location to maintain their spot in the community.
While rebuilding, they had to move to a smaller location in downtown Fredericton where the organization could not offer its full services.
“We couldn’t offer ultrasounds. It meant young women who felt they were pregnant and didn't know what to do had to go see a doctor,” Crouchman explained.
However, after rebuilding and securing permits for slight building modifications which the abortion facility next door attempted to convince the City of Fredericton to deny in an attempt to prevent them from operating side-by-side, the NBRTL’s Women’s Care Centre overcame the obstacles and is working on getting back into operation.
The new air-conditioned building, which is now more accessible with an elevator for disabled individuals, is once again offering counseling and pregnancy tests along with a brand new $30,000 ultrasound machine when the Women’s Care Centre officially opens around October.
New Brunswick Right To Life's Facility is pictured, with abortion mill building on the right.