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By Lezlie Lowe, The Cronicle Herald

Imagine you're a Prince Edward Island woman or a rural Cape Bretoner, and you need an abortion. With no access on the island and scant few options east of the Canso Causeway, chances are you'll go to Halifax.

That means finding a drive, booking at least a one-night stay and likely looking for someone to come along and offer a kind word.

But what if you don't have a car, don't have cash for a motel and don't have someone for support?

Easy. You talk to Shannon Hardy.

Hardy is the founder of Maritime Abortion Support Services (MASS), which offers free rides, couches to crash on (breakfast included!), and informal consultations with women who have had abortions in the past and can tell patients what to expect. One volunteer will even pick up women from the Prince Edward Island ferry in Caribou and drive them to the city and back.

"If you need something," Hardy says, "we can find a volunteer to do it."

Believe it.