Alberta, Canada promises to offer the abortion pill free of charge to all women

This decision from Rachel Notley’s New Democratic Party government makes Alberta the second province in Canada to say that it will offer universal access to Mifegymiso, the combined medical abortion kit that received an important endorsement from an expert committee on 20 April. “The Alberta government strongly supports women’s reproductive health options,” Tim Kulak, a spokesman for Alberta Health, said. “In light of the Canadian Drug Expert Committee’s positive listing recommendation, Alberta will be taking … Continued

Abortion pills to be free of charge in New Brunswick, but what about across Canada?

The New Brunswick Health Minister Victor Boudreau said he wanted to reduce financial barriers to a woman’s right to choose. Any woman with a valid Medicare card would be able to get Mifegymiso (combi=pack of mifepristone + misoprostol) free. The abortion pill can currently only be obtained by doctor’s prescription, and only 24 doctors and pharmacists in New Brunswick have completed or registered for the training required to prescribe and dispense it, respectively, according to … Continued

Abortion pill available in less than half of all Canadian provinces three months after rollout

Mifegymiso, the medical abortion pill packet, has been available in Canada since late January 2017. However, three months after the pills became available, only five provinces and one territory have requested it, according to its manufacturer: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon. Medical experts and advocates had hoped the abortion pill would help close the urban-rural divide in access to abortion services in Canada. But according to an article in the Canadian … Continued

Canadian judge bars inappropriate anti-abortion advertisements on public buses

City officials in Grande Prairie, in northwest Alberta province, rejected a confrontational advertisement for the side of the city’s municipal buses, which led to a two-year court battle between the anti-abortion group claiming the right to freedom of expression against the city’s authority to decide what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for putting on the side of their municipal buses.

The abortion pill must be available from pharmacies in Canada, according to specialists

According to Dr Wendy Thomas, a family doctor, and Prof Judith A Soon, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Colombia, the federal government must allow pharmacists to prescribe the abortion pill to ensure safe and equitable access for women across Canada.

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