Celopharma Inc, the company that is bringing the combined abortion pill package of mifepristone+misoprostol to Canada is going ahead with a crucial cost-effectiveness review by the Common Drug Review (CDR) that could clear the way for provincial drug plans to cover the CAN $300 cost of the medication, according to Health Canada.
Anti-abortion protesters are staying the required 40 metres away from a St. John’s clinic in Newfoundland, two weeks after a court order banned protests closer to the building. Rolanda Ryan, owner of the Athena Health Centre, says a lot of tension has disappeared from her building since the ruling in June.
Anti-Abortion counselling agencies present misinformation about abortion and fail to disclose their anti-choice agendas.
The Justin Trudeau government has removed a restriction that prevented federal foreign aid dollars being used for abortion services in other countries. The government of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper had committed billions in Canadian funds for its global maternal, child and newborn health, but banned use of Canadian government money to provide abortion services.
Canada has announced millions of dollars in funding for UNFPA’s work, but no funds have been earmarked for safe abortion care in developing countries. International aid for safe abortion care was banned in 2010 by the previous conservative government and strongly denounced by opposition.