A constitutional future for abortion rights in Canada

In 2015, Abortion Access Now PEI legally challenged the restrictive abortion policy of Prince Edward Island. This article studies their challenge as a unique case in the building of a constitutional future for abortion rights in Canada. The article tracks how AAN PEI drew on classic rule of law arguments of transparency, accountability, and constitutional justice to shape and claim abortion rights as democratic rights, an entitlement to fully and equally participate in and benefit from the health care system as a fundamental social institution of the state.

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

Long-awaited medical abortion combi-pack Mifegymiso finally available in Canada

Shipments of the combination pack of the two pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, used for medical abortion finally began arriving in Canada at two clinics in Vancouver and Calgary during the week of 16 January 2017. Misoprostol has long been available in Canada, but not mifepristone. For a long time, methotrexate has been prescribed by some providers in Canada with misoprostol instead, but this combination was never approved by WHO.   When the pharmaceutical company Celopharma … Continued

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