British Columbia will offer universal access to a medical abortion drug in a move that women's-health advocates say will particularly benefit those who live in rural and remote communities where abortion services are lacking.
Mifegymiso is covered for women on certain social assistance programs. Doctors also need special training to provide prescriptions for the pill. Chartier said under 60 doctors in the province have undergone the voluntary training.
Ottawa is making it easier for women to get the abortion pill, relaxing rules around who can prescribe the drug and at what stage of pregnancy a woman can take it – changes that catapult Canada among the world's most liberal jurisdictions in terms of obtaining the medication.