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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.
Women who want to use the abortion pill Mifegymiso can now take it farther along in their pregnancy, Health Canada said Tuesday in announcing changes to how the medication is prescribed and dispensed.
Health Canada updated its product monograph for Mifegymiso, the two-drug combination of pills that doctors can prescribe to women who want a medical abortion. The current monograph, approved in July 2015 after years of delays, states that Mifegymiso is safe for use up to seven weeks into a pregnancy — even though most countries that have legalized the abortion pill use a 10-week limit.
The association representing more than 800 midwives in Ontario says there is a "burgeoning interest" in allowing them to offer abortion services.
Conflicting guidelines and onerous after-care requirements are barring “a huge amount” of women from accessing the abortion pill, say staff at Planned Parenthood Ottawa, as doctors try to wrap their heads around the logistical hurdles.