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Albertans now have free access to legal medical abortion drugs, the province announced. It joins New Brunswick and Ontario in offering universal coverage of RU-486 known by its trade name Mifegymiso to all people covered by provincial health care.
Women in Ontario will be able to get free access to an abortion pill with a prescription starting Aug. 10.
The president of the Canadian Nurses Association says Health Canada’s wording on who can prescribe Mifegymiso, commonly known as the abortion pill, is restricting access to the drug.
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is challenging the provinces to offer the medication free of charge to those who want it. New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta have already started offering it in place of surgical abortions.
New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is stopping short of calling on his provincial counterparts to offer abortion pills for free, but he says it's "the right thing to do."
Every woman living in Alberta will have universal access to a new medical abortion therapy regardless of whether she has provincial health insurance, Alberta’s health minister says.