Abortion pill available in less than half of all Canadian provinces three months after rollout
Ashley Csanady | March 30, 2017
The abortion pill is available in less than half of all Canadian provinces and territories three months after it first went on sale in Canada.
Medical experts and advocates had hoped Mifegymiso — the official name of the two-medication drug also know as mifepristone or RU-486 — would help close the gaping urban-rural divide in access to abortion care services in Canada. But three months in, experts warn a strict regulatory regime could further entrench that divide and only existing abortion providers will be willing or able to distribute the pill.
Just five provinces and one territory have requested the drug since its late-January launch, according to its manufacturer: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.