Health Canada approves abortion pill use up to nine weeks
Update to product monograph comes after health advocates warned current rules too restrictive
Kyle Duggan and Amanda Connolly
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Women seeking an abortion in Canada will now be able to use the abortion pill up to nine weeks into a pregnancy.
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.