Canada: Barriers to abortion services in Nova Scotia are ‘unconscionable’: activists

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Barriers to abortion services in Nova Scotia are 'unconscionable': activists

BRETT BUNDALE
HALIFAX — The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

More women have come forward to complain about abortion-access hurdles in Nova Scotia, as a national lobby group says it plans a renewed push in the province.

One woman says she was a 23-year-old university student when she missed a period and suspected her birth control had failed. She confirmed it with a pregnancy test in a Starbucks washroom.

“I was in this state of incredulity,” said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But from the very beginning, I absolutely knew what my choice was.”

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/barriers-to-abortion-services-are-damaging-to-women-nova-scotia-activists/article35996933/

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Canada: Doctor calls for stop of ‘demeaning’ practice of watching women swallow Mifegymiso ‘abortion pill’

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Doctor calls for stop of 'demeaning' practice of watching women swallow Mifegymiso 'abortion pill'
Not required in Canada, but doctors at Regina General Hospital still do it

By Stephanie Taylor, CBC News
Posted: Aug 11, 2017

Doctors should stop the "demeaning" practice of supervising a woman while she swallows the Mifegymiso abortion pill, a professor says.

Dr. Wendy Norman teaches at the University of British Columbia and chairs family planning research for the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

She said a myth exists that physicians are required to watch a patient ingest mifepristone — one of a two-drug combination packed together as Mifegymiso, for medical abortions.

Continued: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/mifegymiso-regina-doctors-abortion-pill-supervision-1.4243642

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Canada: Universal access needed for abortion pill, advocates urge

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Universal access needed for abortion pill, advocates urge

Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer
Published Friday, July 21, 2017

OTTAWA -- An organization that advocates for women's sexual health rights has given the provincial premiers a November deadline to provide universal access to Mifegymiso, a drug used to end a pregnancy.

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.

Continued at source: CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/universal-access-needed-for-abortion-pill-advocates-urge-1.3512176

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Health Canada eases restrictions on abortion pill

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Health Canada eases restrictions on abortion pill
Health Canada has lifted two of the restrictions it had in place for Mifegymiso, a two-drug combination known as the abortion pill, advocates say

By: Alex Abdelwahab Metro Published on Thu May 18 2017

Health Canada has relaxed some of its restrictions for Mifegymiso, commonly known as the abortion pill, according to a prominent sexual health group.

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights said Thursday it welcomed Health Canada’s announcement it was no longer requiring pharmacists to complete a mandatory training program before being able to dispense the drug.

Continued at source: Metro News: http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2017/05/18/health-canada-eases-restrictions-on-abortion-pill.html

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Abortion pills accessed online are as safe, effective as clinics: study

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Abortion pills accessed online are as safe, effective as clinics: study
Telemedicine may be option in countries where service is restricted, researchers suggest

CBC News Posted: May 16, 2017

Medical abortions done at home using pills and an online telemedicine service appear to be just as safe and effective as those done at legal clinics, a new study has found. And it's an approach that the Canadian health-care system may be able to learn from, the author of an accompanying editorial says.

To conduct the study, researchers analyzed the outcomes of 1,023 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland who sought medical abortion services through Women on Web, a non-profit organization that provides access to medications used to induce abortion, between 2010 and 2012. Outcomes were known for 1,000 of those women, and nearly all the women were less than nine weeks into their pregnancy.

Continued at source: CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/medical-abortion-telemedicine-1.4118688

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Expert panel endorses public coverage for abortion pill in Canada

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Expert panel endorses public coverage for abortion pill in Canada

Kelly Grant - HEALTH REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

A long-awaited expert committee report on the abortion pill is recommending that provincial and territorial governments cover the $300 cost of the medication, The Globe and Mail has learned.

The Common Drug Review (CDR) endorsement is a crucial step toward taxpayer-funded reimbursement for drugs new to Canada, including Mifegymiso, a two-drug combination kit that pro-choice advocates hope will eventually make abortions easier to obtain outside big cities.

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/expert-panel-endorses-public-coverage-for-abortion-pill-in-canada/article34757082/

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New Brunswick becomes first Canada province to offer free abortion pill

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New Brunswick becomes first Canada province to offer free abortion pill

Pill will be given to women with a valid healthcare card, a big step for region that previously had some of Canada’s tightest restrictions on reproductive rights

Julien Gignac in Toronto
Wednesday 5 April 2017

New Brunswick has become the first province in Canada to distribute an abortion pill for free, in a major step for a region that previously had one of the country’s strictest policies on women’s reproductive rights.

The provincial health minister, Victor Boudreau, unveiled the policy on Tuesday, announcing that women will be entitled to receive Mifegymiso without payment if they have a valid healthcare card.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/05/canada-free-abortion-pill-new-brunswick

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Canada: Abortion pill available in less than half of all Canadian provinces three months after rollout

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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.

continued: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/abortion-pill-available-in-less-than-half-of-all-canadian-provinces-three-months-after-rollout

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Abortion pill’s Canadian launch delayed by lack of coverage, distribution rules

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Abortion pill's Canadian launch delayed by lack of coverage, distribution rules

Kelly Grant - HEALTH REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Mar. 01, 2017

The Canadian launch of the abortion pill is proceeding more slowly than expected, with only five abortion clinics and a handful of big-city pharmacies across the country ordering the medication since its debut in January.

Abortion providers say confusion over distribution rules and a lack of public drug coverage are partly behind the sluggish introduction of Mifegymiso, a $300 pill combination that supporters hope will eventually make it easier for rural and small-town women to end their unwanted pregnancies.

“It’s been terribly slow,” Ellen Wiebe, the medical director of the Willow Women’s Clinic in Vancouver, said of the abortion pill’s roll-out. “We’re the big customer. That shouldn’t be. It should be all over the country.”

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/abortion-pills-canadian-launch-delayed-by-lack-of-coverage-distribution-rules/article34181063/

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Long-awaited abortion pill Mifegymiso makes Canadian debut

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Long-awaited abortion pill Mifegymiso makes Canadian debut
Kelly Grant - HEALTH REPORTER

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

The abortion pill is finally available in Canada.

The first shipments of Mifegymiso arrived earlier this week at two women’s health clinics in Vancouver and Calgary, marking the beginning of a potential sea change in how women in Canada choose to end their pregnancies.

“We were over the moon,” said Celia Posyniak, the executive director of Calgary’s Kensington Clinic, the first place in the country to provide the medication to a patient. “There’s a few of us who’ve been here for 25 years or more and we’ve been waiting for it for all that time. Canada was definitely a laggard.”

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Source, Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/long-awaited-abortion-pill-mifegymiso-rolls-out-in-canada/article33695167/

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