Quebec government to offer abortion pill free to women beginning this fall
MONTREAL — The Quebec government is making the abortion pill free for women as of the fall. Health Minister Gaetan Barrette made the announcement in Montreal today. Mifegymiso, a two-drug combination also known as RU-486, was authorized by Health Canada in July 2015 and entered the market in January.
It will be accessible for those with a doctor’s prescription and women taking it will need to have a medical follow-up.
The pill can be used up to seven weeks from conception so an ultrasound will be necessary to date the pregnancy.
The program is being administered by Quebec’s health insurance board, which will allow for expanded access throughout the province.
In April, New Brunswick was the first province to announce it was making the abortion pill available free of charge.