Que­bec govern­ment to of­fer abor­tion pill free to women be­gin­ning this fall

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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