N.L. close to announcing funding plan for abortion pill
Health Minister John Haggie says Newfoundland and Labrador is close to announcing a plan on provincial funding for the abortion pill.
Haggie says he wants counselling services in place as part of “a comprehensive package that we would deliver across the province” before announcing a decision on Mifegymiso funding.
The two-drug combination terminates pregnancies of up to nine weeks, as an alternative to surgical methods that are currently covered by the province.
The federally approved medical abortion drug has been at least partially covered by every other Canadian province.
Medical students and practitioners have written an open letter to the premier and health department asking for universal Mifegymiso coverage, as well as supportive resources for physicians prescribing the drug.
Haggie said “it’s not going to be a long process” before announcing the government’s funding package.
“We’re very near making a decision and being able to roll out a service rather than simply make an announcement about the availability of a particular drug,” Haggie said in an interview Thursday.
Newfoundland and Labrador Health Minister John Haggie