After a historically lengthy review process, Health Canada finally approved the abortion pill, Mifegymiso, yet too many people in Canada still can’t access it;
Canada has struggled to make abortion services accessible;
Each dose can cost as much as $450 — an exorbitant price that makes it out of reach for all but the most privileged among us;
Beyond costs, many of Health Canada’s exceptional conditions of use for this drug are problematic and unnecessary; and
Making medical abortion more easily available is an important way to expand choice and ensure the right to health and safety.
We, the undersigned, who are committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Encourage every province and territory in Canada to ensure that the cost of Mifegymiso is universally covered under public health care;
2. Ensure that the federal government promptly implement universal cost coverage for Mifegymiso for all federal patients;
3. Ensure that universal cost coverage programs making Mifegymiso available are rolled out in the timeliest and most inclusive way possible, with respect to those people who face discrimination due to race, class, geographical location and indigeneity; and
4. Encourage Health Canada to remove the remaining unnecessary restrictions that continue to jeopardize access to Mifegymiso.
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