A doctor with BC Women’s Hospital says she is thrilled the abortion pill has now been approved in Canada.
Mifepristone is now available with a doctor’s prescription.
Doctor Wendy Norman says abortion medication has previously been cumbersome and hard to access.
“A huge difference for women is that now, highly effective, very safe abortions will be available within the context of a senior primary care provider and being able to manage this at home and in your own communities.”
The drug can be used within the first nine weeks of a pregnancy.
Norman adds there are no details on a price yet, but doctors hope governments will help women cover the cost, since it’s an alternative to surgical abortions, which are covered by MSP.