Canada Now Provides Universal Coverage For The Abortion Pill
The Saskatchewan government in Canada has announced that they will provide universal coverage for an abortion pill called Mifegymiso.
Health Minister Jim Reiter cites federal law as a motivator for approving universal coverage of Mifegymiso, according to an article from the CBC.
"This is a very divisive issue. It is an issue where you are not going to make everyone happy. Federal law has made it very clear that abortion needs to be provided. This is a less invasive way of doing that," Reiter said.
NDP MLA Vicki Mowat sees the medication’s cost effectiveness as a key reason for moving forward in providing full access to Mifegymiso.
"We know that when there is a full funding situation there is more availability for the drug. Because it is safer, cheaper and less invasive - we see this as a no-brainer," Mowat said.
Medical students from the University of Saskatchewan organized around universal coverage for Mifegymiso and asserted that failure to provide this type of abortion was a violation of the tenet of universality in the Canada Health Act.
"We're very excited, we're very pleased. It's been the result of a collective advocacy effort of many different groups over the past couple years since Mife[gymiso] was brought into Canada," Laura Witt, a medical student at University of Saskatchewan said.
Saskatchewan was the final province to provide universal coverage of the abortion pill as a consequence of both advocacy from the community and the cost effectiveness of the medication itself.