The Canadian province of New Brunswick plans to begin giving abortion drugs to women free of charge through its taxpayer-funded health system.
New Brunswick government leaders announced the plans Tuesday, saying they want to remove financial barriers to “a woman’s right to choose” abortion, The Canadian Press reports. Canada, like the United States, has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, basically allowing abortions for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.
Canadian health officials approved the dangerous abortion drugs for use in 2015; and the drugs became available to Canadians in January, according to the report. The abortion drugs mifegymiso, a two-drug combination of RU-486 (mifepristone) and misoprostol, typically costs between $300 and $450.
Province Health Minister Victor Boudreau said they are negotiating drug prices with the manufacturer and do not have a date yet for implementation. He said any woman with a valid health card will be able to get the abortion drugs for free in New Brunswick.
Boudreau also said they hope the plan will encourage more doctors and pharmacists to become certified to prescribe the abortion drugs locally.
The first abortion drug works by blocking the hormone progesterone, causing the uterine wall to break down and basically suffocating the unborn baby. The second drug then induces contractions to expel the unborn child. This abortion method typically is used during the first trimester.
The Globe and Mail reports more about the plan:
Sandeep Prasad, the executive director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, an Ottawa-based advocacy organization that connects women to abortion services, praised New Brunswick for vowing to cover all women, not just those who qualify for provincial drug coverage, such as social-assistance recipients.
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“We need to see other provinces following New Brunswick’s lead,” he said.
Heather Hughes, the executive director of New Brunswick Right to Life, said she is distressed to see her province taking the lead in helping women end their unwanted pregnancies.
“For a province that is already cash-strapped … where does this money come from?” she asked. “Why is the government so determined to put money into abortion as birth control when they know that New Brunswickers are opposed to that?”
For many years, U.S. polls have shown strong opposition to taxpayer funding of abortions. A 2011 poll by the Canadian group LifeCanada found 54 percent of Canadians said abortions should be funded by tax dollars only in cases of medical emergencies.
While the drugs are new in Canada, the U.S. approved the dangerous abortion drugs many years ago under pro-abortion President Bill Clinton. Last year, under pro-abortion President Barack Obama, the FDA expanded its guidelines for the abortion drugs, allowing them to be used later in pregnancy and in lower doses.
An FDA study from 2011 found that RU-486 is responsible for the deaths of at least 14 women in the U.S. and dozens more worldwide. In the April 2011 report, the FDA found that 2,207 women in the U.S. also were injured by the drug. A Planned Parenthood study also admits at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion drug daily.
RU-486 has claimed the lives of more than 2 million unborn children in the United States since its approval at the end of the Clinton administration.