The Ontario government says it is giving women in the province more choice over their reproductive health by covering the cost of Mifegymiso, commonly referred to as an abortion pill, starting on Aug.10.
Mifegymiso, also known by the name RU-486, is a two-drug combination of mifepristone and misoprostol that can be used to terminate a pregnancy up to 49 days.
It was approved in July 2015 after a lengthy study by Health Canada. It has slowly become available for distribution in Canada since then.
The Ontario government pledged in its spring budget to publicly fund the medication but hadn’t indicated when that would happen or any other details until now. Status of Women Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris announced Thursday that women with a valid health card and a prescription from their doctor or nurse practitioner will be able to get it for free at pharmacies that carry it starting next week.
At least 150 health-care providers with the ability to …