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A New Abortion Pill Will be Available in Canada Soon, But It’s Not a Simple Solution to Access

Sold under the name Mifegymiso (known better for its US name RU-486), the abortion pill is actually two pills—Mifepristone and Misoprostol. When taken sequentially the drug mimics a miscarriage and expels a pregnancy in someone up to nine weeks pregnant. The drug is already available in over 50 countries and it’s included in the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines.

“We’re not breaking any new ground here, we’re catching up,” says Sandeep Prasad, executive director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.

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