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Advocates fight to ease abortion pill restrictions before Canadian debut

Meanwhile, a call-to-action led by the B.C. doctors and advocacy groups including the Ottawa-based Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights is hammering away at other perceived hurdles to accessibility: including its $300 cost, certification requirements for the prescribing doctors, and limiting use to no more than seven weeks after a woman’s last period.

“Why should abortion medication be subject to that scrutiny? It shouldn’t be,” executive director Sandeep Prasad said of the myriad restrictions on the drug, also known as RU-486.

“It’s only the case because it is abortion that we’re talking about and people have problems with that, people are against it and that’s really the issue. It’s a stigmatized service and that’s really unfortunate.”

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