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N.B. premier says funding abortion pills is the “right thing to do”

Sandeep Prasad, an event organizer and executive director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, said reproductive health advocates attended the meetings in Edmonton to discuss the need to ensure universal cost coverage of the abortion pills.

He said he had “promising” conversations with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan. Surgical abortions became available in Prince Edward Island earlier this year after more than 30 decades of not offering those services.

“We want the provinces to commit to universal cost coverage of Mifegymiso … before the ministers of health meeting in November,” Prasad said.

He warned that if provinces refuse to cover the cost of medical abortions, it could lead to a two-tiered health-care system where only women who can afford the costly pills will have access to a medical abortion.

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