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Emmajen
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Does anyone know whatever happened to RU-486, or the abortion pill, being made available in the US and Canada?
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Heather
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Mifepristone (RU-486), and thus, medical abortion, has been available in both countries now for around five years.
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Emmajen
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Are you sure? I'm under the impression that it's definitely not legal in Canada. I think maybe because of anti-abortion lobbyists?
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Heather
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My apologies: medical (as opposed to surgcial, read: by pill) abortion is available (albeit limited) in Canada, but via the drugs methotrexate and misoprostol, rather than mifepristone and misoprostol. Most abortions in Cnada are still surgical (as are most in the US -- that may be due in part to availibility even here, but it's likely also due to a simple preference; medical abortion tends to be a lot more trying, painful and complicated for the patient).
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