How the pandemic is transforming abortion access.

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Author: Lauren Vogel
Date: Feb. 14, 2022
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 675 words
Lexile Measure: 1540L

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for more accessible abortion care in Canada, even as other countries report increasing barriers to the service.

Until recently, most people seeking abortions in Canada had to travel to clinics or hospitals--and sometimes out of the province or country--leading to major gaps in access.

The approval in 2015 of the abortion pill, mifepristone, raised hopes that some of these gaps could be closed, but it was another two years before people could take the medication at home.

Making mifepristone available as a normal prescription increased the proportion of medical abortions in Canada from roughly 2% to 31% without any change in complications or the overall abortion rate.

But according to a study of more than 300 Canadian abortion providers published in Family Practice, fewer than one in five had any experience providing medical abortions by telemedicine before the pandemic.

By January 2021, however, nearly nine in 10 reported providing some or all aspects of abortion care virtually--from counselling and prescribing to...

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