RU-486 ABORTION PILL APPROVED BY HEALTH CANADA

Jul 30, 2015

By Jane Brown

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It’s a pill that has been used by women in France for 25 years.  The abortion pill, commonly known as RU-486, has been approved by Health Canada for use in this country.

PARIS, FRANCE:  A nurse shows the RU486 pill at the family planning department of Hopital Broussais, 25 October 2000. (Photo credit should read MANOOCHER DEGHATI/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: A nurse shows the RU486 pill at the family planning department of Hopital Broussais, 25 October 2000. (Photo credit should read MANOOCHER DEGHATI/AFP/Getty Images)

The decision follows a review process that began at the end of 2012.

Women in roughly 60 countries already have access to the drug, called mifepristone, to safely terminate a pregnancy.

While some countries allow women to get the drug directly from pharmacists, Health Canada has opted to require that women get a doctor’s prescription in order to obtain the drug.

The drug works by blocking production of progesterone, a hormone needed to sustain a pregnancy, and studies suggest it can be used to terminate a pregnancy safely as late as 70 days after conception.

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