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Jamie Sarkonak: Progressivists have failed Canadian women with abortion drugs

The struggle to make Canadian women an excellent non-surgical option for abortion has received little attention for years

The abortion pill, mifepristone (also known as RU-486, or Mifegymiso) has been available in France since the late 1980s and was approved in the U.S. in 2000 but was not approved in Canada until 2015, becoming available in 2017.
Abortion drug, also known as Mifepristone (RU-486, or Mifegymiso) ) Has been available in France since the late 1980s, in the United States in 2000, but was not approved in Canada until 2015 and became available in 2017. Photo: Phil Walter / Getty Images

Prior to 2017, almost all Canadian women seeking abortion had to undergo surgery It didn't happen, but women elsewhere could choose the drug to induce an abortion.

For decades, Canada lacked the "gold standard" abortion drug, mifepristone (also known as RU-486 or Mifegymiso). .. After being used for 30 years in France and 15 years in the United States, the abortion drug was finally approved in Canada under the Conservative Party of Stephen Harper in 2015 and made publicly available in 2017. Among the progressive politicians, only Thomas Malcare's New Democratic Party put pressure on the issue. The Liberal Party did nothing. In the last major aspect of Canada's abortion rights, progressive politicians were largely silent.

With the US Supreme Court dismissing the Roe v. Wade case and the federal government protecting abortion rights, many have professed their commitment to abortion rights. The Dobbs v. Jackson decision means that individual states can decide whether to allow or ban abortion.

Please be careful about activities in fine weather. The struggle to make Canadian women an excellent non-surgical option for abortion has received less news coverage and parliamentary attention in 20 years than the Roe v. Wade incident in the last two months.

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In Canada,surgery is almost done before mifepristone is readily available. It was used for all abortions, but now there are about two. -One-third as a result of drug use. About 100,000 abortions occur annually in Canada. Had the abortion drug been approved in the United States at the same time, it would have prevented approximately 510,000 surgeries (30,000 per year in 17 years). In particular, access to abortion drugsdoes not increase the overall abortion rate, but merely reduces the rate of surgery.

In France, women have been able to use abortion drugs since the late 1980s. When the United States approved Mifepristone in 2000, there was hope that it might come to Canada soon. Manufacturersaid it would not tryuntil approval was obtained in the United States to prevent the black market. The Canadian Medical Journal of Health's2001 articlestates that Health Canada will urgently approve the submission when it is submitted. Doctors were urged to ask Health Canada to consider this drug in2006.

It's been almost 10 years and nothing happened. NDP began publicly seeking mifepristone in November 2013. MP Libby Davies at the time askedDeputy Minister of Health George Da Pont why the drug was not available in Canada. He said he had not received the application. This was incorrect — the application was first submitted to Health Canada in December 2011andwas resubmitted in 2012.

  1. People protest after the leak of a draft majority opinion written by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, in New York City on May 3, 2022.

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    The majority of Canadians have no legal restrictions He says that abortion should be left alone. In 2014, the Canadian Medical Journal of Health published a bitter editof, which literally outlined with a map how Canada was anomalous in the developed world. The delay in approval of Mifepristone wasreported by the CBC, citing longtime activist and NDP health critic Davis. Another NDP member, Niki Ashton, asked the government again about the delay. In mid-2014, Conservative lawmakersubmitted a petition to the then Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, to reject Mifepristone. The next day, NDPpressuredAmbrose on whether political intervention was blocking drug approval. She said it was all in the hands of Health Canada. Malcare, head of the NDP, warned against political interference. Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau said that "trusts scientists" to go through the proper process.

    In fact, Ambrose had the statutory authority under theFood and Drug Actto facilitate or add to the process. Both NDP and liberal could have asked more about this — they just didn't. In December 2014, Health Canada announced in mid-January 2015 that it would decide whether to approve the drug by. When it rolled, it wasdelayedwithout explanation. Approval was finally stamped onJuly 2015and allowed to be used fromJuly 2016Conservative ministers and Michelle LempergarnerEven large progressives like this declined to comment; ProLife MP expressed disappointment. The drug market debut has been postponed to January 2017. Deployment at the state level was slowSlow

    Strict restrictions limit use to the first 7 weeks of pregnancy after ultrasound, doctors dispense it (pharmacist) Instead, the doctor thought it was meaningless). By mid-2017, physician and pharmacist regulators advised members to ignore certain strict requirements. In the face of the rebellion, in late 2017Health Canada raised the usage limit to nine weeks, allowing pharmacists to dispense it. Mandatory ultrasound was dropped in2019

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    It took years to approveGlobe and Mail's André Picard called the long road to approval of the drug "shameful." It was a fair evaluation. Approval of mifepristone took years, but the standard was 300 days.

    Liberal and socially progressive conservatives had little to say about this — all they could do was ask for a progress report. Liberals were similarly silent in the House of Commons. Only the NDP can be said to have sought access to abortion drugs in public records, only 13 years after US approval.

    It is difficult to determine if the question was a lack of answers, as the questions were so lacking in the first place. Anyway, Mifepristone's cone of political silence imposed 510,000 unnecessary surgeries on women who would otherwise have chosen.

    Keep these women in mind when opportunistic politicians ride the media wave of the Roe v. Wade case.

    National Post

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    Jamie Sarkonak is an Edmonton writer.

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