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Canadian abortion providers are preparing to accept U.S. patients

Abortion Canadian medical centers are preparing to accept patients from US states that have banned this procedure. The U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled to overturn the constitutional rights of pregnancy abortion in the United States, is also used as an incentive to expand Canada's pregnancy abortion services and provide other forms of support to pregnant women. ..

The Canadian Supreme Court denounced abortion in 1988, 15 years after the US groundbreaking Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that it legalized abortion across the United States. did.

Canada is the second largest land area in the world, with abortion services not easily accessible for hundreds of kilometers in some rural areas, but most major urban areas have hospitals and medical centers.

Now that the Roe v. Wade case has been overturned, 13 US states along the Canadian border can allow, limit, or completely ban abortion.

Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba and borders North Dakota, which is expected to limit access to abortion.

Blandine Tona, director of the Women's Health Clinic clinical program in Winnipeg, expects American patients to visit the center, as it did before the coronavirus pandemic. She said this had nothing to do with the law, but with proximity. Some Americans are closer to Winnipeg than states where abortion is still legal.

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Martha Paynter, "Abolition, discontinuation to reproduction" Author Canada Injustice of Health. (Courtesy of: Martha Paynter)

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A painter with a PhD in Nursing, she said, has cost and logistical obstacles for Americans to receive care in Canada. However, she said the situation was an incentive to expand access to abortion nationwide.

"It seems unlikely that you will have to have a passport because you have to pay for your travel expenses. That will be a significant process," she said. You need to prepare. This reminds us very well that we need to be vigilant and increase access so far.

Canada's westernmost British Columbia borders Washington, where abortion services continue to be widely available, but in Idaho, if state law overcomes a court objection, the procedure Will be banned soon.

Michelle Fortin, executive director of Options for Sexual Health in British Columbia. (Courtesy Michelle Fortin)
Michelle Fortin, British Columbia Sexual Executive Director of Health Options British Columbia. (Courtesy of Michelle Fortin)

Executive Director of Option for Sexual Health, formerly the planned parent-child relationship association in British Columbia. When Fortin crosses a passport request or border, most Americans seeking an abortion service will visit the nearest US state that allows it.

Still, no one is turned away in Canada, and many Canadians are trying to provide other types of support as well.

"So I believe Americans with unintentional and unwanted pregnancies will give birth," she said. I know there are many people in Canada looking for ways to help Americans access abortion.

Fortin said this support was primarily financial support to cover American travel, childcare and other costs. She said this could include sending drug-based abortion drugs to the United States, similar to what has been done for years with other prescriptions that are cheaper in Canada than the United States. Said.