How the wave of U.S. restrictions will affect Canadian women sent there for abortions

Article by Amanda Connolly and Rachel Browne

Dozens of Canadian women travel to the U.S. every year for abortions paid for by their provincial governments, according to data obtained by Global News.

But as some states move to restrict and criminalize the medical procedure, experts say that could have a big impact on Canadian women by both limiting options for out-of-country care and potentially increasing wait times in Canada.

“People who access abortion care, especially for later-term abortion care, they have to travel to the United States to do that,” said Frederique Chabot, director of health promotion at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.

“People go and seek them in the United States so if these services are not offered in the United States anymore, we’re going to see, effectively, a reduction in abortion access for Canadian people as well.”

Posted on 2019-05-28
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