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Abortion drug will be free in Ontario beginning next week

The Ontario Liberals announced today that the province will provide the abortion pill for free as of August 10.

The Liberals promised in their May budget they would pay for Mifegymiso, or RU-486.

Status of Women Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris announced Thursday that "women with a valid health card and prescription from their doctor or nurse practitioner" can get the abortion pill for free "at participating pharmacies across the province" in a week’s time.

The health ministry says the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada has trained some 150 provincial healthcare providers who can prescribe medication to prescribe the abortion pill, the CBC reported.

The ministry will be billed $337.25 for the drug, it reported.

Mifegymiso, or RU-486, is a two-drug combination of Mifepristone, which blocks progesterone, essentially starving the baby to death in utero, and Misoprostol, taken 24 to 48 hours later to induce labour to expel the dead baby.

Pro-abortion groups lauded the news.

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