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We are following the U.S. Supreme Court abortion ruling with interest and concern for the consequences of limiting access to abortion on the health of women, their families, and the population, as well as any potential negative impact on access to safe abortion care in Canada. Abortion care is part of healthcare in Canada. The CFPC stands by its statement regarding abortion issued in in 2016 and revised in 2022.

The following resources are available to family physicians.

Approximately one in three pregnant patients in Canada has an abortion in their lifetime, according to a 2012 report.1 Family physicians play a crucial role in supporting patients who need abortion care. Currently many Canadian communities, particularly in rural or remote regions, lack abortion services, which forces patients to travel long distances for care. With the availability of mifepristone, a drug used in combination with misoprostol under the brand name Mifegymiso to induce an abortion, family physicians have an opportunity to extend their practices to incorporate this care and improve access to this service for their patients and communities. The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) provides the following links to resources for family physicians who want to provide or refer their patients for abortion care.

Resources for physicians

Resources for patients

1. Norman WV. Induced abortion in Canada 1974-2005: Trends over the first generation with legal access. Contraception. 2012;85(2):185-91. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2011.06.009. Accessed 2018 Dec 11.

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