OTTAWA – Health Canada confirmed yesterday that RU-486 has been approved for use in Canada. It is a two drug combination that causes an abortion and is used during the first trimester of pregnancy.

“No drug is without risk, but the risks associated with RU-486 are well known,” says Dr. Laura Lewis, an Ontario family physician and a Canadian Physicians for Life board member. “The 2011 FDA report on RU-486 reported that 14 women died since the drug’s introduction in the United States. It also noted 339 women experienced blood loss requiring transfusions and 256 women experienced infections.”

The drug has been touted as increasing abortion access, notably in remote areas where abortion access has been limited.

“When we consider this will make abortion more accessible to women living in remote areas, we need to remember that due to the drug’s possible adverse effects, women using this drug will still need proper medical follow-up. Surgical care should be available in their community as surgical intervention may be required,” states Lewis.

Further, it should be questioned whether additional abortion access is what Canadian women need most. Canada currently has no abortion legislation, and women can self-refer to an abortion clinic or hospital throughout their pregnancy.

“Is this drug addressing the right problem?” questions Lewis. “In this nation we treat abortion as a solution to unplanned pregnancy. But women don’t necessarily need more abortion access. What many do need, and have difficulty accessing, are practical supports, community resources and compassionate care. Our response as a country should address women’s deepest concerns, in these cases it is often fear and worry, not simply offering them more abortion access.”

Dr. Thomas Bouchard and Dr. Laura Lewis, CPL Board Members, are available for comment through the contact information noted below.


For more information or an interview, please contact
Faye Sonier, Executive Director
Canadian Physicians for Life
(613) 728-5433

Canadian Physicians for Life is the national association of pro-life physicians in Canada. Founded in 1975, Canadian Physicians for Life seeks to promote public awareness of and professional adherence to the time-honoured Hippocratic medical tradition, which affirms the inviolability of every human life. For more information, please visit our website at


Recent Posts

You Might Also Like

  • By: CPL Office on January 17, 2020

    Vancouver area hospice is asking the government to reconsider their proposal to give up $750,000 a year in funding so that it not be required to violate its mandate of care and compassion for patients by providing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) at its facility. The health authority’s demand is unnecessary, the hospice contends,

  • By: cpladmin on December 6, 2013

    For Immediate Release: Canadian Physicians for Life comment on RU-486 (mifepristone) November 28, 2013 The potent anti-hormone RU-486 has caused the deaths of millions of unborn children worldwide. We are saddened that any number of the smallest preborn Canadian children could soon be added to that list of deaths. RU-486 can and has been used

Follow US:

Want to become a member?


Vital Bylines: Get news and opportunities weekly from CPL.