FREDERICTON (GNB) – The number of publicly funded surgical abortions in the province is decreasing.

“Since our government created a program that provides universal access to Mifegymiso, we are seeing a decrease in surgical abortions in our province,” said Health Minister Benoît Bourque.

Mifegymiso, commonly referred to as the abortion pill, is a combination drug product approved for the medical termination of a pregnancy up to 63 days.

Last July, New Brunswick became the first province to create a program that provides universal access to Mifegymiso. The program ensures that any patient with a valid Medicare card is eligible to receive Mifegymiso free of charge. More information about the program is available online.

Between July and Dec. 31, 2017, 162 prescriptions for the drug were reimbursed through the Department of Health’s medical abortion program.

“Ever since we made Mifegymiso available free of charge for all New Brunswick patients, we are ensuring that financial barriers do not stand in the way of New Brunswickers’ right to choose,” said Bourque.