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CAPSS was formed in 1997 to provide a Canadian national association dedicated to encouraging, equipping and partnering with local Pregnancy Centres.

 

We provide leadership development, operational standards, staff and volunteer training along with spiritual encouragement to over 70 affiliated Centres.

 

We purpose to help assist local pregnancy centres reach and compassionately care for clients facing issues related to unplanned pregnancies, post abortion stress, and sexual health.

 

  

 

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RU-486

RU-486

In July 2015 the RU-486 abortion pill was approved for prescription use in Canada. IN THE NEWS: Canada has no legal restrictions on abortions, access to surgical abortions varies by region. One in six hospitals in Canada provide abortions, and most of those are in urban areas, says Sandeep Prasad, executive director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. “This is going to substantially change abortion access in this country …" Prasad told CBC News. HOW DOES THE ABORTION PILL WORK? In Canada, the pill will be marketed as Mifegymiso. RU-486 is commonly referred to as just mifepristone, but it is really a two-drug combination of mifepristone and misoprostol. A woman will take mifepristone, which blocks the production of progesterone, a hormone that prepares the uterine lining for pregnancy, and then a day or two later takes the drug misoprostol, which causes contractions, essentially inducing a miscarriage. IS IT DIFFERENT THAN THE MORNING-AFTER PILL? The morning-after pill is to be used within 72 hours, to prevent an egg from fertilization after intercourse or to stop a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. By the time a fertilized egg attaches, it's too late to take the morning-after pill. RU-486 is for use only within the first 49 days of pregnancy, according to Health Canada. RU-486 RISKS. Canadian Physicians For Life raised concerns about the drug's side-effects, pointing to reports of fatal sepsis, or infection, in the U.S. "No drug is without risk, but the risks associated with RU-486 are well known," Dr. Laura Lewis, an Ontario family physician and a Canadian Physicians for Life board member, said in a statement. "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." KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS, according to the U.S. National Institute of Health, include: • Cramps. • Pelvic pain. • Vaginal burning, itching, or discharge. • Headaches. • Tiredness. • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. • Anxiety. • Back or leg pain. HOW DO WOMEN GET RU-486? Canadian women will need to see their doctors to obtain a prescription. Having a medical abortion using RU-486 in Canada will involve two visits to the doctor. On the first visit, the patient takes one mifepristone-misoprostol combination pill under doctor supervision. At home, they take four more within 12 to 24 hours. The patient returns for a post-treatment examination within one to two weeks. RU-486 will be distributed in Canada by Celopharma Inc. and is expected to be available for sale in winter 2016. Information taken from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ru-486-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-recently-approved-abortion-pill-1.3173657
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Aug.17.2015 > Rebecca Peters

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