Should this abortion pill be legal in Canada?
by Will Raymond on February 2, 2014 - 10:08pm
In the article “Abortion debate may return as Health Canada weighs RU-486 approval” written by Laura Payton the author demonstrates the reasons why and why not abortion should or shouldn’t be legalized. The focus of the article is on a drug called mifepristone (RU-486) that when taken will terminate pregnancies within 9 weeks. The drug has not been approved yet but has already caught the attention of anti-abortion protesters who want to contest the drug and make sure it doesn’t end up in pharmacies across Canada.
As for the debate, people in favour of the drug are saying Canada should approve this drug because it can and will help a lot of woman in rural communities who do not have access to surgical abortion. For some woman it can take a day or two to get to the nearest abortion center from their community. An example of a rural community would be “Prince Edward Island who has no facilities that terminate pregnancies” (Payton, 2014). Mifepristone supporters also suggest that approving this drug will not increase the number of abortions but instead it will reduce the demand for surgical abortions which can save a lot of woman time and money. Lastly, the author explains how the drug has already been safely used in 57 countries on millions of woman and yielded great results. Mifepristone supports are basing their arguments on moral claims revolving around the idea that people should act in their own best interest. The supporters also believe that one should always do that which leads to the most overall happiness
On the other side of the debate, the author demonstrates how the anti-abortion protesters lead by Mary Ellen Douglas (“National organizer for the anti-abortion Campaign Life Coalition” (Payton, 2014)) are concerned of the various side effects of mifepristone. One of which is called Sepsis which is the presence of harmful bacteria in human tissues, often trough the infection of a wound. The anti-abortion protesters have brought a variety of case files where woman who have used the drug ended up with a fatal case of sepsis. The main reason the protesters are against the drug is because "It is pregnancy termination. It is abortion ... and of course we wouldn't want it for that reason" (Payton, 2014). The anti-abortion protesters are basing most of their arguments on moral claims regarding how it is always wrong to act in any way that will harm another person (unborn baby).
In my opinion, Mifepristone should be legalized in Canada due to the fact that the positive arguments outweigh the negatives. The drug has been used for years in countries in the European area and had had great results, there is no reason why Canada would have any different results. Also if some areas of Canada don’t have the option of a surgical abortion then there must be alternative, no human should be forced into doing something they do not want to do. I also believe in the idea that people should act in their own interest and have the freedom to decide what’s best for them. What do you think, Should we approve Mifepristone or should it never get into our Canadian pharmacies?
Payton, Laura. "Abortion Debate May Return as Health Canada Weighs RU-486 Approval."CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 28 Jan. 2014. Web. 02 Feb. 2014. <http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/abortion-debate-may-return-as-health-can....