Safe abortion is essential health care and a human right. An abortion is one of the most common health care needs in Canada. It has been estimated that one in three Canadian women will have an abortion during their lifetime. Canada has limited information on how many trans and non-binary people access abortion services, but we do know that they do. Sexual orientation and/or gender identity should not prevent you from having a safe and supported abortion experience.

The decision to terminate a pregnancy by abortion is a very difficult one that only you can make. This decision should be made without pressure or coercion from anyone; you should have the right to choose what is best for you and your body. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) supports women and gender-diverse people’s right to choose safe abortion services and is working to make these services more accessible across Canada. Abortion should be safe, respectful, and on your terms.

Abortion is safe and legal in Canada and is publicly funded as a medical procedure. There are no costs for abortion if you have health coverage, although the details depend on the province. Some clinics may charge an administration fee, and there may be costs if you are seeking an abortion outside of your province or territory. You may also have to pay for hygiene products such as menstrual pads and pain medication, depending on your provider and insurance plan.

It is best to speak with your health care provider as soon as possible to learn about the process and about the availability of abortion services in your area. It is important to seek help early because the more advanced your pregnancy is, the more complex the process becomes. You can also contact Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights’ Access Line at 1-888-642-2725 for information about abortions and abortion services.