PEI Abortion Rights Network

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Abortion Clinics

Women's Wellness Program

Prince County Hospital
Summerside, PE
Toll Free: 1-844-365-8258

Surgical abortions are performed up to 12 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy. Program staff can help women from PEI access providers in other provinces after 12 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy. Medical abortions are performed up to 9 weeks of pregnancy.

The Moncton Hospital

Family Planning Clinic
Moncton, NB
Toll Free: 1-844-806-9205

Abortions are performed up to 13 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy.

Please note: Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 4:00pm. Calls made after hours or on weekends will be returned during regular business hours. Clinic Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm.

QEII Health Sciences Centre

Termination of Pregnancy Unit
Halifax, NS
(902) 473-7072

Abortions are performed up to 15 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy.

Please note: When you call this number, you may have to leave a voicemail message and a number so that someone can call you back.

Clinic 554

Fredericton, NB
Toll Free: 1-855-978-5434

A private clinic. Fees range from $700 to $850. Abortions are performed up to 16 weeks of pregnancy. (If the pregnancy is beyond 16 weeks, referral is made to another service, either in Quebec or Ontario.)

Appointment lasts approximately 3-4 hours, with the actual abortion procedure taking approximately 10-20 minutes.

Other Helpful Contacts and Services

Health PEI Abortion Services Out of Province Coordinator

Phone: (902) 368-6516

Health PEI - Out-of-Province Travel Support Plan

Phone: (902) 368-5918

Women's Network PEI

Phone: (902) 368-5040
Toll free: 1 (888) 362-7373

Community Legal Information Association - CLIA

Phone: (902) 892-0853
Toll free: 1 (800) 240-9798

Please consider making a donation to help ensure all women can access abortion in the province of Prince Edward Island. Every little bit helps!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is surgical abortion?

A surgical abortion is a procedure which ends a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) with special instruments. This is the most well-known method, and it involves accessing a clinic or a hospital.

What is medical abortion?

Medication abortion, also referred to as medical abortion, is a safe and effective way to terminate an early stage pregnancy. A medication abortion is caused by a combination of drugs, rather than by a surgical procedure. In Canada, a medication abortion involves taking a medication called methotrexate, which is injected or administered orally in the doctor's office or clinic. Then, 3-7 days later, a second medication called misoprostol is used. Misoprostol comes in the form of tablets which a woman inserts herself into her vagina. Together these medications work to stop the growth of the placenta and then to soften the cervix and make the uterus contract and push out the pregnancy tissue.

A medication abortion takes place at home, not in a clinic. A woman can decide when to take the second medication between days 3 and 7, though it is not possible to predict exactly when the symptoms of the medications or the abortion procedure will begin. Usually, cramping begins within a few hours of taking misoprostol and most women experience powerful cramping and lots of bleeding, passing clots and small amounts of tissue, similar to what is experienced during a miscarriage. During this time it may be difficult to go to work or care for young children.

Women's symptoms during a medication abortion varies quite widely. On average, however, cramping and bleeding begin around 5 hours after inserting misoprostol and lasts for a few hours. For some women, however, strong bleeding and cramping might continue on and off for up to a few days. On average, the pregnancy tissue is expelled 1-2 days after inserting misoprostol, and period-like bleeding continues for around 12 days.

A medication abortion is highly effective, however, approximately 5% of women who start a medication abortion end up having a surgical abortion, usually because the process is taking too long and the woman gets tired of waiting. Only about 1 in 500 women end up having a surgical abortion because the pregnancy was not terminated by the medication.

As of January 2017, the abortion medication Mifegymiso has officially been available in Canada. This drug has a lower risk of complications than the Methotrexate and Misoprostol combination pill. It is available for free at the Prince County Hospital Women's Wellness Program for women not more than 9 weeks pregnant. Family physicians and specialists across PEI may also prescribe it, but women must pay for it (approximately $300).

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How do PEI women access medical abortion?

Medical abortion is available through the Women's Wellness Program at the Prince County Hospital in Summerside, PE. Call 1-844-365-8258 for more information. Some PEI doctors are trained to prescribe the medications at their own practices, and in walk-in clinics, but a list of doctors with that training is not available. PEI women can also access medical abortion at off-Island abortion clinics.

What is a medically necessary abortion?

It is inappropriate to designate one abortion vs another as medically necessary as opposed to not medically necessary. All abortions are medically necessary. Pregnancy is not a completely benign state of being. The risks associated with pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period are far greater than the risks of a termination. All women should have the choice as to whether they wish to accept these risks associated with pregnancy. For those who do not wish to, termination is the only acceptable answer - there is no other medical state in which we force people to take risks with their health against their will based on the political or philosophical views of others. Therefore, all terminations, by virtue of the fact that they decrease overall risk to the health of a woman, are medically necessary.

Does the PEI government provide support for out-of-province travel expenses?

The Out-of-Province Travel Support Program provides travel assistance through Maritime Bus Company to eligible Islanders travelling to New Brunswick or Nova Scotia for medical appointments. Those approved will have their bus ticket subsidized by 50% or 100% depending on income.

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