A woman who said she was denied help at a Prince Edward Island hospital after taking a drug to induce an abortion has now received an apology.
In May, the anonymous woman told The Guardian the doctor who prescribed the drug told her to go to the hospital if she experienced any complications. When things did not progress as expected, she went to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.
According to The Guardian, the attending doctor consulted with a gynecologist then told her, "Neither of us feels comfortable dealing with this situation, there's nothing we can do. If you want, you can go to a clinic over in Halifax to get looked at."
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax is a three-and-a-half hour drive from Charlottetown.
The doctor's actions were condemned by pro-choice groups, including the Prince Edward Island Reproductive Rights Organization.
The doctor, Chris Lantz, has now written the woman an apology, CBC News reported.
This is one of many abortion access horror stories from P.E.I. — the only province in Canada that does not provide abortion services.
In July, Health Canada approved an abortion drug called RU-486 that could make it easier for Islanders to access reproductive care.
Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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