A Canadian government official has revealed the nation will “work to provide” Americans with the abortion pill, mifepristone, should the drug become prohibited in the U.S.
Families Minister Karina Gould pledged in an interview that if the U.S. ended up banning mifepristone, Canada’s federal government would help Americans who want the pill to receive it. These comments come in wake of an ongoing legal dispute surrounding the drug’s use in the U.S., currently taking place in the Supreme Court.
“What concerns me … is where you see laws in states where they’re actually criminalizing women [who] cross state borders to access reproductive health care,” Gould told CTV, according to Fox News.
“And so, you know, we need to be very thoughtful about how we do this to make sure that we don’t further endanger, you know, American women who are seeking access to reproductive health care and services, as well as health-care providers,” she added.
Gould make similar promises surrounding Americans receiving abortions in May of last year following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Upon being asked during an interview with CBC News if Americans could travel to Canada for abortions, she replied, “I don’t see why we would not… If they, people, come here and need access, certainly, you know, that’s a service that would be provided.”
Unlike the U.S. pre-Roe v. Wade, the Canadian government notably does not consider abortion to be a legally recognized right, according to CBC.
Townhall reported that the Supreme Court on Friday halted a federal judge’s ruling to curb access to mifepristone. Previously, Texas Judge Matthew declared that the pill ought to be prohibited, arguing the FDA hastened its approval process to “green light elective chemical abortions on a wide scale.”
Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shared his perspective on the drug during an appereance with CBS’s “Face The Nation,” calling the availability of the medication throughout the U.S. a “fundamental change.”
“I’d like to see this medication off the market to protect the unborn,” Pence said on the show. “I have deep concerns about the way the Food and Drug Administration went about approving mifepristone 20 years ago.”
The former vice president stressed that he is pro-life through and through, and that he does not apologize for it.
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Pence supports a nationwide ban on any abortion at 15-weeks of pregnancy, according to Townhall.