In Canada, access to health services is guaranteed by the Canada Health Act. Abortion is considered a safe, legal, insured and funded service, meaning that a woman should not have to pay for abortion services in Canada.
However, access is variable across the country and women are charged fees at some facilities.
Abortion is funded under provincial and territorial health plans, and coverage varies regionally.
Some health care providers may refuse to refer a patient for abortion care or withhold important information about her medical options. NAF has developed an information sheet, Has Your Physician Refused to Provide a Referral for Abortion Care? A Patient's Guide to Action (PDF file, 51K) to assist patients in asserting their rights in these situations.