Abortion in another state or country?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I know in Ireland (where abortion of any kind is illegal…. Im not even going to start with my opinion on this…) alot of women go to the UK. Its termed medical tourism. Quite common. I cant see why it wouldnt be the same for US women. I know most Canadian (Ontario specifically) clinics are private anyways, and the patients pay out of pocket for non medical issues leading to the abortion, so i would assume that would be the closest and easiest option.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Medical procedures do not have a residency requiremet. Otherwise, you would need to be shipped back home if you broke your leg on a ski trip.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@CrazyCatLady13:  I don’t think there is anything restricting going to another state.  There are not many clinics that do later 2nd trimester abortions, and for those who want them, they most often have to travel.  

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you could travel to another country if you wanted to.  I would just make sure that wherever you’re going has high medical standards. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@CrazyCatLady13: Wealthy women will continue to travel to other countries if necessary, such as Canada. The only women who really would suffer if abortion was made illegal would be poor women who can’t afford to travel out of the state or country.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@dv3849:  What? Since when would you pay out of pocket in Ontario? I live there and that’s super surprising if it’s true. And why would you have any reason to go to a private clinic? I would go to a family doctor, who would refer me to a clinic or hospital if it was too far along for a medical abortion, but it would still be free. You seem to be misinformed. Certainly clinics providing it might be harder to find in more rural areas (that’s equally true with all medicla services though), and it’s still theoretically reasonably accessible.

ETA: Just looked it up, it’s indeed covered by OHIP. Yup, as bitter as I frequently am about lack of vision and dental coverage, I’m still glad I live here.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Totally ok… I had to do this exact thing

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsSnowMountain:  

@dv3849:  

And regardless of what us Ontarioans would pay (I was always under the impression that unless it is a medical neccesity no elective procedure is covered), anyone travelling from outside the province would have to pay up front

@MrsEdamame:  And those poorer women are exactly who we should always be concerned about. Like you said their will always be options for women with money, but it is the poor women who will end up dead or disfigured seeking illegal aboritions in back alley clinics.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

a family friend who went to canada for one (or two) in the 90’s. i would think it’s typical where abortion is illegal.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Just because some states are making it illegal doesn’t mean all 50 are.  Most of the Northern states would keep it legal.  Many wealthy women took trips to Canada and Mexico to get abortions back when it was illegal in most states.

 

However most women in the red states, which are the furthest from the borders or quite large, would be very screwed, especially if they were poor. This isn’t like Europe/the UK where women can easily travel to other countries whenever they like; this is a very large country that is very spread-out and thinks universal health care is communism.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Considering many US citizens go to Oregon, Washington, Vermont, or Switzerland for legal assisted suicide I would assume it’s perfectly fine for people to cross state and country borders for abortions.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@zoso90:  Yes of course that’s true for medical tourists, but I was under the impression that the PP was talking about residents and wanted to clear up any misconception.

It varies a bit by province cross-country, but abortions at clinics in Ontario are absolutely covered by OHIP, no uncertainty there: http://abortionincanada.ca/funding/

As I said, it may be harder to access clinics in rural areas, but that’s a separate issue, and applies to all medical services. Indeed, this disproportionately affects women of a lower socioeconomic level 🙁

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsSnowMountain:  +1111 you took the words right out of my mouth!

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