Women considering an abortion in Nova Scotia will soon be able to call a toll-free number to access information, arrange testing and set up an appointment.
The phone line will eliminate the need for a doctor’s referral to obtain the time-sensitive procedure.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority says the phone line will be staffed by a clerk or nurse from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Outside of those hours, callers can leave a voicemail and receive a follow-up phone call.
The health authority says the clerk or nurse will be able to answer questions about the options available.
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Women will be able to make an appointment with a community-based physician for an abortion using pills, or schedule a surgical abortion at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
The phone line, 1-833-352-0719, will be available starting this Monday.