Abortion services for non-residents

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Updated: September 28, 2022

The CMPA is here to support and protect members when they experience medico-legal issues arising in Canada related to abortion services provided in Canada to patients from other countries.

As per our mission, the CMPA is structured to assist members with legal issues in Canada, not other countries (such as the U.S.)

As a mutual defense organization, our mandate is to provide medico-legal defense in Canada, including defending civil actions and criminal charges when appropriate, for patient care issues that arise from the practise of medicine in Canada. Assisting with medico-legal matters outside the country, or in the U.S. for example, is outside our mandate and would be unsustainably complex given that each state has its own civil and criminal law systems as well as distinct legislation and regulations.


Providing abortions to American patients: Medico-legal risks and CMPA support

CMPA panel discussion (recorded Sept. 6, 2022)


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We know our members are increasingly concerned about the medico-legal risks of providing abortion services to patients from the U.S.

This issue is larger than the CMPA can address on its own. We are advocating for the federal government to work with provincial and territorial governments to ensure liability protection for Canadian physicians experiencing medico-legal issues in the U.S.

We will continue to do everything we can within our mission and mandate to support physicians who wish to provide abortion services to U.S. patients – including sharing strategies to mitigate risk and protecting members within Canada.

We sent letters to the federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well of the ministries of health of each province and territory.

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