Communications Instructor Analyzes Media's Effect on Access to Abortion Pill

Date posted: 
Mon, 04/02/2018
Trish Campbell RU486 Article


Dr. Trish Campbell recently published her article, "Making Sense of the Abortion Pill: a Sociotechnical Analysis of RU486 in Canada" in the international journal, Health Sociology Review. Dr. Campbell's case study looks at the public negotiation surrounding the RU486 abortion pill, and how it may have impeded the medication's approval and use in Canada. While RU486 has been available in the United States since 2000, it was not approved by Health Canada until 2015, and wasn't used in Alberta until last year. Dr. Campbell delves into the history and politics surrounding the medication, while focusing on the social context of the technology. Her case explores the tensions, instabilities, and reversals in the network of actors surrounding the contentious treatment, as a way of understanding why Canada delayed access to the pill.


Read Dr. Campbell's article.