Abortion website created by BC women to give Canadians a choice

Canada’s first interactive website aims to help people with their abortion options.

A BC university student has created a new interactive website to help Canadians navigate abortion options and make a decision that best fits their values ​​and circumstances.

Kate Wahl, a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, is the brains behind “It’s My Choice.”

“It is so important that people have access to sexual and reproductive health care, no matter who they are or where they live in Canada,” says Wahl, noting that it is Canada’s first website of its kind.

When abortion began making international political headlines, Wahl felt this was an important time to share information that is evidence-based and specific to Canada.

“I am grateful to our team of researchers, patients and caregivers who made this possible, and to the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada for hosting the tool on their sexandu website,” says Wahl.

People can learn what to expect from each option and receive a personalized recommendation designed to support conversations with their healthcare provider.

Wahl and her team received a grant from Health Canada to create the site in French, Mandarin and Punjabi.

“Patients and physicians were actually members of our design team, which helped us ensure we were using culturally inclusive images and language,” says Wahl.

The website guides the individual through a series of questions, starting with when the person’s last period began.

Then there is a video explaining the available methods. The website goes into detail about the abortion pill and the procedure, including how it works, how effective it is, where it is done, and much more important information.

Wahl explains how she wanted to help people navigate the decision to have an abortion, noting that it is a deeply personal decision.

“The choice between the abortion procedure and the pill is a very personal one and I hope the tool will make that choice easier.”

Since launching the website this week, she has received encouraging emails from people across the province.

“It feels good to see such strong support for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada,” says Wahl.

The entire website is anonymous and there are features to protect people’s privacy. A quick exit button has also been added, plus information about clearing browsing history.