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Saskatchewan Minister of Health Jim Reiter says he will consider a suggestion from a group of Saskatchewan medical students to have the province fund access to the abortion pill.JOHN WOODS/The Canadian Press

The Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan is urging the provincial government to provide universal coverage for the abortion pill.

Spokeswoman Lara Witt says many women who want to use Mifegymiso aren’t covered and the cost is anywhere from $300 to $450.

She says that’s unaffordable for women who don’t have third-party insurance coverage or don’t meet beneficiary requirements under the Saskatchewan Drug Plan.

Witt points out the province covers surgical abortions, which she says are more costly, riskier, and only available in Regina and Saskatoon.

The group’s advocacy committee met with Health Minister Jim Reiter at the legislature on Thursday. Witt says he said he would take their suggestion into consideration.

“In a perfect world we would have vast contraceptive access, everybody would be fully educated, and it would be fully accessible,” Witt said. “The reality is contraception is quite pricey.”

The student medical group believes the province is violating the tenet of universality in the Canada Health Act.

Saskatchewan is one of two provinces that doesn’t cover the pill.