CANADA: ULTRASOUND & MEDICAL ABORTION – Doctors in Canada can now prescribe abortion pills without a woman having to have an ultrasound. 

Previously, the Canadian product monograph for medical abortion pills (brand name Mifegymiso) indicated that an ultrasound was required before prescribing the pills to confirm the number of weeks of pregnancy and to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. “With the changes … Continued

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION STRATEGIC APPROACH – Strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs to address unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion

We evaluated how the World Health Organization’s planning, policy, and program implementation process, (called the Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs or “the SA”), was used in 15 countries to address unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion. SA implementation was influenced by individual-, community-, organizational-, and policy-level factors.

SOUTH AFRICA – International human rights norms and the South African Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act: an argument for vigilance and modernisation

The right to access abortion services as an integral component of the right to sexual and reproductive health has been increasingly recognised in the field of international human rights law. However, much more progress is necessary to realise this right in practice. The work of the United Nations human rights bodies and more recently the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has been instrumental in signalling the importance of the legal framework and in setting clear guidelines to steer countries into reforming national laws in order to comply with their international obligations.

IRELAND – A journey from the impossible to the possible: abortion provision in Ireland

Cork-based GP and co-founder of Doctors for Choice Ireland, Dr Mary Favier describes how she campaigned for many years to remove the 8th Amendment as it was harmful to Irish women’s health. Dr Favier takes us on a moving journey from Ireland’s past, present and future showcasing the devastating struggles Irish women have faced in relation to abortions in Ireland in the past and the hope which we live in now as a result of the successful repeal of the 8th amendment. She is a specialist in family medicine and is in practice in Cork. She is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is a guest teacher on the University College Cork post-graduate general practitioner training scheme. She has been Chair of Education in the ICGP and is currently president-elect of the ICGP. She advocated improving clinical care by introducing early medical abortion provision in primary care settings in Ireland.

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