USA – Roe’s Unfinished Promise: Decriminalizing Abortion Once and For All

by Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team, 2017   This is the first comprehensive paper about the criminalization of self-induced abortion in the USA and efforts to eliminate threats, while increasing protections, for people who end pregnancies outside the formal healthcare system. … Continued

USA – Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal on “free speech” rights of so-called crisis pregnancy centres

  On 13 November 2017, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear NIFLA v. Becerra, a dispute over the meaning of free speech. The case is about a 2015 California law requiring the state’s more than 200 “crisis pregnancy centres” … Continued

CANADA – Health Canada greatly reduces restrictions on medical abortion pills

  Health Canada has reviewed current evidence and removed quite a few restrictions on distribution, prescription, and dispensing of mifepristone+misoprostol in Canada. Mifepristone is now covered by federal regulations similar to other prescription drugs, with previous additional restrictions on distribution, prescribing … Continued

CANADA- Abortion services reforms in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Ontario

  Unlike in many other countries, Canada does not require a doctor who has prescribed medical abortion pills to watch the woman take the mifepristone but at least one hospital won’t give it up. Health Canada approved the sale of … Continued

USA- Advanced practice clinicians sue for the right to provide abortions in Maine

  Maine is one of 41 states that restrict abortion access by allowing only doctors to perform abortions. It’s one of the most rural states in the nation, and women must sometimes travel the entire day to end a pregnancy, … Continued

USA- After a month of unprecedented personal obstruction by Donald Trump, appeal court orders him to desist and “Jane Doe” has an abortion

  More than a month after she made her decision, “Jane Doe”, a young Mexican migrant in Texas, USA, was able to have an abortion on 25 October after a federal appeals court in Washington, DC cleared the way for … Continued

CANADA- The Politics of Abortion in Canada after Morgentaler: Women’s Rights as Citizenship Rights

This dissertation explores the regulation of abortion in Canada following the landmark R v Morgentaler decision (1988), which struck down Canada’s existing abortion law, causing the procedure’s subsequent reclassification as a healthcare issue. The resulting fragility of abortion rights is still evident in the varying provincial regulations governing the nature of access to the procedure. While access has been accepted as the new terrain of abortion rights, research into this area to date has taken a largely national focus, surveying provincial barriers and compiling lists of potential motivations for differences in service.

USA- Exploring the feasibility of obtaining mifepristone and misoprostol from the internet

The study identified a convenience sample of websites that sold mifepristone and misoprostol to purchasers in the United States and attempted to order these products. We documented price, shipping time and other aspects of ordering. We sent the samples received to a testing laboratory that measured the amount of active ingredient in individual tablets.

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