Abortion pills to be free of charge in New Brunswick, but what about across Canada?

The New Brunswick Health Minister Victor Boudreau said he wanted to reduce financial barriers to a woman’s right to choose. Any woman with a valid Medicare card would be able to get Mifegymiso (combi=pack of mifepristone + misoprostol) free. The … Continued

Abortion pill available in less than half of all Canadian provinces three months after rollout

Mifegymiso, the medical abortion pill packet, has been available in Canada since late January 2017. However, three months after the pills became available, only five provinces and one territory have requested it, according to its manufacturer: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, … Continued

The implications of banning D&E, the most common second trimester procedure in the USA

Dilation and evacuation (D&E) is a safe method of second trimester surgical abortion, approved by the World Health Organization. The patient’s cervix is dilated and suction is used to remove the fetus. Depending on a variety of factors (including gestational … Continued

Abortion clinics in USA report threats of violence on the rise – again

  The 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey found that anti-abortion violence in 2016 was higher than it’s been in 20 years and with conservative Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions overseeing law enforcement initiatives that ought to protect providers from harm, … Continued

FEATURE: Abortion stories: making women’s lives visible USA, UK, Ireland, Pakistan

  USA Pregnant against their will, with few options, and fearing for their lives and safety “I’m in the family way again, and I’m nearly crazy, for when my husband finds out that I’m going to have another baby, he … Continued

Shaping stigma: An analysis of mainstream print and online news coverage of abortion 2014-2015 in USA

In this Issue, Berkeley Media Studies group partnered with the Sea Change Program to explore how abortion stigma appears in mainstream print and online news and to consider the implications of these portrayals for reproductive health, rights and justice advocates. We also consider implications for journalists interested in telling stories that broaden the narrative around abortion in ways that affirm the range of individuals’ reproductive experiences and reduce shame and stigma.

USA: Women seeking out birth control that can outlast a presidency

In the past few months, before and after Trump took office, both Planned Parenthood in Washington DC and several private gynaecologists who provide birth control methods who were interviewed by the Washington Post have said that women have been visiting their offices more than usual specifically to ask about birth control. An increase in the use of IUDs and implants has been taking place for some time, but now women are worried about losing benefits.

Canadian judge bars inappropriate anti-abortion advertisements on public buses

City officials in Grande Prairie, in northwest Alberta province, rejected a confrontational advertisement for the side of the city’s municipal buses, which led to a two-year court battle between the anti-abortion group claiming the right to freedom of expression against the city’s authority to decide what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for putting on the side of their municipal buses.

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