CANADA – Funding opportunity: New initiative launched

The Options for Pregnancy Termination (OPTions) Innovation Initiative is accepting proposals until 12 February 2019. The goal of the Initiative is to support bold ideas with big impact® on women’s and girls’ access to safe abortion in low- and middle-income countries. The Initiative seeks innovative and transformative approaches that put women and girls in control of where, when and how they terminate a pregnancy. The focus of this call is therefore to support the development … Continued

CANADA – Nurse practitioners can now prescribe abortion pills in Saskatchewan

Nurse practitioners in Saskatchewan can now prescribe medical abortion pills, which became available in Saskatchewan last year. Nurse practitioners had been advocating to be able to write prescriptions for the pills for some time. SOURCE: Global News, by Shawn Knox, 25 October 2018 ; TV News Saskatoon, 25 October 2018

CANADA – Abortion pill inequality: How access varies widely across Canada

Since medical abortion pills became available in January 2017, at least 13,000 prescriptions have been written or filled across Canada, according to numbers provided to several newspapers by provincial health ministries. However, in the nearly two years since Canadians got access to medical abortion pills, some regions have seen thousands of prescriptions, while others have seen hardly any. The numbers point to deeply rooted problems in regional abortion care. Women’s health advocates have hailed the … Continued

FACULTY OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – Indications for abortion: new annotated bibliographies 2018

Fetal anomaly bibliography on legal aspects of fetal anomaly and their implications for counselling, service delivery, and abortion laws and policies Rape or incest bibliography on legal and policy dimensions (court decisions, treaty resources, policy guidance and publications) Causal violación y/o incesto selección de doctrina y jurisprudencia latinoamericanas sobre violación y/o incesto Right to conscience bibliography

NEWS SHORTS – NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA

  NEW ZEALAND – “New Zealand politicians should be embarrassed” With Ireland voting to lift its ban on abortion, reports Stuff Nation, New Zealand’s abortion laws have also been in the spotlight… An abortion law advocate said New Zealand politicians should be “embarrassed” by how slowly they’ve acted on the issue compared to Ireland.   SOURCE: Stuff Nation, 28 May 2018   *** NSW, AUSTRALIA – Bill to establish exclusion zones around clinics likely to pass This … Continued

CANADA: MORE NEWS SHORTS

The position of Justin Trudeau on abortion irritates the American right Unusual in the annals of Canadian-USA relations, the Canada Summer Jobs programme now excludes anti-abortion organisations from receiving governmental subsidies to employ students. A new directive of the programme requires Canadian organizations who wish to obtain a grant to hire students to certify that neither their fundamental mission nor subsidised employment will violate human rights related to reproduction. When the story was reported on … 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 and dispensing removed. Regulation of health professional provision is now in the jurisdiction of the respective health professional regulatory colleges and can be guided by evidence-based best practice, such as the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaeologists’ … 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 the medication in July 2015 after a 2.5 year review. Initially, it was stipulated that a woman should be watched by a physician as she ingests the mifepristone tablet. Dr Wendy Norman, who teaches at the University … 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.

Malta, Ireland, Canada : Abortion law and policy

MALTA National Youth Parliament: nine representatives call for consultation on abortion SOURCE/PHOTO: TVM, by Mtella’ Settembru, 13 September 2017 **********************    CANADA Liberals protest appointment of anti-abortion MP as chair of status of women committee SOURCE: Globe and Mail, by Gloria Galloway, 26 September 2017 *** Ontario: legislation being tabled that would make it illegal to protest outside abortion clinics. SOURCE: Toronto Star, 4 October 2017:   **********************    IRELAND Abortion committee chair says it … Continued

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