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 to the product monograph, prescribers now have the flexibility to use their medical judgment on how best to determine gestational age and to rule out an ectopic pregnancy,” said the news release by Health Canada. … Continued

ALBERTA, CANADA – Province backs proposal to protect schools from anti-abortion protests

On 14 March a candidate for provincial office in the upcoming May elections said she had been approached by constituents about anti-abortion demonstrations taking place outside a number of schools, including, it seems, a kindergarten. The protesters were filmed and the video, uploaded to social media, showed that a number of the students were visibly upset by the demonstrations and the horrible, misleading visuals they used. The candidate called for changes to the government’s anti-abortion … Continued

INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARIANS CONFERENCE – ICPD Programme of Action

he 7th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action was held on 22-23 October 2018 in Ottawa and co-hosted by UNFPA, Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, and Action Canada for Sexual Rights. It brought together more than 130 parliamentarians and experts from over 70 countries.

CANADA – Ottawa to encourage more countries to offer contraception and abortion, International Development Minister says

Canada will continue to encourage other countries to offer more family planning services, Marie-Claude Bibeau, the International Development Minister said on 11 November. She said that reproductive and sexual education and access to contraception, and eventually abortion, are important steps in eliminating poverty, especially among women: “What we want is for each child and each pregnancy to be wanted, and for mothers to have the means, that they be ready to receive that child. To … Continued

CANADA / IRELAND / NORTHERN IRELAND – Crossing Troubled Waters

This book examines and compares the stories of abortion access in Prince Edward Island, Canada, Northern Ireland and Ireland. It is co-edited by Dr Colleen MacQuarrie, Fiona Bloomer, Claire Pierson, and Shannon Stettner. It was launched on 19 November at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The book considers, for each island, the nature of the discourse of abortion on the island, the impact that restrictions have had, ongoing efforts to improve access, and … Continued

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

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