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
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
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
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
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 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
The Ontario provincial government announced on 3 August 2017 that the combination pack of mifepristone + misoprostol (Mifegymiso) is accessible through pharmacies for women with a health card and prescription from any physician or a nurse practitioner who has done an internet-based, six-hour training course on providing medical abortion. Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, Ontario, said: “We continue to make important progress helping women across Ontario gain access to the health … Continued
Opening this review, Ruth Riddick says that The Singing Abortionist, a film about Canadian abortion provider Henry Morgentaler, who died aged 90 in 2013, has almost no singing in it but a lot about abortion. She describes it as part documentary, part family portrait, and part Holocaust testimony.
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is challenging the provincial governments of Canada to offer medical abortion pills free of charge to those who want them across Canada. They have given the provincial premiers a deadline of November, when the national ministers of health meeting takes place, to provide universal access. Medical abortion pills have been available in other countries for nearly 30 years and are approved for use in more than 60 countries, … Continued
On Tuesday 11 July 2017 Canada committed to spend up to $241.5 million to support projects that will provide “critical sexual and reproductive health services,” filling some of the void left behind by the Trump administration. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement at the Family Planning Summit in London, in the United Kingdom, on Tuesday. The investment is part of Canada’s $650-million commitment to address gaps in funding for projects supporting the sexual and reproductive … Continued