As part of a joint project to support the introduction of legal abortion services in Chile, Gynuity and the National Abortion Federation (NAF) have been assisting the Chilean Ministry of Health (MINSAL) in training multidisciplinary teams of obstetrician-gynaecologists, midwives, social workers, and psychologists in medical abortion care and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) for first and second trimester abortions. Since December 2017, MINSAL has conducted more than 20 three-day trainings in seven regional hospitals nationwide. NAF … Continued
This report was released on the evening of 7 March for International Women’s Day at a reception at the House of Lords in London, hosted by Baroness Jenny Tonge, Chairwoman of the UK Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health. The report was based on a series of papers presented to the APPG by a long list of experts during the week of 20 November 2017. In the Foreword, Baroness Tonge said: … 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
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, including in the rough winters when travel is dangerous. Half of women in the state live in counties where abortion is not available after ten weeks of pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists … Continued
One of only a handful of clinics in the United States providing late abortion care, Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Maryland, may be closing its doors after the owners reportedly sold the facilities to an anti-abortion organisation. The clinic will be replaced by an anti-choice “fake clinic” if the sale goes through, according to the Washington Post. The aim of fake clinics is to attract women seeking an abortion in order to try and … Continued
Medical and surgical abortions are available in all Australian states and territories. Medical abortion is only permitted up to nine weeks gestation. In Queensland, New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania, medical abortions can take place at home or in a clinic, but the pills must be prescribed by a licensed doctor. Telemedicine services providing medical abortion pills have been available in these states and territory since 2015. In the … Continued
On 3 March 2017, it was announced that Colombia’s Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute, INVIMA) had approved the registration of mifepristone in Colombia for use in combination with misoprostol for induced abortion. According to the Gynuity Health Projects website, mifepristone has been available (up to June 2016) only in Guyana and Uruguay in South America. Profamilia, Colombia’s national family planning organisation, hope to begin providing … Continued
Only about 260 of the country’s 3,880 health facilities provide abortions, according to recent research by Amnesty International. In a briefing report released in February they said the health department has an obligation to guarantee women access to abortion services, but is not doing enough to implement the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act. The research, at some public clinics, found many barriers to abortion. Only five public health facilities in the Northern Cape offer abortion services, … Continued
This newsletter summarises all the papers in this supplement, based on excerpts from the actual text, with permission from Anibal Faúndes. The full papers are available on an open access basis under a Creative Commons licence.
Tunisia is the only Arab country to authorize the abortion without conditions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Even so, obtaining access to abortion services often remains complicated. “A right under pressure”, summarises an article from the Tunisian website Inkyfada.