EASTERN EUROPE / CENTRAL ASIA – Regional Conference on Bringing the WHO Recommendations on Safe Abortion and Family Planning Closer to Women in Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia

There were 65 participants. The meeting was in Russian with simultaneous translation in English. Participants included health professionals, health policymakers and NGO representatives from 11 counties in the region – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Russia.

TUNISIA – Sexual and reproductive rights in Tunisia: not for all, not everywhere

(Les droits sexuels et reproductifs en Tunisie: Pas pour tous, pas partout)   On 9 November 2018, 13 Tunisian NGOs met to discuss the theme: “Let’s mobilise against the disengagement of the Tunisian State in the field of sexual and reproductive health” (Mobilisons nous contre le désengagement de l’Etat tunisien dans le domaine de la santé sexuelle et reproductive), to warn about disparities in access to sexual and reproductive rights in Tunisia in recent years. … Continued

IRELAND – Three great responses to the referendum result and how the future is already being shaped

Journalist Róisín Ingle said: “With the landslide for Yes, I finally felt like I belonged… The referendum result was Ireland confirming that women are equal citizens.” Journalist Una Mullally described what happened as a “collective victory driven by a national movement”. But she felt that with everyone clambering onto the victory wagon, young women were “already being written out of the story of repeal”. What was really remarkable, she said, “was the increase in turnout … Continued

CHILE – Gynuity collaborates with the National Abortion Federation and Chilean Ministry of Health to train abortion providers in Chile

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

UK – Who decides? We trust women. Abortion in the developing world and the UK

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

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

USA- Advanced practice clinicians sue for the right to provide abortions in Maine

  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

USA – Anti-abortion efforts to take charge of abortion and reproductive health service provision: recipe for failure

  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

AUSTRALIA – A world away from Nauru: abortion services and costs across Australia

  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

INVIMA approves mifepristone for abortion in Colombia

  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

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