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
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 25 May, the Polish Parliament voted in favour of limiting access to emergency contraception. The new law focuses on overall on access to medicines, but it makes all contraception, including emergency contraception, available only on prescription from a doctor. The vote was 242 in favour, including all the representatives of the ruling Law and Justice party, 188 against and 9 abstentions; 21 did not attend. Emergency contraception (EC) is available over the counter in … Continued
The New Brunswick Health Minister Victor Boudreau said he wanted to reduce financial barriers to a woman’s right to choose. Any woman with a valid Medicare card would be able to get Mifegymiso (combi=pack of mifepristone + misoprostol) free. The abortion pill can currently only be obtained by doctor’s prescription, and only 24 doctors and pharmacists in New Brunswick have completed or registered for the training required to prescribe and dispense it, respectively, according to … Continued
The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) has been working since 1993 to champion women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Their January 2017 e-newsletter, Issue 1, highlights five short videos on SRHR issues in Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, and Philippines. We highlight two of them here, which are on safe abortion in Cambodia and Nepal, both countries that have legalised early abortions, highlighting the fact that many women are not yet aware of this.
The Canadian province Prince Edward Island is to open a new reproductive health centre and start providing abortion, after heavy pressure and threat of lawsuit. Access to abortion varies across Canada, but Prince Edward Island has been the only province where abortion has been unavailable.