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 – Legislation introduced in Alberta to create safe zones around abortion clinics

Legislation that would institute safe zones around abortion clinics would prevent patients from harassment, says Kim Cholewa, clinic manager of Woman’s Health Options, Edmonton’s only abortion clinic, which was established by abortion-rights advocate Dr Henry Morgentaler. “These last couple of years, it’s really escalated with the number of people, their aggressiveness, their lack of respect for our injunction, the harassment and intimidation of our patients,” she said. The Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) government tabled … Continued

CANADA: MORE NEWS SHORTS

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

CANADA – Health Canada greatly reduces restrictions on medical abortion pills

  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

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

Malta, Ireland, Canada : Abortion law and policy

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

ONTARIO, CANADA – Mifepristone + misoprostol combi-pack available at no cost in Ontario, Canada

  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

Universal and free access to medical abortion pills urged by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

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

Canada commits $241.5 million to critical sexual reproductive health services

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

A constitutional future for abortion rights in Canada

In 2015, Abortion Access Now PEI legally challenged the restrictive abortion policy of Prince Edward Island. This article studies their challenge as a unique case in the building of a constitutional future for abortion rights in Canada. The article tracks how AAN PEI drew on classic rule of law arguments of transparency, accountability, and constitutional justice to shape and claim abortion rights as democratic rights, an entitlement to fully and equally participate in and benefit from the health care system as a fundamental social institution of the state.

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