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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