CANADA – Federal Health Minister tells all provinces to fund abortion care

Canada’s Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is asking all provinces to remove abortion access barriers, saying she is concerned about policies and fees that are “out of step” with federal law. The letter was sent after an investigation by the Globe and Mail that revealed many women across Canada are facing difficulty accessing abortion care because of costs and a lack of prescribers for the abortion pill. The letter urges the provinces to find … Continued

USA – Comics for Choice: an anthology of comics about abortion

Cartoonists and illustrators have teamed up with activists, historians, and reproductive justice experts to create comics about their diverse personal stories, the history of abortion, the current politics, and more. Abortion fund leaders, National Network of Abortion Fund staffers, and We Testify storytellers are woven throughout this gorgeous collection, including a poignant story from NNAF Executive Director Yamani Hernandez. The publication supports people telling their abortion stories in their own words. Learn more about the … Continued

USA – Manslaughter charge for Alabaman woman dropped following public outrage

An Alabama woman Marshae Jones, age 28, was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during an argument over the father of the baby. Jemison was initially charged with manslaughter, but a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict her after police said an investigation found that Jones had started the fight, and that Jemison claimed she shot her in self-defence. Jones was then indicted by the same grand jury instead. The indictment stated that Jones did “intentionally cause the death” of ‘Unborn Baby Jones’ by initiating a fight knowing she was five months pregnant.”

CANADA – App that connects users with abortion providers launched across Canada

An new web-based app, accessed through the Sexual Health Options Resources and Education (SHORE) Centre, a sexual health resource centre in Waterloo, Canada, matches people with their nearest abortion provider. It asks for some information about the woman, e.g. what abortion method she wants, and then provides an instant referral. The app was launched across Canada on 19 June 2019. It was developed for the Shore Center with the help of a local tech company … Continued

USA – Following in the footsteps of New York state, Illinois, Vermont, Maine, and Nevada have all passed more liberal abortion laws

Everyone is reporting that aggressive anti-abortion restrictions have been passed in numerous US states, especially in recent months. Less reported is the good news that, following the positive changes in the law in New York state, which we reported earlier this year, New York City officials announced on 14 June that they would allocate $250,000 to pay for low-income patients to have abortions. Moreover, four other US states have also liberalised their laws this year. In fact, … Continued

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