Canadian group seeks to monitor referendum campaign

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Canadian group seeks to monitor referendum campaign
NGO’s fundraising effort aims to send up to 24 electoral observers to assess if both sides ‘play fair’

Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Elaine Edwards

A Canadian organisation is seeking to fundraise 7,000 Canadian dollars (€4,500) to send up to 24 independent electoral observers to Ireland for the referendum campaign to assess whether both sides “play fair” in the process.

Non-governmental organisation SDAI-ADID says it is interested in “supporting and strengthening democracy through election observation” and that it wants to observe whether the electoral process adheres to “international standards of free, fair and transparent elections”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/canadian-group-seeks-to-monitor-referendum-campaign-1.3464427

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Canada – No-go abortion clinic zones in Alberta bill

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No-go abortion clinic zones in Alberta bill
News Apr 5, 2018

EDMONTON — Alberta has introduced legislation to keep protesters at least 50 metres away from abortion clinics, and to make it illegal for demonstrators to video, record audio or take pictures of people entering or leaving the building.

The province would also, if asked, designate similar no-go zones around homes and offices of doctors and other staff who provide abortions.

Continued: https://www.northumberlandnews.com/news-story/8376269-no-go-abortion-clinic-zones-in-alberta-bill/

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Canada – Bill to set 50-metre, no-protester zone around Alberta abortion clinics

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Bill to set 50-metre, no-protester zone around Alberta abortion clinics

'It is a great day for women who need this': Proposed legislation carries $10,000 fine for repeat offenders

Michelle Bellefontaine · CBC News
Posted: Apr 05, 2018

Protesters who repeatedly violate a "safe zone" proposed for Alberta's two stand-alone abortion clinics could face a maximum $10,000 fine under proposed legislation introduced Thursday.

Bill 9, the Protecting Choice for Women Accessing Health Care Act, would mean protesters could not stand within 50-metre zones of the Kensington Clinic in Calgary and Women's Health Options in Edmonton.

Continued: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/bill-to-set-50-metre-no-protester-zone-around-alberta-abortion-clinics-1.4607088

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Canada – Humanitarian experts laud Trudeau’s commitment to reproductive services abroad

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Humanitarian experts laud Trudeau’s commitment to reproductive services abroad

By Janice Dickson
Published on Mar 22, 2018

Humanitarian groups are lauding the federal government’s commitment to initiatives abroad that focus on sexual reproductive health services — noting it as a marked change from the previous government that excluded those services.

“I just want to commend the government of Canada for their incredible leadership in keeping gender equity and sexual reproductive rights at the forefront of [its] feminist foreign policy and core part of all the humanitarian aid and support,” said Christina Wegs of CARE International and the lead on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Continued: https://ipolitics.ca/2018/03/22/humanitarian-experts-laud-trudeaus-commitment-to-reproductive-services-abroad/

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This Virtual Reality Flick Shows What It’s Like to Have an Unwanted Pregnancy

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This Virtual Reality Flick Shows What It’s Like to Have an Unwanted Pregnancy
A Polish-Canadian filmmaker wants to demonstrate the difference between having an opinion on abortion and *actually* experiencing an unwanted pregnancy

Mar 16, 2018
Lindsay Pinter

Imagine waking up in a pregnant body that isn’t yours—and then being faced with a difficult decision about whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. It sounds like the premise of a sci-fi flick, but it’s actually the opening moments of a new virtual reality documentary currently in the works.

The Choice lets viewers step into the consciousness of a pregnant woman who is debating whether or not she should have an abortion. With the help of special VR goggles, viewers can actually look down to see the simulation of a slight computer-generated bump where their stomach should be, giving the appearance that they themselves are pregnant.

Continued: http://www.flare.com/news/abortion-virtual-reality-film/

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USA: Google search results for abortion services promote anti-abortion centers

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Google search results for abortion services promote anti-abortion centers
When users seek facilities for the procedure, Google Maps often presents ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that discourage abortions

Sam Levin in San Francisco
Tue 13 Feb 2018

Google searches for abortion services direct users to anti-abortion centers across the US, according to a new report that has sparked concerns from reproductive rights’ groups.

In response to the question “Where can I get an abortion near me?”, Google Maps frequently suggests “crisis pregnancy centers”, which are often non-medical facilities that provide counseling meant to discourage women from having abortions.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/13/abortions-near-me-google-search-results-anti-pro-life-groups-promote

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US servicewomen’s reproductive health coverage trails global counterparts, pro-abortion rights group study says

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US servicewomen’s reproductive health coverage trails global counterparts, pro-abortion rights group study says

By WYATT OLSON | STARS AND STRIPES
Published: February 13, 2018

American servicewomen receive “below average” reproductive health coverage compared to their counterparts serving in the armed forces of many other countries, according to a study released Tuesday by a pro-abortion rights group.

In particular, access to abortions by U.S. women in uniform is far more limited compared to those who serve in almost two dozen countries that researchers rated “exceptional,” from Canada and the United Kingdom to Nepal, Turkey and South Africa. The study was published by Ibis Reproductive Health, a nonprofit research organization whose website says it promotes increasing access to safe abortion as well as “expanding contraceptive access and choices” and “comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.”

continued: https://www.stripes.com/news/us-servicewomen-s-reproductive-health-coverage-trails-global-counterparts-pro-abortion-rights-group-study-says-1.511449

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The Canada Summer Jobs kerfuffle: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

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The Canada Summer Jobs kerfuffle: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

Joyce Arthur
February 2, 2018

Should taxpayers fund summer jobs for youth where they will be trained to challenge and oppose the Charter rights of others? Of course not, but it's been going on under our noses for years. Anti-choice groups have been milking the Canada Summer Jobs fund to the tune of $1.7 million since 2010.

The story began in April 2017, when the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) reported that many anti-choice groups had been getting Canada Summer Jobs funding for years -- primarily "crisis pregnancy centres" that dissuade women from abortion, but also some political groups, including Campaign Life Coalition, LifeSiteNews, and Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform (CCBR). The latter group is infamous for its public display of gory signs showing alleged aborted fetuses and delivering similar graphic flyers to residences.

Continued at link: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/02/canada-summer-jobs-kerfuffle-full-sound-and-fury-signifying-nothing

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Canada Summer Jobs attestation endorsed by 80 Canadian rights groups

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Canada Summer Jobs attestation endorsed by 80 Canadian rights groups

By Amanda Connolly, National Online Journalist, Global News
January 29, 2018

Eighty pro-choice and human rights groups including Oxfam Canada have signed an open letter applauding the government’s move to require all groups seeking funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to sign an attestation stating they support Canadian constitutional rights as well as the right to reproductive choice.

Announced last month following a report by Global News, the attestation all groups seeking federal funding through the program are required to sign states that both the organizational mandate and duties of the job that will be funded through the grants respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/3993867/canada-summer-job-attestation-endorsed-by-80-canadian-rights-groups/

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Canada: Should anti-abortion groups be allowed to register as charities?

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Should anti-abortion groups be allowed to register as charities?

By Amanda Connolly National Online Journalist Global News
January 16, 2018

Of the close to 300 branches of anti-abortion groups listed in a new accounting of such organizations in Canada, 77 per cent appear to hold charitable status.

But should they be?

For years, the answer from reproductive rights advocates has been a resounding “No,” but those calls have gained little traction politically among successive governments, either Conservative or Liberal.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/3961321/anti-abortion-groups-registered-charity/

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