Behind Vancouver’s massive and mysterious Women Deliver conference

Behind Vancouver's massive and mysterious Women Deliver conference

Penney Kome
June 18, 2019

Hardly anyone local was prepared when a New York-based organization named Women Deliver swept into Vancouver in early June to discuss gender equality with 8,000 political leaders, advocates, academics and journalists from 165 countries -- and another 100,000 people globally participating online -- and then swept out again. Wait! Who was that masked stranger?

What made the conference (and the organization) really daring though, was the subject: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). If a Women Deliver conference was held in an anti-abortion jurisdiction -- say, the state of Alabama -- the whole state might implode in frustration.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/other-hand/2019/06/behind-vancouvers-massive-and-mysterious-women-deliver-conference

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How Fashion Is Rallying for Reproductive Justice

How Fashion Is Rallying for Reproductive Justice
Justin Trudeau is boosting abortion access—can a uterus dress help too?

by Leanne Delap
June 07, 2019

Last week, in Rome, Gucci designer Alessandro Michele showed a pale peach chiffon gown delicately embroidered with a uterus, fulsome flowers representing the ovaries. It was part of a politically charged, freedom of reproductive choice theme woven throughout his Cruise 2020 collection—a jacket was emblazoned with the words My Body My Choice; an exposed chest was fitted with medieval-looking nipple clamps (or possibly ornamental breast pumps).

Michele stated that, “Today, for someone in my position, it’s important to say [political] things.” He added that recent abortion restrictions in the U.S. have “made me consider how much women should be highly respected.”

Continued: https://thekit.ca/style/abortion-canada-rights-fashion/

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When we improve the lives of women and girls, we all benefit

When we improve the lives of women and girls, we all benefit

Rachel Pulfer
Special to The Globe and Mail
June 6, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this week that Canada would invest $14-billion over 10 years – $1.4-billion a year – to improve global health for women and girls. Couched in that announcement: a commitment of $700-million for sexual and reproductive-health rights.

The funding puts Canada in a leadership position on women’s and girls’ health outcomes globally. It is grounded in bipartisan values, building on the Harper Conservatives’ focus on maternal health. It’s good, solid, evidence-based policy. And yet it’s being attacked as one more example of the Liberals’ myopic focus on gender over all else, election-year posturing, or too little, too late.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-when-we-improve-the-lives-of-women-and-girls-we-all-benefit/

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Canada will step up on global women’s health as other nations step back, Justin Trudeau says

Canada will step up on global women's health as other nations step back, Justin Trudeau says

Thomson Reuters Foundation
Jun 5, 2019

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Canada will increase its global spending on women’s and girls’ health as other countries “are stepping back,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, citing threats to abortion access and violence against women.

Trudeau said the politicization of women’s rights was having “devastating consequences” around the world as he made the commitment, which comes as the United States scales back its support for female sexual and reproductive health worldwide.

Continued: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/06/05/world/science-health-world/canada-will-step-global-womens-health-nations-step-back-trudeau/#.XPfY_497lPY

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Is Canadian government cash helping to back El Salvador’s harsh abortion law?

Is Canadian government cash helping to back El Salvador's harsh abortion law?
Federal funding supports prosecutors enforcing what some have called the most draconian abortion law anywhere

Evan Dyer · CBC News
Posted: May 30, 2019

In the end, Imelda Cortez's story was too much even for El Salvador's famously harsh courts. Her case was making news around the world, and DNA had confirmed that the newborn she was accused of attempting to murder was the product of rape by a 70-year-old stepfather who'd abused her throughout her childhood.

Cortez, 20, the daughter of a poor rural family, insisted she didn't know she was pregnant until she entered an outhouse and a child came out.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/el-salvador-abortion-trudeau-ottawa-1.5153265

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Lack of access is forcing Canadian women to the U.S. for abortions. That’s ’cause for concern’: minister

Lack of access is forcing Canadian women to the U.S. for abortions. That’s ’cause for concern’: minister

By Amanda Connolly and Rachel Browne Global News
May 29, 2019

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says the fact that dozens of Canadian women are forced to go to the U.S. every year for abortions they cannot get here is “cause for concern” while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to raise the issue of abortion access with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.

“We certainly believe that women have the right to choose, and when I hear reports of that nature, it certainly is cause for concern,” said Petitpas Taylor in response to an exclusive report by Global News outlining the gaps in access to abortion that Canadian women face across the country.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5329851/ginette-petitpas-taylor-abortion-canada/

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Canada – The House of Commons just gave a standing ovation for abortion rights — minus the Conservatives

The House of Commons just gave a standing ovation for abortion rights — minus the Conservatives

By Amanda Connolly National Online Journalist (Politics) Global News
May 29, 2019

With reproductive rights under assault south of the border, members of the Canadian House of Commons rose in a standing ovation to affirm support for a woman’s right to choose — that is, except the Conservatives.

One day after Global News reported that dozens of Canadian woman across the country are being sent to the U.S. for abortions they cannot access here and on the heel of a pledge by the Quebec government to make late-term abortion accessible to women in the province, Bloc Quebecois MP Monique Pauzé asked for unanimous consent on a motion related to abortion.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5330986/canada-reproductive-rights-applause-parliament/

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How the wave of U.S. restrictions will affect Canadian women sent there for abortions

How the wave of U.S. restrictions will affect Canadian women sent there for abortions

By Amanda Connolly and Rachel Browne, Global News
May 28, 2019

Dozens of Canadian women travel to the U.S. every year for abortions paid for by their provincial governments, according to data obtained by Global News.

But as some states move to restrict and criminalize the medical procedure, experts say that could have a big impact on Canadian women by both limiting options for out-of-country care and potentially increasing wait times in Canada.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/4354376/donald-trump-abortion-rights-canada-access/

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Canada/USA – I’m so damn tired of debating abortion rights…

I’m so damn tired of debating abortion rights…

By Toula Drimonis
May 27th 2019

If you’re a firm believer in people’s right to determine their own reproductive destiny and find yourself extra-angry these days, you’re not alone. The recent backsliding on women’s rights we’ve witnessed in Alabama and seven other U.S. states, has many of us reeling. This strict new legislation basically criminalizes the procedure and treats anyone seeking an abortion or attempting to administer one as a criminal who could face life in prison. But this didn't just happen. The groundwork for this gigantic step backwards for reproductive freedom was initially taken two years ago.

After Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency, I vividly remember waking up the next day in a bit of an exhausted daze. I had stayed up late, watching the results trickle in, desperately hoping that what was materializing before my eyes would turn out to be a bad dream.

Continued: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/27/opinion/im-so-damn-tired-debating-abortion-rights

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The forgotten history of Canadian women who travelled around the world for abortions

The forgotten history of Canadian women who travelled around the world for abortions

By Rachel Browne, National Online Journalist Politics Reporter Global News
May 26, 2019

In 1969, a Toronto woman became panicked when she learned she was pregnant. She had recently switched to a new birth control pill, which had clearly failed. The idea of abortion had never occurred to her until then, but now she was determined to end a pregnancy that she did not want. And she was willing to travel thousands of miles to do so.

This forgotten history of women travelling abroad for abortions decades ago provides insight into the barriers that continue to exist for women across the country today, even though the procedure is completely legal.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5312444/canada-abortion-rights/

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