New Brunswick Health Minister is “willfully incompetent” says doctor

New Brunswick Health Minister is “willfully incompetent” says doctor

Written by Susan O'Donnell
on August 16, 2019

Health Minister and lawyer Ted Flemming knowingly permits New Brunswick to contravene the Canada Health Act, the federal law regulating payment of health services. New Brunswick doctor Adrian Edgar says this indicates Flemming is “willfully incompetent” and has called for his resignation.

The Canada Health Act ensures that eligible Canadian residents can access health services approved by Medicare on a prepaid basis, without direct charges at the point of service. Most doctors across Canada operate from private facilities, billing their provincial government for Medicare services. In New Brunswick, the province pays for all Medicare services provided by doctors in private facilities, except abortions.

Continued: http://nbmediacoop.org/2019/08/16/new-brunswick-health-minister-is-willfully-incompetent-says-doctor/

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Canada’s marginal ‘Christian right’

Canada’s marginal ‘Christian right’

August 11, 2019
Jonathan Malloy

The political power of the American Christian right naturally leads to interest and speculation about the influence of similar groups in Canada. But social conservatives and evangelical Christians are a marginal force in Canadian politics, even in the Conservative party. And research finds their dynamics here are quite different than in the United States.

Is there a Canadian Christian right at all? Yes and no.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/canadas-marginal-christian-right-121024

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Cape Breton women still face barriers and stigma when seeking an abortion

Cape Breton women still face barriers and stigma when seeking an abortion
Many family doctors still don't prescribe so-called abortion pill

Brittany Wentzell - CBC
Aug 8, 2019

There may be less red tape surrounding the so-called abortion pill, but many women in Cape Breton will still make the lengthy drive to Halifax if they want to terminate a pregnancy.

The issue, according to advocates, is the reluctance of many family doctors on the island to prescribe Mifegymiso — the brand name for the combination of two pills used to end a pregnancy of up to nine weeks.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5234425

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Canada – The pro-choice movement will defeat any threats to abortion rights

The pro-choice movement will defeat any threats to abortion rights

Joyce Arthur
August 8, 2019

Canada's pro-choice movement is in good fighting form, and stronger than ever. That's the undeniable conclusion after living through the roller-coaster ride of anti-choice activity over the last three months.

First, we saw the annual March for Life on Ottawa's Parliament Hill on May 9, as well as anti-choice rallies in cities across Canada including Toronto for the first time. Many anti-choice Parliamentarians attended these events and some spoke out, including Ontario MPP Sam Oosterhoff, with his infamous comment, "We pledge to make abortion unthinkable in our lifetime."

Continued: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/08/pro-choice-movement-will-defeat-any-threats-abortion-rights

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Canada – Women-only clinics create barriers for trans folks seeking sexual health care

Women-only clinics create barriers for trans folks seeking sexual health care
Part two of a series looking at trans-inclusive sexual health care in B.C.

Devon Bidal
Aug. 6, 2019

Women’s clinics serve the sexual health care needs of people with internal reproductive organs. But what happens when a trans man needs to access that reproductive health care?

Many women’s clinics use gendered language on their websites, but when asked, indicate that all are welcome to come in for care.

Continued: https://www.sookenewsmirror.com/news/women-only-clinics-create-barriers-for-trans-folks-seeking-sexual-health-care/

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Canada – Trans -inclusive practice in B.C. sexual health and abortion clinics

Trans -inclusive practice in B.C. sexual health and abortion clinics
Part one of a series looking at trans-inclusive sexual health care in B.C.

Devon Bidal
Aug. 3, 2019

A.J. Lowik has been thinking about and working on trans-inclusive abortion services for about 12 years. At first, Lowik, who uses the gender-neutral pronoun they, couldn’t find any information or research on the subject and this inspired the journey. Lowik pursued their masters in sociology at York University and conducted research focused on trans folks’ access to abortion and their inclusion in spaces traditionally deemed to be women-only.

Lowik also produced the Trans-Inclusive Abortion Services manual which is used in clinics across Canada. They were later asked to create one for clinics in the U.S. as well.

Continued: https://www.vicnews.com/news/trans-inclusive-practice-in-b-c-sexual-health-and-abortion-clinics/

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Pro-choice billboard to counter signs by anti-choice organization in Cape Breton

Pro-choice billboard to counter signs by anti-choice organization in Cape Breton

Erin Pottie
July 31, 2019

For years, anti-abortion signs along Cape Breton’s roadways have asked motorists to ‘protect life’ and live with ‘no regrets.’

But now a grassroots group is now planning to create its own billboard with a much different message.

Continued: https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/pro-choice-billboard-to-counter-signs-by-anti-choice-organization-in-cape-breton-338887/

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

Federal Health Minister tells all provinces to fund abortion care

Carly Weeks Health Reporter
Laura Stone Queen's Park Reporter
Published July 25, 2019

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.

However, her provincial counterparts in Ontario and New Brunswick – where some patients must pay to access abortion services, in a practice that abortion advocates have flagged as breaching federal health law – have swiftly rebuffed Ms. Petitpas Taylor’s request.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-federal-health-minister-asking-all-provinces-to-remove-abortion-access/

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Canada – ‘Reluctant to prescribe’: Local clinic says women wait weeks to access abortion pill

'Reluctant to prescribe': Local clinic says women wait weeks to access abortion pill
The executive director of the SHORE Centres says many family doctors are still not prescribing the pill

Paula Duhatschek · CBC News
Posted: Jul 22, 2019

A local sexual health resource centre says it's experiencing so much demand for the abortion pill, Mifegymiso, that patients often must wait two to three weeks to get it.

Mifegymiso is the brand name for the combination of two pills that is used to terminate pregnancies—but only up to nine weeks along.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/reluctant-to-prescribe-local-clinic-says-women-forced-to-wait-weeks-to-access-abortion-pill-1.5220512

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Canada – This abortion doula drives clients hundreds of kilometres to access services — for free

This abortion doula drives clients hundreds of kilometres to access services — for free

Sarah Rieger · CBC News
Posted: Jul 16, 2019

Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson is a chauffeur; a librarian, digging up resources and information; a covert operative, helping clients circumvent unsupportive partners; a therapist; and a friend.

Her actual job title is abortion doula.

That phrase might seem like an oxymoron — although she does sometimes support those who end up choosing to go through with a pregnancy — as doulas typically work with those going through childbirth.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/abortion-doula-alberta-1.5212859

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