Canada province to ban abortion protests outside clinics

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Canada province to ban abortion protests outside clinics

5 October 2017

A Canadian province is tabling legislation that would make it illegal to protest outside abortion clinics. Ontario's attorney general announced on Thursday that the government will introduce the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act.

If passed, the legislation would create "safe access zones" around abortion clinics as well as the homes of staff. Anti-abortion activists would not be allowed to protest within at least 50m (164ft) of a clinic or staff residence.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41516615

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Global support grows for Dublin’s March for Choice

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Global support grows for Dublin’s March for Choice
Irish abroad organising solidarity events in more than 20 cities across the world
Fri, Sep 29, 2017
Marie Claire Digby

Saturday shoppers, tourists and well-heeled residents of Belgravia in west London will encounter some unusual street art on Saturday, September 30th, when members of the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign will make 205,704 chalk markings on the pavement outside the Irish Embassy at 17 Grosvenor Place.

The organisation says “the markings will represent the 205,704 Irish and Northern Irish women who have travelled to Great Britain for an abortion since the 8th Amendment in 1983”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/global-support-grows-for-dublin-s-march-for-choice-1.3235893

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Scottish abortion laws ‘making slow progress’

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Scottish abortion laws ‘making slow progress’
Kirsteen Paterson
Sep 27, 2017

ABORTION must be removed from the criminal justice system to protect women’s rights, a new report claims.

A paper released to mark International Day of Safe Abortion today claims Scotland lags behind countries like Canada, where the process of ending a pregnancy has been decriminalised and integrated into the health system.

Feminist policy organisation Engender, which compiled the paper, says the results show how far women’s bodies and choices are regulated by the state.

Continued at source: http://www.thenational.scot/news/15561930.Scottish_abortion_laws____making_slow_progress___/

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Canada: Liberals protest appointment of anti-abortion MP as status of women committee chair

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Liberals protest appointment of anti-abortion MP as status of women committee chair

Gloria Galloway, OTTAWA
September 26, 2017

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is defending his decision to appoint an MP who has not supported legalized abortions to sit as chair of the Commons committee of status on the women.

Liberal MPs, who have a majority on the committee, walked out of a meeting on Tuesday after Rachael Harder, the member of Parliament for Lethbridge, was named to the position. The status of women committee is one of the few Commons committees for which the Official Opposition appoints the chair.

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/liberals-protest-appointment-of-anti-abortion-mp-as-status-of-women-committee-chair/article36401085/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

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Canada: N.S. government making abortion pill available free at pharmacies

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N.S. government making abortion pill available free at pharmacies
News Sep 22, 2017
Hamilton Spectator

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is overhauling its abortion policies, making the so-called abortion pill available at no cost and removing the requirement for a physician's referral to obtain a surgical abortion.

The province has been criticized as having some of Canada's biggest abortion-access barriers, and Premier Stephen McNeil said Friday the changes are about providing women with the health care options they deserve.

McNeil, who is Roman Catholic, said he is comfortable with the decisions as a parent of a daughter who "deserves to have access to health care."
Continued at source: The Spectator: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7572443-n-s-government-making-abortion-pill-available-free-at-pharmacies/

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Denmark Follows Canada’s Lead, Gives $37 Million to Push Back on Trump’s Overseas Abortion Funding Ban

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Denmark Follows Canada's Lead, Gives $37 Million to Push Back on Trump's Overseas Abortion Funding Ban

Lauretta Brown
Posted: Sep 19, 2017

Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced Tuesday that he would give $37 million to fund organizations that are losing funds due to President Trump’s re-instatement and expansion of the Mexico City policy, which bans U.S. funds from going to organizations that promote or perform abortions overseas.

“This is a clear signal to America. If somebody drops the torch, others must pick it up. The world needs leadership,” Rasmussen told the broadcaster DR.

Continued at source: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/laurettabrown/2017/09/19/untitled-n2383821

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Canada: Province urged to file injunction against ‘horrifying’ anti-abortion images

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Province urged to file injunction against ‘horrifying’ anti-abortion images
Group says it has distributed hundreds of thousands of flyers to mailboxes in order to ‘answer questions and provide information.’

By Scott Wheeler, Staff Reporter
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

A group of Toronto public officials petitioned the provincial government on Thursday to file an injunction to block the “disturbing anti-abortion images” that are increasingly appearing on posters and flyers in the city.

The letter is addressed to attorney general Yasir Naqvi, and backed by Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns, Toronto District School Board trustee Jennifer Story, and city councillors Paula Fletcher and Mary Fragedakis.

In it, the quartet joined city councillor Sarah Doucette in criticizing the use of “horrifying images by an anti-abortion group, the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform.”

Continued at source: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/24/province-urged-to-file-injunction-against-horrifying-anti-abortion-images.html

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Canada/Ireland: Trudeau urges Varadkar to see abortion as a ‘fundamental right’

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Trudeau urges Varadkar to see abortion as a ‘fundamental right’
Taoiseach tells Canadian PM there is ‘always more to do’ on social change

Aug 21, 2017
Fiach Kelly Montreal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been urged by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau to treat the issue of abortion as a fundamental right for women.

Mr Varadkar and Mr Trudeau discussed the subject in a bilateral meeting in Montreal on Sunday, along with Brexit, the EU-Canada trade deal CETA, the healthcare systems of Ireland and Canada, and how international problems should be solved though multilateralism and co-operation.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/trudeau-urges-varadkar-to-see-abortion-as-a-fundamental-right-1.3192431

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Canadian prime minister urged to discuss abortion with Varadkar

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Canadian prime minister urged to discuss abortion with Varadkar

The Taoiseach begins a three day visit to Canada tomorrow

A hashtag encouraging the Canadian prime minister to discuss Ireland’s abortion ban with Leo Varadkar is trending on Twitter.

The Taoiseach will meet with Justin Trudeau tomorrow as he begins an official three-day visit to Canada.

Both men will be attending the Montreal Pride Parade on Sunday before the Taoiseach moves on to Toronto where he is scheduled to carry out a number of engagements aimed at growing trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.

Continued at source: NewsTalk: http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.301/103141/0/

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Canada: Barriers to abortion services in Nova Scotia are ‘unconscionable’: activists

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Barriers to abortion services in Nova Scotia are 'unconscionable': activists

BRETT BUNDALE
HALIFAX — The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

More women have come forward to complain about abortion-access hurdles in Nova Scotia, as a national lobby group says it plans a renewed push in the province.

One woman says she was a 23-year-old university student when she missed a period and suspected her birth control had failed. She confirmed it with a pregnancy test in a Starbucks washroom.

“I was in this state of incredulity,” said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But from the very beginning, I absolutely knew what my choice was.”

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/barriers-to-abortion-services-are-damaging-to-women-nova-scotia-activists/article35996933/

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