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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Canada: Doctor calls for stop of ‘demeaning’ practice of watching women swallow Mifegymiso ‘abortion pill’

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Doctor calls for stop of 'demeaning' practice of watching women swallow Mifegymiso 'abortion pill'
Not required in Canada, but doctors at Regina General Hospital still do it

By Stephanie Taylor, CBC News
Posted: Aug 11, 2017

Doctors should stop the "demeaning" practice of supervising a woman while she swallows the Mifegymiso abortion pill, a professor says.

Dr. Wendy Norman teaches at the University of British Columbia and chairs family planning research for the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

She said a myth exists that physicians are required to watch a patient ingest mifepristone — one of a two-drug combination packed together as Mifegymiso, for medical abortions.

Continued: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/mifegymiso-regina-doctors-abortion-pill-supervision-1.4243642

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Canada: Make abortion clinic ‘bubble zones’ larger, advocates tell Ontario’s AG

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Make abortion clinic 'bubble zones' larger, advocates tell Ontario's AG

'Protests should take place a safe distance from where patients are seeking healthcare,' letter says

By Kate Bueckert, CBC News
Posted: Aug 02, 2017

A letter calling on the province to keep protesters 150 metres away from abortion clinics and health care providers who provide abortion services has been signed by eight reproductive rights advocacy groups, including one from Kitchener.

Lyndsey Butcher, executive director of the Shore Centre — formerly Planned Parenthood — said new legislation being drafted by Attorney General Yasir Naqvi is based on laws in other provinces, which mandate protesters must stay 50 metres away.

Continued at source: CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/abortion-clinics-bubble-zones-lyndsey-butcher-1.4232561

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Canada: Universal access needed for abortion pill, advocates urge

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Universal access needed for abortion pill, advocates urge

Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer
Published Friday, July 21, 2017

OTTAWA -- An organization that advocates for women's sexual health rights has given the provincial premiers a November deadline to provide universal access to Mifegymiso, a drug used to end a pregnancy.

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is challenging the provinces to offer the medication free of charge to those who want it. New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta have already started offering it in place of surgical abortions.

Continued at source: CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/universal-access-needed-for-abortion-pill-advocates-urge-1.3512176

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Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda

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Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda
The Lancet
Published: 15 July 2017
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31860-3

Since his election in November, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has promised forward-looking health policies. Canada has always been seen as a global citizen in health, international affairs, and foreign aid, but under Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government (2006–15), credibility was questioned as he tilted Canada’s development programme for health and overseas aid priorities to align with trade goals, and his flagship Muskoka Initiative for maternal and child health ignored women’s reproductive health rights.

The announcement on June 9 of a CAN$5 billion annual aid plan for the next 5 years, directed at women’s organisations in the Global South, has now been welcomed as a feminist foreign aid strategy. 95% of Canadian foreign aid will now be committed to criteria specific to women, with the goal of empowering and improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women and their children.

Continued at source: The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31860-3/fulltext

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Canada stumps up cash for family planning in developing world, but won’t criticize Trump for stepping back

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Canada stumps up cash for family planning in developing world, but won't criticize Trump for stepping back
'We have different views. This is very clear,' says minister about U.S. stance on abortion

By Peter Zimonjic, Catherine Cullen,
CBC News Posted: Jul 11, 2017

Canada appears unwilling to criticize the U.S. for pulling back from funding family planning in developing countries, even as the Trudeau government steps in to fill some of the void left behind by the Trump administration.

Speaking from the Family Planning Summit in London, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau acknowledged the need for countries and private donors to offer funding to empower women.

Continued at source: CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-bibeau-london-trump-1.4198786

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International development groups welcome Canada’s $241.5M family planning funding pledge

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International development groups welcome Canada’s $241.5M family planning funding pledge

By Levon Sevunts
Tuesday 11 July, 2017

International development and aid groups are welcoming Canada’s commitment to spend up to $241.5 million to support projects that will provide “critical sexual and reproductive health services,” filling some of the void left behind by the Trump administration.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement at the Family Planning Summit in London, in the United Kingdom, on Tuesday.

Continued at source: Radio Canada International: http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/07/11/international-development-groups-welcome-canadas-241-5m-family-planning-funding-pledge/

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Canada: Trudeau government unveils reproductive health projects

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Trudeau government unveils reproductive health projects

Geoffrey York
JOHANNESBURG — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017

Less than three years after legalizing abortion, Mozambique is getting a new aid package from the Canadian government: More than $18-million to support abortion and family-planning services.

The project, announced on Tuesday, is the first specific example of how the Trudeau government is venturing into foreign-aid policies not permitted under the previous Conservative government – or the Trump administration in Washington.

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/trudeau-government-unveils-reproductive-health-projects/article35652268/

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