Canada – Abortion Beyond Bounds conference combines academia and activism

Abortion Beyond Bounds conference combines academia and activism

October 16, 2018, McGill/News
By Elizabeth Kearney

On the 30th anniversary of the decriminalization of abortion in Canada, the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (IGSF) organized a two-day bilingual conference, Abortion Beyond Bounds 2018, to discuss the continuously-changing global landscape of access to abortion. The conference, which featured a series of student and expert panels, revolved around the importance of having control over abortion decisions. The speakers considered how persistent barriers to global access contrast the increased availability of information and resources thanks to new technologies.

The first day of the conference consisted of student panels, providing graduate student researchers from across Canada the opportunity to present their work. The panel “Voice and Choice: First-Person Narratives of Abortion Experiences in Canada” focused on people’s experiences with self-managed abortion, meaning when a woman chooses to perform her own abortion outside of a medical setting.

Continued: http://www.mcgilltribune.com/news/abortion-beyond-bounds-conference-brings-academia-and-activism-together-101618/

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Two-pill abortion drug Mifegymiso prescribed at least 13,000 times since becoming available in Canada

Two-pill abortion drug Mifegymiso prescribed at least 13,000 times since becoming available in Canada
Since Alberta began covering the cost of Mifegymiso last July, at least 2,190 doses have been prescribed — the overwhelming majority of them in Calgary

Tyler Dawson
October 15, 2018

EDMONTON — It was Calgary’s Kensington clinic that prescribed the first dose of Mifegymiso, the two-pill abortion drug, after it became available in Canada in January 2017.

“When it arrived on our doorstep, we had a patient that day and we offered it to her; we were ready to go,” said clinic executive director Celia Posyniak.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/mifegymiso

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Abortion-pill inequality: How access varies widely across Canada

Abortion-pill inequality: How access varies widely across Canada
Two years after Canadians got access to Mifegymiso, some regions have seen thousands of prescriptions, but others have had hardly any, according to figures obtained by The Globe and Mail. The numbers point to deeply rooted problems in regional abortion care

Carly Week
October 12, 2018

Women’s health advocates have hailed the abortion pill as the key to eliminating barriers to abortion in Canada because it can be prescribed by a family doctor and taken at home, no matter where a woman lives. Yet, nearly two years after Mifegymiso became available, many women still have to travel to abortion clinics, endure lengthy waits and pay out-of-pocket if they want to use it to end their pregnancies.

Prescribing data provided to The Globe and Mail show large regional disparities in access to the abortion pill, which the World Health Organization says is a safe and effective method of terminating pregnancies in the first nine weeks. In Manitoba, where nearly 4,000 abortions are performed every year, no prescriptions for Mifegymiso have been dispensed from retail pharmacies since it came on the market, according to the data. But in Ontario, which has about 40,000 abortions every year, more than 6,600 prescriptions were dispensed last year and this year, up to August, 2018.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-abortion-pill-inequality-how-access-varies-widely-across-canada/

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Safe Abortion Care in Humanitarian Settings

Safe Abortion Care in Humanitarian Settings

Posted on October, 1 2018
by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

More than 60 million people—that’s almost the population of the entire UK, of France or of Thailand—are living in crisis settings or are displaced due to conflict, natural disaster, or other human rights abuses.

Action Canada collaborated with Ipas to draft that policy brief on safe abortion care in humanitarian settings.

Download the PDF.

Continued: https://www.actioncanadashr.org/safe-abortion-care-in-humanitarian-settings/

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Displaced Rohingya women need access to abortion, not just food and shelter

Displaced Rohingya women need access to abortion, not just food and shelter
Thousands of Rohingya women and girls have been systematically raped by Myanmar's military

Anu Kumar and Sandeep Prasad
for CBC News
Posted: Sep 29, 2018

Rape is still being used as an instrument of war. Right now. Before our very eyes.

We know that since August 2017, thousands of Rohingya women and girls have been systematically raped by Myanmar military as a way to humiliate, terrify and dominate the Rohingya communities. In fact, Canadian parliamentarians recently unanimously voted to declare the systemic rape and killing of Rohingya an act of genocide.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/rohingya-women-1.4843335

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Canada – Abortion expert urges Nova Scotia to drop ultrasound rule if access slowed

Abortion expert urges Nova Scotia to drop ultrasound rule if access slowed

Carly Weeks
Published September 26, 2018

The lead author of Canada’s national guidelines on drug-induced abortion says Nova Scotia should drop the practice of insisting on an ultrasound when it results in delays in providing the procedure.

The issue was raised this week after The Globe and Mail reported that Nova Scotia’s only abortion clinic is not allowed to perform ultrasounds to determine how far along a pregnancy is, leaving women to wait days or weeks for an appointment at the hospital’s diagnostic imaging unit. In an essay published Saturday, reporter Jessica Leeder outlined the challenges she faced earlier this year in obtaining a medical abortion. Ms. Leeder was told she would need to wait about two weeks for an ultrasound before a doctor could prescribe the abortion drug Mifegymiso. She eventually travelled out of province and paid out of pocket to have a timelier abortion.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-abortion-expert-urges-nova-scotia-to-drop-ultrasound-rule-if-access/

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Canada – Graphic Anti-Abortion Signs Feel Like Visual Terrorism, But Should They Be Banned?

Graphic Anti-Abortion Signs Feel Like Visual Terrorism, But Should They Be Banned?
*Trigger Warning: This article discusses the graphic imagery used by some anti-abortion protesters*

by Katherine Singh
Sep 26, 2018

It was a typical Friday afternoon in July for Apiecalypse Now! owner Jennifer Bundock. The vegan pizzeria owner was driving to her east end Toronto location when she received a text from the manager of her west end location: “We’ve got a situation.”

Anti-abortion activists had set up shop in front of the restaurant with graphic signs. She pulled a U-turn and headed back to the Bloor Street spot, passing the old Honest Ed’s lot and pulling up 10 minutes later in front of her restaurant. Then she started live-streaming on Instagram. In a now-viral video, Bundock exits her car and confronts a group of anti-abortion activists, who were standing outside of her restaurant in plain view of the front window, holding large signs depicting dismembered and bloody fetuses. What the video didn’t show? Bundock’s customers, who were attempting to stand in front of the protestors’ signs when she arrived, trying to shield the images from passersby as well as the daycare and Girl Scout office around the corner.

Continued: https://www.flare.com/news/anti-abortion-signs/

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Canada – I wanted an abortion in Nova Scotia, but all around, barriers still remained

I wanted an abortion in Nova Scotia, but all around, barriers still remained
I was 36 and a married mother of two, and I needed to end a pregnancy – which is still a battle in some pockets of the country. Trying to get an abortion left me brimming with feelings of powerlessness, shame and disbelief

Jessica Leeder Atlantic region, Halifax
Sep 22, 2018

Jessica Leeder is The Globe and Mail’s Atlantic Bureau chief.

“You need to calm down. You are not dying. You are pregnant and you’re going be fine.”

This was the doctor’s receptionist over the phone from Dartmouth, N.S., with a voice so thick with gravel, I imagined her with a lit cigarette in hand as she attempted to take the bull by the horns.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-i-wanted-an-abortion-in-nova-scotia-but-all-around-barriers-still/

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Northern Ireland: Woman who bought abortion pills for daughter in Court to challenge prosecution

Northern Ireland: Woman who bought abortion pills for daughter in Court to challenge prosecution

17th September 2018

A mother who bought her then 15-year-old daughter abortion pills online is challenging a decision by the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland to prosecute her. The ground-breaking case will focus attention on the criminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland. It is the first time the Public Prosecution Service has been challenged on a decision relating to Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion law. The case will be heard on Thursday 20 September at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast.

The mother faces two charges of unlawfully procuring and supplying the abortion drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, with intent to procure a miscarriage, contrary to the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. If her challenge is unsuccessful, the mother faces a criminal trial and up to 10 years in prison.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.ie/northern-ireland-woman-who-bought-abortion-pills-for-daughter-in-court-to-challenge-prosecution/

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How Canada’s growing anti-abortion movement plans to swing the next federal election

How Canada’s growing anti-abortion movement plans to swing the next federal election
Anti-abortion lobbyists cheered Ontario’s election as evidence of success. Next up: an ambitious strategy for 2019.

Anne Kingston
Sep 12, 2018

When Doug Ford, newly minted as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, took the stage at the party’s leadership convention last March, he conspicuously thanked one person standing behind him: Tanya Granic Allen, an outspoken social conservative and leadership hopeful. Ford spoke of his intent “to return our province to where it belongs” before making a show of shaking Granic Allen’s hand. It was a small gesture with big import that would have been missed by many: Ford’s debt to “socons” and, specifically, the anti-abortion lobby that enabled his win.

Granic Allen was the top choice of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), a national group that works to nominate and elect candidates who oppose abortion at all levels of government, CLC vice-president Jeff Gunnarson tells Maclean’s.

Continued: https://www.macleans.ca/politics/how-canadas-growing-anti-abortion-movement-plans-to-swing-the-next-federal-election/

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