Ontario, New Brunswick violating Canada Health Act by forcing patients to pay for abortions: National Abortion Federation

Ontario, New Brunswick violating Canada Health Act by forcing patients to pay for abortions: National Abortion Federation

Carly Weeks, Health Reporter
Updated July 16, 2019

New Brunswick and Ontario are violating a federal health law by forcing patients to pay for their abortions, and Ottawa must act to remove those barriers, according to the head of the National Abortion Federation.

The New Brunswick government doesn’t pay for surgical abortions performed outside of hospitals, meaning patients at a private clinic in Fredericton must pay $700 to $850, according to the clinic website. The only other abortion clinics in New Brunswick are in Bathurst and Moncton. They are in hospitals and receive public funds, but are several hours from Fredericton by car. Many parts of the province have no abortion clinic nearby.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-new-brunswick-violating-canada-health-act-by-forcing-patients/

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USA – A boom in at-home abortions is coming

A boom in at-home abortions is coming
Advocates say “self-managed abortions” are safe — and in the current political environment, interest is rising.

By Anna North
Jul 9, 2019

After Marie decided to take medication to end her pregnancy, it took several days for the pills to work.

When the uterine contractions started, Marie recalled, she experienced “a lot of bleeding, a lot of pain, a lot of cramps. Just like a bad cycle.” (Marie asked that her last name not be used because of legal concerns.)

Continued: https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/7/1/18638649/abortion-pill-internet-misoprostol-mifepristone

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USA – I Shouldn’t Be Forced to Give Birth to a Baby Who Won’t Live

I Shouldn’t Be Forced to Give Birth to a Baby Who Won’t Live
Our baby had a fatal birth defect. My federal health insurance plan refused to cover the abortion.

By Sarah E. Levin
July 3, 2019

When I was 20 weeks pregnant, I and my husband learned during a routine ultrasound that our baby had not developed a major portion of her brain and never would. The condition, anencephaly, a type of neural tube defect that also stunts the growth of the skull, is terminal. If carried to term, our baby would be very unlikely to survive for more than a few hours.

One in 1,000 fetuses have this condition. We had no warning signs. No indications. No idea this was coming. This was a baby we had planned for. Just three weeks earlier we had told our 5-year-old daughter that she would soon have a baby sister. We returned home from the hospital that day and had to tell her that her sister was not coming any more. It was the first time she saw me sobbing, unable to speak.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/03/opinion/abortion-hyde-amendment.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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Trump’s foreign aid policies endanger women, experts say

Trump's foreign aid policies endanger women, experts say
“If it was done at the end of a gun, it would be denounced before the International Criminal Court,” the U.N. human rights commissioner said.

July 2, 2019
By Linda Givetash

LONDON — Caroline Nyandat will never forget the day she watched a 14-year-old girl die due to complications from an unsafe abortion.

Nyandat, 36, was then completing her training as a nurse midwife in Kisumu, Kenya, when the teen was in need of surgery but suffered from sepsis before doctors in the hospital could react.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-s-foreign-aid-policies-endanger-women-experts-say-n1018056

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USA – States Lead the Way in Promoting Coverage of Abortion in Medicaid and Private Insurance

States Lead the Way in Promoting Coverage of Abortion in Medicaid and Private Insurance

Adam Sonfield, Guttmacher Institute
Elizabeth Nash, Guttmacher Institute
First published online: June 24, 2019

Advocates and policymakers working to ensure that everyone can afford an abortion scored a number of important victories within just a few days of each other: On June 13, Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a law expanding abortion coverage in private insurance and Medicaid. Just one day earlier, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker had signed a law expanding private insurance coverage of abortion as part of a broader abortion rights law. The same week, New York City allocated $250,000 to a nonprofit abortion fund to directly assist patients, including patients traveling from other states.

This burst of action builds on a nationwide push to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which currently bans abortion coverage under Medicaid and other federal health coverage programs. Expanding coverage will help people overcome one substantial barrier to abortion—the cost of abortion services—and will be particularly important for people with low incomes, people of color and people with disabilities.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/06/states-lead-way-promoting-coverage-abortion-medicaid-and-private-insurance

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Trump can block funding to clinics that make abortion referrals, appeals court rules

Trump can block funding to clinics that make abortion referrals, appeals court rules

By Maura Dolan
Jun 20, 2019

A federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday to lift three injunctions that barred the Trump administration from denying funds to family planning clinics that refer clients for abortions.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a significant setback for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Continued: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-trump-abortion-funding-9th-circuit-20190620-story.html

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Jeremy Hunt Told Us He “Authorised” The Funding Of Abortions For Northern Irish Women. Campaigners Beg To Disagree.

Jeremy Hunt Told Us He "Authorised" The Funding Of Abortions For Northern Irish Women. Campaigners Beg To Disagree.
The government only agreed to fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland after Hunt opposed a legal challenge by a mother and daughter seeking NHS funding for abortions for Northern Irish women.

June 18, 2019
Hannah Al-Othman, BuzzFeed News Reporter

Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt has been criticised by abortion rights campaigners for claiming credit for the funding the government provides for women in Northern Ireland to travel to England to get abortions.

At a hustings event in Westminster on Monday, BuzzFeed News asked Hunt whether, if he became prime minister, he would extend abortion rights to women in Northern Ireland, where it is currently illegal in most circumstances, including cases of rape, incest, and fatal foetal abnormalities.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahalothman/jeremy-hunt-told-us-he-authorised-the-funding-of-abortions

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New York could become first city to provide abortion funding

New York could become first city to provide abortion funding

By Caroline Kelly, CNN
Sat June 15, 2019

(CNN)New York is slated to become what abortion activists say would be the first city in the country to provide funding for abortions.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, both Democrats, announced a budget agreement Friday that included funding for individuals seeking abortions in the city.

continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/14/politics/new-york-city-abortion-funds/index.html

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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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USA – Judge blocks Trump administration ‘gag rule’ on abortion referrals

Judge blocks Trump administration 'gag rule' on abortion referrals
Federal court bars enforcement of measure aimed at fulfilling president’s pledge to end federal support for Planned Parenthood

Reuters
Fri 26 Apr 2019

A federal judge has blocked a Trump administration rule that would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers, according to the state attorney general.

The preliminary injunction on Thursday bars enforcement nationwide of a policy that was due to go into effect on 3 May over the vehement objections of abortion rights supporters who have decried it as a “gag rule” designed to silence doctor-patient communications about abortion options.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/25/abortion-gag-rule-referrals-judge-trump-planned-parenthood

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