Ireland – GPs may demand ‘significant’ fees for providing abortions

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GPs may demand ‘significant’ fees for providing abortions
Government is warned that medics may use new services as a negotiating ploy

Sat, Jul 14, 2018
Fiach Kelly Deputy Political Editor

Ministers have been warned that GPs may use Government promises to introduce abortion services by next year as a negotiating ploy to seek “significant” fees for carrying out terminations.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has in the past used deadlines to introduce new services by a specific date to seek much higher fees from the State, the Cabinet has been told.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/gps-may-demand-significant-fees-for-providing-abortions-1.3564362

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Ireland – Government to consider funding abortion services

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Government to consider funding abortion services
Minister for Health to seek Cabinet approval to publish abortion legislation

Tue, Jul 10, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to ask the Cabinet to allow for State funding of the cost of care for women seeking a termination of their pregnancy, as part of providing abortion services.

The Minister will bring the heads of the Health (Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy) Bill to this morning’s Cabinet meeting, which will legalise access to abortions in certain circumstances.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-to-consider-funding-abortion-services-1.3559357

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USA – Title X facilities are already over-regulated

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Title X facilities are already over-regulated

By David S. Cohen and Carole Joffe, Opinion Contributors
June 12, 2018

The Trump administration’s plan to impose a so-called “domestic gag rule”—a prohibition on providing, referring and counseling about abortion—on facilities receiving Title X funding for family planning services has unleashed a storm of criticism. The public comment period is now open, and the backlash promises to be fierce.

Medical groups state that withholding information about medical procedures is a violation of medical ethics. Numerous political observers note that the real intent of this measure is to deliver on Trump’s promise to defund Planned Parenthood, a major recipient of Title X funding. But largely overlooked in these responses to the domestic gag rule is that the current rules governing Title X grantees represent terrible public policy. As the public now weighs in on the proposed regulations, we should not forget that not only is the new gag rule harmful, but that the existing restrictions governing Title X and abortion care should be lifted as well because they are bad for patients and bad for public health.

Continued: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/391712-title-x-facilities-are-already-over-regulated#.Wx_4xsTUmTI.facebook

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Restrictions on Private Insurance Coverage of Abortion: A Danger to Abortion Access and Better U.S. Health Coverage

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Restrictions on Private Insurance Coverage of Abortion: A Danger to Abortion Access and Better U.S. Health Coverage

Adam Sonfield
Guttmacher Institute
First published online: June 6, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

- Antiabortion conservatives have long sought to eliminate private insurance coverage of abortion, and their main tactic in Congress has been to push for barring health plans from covering abortion if any part of the plan is paid for with federal dollars.
- Abortion coverage is already severely restricted and difficult to obtain in many parts of the United States, and further federal restrictions will make things worse for patients who need abortion care.
- The obsession with banning abortion coverage threatens broader efforts to expand and improve U.S. health insurance coverage and to make it more affordable.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2018/06/restrictions-private-insurance-coverage-abortion-danger-abortion-access-and-better-us

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Ireland – State may cover travel costs in fatal foetal abnormality cases

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State may cover travel costs in fatal foetal abnormality cases
Minister told support group he was committed to finding an interim solution pending new law

June 1, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The State may cover the cost for couples who choose to travel to the United Kingdom for a termination when they receive a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality.

Minister for Health Simon Harris met with members of the group Terminations for Medical Reasons on Friday to discuss how such a system could be operated.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/state-may-cover-travel-costs-in-fatal-foetal-abnormality-cases-1.3516719

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USA – The new Trump plan to defund Planned Parenthood, explained

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New rules could leave low-income women without access to affordable birth control.
By Sarah Kliff
May 18, 2018

Women’s health clinics that provide abortions or refer patients for the procedure will be cut off from a key source of federal funding under new Trump administration rules expected to be released Friday.

Both the New York Times and Modern Healthcare report that the White House plans to issue new guidelines for Title X, the only federal program dedicated to paying for birth control. The new rule is expected to require a “physical as well as financial separation” between entities that receive Title X funds and those that provide abortions.

continued: https://www.vox.com/2018/5/18/17367964/trump-abortion-planned-parenthood-defund

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Ireland – Q&A: Who will pay for abortions if the Eighth Amendment is repealed?

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Q&A: Who will pay for abortions if the Eighth Amendment is repealed?
Will taxpayers cover the cost of abortion under the public system?

May 6, 2018

In our Q&A: Eighth Amendment Referendum series, we are answering questions our readers have submitted in relation to the upcoming vote on 25 May.

THE QUESTION

One common question we received was related to the cost of terminations under the government’s plans and who would pay for them.

Some of those queries were:
Will abortions be paid for under the public health system? If abortions are to be paid for by public funds in public hospitals then will the government be giving additional funds to an already cash-strapped system? Will all hospitals carry out abortions or will there be special abortion units or clinics around the country?

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-q-and-a-cost-3989859-May2018/

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Australia – George Christensen attacks own government over abortion services funding

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George Christensen attacks own government over abortion services funding
Liberal National party MP says he will ask Scott Morrison to divert funding away from planned parenthood agency

Australian Associated Press
Sun 18 Mar 2018

The outspoken Liberal National party MP George Christensen has hit out at his own government for its funding of abortion services in Australia and around the world.

The federal member for Dawson was joined by the incoming Queensland senator Amanda Stoker on Sunday as they addressed hundreds of pro-lifers at a rally outside state parliament in Brisbane.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/18/george-christensen-attacks-own-government-over-abortion-services-funding

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Taking Stock of Year One of the Trump Administration’s Harmful Agenda Against Reproductive Health and Rights

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Taking Stock of Year One of the Trump Administration’s Harmful Agenda Against Reproductive Health and Rights
Jan 18, 2018
Kinsey Hasstedt & Heather Boonstra

From limiting abortion access to destabilizing the family planning safety net, Trump and social conservatives did considerable harm while also signaling their intentions for further attacks in the years ahead.

Throughout President Trump’s first year in office, social conservatives in the administration and Congress mounted an all-out assault on people’s ability to obtain comprehensive reproductive health care in the United States and abroad. Despite coming up short in many respects, policymakers did considerable harm while also signaling their intentions for further attacks in the years ahead.

Continued at source: https://rewire.news/article/2018/01/18/taking-stock-year-one-trump-administrations-harmful-agenda-reproductive-health-rights/

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UN says Canadian funding for reproductive health agency critical after U.S. cuts

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UN says Canadian funding for reproductive health agency critical after U.S. cuts

Michelle Zilio, OTTAWA
December 6, 2017

The head of the UN reproductive health and rights agency says Canada's financial support has been critical to the agency's work after President Donald Trump cut U.S. funding this year.

Natalia Kanem, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, says the withdrawal of almost $70-million (U.S.) in American funding will put millions of women's lives at risk in the years to come. Dr. Kanem, who was in Ottawa on Wednesday to launch the agency's annual population report, said the Canadian government's renewal of $15.6-million (Canadian) in funding is "lifesaving" for vulnerable women and girls in some of the poorest regions of the world.

Continued at source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/un-says-canadian-funding-for-reproductive-health-agency-critical-after-us-cuts/article37230933/

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