Norway to increase support for women’s health and safe abortion

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Norway to increase support for women's health and safe abortion

Press release | Date: Oct 12, 2017

'Norway is at the forefront of efforts to promote gender equality and women's health at the international level. We are among the biggest donors to efforts in this field, but there are still many unmet needs. The Government therefore proposes an increase of NOK 180 million in earmarked support for women's health and safe abortion in 2018. 'This increase comes in addition to the major increase in funding earlier this year, in connection with the SheDecides initiative,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Continued at source: Government of Norway: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/womens_health/id2574852/

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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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USA: ‘Medicare for All’ Bill Could Be Single Greatest Advancement in Reproductive Health Care in a Century

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‘Medicare for All’ Bill Could Be Single Greatest Advancement in Reproductive Health Care in a Century

Sep 13, 2017
Jodi Jacobson

The bill from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would unapologetically cover comprehensive reproductive health care (yes, including abortion) for everyone in the United States.

As the GOP continues to look for ways to take health insurance coverage away from millions of people in the United States, and the Trump administration does its part to sabotage Obamacare insurance markets and enrollments, Senate Democrats are quickly coalescing around a “Medicare for All Act of 2017” to be introduced Wednesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Rewire reviewed an advanced copy of the legislation, which would establish a national health insurance program for every resident of the United States.

Continued at source: Rewire: https://rewire.news/article/2017/09/13/medicare-bill-single-greatest-advancement-reproductive-health-care-century/

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Belfast branch of Marie Stopes to start charging for abortion care again

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Belfast branch of Marie Stopes to start charging for abortion care again

August 19 2017

The Belfast branch of the Marie Stopes charity will no longer be waiving fees for abortion services for women in Northern Ireland.

In June, following a Labour-led push for a change in the law, the British government announced that fees for women from Northern Ireland travelling to England to undergo abortion procedures would be lifted.

Continued at link: Belfast Telegraph: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/belfast-branch-of-marie-stopes-to-start-charging-for-abortion-care-again-36048559.html

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Belfast abortion clinic ‘disappointed’ by Westminster’s refusal of funding

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Belfast abortion clinic ‘disappointed’ by Westminster’s refusal of funding

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland News Reporter
August 19 2017, The Times

An abortion clinic has said it is “disappointed” that the UK government will not cover the cost of abortions for Northern Irish women who access the procedure in Belfast.

Westminster yesterday refused to clarify to The Times that the DUP, its anti-abortion coalition partner, had influenced the decision.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/belfast-abortion-clinic-disappointed-by-westminsters-refusal-of-funding-69npw8wlf

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Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

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Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

July 24, 2017
Barbara Davidson Writer, campaigner, mother-of-two.

Northern Ireland women's rights have suddenly become a major political issue, after being ignored or misunderstood by many people in the rest of the UK for years. In light of the DUP-Conservative partnership, many people are waking up to the harsh realities of life for women in Northern Ireland, where having an abortion is a criminal offence in almost all circumstances.

Northern Ireland's abortion laws have recently been hotly debated everywhere from the House of Commons to news bulletins across the country. But behind the dramatic debates, two women from Northern Ireland are at the centre of the fight for reproductive rights in the region.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/barbara-davidson/ireland-abortion-rights_b_17551822.html

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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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Sweden to cut aid to groups applying Trump abortion ban

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Sweden to cut aid to groups applying Trump abortion ban

Posted at: Jul 11, 2017

A Swedish government agency on Tuesday threatened to cut aid to NGOs which have suspended abortion services over fears of losing US funding due to a decree signed by President Donald Trump.

In one of his first acts as president, Trump in January reintroduced the global gag rule, enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1984, which prohibits foreign charities from using US federal funding to provide abortion services, information, counselling or referrals.

Continued at source: Tribune India: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/sweden-to-cut-aid-to-groups-applying-trump-abortion-ban/434985.html

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UK: Stella Creasy ‘received Jo Cox-style death threat from anti-abortion activist’

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Stella Creasy 'received Jo Cox-style death threat from anti-abortion activist'

Kate Proctor, Political Reporter
Thursday 6 July 2017

A London MP has called in police after receiving a death threat from an alleged anti-abortion activist saying she will die like Jo Cox.

Stella Creasy said she had received a torrent of abuse since forcing the Government to fund abortions for Northern Irish women arriving in England.

Continued at source: The Standard: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/stella-creasy-received-jo-coxstyle-death-threat-from-antiabortion-activist-a3581291.html

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UK: Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

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Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Socialist Party national organizer
July 4, 2017

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government.

The Tories' 'supply and confidence' deal with the ten DUP MPs turned a spotlight on Northern Irish politics. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act that introduced free, legal abortion for women in England, Wales and Scotland within certain limitations. It was understood by those who fought for this legislation that women should have the right to choose when and whether to have children and that the right to an abortion is a life or death issue. But no major party in NI supports extending it there.

Continued at source: Socialist Party: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/955/25805/05-07-2017/weakened-tories-forced-into-northern-ireland-abortion-u-turn

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