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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Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

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Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

6 November 2017
Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland.

Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman's health is at risk.

That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations.

New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to access abortion services in Scotland come into force on Monday.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41879520

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Free abortion offer for Northern Ireland women

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Free abortion offer for Northern Ireland women
Helen Puttick, Scottish Health Correspondent

November 1 2017, The Times

Women from Northern Ireland will be able to have abortions in Scotland free of charge from next week after an attempt to block the move in Holyrood was dropped.

Pregnancy terminations are allowed in Northern Ireland only if the mother’s life is in danger or there is a serious risk to her physical or mental health.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/free-abortion-offer-for-ulster-women-78s7jmsw0

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Northern Irish women offered free abortion services in England

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Northern Irish women offered free abortion services in England

Justine Greening announces funding for previous pledge to stop charging women who undergo procedure

Jessica Elgot
Monday 23 October 2017

The UK government has revealed plans to provide free abortion services in England for women from Northern Ireland, which has some of Europe’s most restrictive laws on terminations.

The government announced a change of policy in June in an attempt to head off a Tory rebellion in a vote on the Queen’s speech. Dozens of Conservatives had suggested to whips that they would vote on an amendment spearheaded by the Labour MP Stella Creasy to give Northern Irish women free access to termination.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/northern-irish-women-offered-free-abortion-services-in-england

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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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