$350m pledge to drive family planning targeting young
By Judd-Leonard Okafor
Published Date Nov 14, 2018
At least three donors have announced up to $350 million in new funding for family planning services and commodities for women and girls spanning nearly 27 of the lowest-income countries.
The UK’s Department for International Development will invest some $260m in a new flagship programme Women’s Integrated Sexual Health to ensure voluntary contraception for up to six million couples.
Canada’s leadership on family planning
From: Global Affairs Canada
November 14, 2018
Canada’s announcement of up to $104.4 million at the International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda, will support family planning, advocacy and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), while improving access to safe and legal abortion. All projects will also ensure the integration of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) into countries’ health systems.
This investment is part of Canada’s $650-million comprehensive approach to address gaps in funding for SRHR.
Brazil's Abortion Rights Push Could Come To A Screeching Halt After Jair Bolsonaro's Election
By Caitlin Cruz
Oct 29, 2018
Brazil elected Jair Bolsonaro as president on Sunday, marking a momentous shift to the far-right. His extremist policies and outrageous comments about minority groups have had some people refer to him as the Brazilian version of Donald Trump. And of his many troubling stances, Bolsonaro's decidedly anti-abortion views may impact Brazil's push to expand abortion rights.
As a candidate, Bolsonaro suggested that if he won the presidency, Brazil will adopt a policy similar to the Hyde Amendment, which outlaws American government dollars from funding abortion. (There's also a policy that prohibits American government dollars from going to funding abortion abroad called the Helms Amendment.)
Meet the activist who’s helped thousands of Irish women access safe abortions
Posted by Moya Crockett
Published Sep 10, 2018
Woman of the Week is Stylist’s weekly celebration of women who are making a difference to society. This week, we meet Mara Clarke, the founder of the Abortion Support Network, to discuss how things have changed since Ireland’s abortion referendum.
Mara Clarke was in Dublin when the results of the Irish abortion referendum were announced. The founder of the Abortion Support Network (ASN) – a grassroots organisation that provides women with advice and financial aid so that they can access safe terminations – desperately hoped abortion would be decriminalised in Ireland. But she didn’t really think it would happen.
“When the exit polls came out, I didn’t believe it,” she says today. “Even when the results were officially announced, I still didn’t believe it. But then everything went crazy.”
Government may cover cost of terminations
Maternity scheme may be expanded to help women who need an abortion
May 31, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter
The Government is considering covering the cost of care for women seeking a termination of their pregnancy.
Minister for Health Simon Harris is assessing if services provided under the Maternity and Infant Scheme can be expanded to women who may require an abortion.
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.
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?
I Saw A Woman Die From A Self-Induced Abortion — That's The Cost Of Our Silence
By Nisha Verma
May 1, 2018
A few months ago, I got a tattoo of a coat hanger on my right wrist. When people ask me what it means, I tell them the story of the woman I once met who didn't deserve to die. I tell them about the lack of access to safe and legal abortion that killed her.
Warning: Some readers may find the following details graphic and triggering.
At the time, I worked as a resident at a hospital in Botswana. This woman had tried to end her pregnancy with a "coat hanger abortion" — in her case, by placing sticks through her vagina into her uterus. She was pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital. She was 22 years old. She died because she lived in a country where safe and legal abortion did not exist.
Few Groups Reject Abortion-Restricted U.S. Global Health Funds
February 7, 2018
The Trump administration has released its first assessment of the impact of the president's decision to reinstate the "Mexico City policy," which cuts off U.S. aid to international groups unless they promise not to provide or promote abortion, even with non-U.S. funding sources.
The review finds that so far practically all grantees have agreed to those conditions. But opponents of the policy caution that the administration's statistics offer too incomplete a picture to draw conclusions about the policy's impact.
Momentum grows among London-Irish abortion activists
Some work to help those travelling: ‘There isn’t a stereotypical Irish abortion seeker’
Dec 18, 2017
Shane Hickey in London
This year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in London marked a significant landmark for a group of Irish campaigners who gathered at Hyde Park Corner before starting to walk together. It was the first time that a pro-choice group had been allowed to march in the event.
Under the banner of the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, the group of mostly women held aloft placards with images of Countess Markievicz, St Brigid and Queen Maebh.
Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/momentum-grows-among-london-irish-abortion-activists-1.3330652
Abortion services can handle treatment plan for N Ireland patients, MSPs told
October 31 2017
Abortion services will be able to treat women from Northern Ireland without a detrimental impact on patients in Scotland, MSPs have been told.
Public health minister Aileen Campbell said she was confident services had the capacity to cope with a change that will allow Scottish NHS boards to offer free abortion services to Northern Irish women.
The Scottish G overnment estimates that between 20 and 150 women will travel to Scotland each year from Northern Ireland to access abortion services, at a cost of between £17,000 and £98,000.
Continued at source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/abortion-services-can-handle-treatment-plan-for-n-ireland-patients-msps-told-36277245.html