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Abortion-rights activists draw on the sidewalk in Washington on June 24 following U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade ending constitutional protection for abortion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Roe v. Wade: Canada can respond to U.S. bans by improving access to abortion care here

There will no doubt be escalating rhetoric from anti-choice politicians in the wake of the fall of Roe v Wade. An abortion care provider says now is the time to improve abortion access in Canada.
Anti-abortion protesters use bullhorns to counter abortion rights advocates outside the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022. Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, there’s no guarantee that people can get abortions in liberal states, either

25 states aren’t expected to ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. But limits on abortion in these places, too, make it an uncertain refuge for people seeking abortions elsewhere.
A key change in abortion care during the pandemic was that many providers offered some or all services via telemedicine. (Shutterstock)

How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected abortion care in Canada

Pandemic-related travel restrictions and facility closures initially jeopardized access to abortions, but the pandemic has also become a catalyst for more accessible ways to deliver abortion care.
Women in Mexico City carry a banner reading “Legal and safe abortion across Mexico” during the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25, 2018). Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Is the future of abortion online?

While the abortion debate continues worldwide, even in countries where it has long been legal, new drugs and telemedicine services could provide access to safe abortion beyond borders and laws.
Is Richard Di Natale correct in saying that Tasmanian women aren’t getting access safe termination services? AAP/David Crosling

FactCheck: do women in Tasmania have access to safe abortions?

In Hobart supporting the Tasmanian Greens ahead of the state election, Greens leader Richard Di Natale said ‘in one of our states, women are not getting access to safe terminations’. Is that correct?
The long road to abortion reform in the NT has been made possible by community campaigns, and gender parity in the lower house. Brian Yap/Flickr

Decriminalisation in the NT signals abortion is part of normal health care

Decriminalisation is important as it signals to the community that abortion is part of gynaecological care and should not be treated differently to any other form of health care.
Data will allow us to monitor the quality, safety and access to abortion across the country. datalicious/flickr

Finally, greater access to RU486 – now let’s collect abortion data

Medical abortions will finally be easily available to Australian women when the drug RU486 (mifepristone and misoprostol) is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from August 1, 2013. But…
Women all over the Western world, such as these protestors in Paris in1972, have had to fight for abortion rights. Marina Urquidi

Still keeping women out: a short history of Australian abortion law

Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade (410 U.S. 113 (1973)), which found that Texas State law prohibiting abortion was unconstitutional. The landmark decision…
Indian activists protest the death of Savita Halappanavar, who was denied an abortion in Ireland and subsequently died of blood poisoning. EPA

Tragic Irish case shows abortion laws must respect women’s health

Recently, 31 year-old Savita Halappanavar died in the University Hospital Galway, Ireland, from complications that arose after being denied a timely abortion. Her tragic and highly publicised death has…
The notion that Abbott knows better than to attack abortion ignores his attempts to do so through Medicare. AAP/Lukas Coch

Let’s be clear on Tony Abbott’s attacks on abortion

As the dust from the allegations of sexism settles over the parliament, it’s time to clarify, once and for all, Tony Abbott’s actions on abortion. In his recent Quarterly Essay and in numerous interviews…
A much wider group of Australian women will be able to choose a medical rather than surgical procedure. spaceodissey/Flickr

Politics v women’s health: RU486 and the TGA saga

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) finally included the abortifacient Mifepristone (also referred to as RU486) on the Australia Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) in August 2012 – after nearly…

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