contraception and family planning

Abortion Pill Access Still a Challenge for Many, Despite New Guidelines

November 15th, 2017 PIC is pleased that Health Canada has issued new guidelines that will ease restrictions on how Mifegymiso, also known as the abortion pill, is prescribed and dispensed in Canada — guidelines that should make it easier for women outside of major cities and towns to receive safe, effective abortion services. The new guidelines include the following: Mifegymiso can now be [...]

The Government’s Proposal to Ramp Up Immigration Levels is Misguided

Share Tweet Share Forward For Immediate Release November 10th, 2017 The Government’s Proposal to Ramp Up Immigration Levels is Misguided The Canadian government announced in October that it would significantly increase the intake of immigrants to Canada for each of the next three years, with minimum levels of 300,000 each year. Since 1990, Canada has [...]

Ending Child Marriage in Africa by 2030: The Beginnings of a Movement?

November 1st, 2017 In a potentially significant population-related development, political leaders, activists, and local chiefs from West and Central Africa have met to commit to ending child marriage — this in a region with among the world’s highest birth rates and where more than a third of girls are married under the age of 18. In six of the countries over 50 percent [...]

Ranking the World’s Megacities: A Wake Up Call for Women’s Reproductive Rights and Health

October 19th, 2017 In a recent poll — the first of its kind — 380 gender experts on women’s issues ranked Lima, Peru as the world's worst megacity for women to obtain reproductive healthcare. The poll, conducted in June and July, highlights the lack of family planning services in Peru, where one in five girls under 19 becomes pregnant, and more than half of pregnancies [...]

Mifegymiso Coverage in Canada: Following NB, Alberta and Ontario’s Lead

  May 4th, 2017 Following PIC's April release on New Brunswick's decision to provide Mifegymiso free of charge under the provincial health plan, and the Alberta and Ontario government's recent announcements to provide the drug free of charge, we invite PIC members  and followers in the rest of Canada to contact their provincial/territorial health ministers and premiers to request [...]

New Brunswick First Province to Offer Abortion Pill for Free

April 10th, 2017 Population Institute Canada applauds the New Brunswick government's announcement that the abortion pill, Mifegymiso, will be made available for free to all women in the province covered by provincial health care. This is an important decision, one that will go a long way toward removing the financial barriers to women's access to abortion in New Brunswick. For women [...]

Canada Steps Up: $650 Million Over Next Three Years for Reproductive Health

March 9th, 2017. Population Institute Canada applauds the announcement, made by Prime Minister Trudeau on International Women's Day, of $650 million to be invested over three years towards sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This unprecedented announcement comes on the heels of International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau's pledge of $20 million to address the SRHR funding gaps created by President Trump’s Global [...]

Canadian Government Pledges $20 Million to Counter U.S. Gag Rule

March 6th, 2017. Population Institute Canada applauds the historic decision by the Canadian government to pledge up to $20 million to fund sexual health and abortion-related projects as part of the "She Decides" coalition, launched five weeks ago by Dutch Foreign Minister Liliane Ploumen. Canada's contribution will help counter the blow to global contraceptive and reproductive service providers, who will lose access [...]

A Chance to Support Planned Parenthood’s Petition Calling for OHIP Coverage of Mifegymiso

February 21st, 2017. Recent PIC newsletters and releases reported that Mifegymiso (also known as the abortion pill) was approved by Health Canada last year after a lengthy delay, and that the first shipments of it have now arrived in Canada. However, as noted in an article linked to our November 2016 newsletter (Issues 11), a prescription for the drug, which will [...]

Following President Trump’s Reinstatement of Gag Rule, Here’s Why and How to Support Reproductive Rights

  February 10th, 2017. Population Institute Canada was pleased and encouraged by Ottawa’s announced intention to increase funding for sexual and reproductive health rights globally in response to the reinstatement by President Trump of the “gag rule” denying aid to organizations that perform or provide advice about abortion. This move will result in a US $600 million overall reduction of support for family planning organizations. The Canadian government may now support [...]