contraception and family planning

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 [...]

Papua New Guinea is in Crisis. Population Growth is Part of the Problem.

    January 16th, 2017. Papua New Guinea's booming population, which is largely rural and has more than doubled in the past thirty years, is forcing farmers to resort to unsustainable land use practices to feed its ever-increasing human numbers. Last month, a geographer who has studied food production in the same village for the past 45 years warned that continued population growth could eventually [...]

Ten: A Pivotal Age for Girls and Our Planet

    December 8, 2016. Ten is the critical age for girls in the developing world, according to the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) 2016 State of the World Population Report. This shows that the life trajectory of ten-year-old girls will be the ultimate test of the success or failure of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, [...]

World Vasectomy Day, November 18th, 2016

  World Vasectomy Day (#WVD), a global initiative now in its fourth year, has become the largest male oriented contraception event in history. It is creating conversations among men about the benefits of family planning, addressing their concerns and helping them to participate in a role that is too often borne solely by women.     This [...]

Population Stabilization: The Path to Ensuring Peace

November 7, 2016-Population Institute Canada is encouraged by a recent article by Joseph Chamie, former director of the United Nations Population Division, in which he calls for population stabilization in Africa, by far the world's fastest-growing region. We agree with his assessment that to ignore this objective will seriously compromise efforts to achieve the United Nations' universally adopted sustainable development goals (SDGs), including ending poverty, ensuring greater [...]

September 26th is World Contraception Day

World Contraception Day takes place annually on September 26th. Each year, contraception prevents 188 million unplanned pregnancies—resulting in 112 million fewer abortions, 1.1 million fewer newborn deaths, and 150,000 fewer maternal deaths. It's positive benefits are enormous and impactful. Population Institute Canada campaigns to make family planning an integral, significant part of Canadian aid programs. [...]