Canada Approves Abortion Pill

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RU-468 (Mifegymiso) has been approved for prescription use in Canada after over 2 years of deliberation.

Any qualified physician can prescribe it, and it can terminate pregnancies up to 49 days gestation.

Why is this important?

  • Can be prescribed by nurses, midwifes, or family practitioners 
  • Simulates natural miscarriage
  • Side effects are minimal
  • Easy availability = less risk of unsafe procedures

Basically, this is the best abortion pill that’s been developed, and Canada has made it as (safely) accessible as possible. 

The response of Republicans to these hoax videos has been to attack contraception funding, not the use of fetal tissue for research. If lawmakers were truly outraged at the idea that medical research is being done on fetal tissue, the logical response would be to draft legislation banning research on fetal tissue. Instead, congressional Republicans have drafted legislation that would end funding for things that have nothing to do with fetal tissue.
—  Planned Parenthood and the Politics of Conservative Resentment, by Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check
Silicon Valley finally came up with something worth Uberizing: Birth control
Women's burden to regularly visit the doctor to avoid unwanted pregnancies might soon be a thing of the past VIDEO
By Janet Upadhye

“Startups Startup Nurx, Maven and Lemonaid have all recently introduced birth control that you can order online and have delivered to your door.

The process is simple: women answer doctors’ question online, order pills and within 24 hours the pills arrive on their doorstep.

The process alleviates the sexist burden on women to make regular doctor visits in order to enjoy sex free of the fear of unwanted pregnancy and eliminates the stress of answering countless in-person questions about sexual activity.

Plus studies show that the easier it is to obtain the pill, the more women who need it will take it.

Watch the video for more.”



3 Major Health Myths, According to Ob/Gyns

“Sex and sexuality are still something many people aren’t talking about, making it easy for misinformation to spread,” says Vanessa Cullins, MD, MPH, an Ob/Gyn and vice president for external medical affairs at Planned Parenthood. To clear up the confusion once and for all, we asked top docs about the most common misconceptions they see in their practices. 

Two States Will Let Women Get Birth Control Without a Doctor in 2016 | Broadly
Starting next year, women in California and Oregon will be able to get birth control prescriptions from a pharmacist, without having to make an appointment with a doctor.

Starting early in 2016, new policies in California and Oregon will allow women in those states to access hormonal contraception without a doctor’s prescription. In both states, pharmacists will be empowered to conduct a pre-screening and then prescribe birth control, eliminating the need for women to visit—or even call—a doctor before they can obtain the pill, patch, or ring. Both medical practitioners and reproductive health experts say this is a huge step towards making birth control accessible for any woman who needs or wants it—and that it’s about time.

Zika outbreak raises fears of rise in deaths from unsafe abortions 

Campaigners are calling on Latin American governments to rethink their policies on contraception and abortion because of the spread of Zika virus, which they fear will lead to a rise in women’s deaths from unsafe abortions as well as the predicted surge in brain-damaged babies.

Several governments in the region have advised women to postpone getting pregnant for up to two years, which reproductive health groups say is impossible in countries where birth control is not easily available and many women fall pregnant through sexual violence.

“We are calling for governments to expand access to contraception, particularly for groups that have low incomes,” said Giselle Carino, deputy director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) western hemisphere region.                   

“Then they must expand access to safe abortion services and we need an awareness campaign so women know about the risk of Zika and are aware of their options if they find themselves pregnant.”

It strikes me as odd that “women’s issues” is pretty much code for “contraception and abortion” and it is apparently the pro-woman argument to say that women must be ‘freed’ from her natural fertility and reproductive system in order to be equal to men. I mean, telling women that they have to denounce the healthy functioning of their bodies to be equal to men seems pretty misogynistic to me.

Instead of chemically altering women’s bodies to help them fit into society ,let’s alter society to make it more inclusive of women, *whole* women, including our apparently very scary and dangerous fertility.

Over and out

“Since Obamacare guarantees no-copay insurance coverage, birth control is $0 out-of-pocket. But a sham bill from Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Kelly Ayotte would take women back to the days of paying up to $600 out-of-pocket. No thank you!”

As seen on the Planned Parenthood Action Facebook page  



This is what it’s like to get an IUD 

A tiny T-shaped object that’s implanted into the uterus, the IUD is quickly becoming one of the most popular methods of reversible birth control among young women between the ages of 15 and 44. Unlike the Pill, you don’t have to remember to take it every day, and unlike condoms, it has a success rate of close to 100%. Despite the increasing popularity of IUDs, there’s still a fair amount of mystery surrounding the insertion process. Mystery no more.

U.S. women have obtained nearly 53 million legal abortions since 1973. That is because self-described abortion foes ignore or oppose the most powerful strategies for making abortion obsolete. The antiabortion movement is dominated by religious fundamentalists whose determination to control sex—who has it, with whom, for what purpose—takes priority over their desire to reduce abortions. This focus has seriously interfered with eliminating the supply and demand for abortion services.

Cut abortions by 90 percent in 20 years? Yes – but not the way antiabortion activists think
A Promising New Birth Control Device Is Specifically Meant To Help Low-Income Women
Womens eNews: Liletta, a Low-Cost IUD, Hailed as Game Changer A new FDA-approved intrauterine device (IUD) known as Liletta has the potential to become the gold star of birth control. While IUDs

“The cost of buying, inserting and caring for an IUD can cost upwards of $1000. With Liletta, many clinics nationwide are selling the device to low-income patients for just $50. That dramatically lower cost has big, promising implications for a future where more women have access to birth control and the opportunity to prevent unplanned pregnancies.”