What’s Current: Health Canada eases restrictions on abortion pill

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  • The abortion pill Mifegymiso can now be prescribed up to nine weeks into a pregnancy in Canada, rather than the previous limit of seven weeks. Health Canada has also determined that women will no longer be required to provide written consent to take Mifegymiso, nor will health professionals need to register with the drug’s distributor, Celopharma, to prescribe or dispense it.
  • Activists say the trial of Dafne McPherson, who currently serving a 16-year sentence for miscarrying, demonstrates a growing trend in Mexico wherein prosecutors criminalize women by accusing them of intentionally inducing abortion (which is illegal in much of the country).
  • The OPP Major Crimes unit are looking for Austin Tyler Wells, an Ontario man wanted for human trafficking and child porn.
  • Hilla Kerner:

“We believe men can change. We believe men can do better. We believe men can treat us better. But they’re not likely to change as long as they get permission and encouragement to violate our bodily integrity and autonomy.”

Jess Martin
Jess Martin

Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food.

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  • M. Zoidberg

    That’s so fucking sick! To use women’s reproductive health as a bargaining chip, because, fuck women, amiright? I could shred the earth with my bony little fingers I’m so mad!!

    But… is that a “bombshell” I hear from the NYT? If they pull the trigger on C.K., it better be fucking solid. His movie’s premier just got cancelled — his Colbert appearance as well. Please, please, please, please, please just this once, make that sicko be as reviled as he should be!

    C’mon, we need good news!

  • JCortese

    I’m sure that if a man beats his wife or girlfriend so badly that she miscarried though, the onus will somehow mystically fall onto the woman’s shoulders. Always does …