Access to abortion has been in the news in both the U.S. and Canada recently.
In Nova Scotia, the health minister is responding to calls to remove what some are calling “barriers” to surgical abortion, such as the required practices of asking for a doctor’s referral, an ultrasound, and blood tests before scheduling an abortive procedure. Abortion advocates want to streamline the process by making it possible for all three to be done in one appointment. At the same time, provincial governments are taking varied approaches to how medical abortions are being covered, with some offering abortion pills free of charge to women with a health card and others providing limited coverage for low-income women.
Lawyers representing the last abortion clinic in Kentucky are in federal court trying to keep its doors open after the clinic failed to meet state health regulations. Abortion advocates say that state law creates unnecessary barriers to accessing abortions, while Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says that these measures are in place to ensure the health and safety of women. If the clinic wins the lawsuit, other clinics could begin offering abortions in Kentucky once again.