Roundup: Medical Abortion, Now an Option in Australia

Amy Dempsey

Medical Abortion, Now an Option in Australia; Family Planning in Sri Lanka; Ultrasound Law in Oklahoma

Medical Abortion, Now an Option in Australia
Medical abortion
is a hotly debate issue in Australia, whose Medical Health Minister has
not allowed any use of the drug mifepristone in the country, according

The Theurapeutic Goods Administration, which monitors the drug in
Australia, now permits it to be prescribed by medical professionals for
medical abortion during the first trimester of a pregnancy at Marie
Stopes International, a sexual and reproductive health care provider,
the article said.

The group has centers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT and Western Australia.

abortion has been recommended by experts because it is the safest and
most effective method of terminating a pregnancy, according to the article

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"Access and choice are constant issues women face with all sexual and
reproductive healthcare services," said Jill Michelson, National
Clinical Adviser for Marie Stopes International in Australia. "Our
service will now increase the choices available to Australian women
faced with an unplanned pregnancy."
"While surgical abortion is a very safe procedure and is the preferred
choice for many women, medical methods of abortion also have a number
of advantages," said Michelson. "Our clients say that the most
important features of a medical abortion are that it is non-invasive
and private. In addition, no surgery or anaesthetic is required during
a medical abortion."

Family Planning in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, the Health
Ministry is implementing a family planning and nutrition program to
displaced persons (most displaced persons are women) in welfare camps,
the LankaTimes reported. The main target of the program are women who are breastfeeding, or those who were married at a young age.

the plan, which will start August 19, doctors have been ordered to
create awareness about family planning options to women by giving them
tubectomy operations if the request it, offering them birth control
pills and administering Depo-Provera shots, the article said.

According to the LankaTimes, the program’s spokesman said, "One of the main reasons for their poor nutritional
condition is early marriage. If they are to produce healthy babies,
they should be strong."

Ultrasound Law in Oklahoma
Oklahoma, the law requires that a woman who wants an abortion must get
an ultrasound prior to terminating her pregnancy. A doctor must also
describe the images of the fetus on the screen to the woman, according
to The Associated Press.

Enforcement of the law was blocked in October 2008, but is set to be enforced starting November 1.

On Tuesday, a judge is set to listen to arguments from Nova Health Systems, which is challenging the law. 


August 10: Marie Stopes International: Medical abortion: Finally an option for Australian women 

August 9: SFGate: Vote could signal start of new-look GOP

August 9: Mercury News/NYTimes: Separating the basics of health policy from the bombast of partisanship 

August 10: ABC News Australia:Abortion pill ‘would benefit rural women’

August 9: Reproductive Rights Prof Blog:A Call on Nicaragua to Reverse its Abortion Ban

August 9: Kansas City Star:FBI’s investigation of Tiller killing looks at Roeder’s jail visitors

August 10: LA Times:Sorting out claims about healthcare legislation

August 9: Media Matters: Gallup, abortion & the media (and why Ramesh Ponnuru owes me an apology)  

August 9: at a crossroads: Retrench or reach out        

August 9: Freep: New methods of contraception mean women must weigh choices 

August 9: Energy Publisher:UN treaty will not create abortion rights 

August 9: Chicago Tribune:In bills, still room for debate over abortion and illegal immigrants

August 9: Herald News:LETTER: Health care bill should not include abortion, 08-09-09  

August 9: Boston Globe:Adoption group tries to foster open relationships 

August 9: Lanka Times: Family planning and nutrition program for IDPs in Vanni welfare camps

August 9: WaPo: Deeds to Wage Risky Attack On Opponent’s Abortion Views

August 8: Optimum Population Blog:A third of GPs to shun practices giving abortions

August 8: AP: Arguments set on law requiring women seeking abortions to get ultrasound 

August 8: Examiner: Tips on handling the adoption waiting game 

August 8: Catholic Online:U.S. Bishops’ Official: Mandated Abortion Coverage Threatens Health Care Reform

August 8: Optimum Population Blog: PCTs block LARCs in bid to cut costs  

August 7: Examiner: Why religion hurts the abortion debate 

August 9: The Hindu: It’s time to act   

August 8: Daily Clarity:They know not what they do…Catholicism redux  

August 8: Examiner: Obamacare could lead to published abortion records

August 8: China View: "Condom painting" helps promote sex education in China  

August 8: Feminists for Choice: Choice After the Bush Administration

August 8: One News Now: Pro-life pastor plans appeal to 9th Circuit  

August 7: Examiner: Plan B and the case of faux morality in medicine 

August 8: Catholic Exchange: Let the Taxpayers Beware  

August 7: River Falls Journal: Letter: Nothing listed about abortion  

August 7: Catholic News Agency: Basque bishop prays abortion reform will fail in Spain 

August 7: Feministe:The Last Abortion Doctor

August 7: Daily Dish: That Pro-Life Majority?  

August 7: Examiner: Poll: Americans closely divided on abortion, regionally divided by religion 

August 7: LifeSiteNews:Knights of Columbus Reaffirm Ban on Invites and Honors for Abortion Supporters

August 7: LifeNews: So-Called Common Ground Abortion Bill Requires Tax-Funded Abortions Nationwide  

August 7: NYTimes: Having Children Brings High Carbon Impact 

August 7: U.S. News & World Report: Gallup Poll: Americans Evenly Split on Abortion Between ‘Pro-Life’ and ‘Pro-Choice’  

August 7: HuffPo: Truth-telling and Responsibility in Health Care 

August 7: Town Hall: Abortion Can’t be Swept Aside 

August 7: Feminists for Choice: Trans Men and Pregnancy Prevention 

August 7: Reuters:Poor nations’ teens birth control use inconsistent

August 7: LifeNews: Kansas Pro-Life Advocates Press State Officials to Probe Abortionist Leroy Carhart   

August 7: Get Religion: Taxpayer funding of abortion 

August 7: HuffPo: Abortion Ship Forced To Cease Operations After Passage Of Dutch Pregnancy Law

August 7: LifeNews: Pro-Life Groups Disappointed Senate Confirms Pro-Abortion Sonia Sotomayor 

August 7: Children and Young People Now: Contraceptive pill on offer without prescription  

August 7: Daily News: "Family Guy" has gone too far: upcoming episode censored

August 7: LifeNews:New Jersey Polls Show Governor Candidate Christie Leading Pro-Abortion Corzine 

August 7: WNYC: Moms in NYC Less Likely to Use Birth Control

August 7: Examiner: Pro-Life Amendment to Healthcare reform rejected 

August 7: Wichita Eagle: Abortion opponents start to fight Nebraska doctor planning clinic in Kansas 

August 7: Docuticker: Contraceptive Use Among Postpartum Women – 12 States and New York City, 2004-2006   

August 7: U.S. Rep. Ryan clears air on his abortion stand, counters woman’s claims

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