OTTAWA, May 11 (Xinhua) — Canadian federal government officials said on Monday that new funding has been provided for projects aimed at improving access to crucial abortion services and providing accurate reproductive health information.
According to a press release, the Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, and the Minister of Women, Gender Equality and Youth, Marci Ien, announced more than 3.5 million Canadian dollars (2.8 million dollars Americans) in funding for projects from Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action Canada) and the National Abortion Federation of Canada (NAF Canada).
Action Canada will expand its sexual health information center and hotline programs, which offer accurate and affirmative sexual and reproductive health information and guidance. This project will improve access to financial assistance to cover travel and lodging costs, and offers logistical support for women with access to abortion care.
NAF Canada will provide financial and logistical support to women seeking abortion services, train health care providers in providing abortion services, and ensure that abortion facilities have the capacity to continue to provide relevant services and care.
Although abortion has been legal in Canada for three decades, many women still face barriers to accessing it. Although barriers vary nationally, they include lack of availability, lack of financial and logistical resources to travel in order to access abortion care, and lack of culturally safe and sexual reproductive and sexual health services. stigma free.
Previous experiences of discrimination within the health system also create access barriers for minorities and marginalized groups, such as indigenous peoples and people discriminated against by race, members of the 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and youth, the press release stated.