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Federation of Medical Women of Canada supports Ontario’s expansion of the HPV vaccination program

Description: FMWC applauds Ontario Ministry of Health for expanding its publicly-funded Human Papillomavirus (HPV) program to include boys beginning in September 2016.

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PAP Campaign 2012

Description: The Federation of Medical Women of Canada calls for equitable funding for HPV Vaccine.

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Boys Should Have Same Right as Girls to Protection Against HPV

Description: Human Papillomavirus Vaccine FMWC Recommends Publically Funded Program for Boys
November 23, 2010

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Family Planning Does Save Lives

Description: FMWC Releases Statement on Canada 's Strategy to Improve Maternal, Newborn & Child Heath Family Planning Does Save Lives
March 18, 2010

FMWC In the News

         FMWC responds to article on the Invisibility of Female                  Physicians

By Abigail Cukier, Canadian Healthcare Network, The Medical Post Online, September 25, 2016
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         FMWC opposes Health Canada restrictions on                              Myfegymiso – the ‘abortion pill’, stating its a violation of                  women’s human rights.

By Anne Niec, FMWC President, Canadian Healthcare Network, The Medical Post Online, September 16, 2016
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Adult Immunization: Last on the list

By Vivien Brown, Canadian Family Physician, December 1, 2011, Vol. 57, No. 12
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Shelley Ross: Full service family doctor, global advocate for women's health, and mother?

By Pamela Verma, Vancouver Sun, November 9, 2011

Check out the BCMJ web page at with the Feature Article by FMWC National Student Rep.

Cervical Cancer: How are you protecting yourself?

By Pamela Verma, Vancouver Sun, October 21,2011.
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CMA encouraging doctors to join smear campaign

By Patrick Sullivan,, October 17, 2008

Amid growing concern about patients' access to care, the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) is launching a campaign to ensure that patients who do not have a physician still have access to Pap test screening.

The Oct. 27-31 campaign by the FMWC, a CMA associate organization, will see doctors across the country who volunteer to participate open their practices to patients who do not have a family doctor or gynecologist so that they can receive the test.

FMWC President Kathleen Gartke says the reason is simple: "The Canadian Cancer Society predicts that there will be 1,300 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in Canada this year, and the tragedy is that 90% of these cases could be prevented through regular screening."

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 15% of women have never had a Pap test and 30% have not been screened for more than three years.

Physicians are being asked to register at the FMWC website so that their clinic or office can be included in the national list of participants. Registrants will be emailed a poster that can be used to publicize the campaign in community centres and public libraries. By Oct. 16 more than a dozen clinics or individual physicians in four provinces had signed on, with many accepting "drop-in" patients.

Gartke says vaccines that prevent infection with the human papilloma virus will eliminate many cases of cervical cancer in the future, "but there is no substitute for a Pap test for early diagnosis."

Federation of Medical Women eyes national Pap smear day

By Joe McAllister, The Medical Post, September 16, 2008.
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Morning-after pill approved for over-the-counter sales

Linda Nguyen, Canwest News Service, May 16, 2008
OTTAWA - The emergency contraceptive pill Plan B will now be sold on the front shelves of Canadian pharmacies without any medical consultation after a landmark decision came down Thursday to make the drug more accessible.
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Bill C-484 Endangers Abortion Rights and Women’s Rights by Establishing Fetal Personhood: A Rebuttal to Ken Epp

By Joyce Arthur, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), May 16, 2008
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