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 Vancouver Courier.  Martha Perkins.  “Free access to abortion pill a 'game changer' for B.C. women”. Interview with Dr. Norman.  2018 (http://www.vancourier.com/news/free-access-to-abortion-pill-a-game-changer-for-b-c-women-1.23135464)

 CBC News.  Heather Amos . “B.C. to cover cost of abortion pill Mifegymiso”.  Interview with Dr. Norman.  2018 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-to-cover-cost-of-abortion-pill-mifegymiso-1.4470197)

BlackPress Digital. Katya Slepian.  “Abortion drug Mifegymiso”.  Interview with Dr. Norman.  2018 (https://www.peacearchnews.com/news/no-cost-medical-abortions-a-game-changer-in-b-c-womens-healthcare/)

Globe and Mail. “B.C. joins the ranks of provinces offering abortion drug Mifegymiso”. Interview with Dr. Norman. 2018 (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-becomes-latest-province-to-provide-free-access-to-abortion-pill-mifegymiso/article37475033/

Maclean’s. Kingston, Anne. How the arrival of the abortion pill reveals a double standard. Interview with Dr. Norman. 5 Feb 2017. http://www.macleans.ca/society/new-pill-old-headaches/

Toronto Star. McKnight, Zoe. Confusion, delays continue for abortion pill in Canada. Interview with Dr. Norman. 2017. https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2017/02/27/confusion-delays-continue-for-abortion-pill-in-canada.html

CBC News. Cave, Rachel. Transformative abortion drug not making inroads into New Brunswick. Interview with Dr. Norman. 2017.  http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/new-brunswick/mifegymiso-canada-health-doctors-1.4000643

 National Post. Csanady, Ashley. Abortion pill available in less than half of all Canadian provinces three months after rollout. Interview with Dr. Norman.  2017. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/abortion-pill-available-in-less-than-half-of-all-canadian-provinces-three-months-after-rollout

 Reuters. Crist, Carolyn. Free long-term birth control cuts unwanted pregnancies. Interview with Dr. Norman. 2017. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-contraception-free-larc-idUSKBN16G33Y

 Sirius XM - National Post Radio. Terry Mercury interviews Dr. Norman on Ontario funding mifepristone. 2017.

CBC News. Abortion pills accessed online are as safe, effective as clinics: study. Quoting from Dr. Norman’s Editorial in the BMJ. 2017.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/medical-abortion-telemedicine-1.4118688 .

 The Washington Post. Ariana Cha. ‘Internet abortions’ may be safe option where procedure is restricted, study suggests. Quoting Dr. Norman’s editorial on behalf of the board of the BMJ. 2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/16/internet-abortions-may-be-option-in-some-countries-that-restrict-the-procedure-study-suggests/?utm_term=.16b3650c4d92

 New York Magazine. Lisa Ryan. “Online Abortion Services May Be Safe for Women With Restricted Access to Procedure, Study Says”. Discussing Dr. Norman’s editorial and associated research article in BMJ.  2017.  http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/05/online-abortion-pill-safety-study-bmj.html

CBC News. Stephanie Taylor. "Abortion pill’. 2017. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saskatchewan-abortion-pill-1.4240694

CBC News. Stephanie Taylor. Doctor calls for stop of 'demeaning' practice of watching women swallow Mifegymiso 'abortion pill'”. 2017. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/mifegymiso-regina-doctors-abortion-pill-supervision-1.4243642

Globe and Mail. Kelly Grant. “Provinces take patchwork approach to funding for abortion pill Mifegymiso”. Interview with Dr. Norman. 2017. Globe and Mail.

 Globe and Mail. Kathryn Blaze Baum. “Health Canada eases restrictions on abortion pill Mifegymiso” . Interview with Dr. Norman. 2017 (https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/health-Canada-eases-restrictions-on-abortion-pill-mifegymiso/article36860275/)

CBC Live Radio. Seven interviews with Dr. Norman on the abortion pill – Sudbury, Yellowknife, Calgary, Whitehorse, Winnipeg, Victoria, and Kelowna. 2016.

Toronto Star. Editorial: Ease restrictions on abortion pill. Interview with Dr. Norman as a source of the editorial. 2016. https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2016/04/24/ease-restrictions-on-abortion-pill-editorial.html

CBC News. Britten L. ‘Abortion pill’ restrictions go too far, professor says. Interview with Dr. Norman. 2016 April 22. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/abortion-pill-restrictions-mifegymiso-1.3547582.

CBC Radio Program On the Coast. Quinn S. Restrictions on coming ‘abortion pill’ are ‘demeaning’ to women, prof says. Live radio interview with Dr. Norman. 2016. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2687239118.

Ottawa Citizen. Editorial: What is Health Canada thinking on the abortion pill? Interview with Dr. Norman. 2016 April 20. http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-what-is-health-canada-thinking-on-the-abortion-pill

National Post. Kirkey S. Home abortion pill about to hit market in Canada, but has already garnered criticism. Interview (print) with Dr. Norman. 2016, April 19. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/0420-na-abortion.

The Ubyssey. Michaels K. What does science have to say about abortion? Interview (print) with Dr. Norman. 2016 March 28. http://ubyssey.ca/science/what-does-science-have-to-say-about-abortions/.

Metro News Vancouver. Kane L. Vancouver doctor who helped woman with ALS die an advocate for choice. Quoting Dr. Norman. 2016 March 20. http://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/2016/03/20/vancouver-doctor-who-helped-woman-with-als-die-an-advocate-for-choice.html.

Metro News Vancouver. Westwood R. What assisted-dying advocates can learn from the abortion fight. Interview (print) with Dr. Norman. 2016 March 13. http://www.metronews.ca/views/opinion/2016/03/13/what-assisted-dying-advocates-can-learn-from-abortion-fight.html

Rumach L. Zika virus and abortions. Interview with Dr. Norman. 2016 February 4.

BC Women’s Hospital Online News and Stories. BC Women’s recognizes the 28th Anniversary of the Morgentaler Decision. 2016 February 1. Quoting Dr. Norman http://www.bcwomens.ca/about/news-stories/stories/bc-womens-recognizes-the-28th-anniversary-of-the-morgentaler-decision.

Krystal A. PHSA Plus Awards 2015 – meet our Awardees! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8182rGTCY0&feature=youtu.be. Interview (Web-based) with Dr. Norman. 2016 January 30.

Child & Family Research Institute Operations Newsletter. Wendy Norman (CFRI investigator): Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research. 2016 January 27. http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/LandingPage.aspx?id=2046650&lm=62503852&q=977353063&qz=97f4f8d37262891aaaa0778dd5e45a4b.

UBC Newsletter. Wendy Norman wins research award from U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute. 2016 January 26. http://faculty-staff.ubc.ca/2016/01/21/wendy-norman-wins-research-award-from-u-s-based-guttmacher-institute/?utm_source=mailoutinteractive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Working%20at%20UBC:%20January%2026.

Kwantlen Campus Magazine. Menstruation and Contraception. Print interview with Dr. Norman. 2016 January 25.

UBC Faculty of Medicine. Wendy Norman wins research award from U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute. 2016 January 20. http://www.med.ubc.ca/wendy-norman-wins-research-award-from-u-s-based-guttmacher-institute/.

PHSA News. Lupini L. Meet Dr. Wendy Norman – one of sixteen winners of this year’s PHSA+ Awards. http://pod/phsa/phsanews/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=5081. 2016 January 7.

NewsTalk 1010AM Toronto. Coren M. Canadian Consensus Report and the Canadian Government’s lack of coverage for contraception. Not yet published. Interview with Dr. Norman. 2016 January 12.

National Post. Ultrasound’s ‘traumatic’ spinoff: ‘Accidental’ live births after late-term abortions due to birth defects. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/ultrasounds-horrifying-spinoff-accidental-live-births-after-late-term-abortions-due-to-birth-defects. Quoting Dr. Norman. 2016 January 17.

Guttmacher Institute News Release. The Guttmacher Institute honors Wendy Norman with the 2015 Darroch Award. https://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2016/01/20/darroch2015.html. 2016 January 20.

Metro News Toronto. Brown L. Canada lags behind other nations in birth control access, and it’s costing us. http://www.metronews.ca/life/health/2016/01/11/canada-birth-control-policy-needs-overhaul.html. Interview (print) with Dr. Norman. 2015.

The National Post. Sharon Kirkey. Approve abortion pill mifepristone, doctors group urges Health Canada. http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/12/approve-abortion-pill-doctors-group-urges-health-canada/ Quoting Dr. Norman 2015.

Danielle Groen. When it comes to abortion, do medical schools need to smarten up?http://www.chatelaine.com/living/features-living/abortion-education-canada-medical-schools-smarten-up/2015 Background information from interview with Dr. Norman. 2015

CTV National News. Avis Favaro.  Health Canada delays decision on abortion drug mifepristone. http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-delays-decision-on-abortion-drug-mifepristone-1.2237847   Featuring Dr. Norman. 2015 .

Nanaimo News Bulletin. Tamara Cunningham. Sex survey makes case to subsidize birth control. http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/295640461.html Featuring Dr. Norman’s Research and Quoting Dr. Norman as well as a strong supportive quote from the Provincial Health Officer on the policy value of Dr. Norman’s research. 2015

PHSA News. Heather Oliver.  Norman receives a national award for women’s health research!   http://pod/phsa/phsanews/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=4d6984d8%2Da732%2D4aeb%2D982b%2D4b57eac6fb86&ID=4288  2015.

College of Family Physicians of Canada News. Jayne Johnston. CFPC Member, Wendy Norman, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Honoured by the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. http://www.cfpc.ca/uploadedFiles/Publications/News_Releases/News_Items/oldNews/Dr_Wendy_Norman_Info_Release%28Mar%2018%2015%29.pdf 2015.

The Globe and Mail. Adriana Barton. It's time to give Canadian women more options when it comes to birth control, experts say. Dr Norman quoted in a lead “Health” article, and provided information and priority issues for two additional articles, and CART team leaders quoted, in this feature spread. 2015 Apr 13. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/canadians-feel-the-cost-of-health-policies-limiting-access-to-birth-control/article23883108/

Stringent Health Canada requirements restrict access to hormonal implants. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/stringent-birth-control-requirements-keep-options-limited-for-canadians/article23882944/

The pill still dominates, but women have more birth control options than ever. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/the-pill-still-dominates-but-women-have-more-birth-control-options-than-ever/article23883052/

CBC Radio One. Radio West. Rebecca Zandbergen. Sexual Health Survey. Live 5 pm radio interview withDr. Norman on her Sexual Health Survey, broadcast across BC’s north and interior. 2015.

The Tyee. Dene Moore. It's the Pill or Nil for Many Health Care Plans: Canadian contraception coverage stuck in 1969. http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/04/27/Pill-Health-Care-Plans/ Quoting Dr. Norman’s research. 2015 .

Canadian Family Physician. Glenn, WD. “Faces of Family Medicine in Canada: Dr. Wendy Norman” Cover story. 2015.

Global BC Health Headlines. Aylesworth, L. “Mifepristone pill approved by Health Canada.” http://globalnews.ca/video/2141318/morning-after-pill-approved-by-health-canada Norman interview. 2015 July 30

CKNW 980AM. Baziuk, L. “Abortion pill soon available in Canada.” http://www.cknw.com/2015/07/30/85364/?refresh=51906 Dr. Norman interview. 2015 July 30.

CTV National News Toronto. Matheson, D. “Evening News Report: Health Canada approves the abortion pill. July 30 2015.” Norman-live interview. 2015 July 30.

CKNW Radio. News Talk 980, Laura Baziuk “Abortion Pill soon available in Canada”. http://www.cknw.com/2015/07/30/85364/?refresh=51906 Live interview with Dr. Norman. 2015 July 30.

Global TV BC News. Linda Aylesworth- News Hour BC. Mifepristone approval in Canada- what does this mean for women? http://globalnews.ca/video/2141318/morning-after-pill-approved-by-health-canada Interview with Dr. Norman. 2015 July 30

Vancouver Courier. Barrett J. Invermere puts birth control on UBCM agenda: Access to birth control a public health, not gender issue. http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/invermere-puts-birth-control-on-ubcm-agenda-1.2067288. 2015 September 23.

Toronto Star. McKnight Z. Interviewed 25 November 2015 re- growing reluctance among older single women to use contraception.  Story not yet published.

Globe and Mail. Gary Romalis risked his life to perform abortions. 2014. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/garson-romalis-risked-his-life-to-perform-abortions/article17052093/ Quoting interview with Dr. Norman

The Walrus. Elliott, M.  Abortion Access in Rural Canada.  2014. http://thewalrus.ca/category/issues/2013-11/ Background information through interview with Dr. Norman

Random House of Canada Hazlitt. Rhiannon Russell. Childless and Miserable. July 2014. http://www.randomhouse.ca/hazlitt/feature/childless-and-miserableQuoting interview with Dr. Norman

Maclean’s Magazine. Tamsin McMahon. A new kind of mid-life crisis: Unwanted pregnancies. Aug 4 2014. http://www.macleans.ca/society/health/a-new-kind-of-mid-life-crisis-unwanted-pregnancies/ Quoting interview with Dr. Norman

The National Post. Jennifer Gerson. Quebec home to 46 of Canada’s 94 abortion facilities, while P.E.I. doesn’t have a single clinic, study finds. http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/11/23/quebec-home-to-46-of-canadas-94-abortion-facilities-while-p-e-i-doesnt-have-a-single-clinic-study-finds/ 2014 Nov 23. Front Page article. Featuring Dr. Norman’s research and quoting Dr. Norman

Global News. Leslie Young. Abortion access varies widely across Canada. http://globalnews.ca/news/1694095/abortion-access-varies-widely-across-canada/ , Featuring Dr. Norman’s research and quoting Dr. Norman. 2014 Nov 26.

Globe and Mail. Kelly Grant. New Brunswick to scrap regulation limiting abortion access. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/new-brunswick-to-scrap-regulation-limiting-abortion-access/article21788822/ Quoting Dr. Norman’s research. 2014 Nov 26.

CBC Radio One. Laura Chapin. E.I. not worst abortion access in country. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/p-e-i-not-worst-abortion-access-in-country-1.2850426  Radio Interview with Dr. Norman and live call in show- plus article on CBC web news. 2014 Nov 26.

canada.com. Ashley Csanady.  The biggest fight for abortion in Canada isn’t in New Brunswick.  It’s over a tiny pill.  http://www.canada.com/health/biggest+fight+abortion+Canada+Brunswick+over+tiny+pill/10420124/story.html   Features Dr. Norman’s research and quotes Dr. Norman. 2014 Nov 27.

Globe and Mail. Kelly Grant. ‘Unusual’ delay on Health Canada ruling on abortion pill, professor says. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/unusual-delay-on-health-canada-ruling-on-abortion-pill-professor-says/article22196745/ Quoting interview with Dr. Norman. 2014 Dec 24

Canadian Medical Association Journal. Lauren Vogel.  10 Health Stories that mattered in 2014  http://www.cmaj.ca.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/content/187/2/E62.full  features Dr. Norman’s Research in a top ten issue. 2014 Dec 24

National Post. Hopper, T. “Birth of a legal quandary: Live-birth abortions a perilous grey zone in Canada’s criminal code” Front page article. 2013 Feb 2. Quoting WV Norman. http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/01/born-alive-dead-in-moments-grey-zone-of-live-birth-abortions-a-deep-divide-between-mps-and-physicians/

National Post. Hopper, T.  Incompatible with life: One mother’s account of her difficult decision to request a rare, late-term abortion.  February 6, 2013.   http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/06/incompatible-with-life-one-mothers-account-of-her-difficult-decision-to-request-a-rare-late-term-abortion/

CBC News. Schwartz, D. Birth control trends in Canada not tracked.  Data gap means Canada is falling behind.  June 15, 2013.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/06/14/f-birth-control-trends.html

National Post. Blackwell, T.  Fewer rural doctors willing to perform abortions as health workers face increased hostility in small towns, study suggests.  July 24, 2013. http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/07/24/fewer-rural-doctors-willing-to-perform-abortions-as-health-workers-face-increased-hostility-in-small-towns-study-suggests/

The Globe and Mail. Dhillon, S.  Access to abortion dwindling in rural British Columbia.  July 25, 2013.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/access-to-abortion-dwindling-in-rural-british-columbia/article13447172/

UBC News. Lin, B.  Stark Contrast.  July 25, 2013.  http://news.ubc.ca/2013/07/25/stark-contrast/

Research Roundup”. Research Newsletter publication of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. August 22, 2013. http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=477039&q=625049695&qz=feb73c#article1320833

VICE Canada. Khandaker, T.  Getting an abortion in rural Canada isn’t easy.  August 27, 2013.  http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/getting-an-abortion-in-rural-canada-isnt-easy

Global TV Vancouver. Heideman, D. “What does the recall of the recent birth control pill mean – should women be worried?” September 5, 2013. http://globalnews.ca/video/822730/another-birth-control-recall

DrPHealth. Abortion access decreasing in parts of Canada – is there evidence of an impending public health crisis?  September 5, 2013.  http://drphealth.blogspot.ca/2013/09/abortion-access-decreasing-in-parts-of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+DrPHealth+(Dr.+P+Health)

Research Roundup”. Research Newsletter publication of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. September 18, 2013. http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=487327&q=636241825&qz=d294ae

The Globe and Mail. Weeks, C.  “Why are faulty birth-control pills treated as a minor inconvenience.”  September 16, 2013.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/why-are-faulty-birth-control-pills-being-treated-as-a-minor-inconvenience/article14307690/

CBC Radio. Carol Off. As it Happens. “Contraception Warning.” November 25. 2013. http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/episode/2013/11/25/monday-1/

Toronto Star. Zoe McKnight. “Morning-after pill ineffective for heavier women, drugmaker says.” November 26, 2013. http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2013/11/26/morningafter_pill_ineffective_for_heavier_women_drugmaker_says.html

Globe and Mail. Erin Anderssen. “Experts decry lack of access to best abortion drug – and what it says about Canada’s drug-approval process.” December 1, 2013. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/why-isnt-the-gold-standard-of-abortion-drugs-available-in-canada/article15690075/

Globe and Mail. Erin Anderssen. “Why Isn’t the Gold Standard of Abortion Drugs available in Canada?” December 1, 2013. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/experts-decry-lack-of-access-to-best-abortion-drug-and-what-it-says-about-canadas-drug-approval-process/article15690312/ Quoting interview with Dr. Norman

CTV Six O’clock News. Investigation. “Christian charity probes questionable advice on abortion.” Interviews include: Norman WV. January 18, 2012. http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120116/bc_ctv_investigates_pregnancy_options_2_120116/20120118/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

CTV Six O’clock News. Investigation. “Charity gives dubious abortion advice.” Interviews include: Norman WV. January 17, 2012. http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120116/bc_ctv_investigates_pregnancy_options_1_120116/20120117/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome.

CKNW AM 980 News. Simi Sara. “Contraception choices.” Live Radio Expert interview with Norman WV. February 1, 2012 at 1:18pm. http://www.cknw.com/other/audiovault.html.

National Post. Ligaya A. “Ontario withholding ‘sensitive’ statistics on abortion in the province.” August 9, 2012. Front page article quoting WV Norman. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/08/09/ontario-withholding-sensitive-statistics-on-abortion-in-the-province/

Her Campus. Casimong, S.  “The Morning-After Pill: Everything You Need To Know About Emergency Contraceptive Pills.”  Interview contributing interpretation of evidence to an on-line article.  2012.  http://www.hercampus.com/health/morning-after-pill-everything-you-need-know-about-emergency-contraceptive-pills

CFUV 101.9FM. Striker, R.  “Women on Air: Interview with Family Planning researcher, Dr. Wendy Norman” (30 minute pre-recorded interview) "Women on Air" is a spoken-word documentary program on anything and everything of interest to women. It is produced by a collection of rotating hosts and contributors. Norman interview first aired November 28, 2012.   http://uvic.dailysplice.com/WomenonAir/

The Bare Bones. Research Newsletter publication of the UBC Department of Family Practice. “Colleagues Interview: Wendy V. Norman: Family physician, Clinician Scholar and Researcher.” Spring 2011, 11(1): 8-11

National Post. Blackwell T. “Abortion rate on the decline, study finds.” November 18, 2011. Front Page story and graphics quoting Dr. Norman and highlighting two recent international publications of Norman WV.

Radio-Canada (CBC French-language) TV. Six O’clock News. “Disparities for contraception and abortion access.” Interview segments with Norman WV, Guilbert E. November 18, 2011.http://www.radio-canada.ca/audio-video/pop.shtml#urlMedia=http://www.radio-canada.ca/Medianet/2011/CBUFT/LeTelejournalColombieBritannique201111182059.asx.

Women’s Health Research Institute. “Highlights of the year in Research: Better Contraceptive Choices for Marginalized Women”, an interview with Dr. Wendy V. Norman. Annual Report 2009-10 (1):10-11