There’s Nothing “Pro-Life” About Trump’s Opposition to Abortion Rights

There’s Nothing “Pro-Life” About Trump’s Opposition to Abortion Rights

By Tatiana Cozzarelli, Left Voice
Published January 26, 2020

As Senators sat listening to hours upon hours of impeachment proceedings, considering the possibility of removing the president from office, Donald Trump began campaigning for a second term. Yesterday, that meant being the first sitting president ever to attend and speak at the March for Life. Trump said it was a “profound honor” to be the first president to attend, and assured that “unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.” Similar to his campaign rallies, at the end of Trump’s speech, the crowd erupted into a chant of “four more years.”

The March for Life is a large annual march against the right to an abortion, which began in 1974 after the passing of Roe v. Wade. Every year, thousands of people walk to the Supreme Court to demand the overturn of Roe v .Wade. The Catholic Church and Evangelical churches mobilize thousands of people to the march.

Continued: https://truthout.org/articles/theres-nothing-pro-life-about-trumps-opposition-to-abortion-rights/


Zimbabwe – Inside Harare’s ghastly abortion ‘clinics’ …60 000 illegal terminations a year

Inside Harare’s ghastly abortion ‘clinics’ …60 000 illegal terminations a year

26 January 2020
Emmanuel Kafe, Investigations Reporter

Syndicates operating illegal backyard abortion “clinics” are using knitting needles, spoons, dishwashing liquid, dangerous pills and assorted concoctions to terminate pregnancies of young, vulnerable and scared women.

An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so that it does not result in the birth of a baby. Some of these terminations fail, thereby posing serious health risks to those that attempt to abort.

Continued: https://www.sundaymail.co.zw/inside-harares-ghastly-abortion-clinics-60-000-illegal-terminations-a-year


Nigeria has 2.8m abortions annually

Nigeria has 2.8m abortions annually
NGO calls for the review of existing laws on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health

January 25, 2020
By Emma ELEKWA, Onitsha

Nigeria has a reported case of 2.8 million abortions and 760,000 self-induced abortions annually. This was disclosed by a reproductive health expert, who is also the Executive Director Women, Law and Development Initiative, Mrs. Hauwa Shekarau.

Shekarau was delivering a lecture in Owerri at a media capacity building workshop on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRHR) for journalists drawn from Abia, Imo and Anambra states.

Continued: https://thenationonlineng.net/nigeria-has-2-8m-abortions-annually/


Trump administration threatens funds to California over requirement that health plans cover abortion

Trump administration threatens funds to California over requirement that health plans cover abortion
California officials accuse officials of political grandstanding, say they’ll defend law.

William Wan and Yasmeen Abutaleb
Jan. 24, 2020

The Trump administration on Friday threatened to withhold federal funding from California over its requirement that private insurers cover abortions — a move California officials immediately denounced as a “cheap political” shot on the day the president was addressing the annual March for Life rally.

Top Trump health officials said California had 30 days to stop the alleged violation but did not specify what funds it would withhold or on what timeline it would act. They said their announcement serves as warning to other states with similar requirements but declined to identify which, if any, of those states might be targeted.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/01/24/trump-administration-threatens-funds-california-over-its-requirement-that-health-plans-cover-abortion/


Nigeria – Group calls for review of abortion law to save women

Group calls for review of abortion law to save women

January 24, 2020
By Joe Chukindi

Ipas, an international organisation that champions the reproductive health and rights of women has called on the federal government to consider a review of the restrictive laws on Abortion, saying that the law is costing women their lives in large number in the country.

The interim country’s Director of Ipas, Mr Lucky Palmer stated this on Thursday in Owerri, Imo State, during a training workshop organised by the organisation for journalists in Anambra and Abia States.

Continued: https://dailypost.ng/2020/01/24/group-calls-for-review-of-abortion-law-to-save-women/


Why universal health coverage must include abortion

Why universal health coverage must include abortion

Friday, January 24, 2020
Ipas

Abortion is health care, and health care is a human right. That’s why efforts to advance universal health coverage (UHC)—an international effort to guarantee that all people, regardless of where they live, have access to essential, quality health services without financial hardship—must include strong language defining sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion care, as an integral part of health and well-being. Ipas is committed to working with the World Health Organization, governments and other partners to attain the Sustainable Development Goal targets, which include achieving UHC.

“The world still has far to go to achieve gender equality,” said Ipas Senior Technical Manager for Community Engagement Tanvi Monga in a recent opinion for Global Health Now. “Women shoulder the burden of child care, elder care, household care, family health and health-care costs—and for poor or near-poor women anywhere in the world, health-care costs can cause irrevocable financial strain.” Plus, health-care services labeled as “for women” are frequently separated from other services—and are harder to access or more expensive.

Continued: https://www.ipas.org/news/2020/January/why-universal-health-coverage-must-include-abortion


The US health secretary is making anti-abortion speak official government language

The US health secretary is making anti-abortion speak official government language

By Annalisa Merelli
January 24, 2020

The mission of the US Department of Health & Human Services is “to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans,” according to its website. Yet its leader, Alex Azar, seems to believe the mission is to promote anti-abortion values and actions within the health system.

Today, Donald Trump became the first sitting president ever to attend the March for Life — a large anti-abortion gathering that has occurred annually for 47 years — just after his health secretary made a remark that equally showed the government’s commitment to oppose full reproductive rights. In a statement published last night, Azar, who also participated in the event, proudly shared all the moves made by his department to restrict access to abortion, including curtailing Title X funds and pushing back against the provisions of an international right to safe abortion.

Continued: https://qz.com/1790503/the-us-health-secretary-is-making-anti-abortion-speak-official-government-language/


War on abortion in the U.S. has gotten absurd

War on abortion in the U.S. has gotten absurd
Anti-abortionists claim to be "pro-life," while defending Donald Trump's attacks on the poor, women, immigrants and those with physical and mental challenges

by Michael Coren
January 24, 2020

Donald Trump attended the March for Life on Friday, January 24. The annual gathering of anti-abortion activists in Washington DC included a generous collection of Canadian supporters.

This is the first time a sitting president has attended in person. That the president’s attendance took place in the middle of Senate impeachment trial proceedings against him has only increased his popularity with the anti-abortion movement.

Continued: https://nowtoronto.com/news/donald-trump-march-for-life-abortion/


Safe abortion access for all who need it

Safe abortion access for all who need it
MSF and HowToUseAbortionPill.org have created an online training course

Jan 23, 2020
Doctors Without Borders

Talking about abortion is not a crime. These days, however, health care providers and humanitarian workers who receive US funding overseas risk being shut down if they do just that.

The Global Gag Rule—which President Donald Trump reinstated and expanded on January 23, 2017—prohibits doctors, nurses, and other health workers around the world from even speaking about abortion. If they do, they could lose their US government funding. Health workers are relied upon to provide thorough, evidence-based medical information, and now they’ve been silenced in the places where that information is needed the most.

Continued: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/news-stories/story/safe-abortion-access-all-who-need-it


USA – Meet the Abortion Clinic Escorts Shielding Patients From Harassment

Meet the Abortion Clinic Escorts Shielding Patients From Harassment

Rose Himber Howse
Jan 22, 2020

It’s my first day as an escort at A Woman’s Choice, the lone abortion clinic in Greensboro, North Carolina. At 7 in the morning, it feels like I’ve stumbled onto a block party. At least 50 people are gathered in the parking lot, a space designed for 20 cars, and a guitarist with an amp is strumming and crooning.

Blocking the view of the actual clinic is the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center’s mobile unit: a pink and white van that serves as the mother ship for six anti-abortion activists also wearing pink. The layout is a nightmare for patients who have to navigate a series of turnoffs that lead them past the van and through the parking lot where these protesters set up camp each morning.

Continued: https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2020/01/22/abortion-clinic-escorts/