‘Young and terrified’: the Queensland women forced to go interstate for abortions

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'Young and terrified': the Queensland women forced to go interstate for abortions
Exclusive: An 1899 criminal code has required many women who need the procedure to travel interstate

Ben Smee
Sat 14 Jul 2018

More than 60 women from far north Queensland have been forced to go interstate to have abortions, often to Sydney, in the first six months of 2018.

Other women from regional parts of Queensland, where abortion remains a criminal offence under the 1899 criminal code, have taken round trips of up to 2,600km to undergo procedures, health professionals and support workers have told Guardian Australia.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/14/young-and-terrified-the-queensland-women-forced-to-go-interstate-for-abortions

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Ireland – GPs may demand ‘significant’ fees for providing abortions

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GPs may demand ‘significant’ fees for providing abortions
Government is warned that medics may use new services as a negotiating ploy

Sat, Jul 14, 2018
Fiach Kelly Deputy Political Editor

Ministers have been warned that GPs may use Government promises to introduce abortion services by next year as a negotiating ploy to seek “significant” fees for carrying out terminations.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has in the past used deadlines to introduce new services by a specific date to seek much higher fees from the State, the Cabinet has been told.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/gps-may-demand-significant-fees-for-providing-abortions-1.3564362

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The slow but steady decline of abortion access in the U.S.

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The slow but steady decline of abortion access in the U.S.

Elizabeth Renzetti
July 13, 2018

One of Lealah Pollock’s patients faced a dilemma. The woman had become pregnant while using an IUD, and already had a very young daughter with Down syndrome. Because she was Catholic, she struggled with the idea of having an abortion.

Dr. Pollock discussed the options with her patient at her clinic in the San Francisco Bay area. In the end, the woman opted for an abortion. At this moment, Dr. Pollock is allowed to discuss reproductive options including abortion with her patients. Soon, under proposed regulations brought forward by the Trump administration, she would not be.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-the-slow-but-steady-decline-of-abortion-access-in-the-us/

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Argentina: The Handmaid’s Tale Author Backs Abortion Rights

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Argentina: The Handmaid's Tale Author Backs Abortion Rights
Margaret Atwood urged VP Gabriela Michetti, a staunch detractor of legalizing abortion, to ask herself if she wants to live in a country where "half the population is enslaved."

Published 13 July 2018

Activists in Argentina who are are fighting for access to legal, safe and free abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy have gained a new international ally: Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, most popular for her TV-series-adapted novel The Handmaid's Tale.

In a recent letter to local newspaper UNO Santa Fe, Atwood shared her opinion on the comments made by Argentina’s Vice President and president of the Senate Gabriela Michetti regarding Atwood’s tweets, which urged the Senate to uphold women’s rights and support the legalization of abortion.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentina-The-Handmaids-Tale-Author-Backs-Abortion-20180713-0006.html

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Prime Minister & Trump urged to discuss sexual healthcare by RCOG & FSRH

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Prime Minister & Trump urged to discuss sexual healthcare by RCOG & FSRH

By Hannah Alderton
July 13, 2018

Presidents of key organisations supporting the rights of women and girls across the world are calling on Theresa May to raise the crucial issue of sexual and reproductive health with the US President Donald Trump during their bilateral talks.

In a joint letter, Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and Dr Asha Kasliwal, President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), write:

Continued: https://www.pharmafield.co.uk/pharma_news/rcog-fsrh-prime-minister-sexual-healthcare-trump/

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How anti-abortion activists use cutting edge science to justify ever stricter laws

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How anti-abortion activists use cutting edge science to justify ever stricter laws
As neonatal science advances, anti-abortion activists are looking to these new techniques to push for more restrictions

Jessica Glenza
Fri 13 Jul 2018

Dr Edward Bell treats the tiniest babies at University of Iowa children’s hospital, pre-term infants who weigh one pound or less, and whose chances of survival are minute.

One of his pet projects is tracking the smallest in the world, which sometimes attracts attention from abortion opponents. But the visitors he received in August 2016 still surprised him.

Joni Ernst, the fiercely anti-abortion Republican US senator from Iowa, sent her staffers to interview Bell. Of interest was an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which reignited debate about whether infants as young as 22 weeks old may survive if aggressively treated.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/13/how-anti-abortion-activists-use-cutting-edge-science-to-justify-ever-stricter-laws

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Why the fight for legal abortion is only half the battle

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Why the fight for legal abortion is only half the battle

July 13, 2018
By Shannon Kowalski and Susan Wood

For years, Irish women have been forced to travel abroad or seek underground abortion services. But, a historic vote in May delivered a landslide rebuke that rescinded the country’s constitutional provision recognizing the equal rights to life of both a woman and a fetus, opening the door to expanded reproductive autonomy. The euphoria over this victory has barely settled, and already steps are being taken to curb Irish women’s hard-won right. The new front of resistance to women’s rights emerges from those who seek to allow medical professionals to deny women abortion services based on their own religious or moral beliefs. It would be a mistake for Ireland’s legislators to allow such refusals, which ultimately endanger and discriminate against women.

Since 2000, 28 countries have liberalized their abortion laws. In response to this progress, anti-choice advocates and policy makers have mounted a deliberate campaign to undermine women’s access to legal abortion services. A primary tactic has been establishing laws and policies that allow doctors to opt out of fulfilling their professional obligation to provide health care services on the basis of their personal beliefs. The use of these so-called “conscience” claims is on the rise worldwide.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/13/why-the-fight-for-legal-abortion-is-only-half-the-battle-view

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South Africa – Backstreet abortions still ‘preferred’ in Pretoria

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Backstreet abortions still ‘preferred’ in Pretoria
More than half of the 260 000 abortions performed each year in South Africa are done at illegal make-shift establishments.

July 11, 2018

So-called “backstreet” abortions are on the rise in major cities such as Pretoria and Johannesburg – despite abortion being legal. This was revealed by social development department official Jacques van Zuydam.

Van Zuydam was speaking at the opening of a conference on abortion and reproductive rights in the Eastern Cape yesterday.

It is estimated that more than half of the 260 000 abortions performed each year in South Africa are done at illegal make-shift establishments.

Continued: https://rekordmoot.co.za/123312/backstreet-abortions-still-preferred-in-pretoria/

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Kenya’s high court to decide on safe abortion as teenager dies

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Kenya's high court to decide on safe abortion as teenager dies

July 12, 2018
Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya’s high court is to decide if the government is responsible for the death of a teenager from a botched backstreet abortion, campaigners said on Thursday, in a case which could see safer abortions for thousands of women in the east African nation.

The girl - known by her initials JMM to protect her identity - was raped in 2014 at the age of 15. On discovering she was pregnant, she had a backstreet abortion that left her with injuries which eventually led to her death last month.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-women-abortion/kenyas-high-court-to-decide-on-safe-abortion-as-teenager-dies-idUSKBN1K22DU

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USA – We don’t have to wonder how Brett Kavanaugh will rule on abortion, or almost anything else

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We don’t have to wonder how Brett Kavanaugh will rule on abortion, or almost anything else
by Paul Waldman
July 12

Abortion and the fate of Roe v. Wade are always near the center of the debate on any Supreme Court nomination. The controversy over nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh’s views on Roe offers a window into a system conservatives established a few decades ago to produce the kind of justices who would be fervent advocates for their cause, while also being just restrained enough in their beliefs to be confirmed. As a piece of political strategy, it’s absolutely brilliant, and it could hardly be working any better.

Among other things, it allows Republicans to finesse issues such as abortion on which their goals are terribly unpopular; only a third of the public believes Roe should be overturned. So Republicans rather shamelessly make self-contradictory arguments.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/07/12/we-dont-have-to-wonder-how-brett-kavanaugh-will-rule-on-abortion-or-almost-anything-else/?utm_term=.f60b802de42b

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