India rape victim, 13, seeks court approval for abortion

India rape victim, 13, seeks court approval for abortion

28 August 2017

The parents of a pregnant 13-year-old rape victim from the Indian city of Mumbai have gone to the Supreme Court seeking permission to abort her baby.

The girl is 30 weeks pregnant. Indian law allows terminations after 20 weeks only if the mother's life is in danger.

The pregnancy was discovered after her parents took her to a doctor to seek treatment for obesity.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40996629


Ireland: To understand abortion travel, you have to be there

To understand abortion travel, you have to be there
The ‘Not At Home’ exhibition is an attempt to recreate the experience of the 170,000 Irish women who have travelled abroad for abortions

Róisín Ingle
Aug 28, 2017

Last year theatre makers Grace Dyas and Emma Fraser came to me with a big idea. They had plans to recreate the experience of the just over 170,000 Irish women who over the past few decades have had to travel out of Ireland for safe abortion services. It would be a “durational art installation” open to the public. It would feature video and live performances. There was talk of “soundscapes”. I did not immediately fall in love with the big idea.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/to-understand-abortion-travel-you-have-to-be-there-1.3198084


Congo: What It’s Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

What It's Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

Laura Kasinof
Aug 28 2017

Abortion is banned almost without exception in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but countless women still terminate their pregnancies illegally and dangerously. Fatima was one of them.

Fatima* lives with her two children in a mud brick home on the outskirts of Lubumbashi, a city in the far south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the earth is colored red and mining industries rule the economy. Fatima, 31, used to have a husband, too, but he disappeared last year after she learned that she was pregnant with their third child. Birth control of any variety is not regularly used in the DRC.

Continued at source: Broadly: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/evvq8k/what-its-like-to-risk-death-and-jail-time-to-get-an-illegal-abortion


Chile decriminalises abortion under three circumstances

Chile decriminalises abortion under three circumstances
28 August 2017

Three years ago, the PSI Women’s Committee in Chile decided to support this struggle with a range of actions, including lobbying parliament, visits to the national congress, alliances with women’s organisations and raising the profile of this issue in the street and in the press.

By Nayareth Quevedo

On Monday, 21 August, the judges of Chile’s Constitutional Court rejected by six votes to four the two requests presented by ChileVamos (right-wing parties) against the bill that decriminalises abortion under three circumstances, leaving the president, Michelle Bachelet, free to promulgate the law, which has been approved by parliament. The bill legalises abortion when a woman’s life is at risk, when a foetus is not viable and in cases of rape.

Continued at source: World-PSI: http://www.world-psi.org/en/chile-decriminalises-abortion-under-three-circumstances


U.S.: Nationwide Offensive Devastates Independent Abortion Clinics

Nationwide Offensive Devastates Independent Abortion Clinics

Aug 26, 2017
Emily Wells

A new report by the Abortion Care Network shows that in the past five years, almost one-third of independent abortion clinics have been forced to close.

Independent clinics traditionally provide the majority of U.S. abortion care. “Anti-abortion politicians and extremists are forcing these clinics to close at an alarming rate,” said Nikki Madsen, executive director of the Abortion Care Network.

Continued at source: Truthdig: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalAbortionRightsNews/?hc_ref=ART-TmHm9oY_RfkqlS5EILkuzK3PB0FvQYFGQOTzu3q8cJZq90S372XKQzUDueCsawo&fref=nf


US maternal mortality highest among industrialized nations

US maternal mortality highest among industrialized nations
By Trévon Austin
25 August 2017

An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the US every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes, the highest rate among industrialized nations. Another 65,000 nearly die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A study released last week published in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing indicates that postpartum nurses are not being properly educated on the dangers mothers face after giving birth. Lacking sufficient education, the nurses are unable to play the critical role in identifying potential warning signs of postpartum complications and taking precautionary measures.

Continued at source: World Socialist Web Site: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/25/post-a25.html


India: Minor rape victims should not be denied permission to abort: SC

Minor rape victims should not be denied permission to abort: SC

Amit Anand Choudhary | TNN
Aug 25, 2017

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday said that a minor rape victim should not be forced to knock the doors of the court for getting permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual offence.

It also favoured setting up of a trust for the benefit of the Chandigarh-based 10-year-old girl rape survivor, who recently delivered a child after being denied abortion.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/minor-rape-victims-should-not-be-denied-permission-to-abort-sc/articleshow/60224537.cms


Chile: the long road to abortion reform

Chile: the long road to abortion reform

August 25, 2017 6.51am EDT
Cordelia Freeman

Chile had one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the entire world. After years of campaigning, Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, has finally pushed through a bill that will allow the termination of a pregnancy in three cases – when the woman’s life is in danger, when a foetus is unviable, or in cases of rape.

Judges in the constitutional court ruled in favour by six to four in a vote that reflected the wider mood on the matter. Among the general public, 70% supported the bill.

Continued at source: The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/chile-the-long-road-to-abortion-reform-82990


I never thought I’d have to get an abortion as a Muslim woman – until the day I did

I never thought I’d have to get an abortion as a Muslim woman – until the day I did
I stood in my bathroom and stared at the positive pregnancy test. Everything went numb.

By Anonymous on August 25, 2017

I got the pregnancy test on a whim. I couldn’t be pregnant, I told myself. We used a condom. But I hadn’t paid enough attention to sex education in high school to know if we had used it correctly – why, as a young Muslim girl who wore hijab and was a mosque leader, would I? I wasn’t going to have sex until I was married.

I had a plan already. My first time would be with a gentle Muslim prince who would rescue me from my abusive father and my co-dependent mother. He would understand and cherish me and carry me away on his white horse. It would be perfect.

Continued at source: The Tempest: https://thetempest.co/2017/08/25/life-love/love-sex/muslim-had-abortion/


Canada: Province urged to file injunction against ‘horrifying’ anti-abortion images

Province urged to file injunction against ‘horrifying’ anti-abortion images
Group says it has distributed hundreds of thousands of flyers to mailboxes in order to ‘answer questions and provide information.’

By Scott Wheeler, Staff Reporter
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

A group of Toronto public officials petitioned the provincial government on Thursday to file an injunction to block the “disturbing anti-abortion images” that are increasingly appearing on posters and flyers in the city.

The letter is addressed to attorney general Yasir Naqvi, and backed by Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns, Toronto District School Board trustee Jennifer Story, and city councillors Paula Fletcher and Mary Fragedakis.

In it, the quartet joined city councillor Sarah Doucette in criticizing the use of “horrifying images by an anti-abortion group, the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform.”

Continued at source: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/24/province-urged-to-file-injunction-against-horrifying-anti-abortion-images.html