Ireland: Handmaid’s Tales at abortion committee

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Handmaid’s Tales at abortion committee

Justine McCarthy
November 19 2017

Forget science fiction — the eighth amendment debates are truly dystopian

Tammy Wynette was right — sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. Ever more so, these days, when 21 parliamentarians gather in Leinster House each Wednesday to discuss abortion. It’s a topic guaranteed to elicit deeply held grievances, frustration, feelings of victimhood, accusations of prejudice and spittle-licking outrage at perceived injustices, and it does — from men.

Women are in a majority of one on the joint committee on the eighth amendment to the constitution. When its work is done, all of them ought to be awarded a medal, regardless of their personal views on abortion, for their sheer endurance and dignity. For to sit in that room with a womb — or the memory of having had one — is to be subjected to a sort of medieval torture.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/handmaids-tales-at-abortion-committee-f5fsw3rgq

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Australia: ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris says review into abortion access ready next year

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ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris says review into abortion access ready next year
November 19 2017
Finbar O'Mallon

The ACT government is reviewing barriers women may be facing when trying to access abortion services in Canberra.

It's part of a wider review into sexual and reproductive health services the government expects to be completed by mid-2018.

Continued at source: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-health-minister-meegan-fitzharris-says-review-into-abortion-access-ready-next-year-20171117-gznwy6.html

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Ireland: Amnesty welcomes Sinn Féin Ard Fheis policy change on access to abortion

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Amnesty welcomes Sinn Féin Ard Fheis policy change on access to abortion
Nov 18, 2017

Amnesty International has welcomed today’s passing of a motion at Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis which extends the party’s support for abortion access to when a woman or girl’s physical or mental health is at risk.

The motion also reasserts their opposition to the criminalisation of women who make the decision to have an abortion. It also commits the party to developing a women’s health policy, which takes into consideration the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on access to abortion in the Republic of Ireland.

Continued at source: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/amnesty-welcomes-sinn-fein-ard-fheis-policy-change-access-abortion

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As PiS turns topic taboo, feminists get Poland talking sex

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As PiS turns topic taboo, feminists get Poland talking sex
As Poland shifts sharply to the right on sex education and women's reproductive rights, a feminist organization is fighting back with a campaign to get women talking. It's a start, one of SexEdPl's leaders tells DW.

Date 18.11.2017
Author Jo Harper

Barbara Baran, one of the main organizers of Poland's largest feminist Facebook group, recently launched SexEdPl, an educational campaign to explain safe sex to young Poles.

As the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) government plans to take Poland out of the Istanbul Convention on violence against women and education reforms shunt sex education off the curriculum, Baran believes that the time is ripe for a conversation about matters sexual in the deeply Catholic country.

Continued at source: http://www.dw.com/en/as-pis-turns-topic-taboo-feminists-get-poland-talking-sex/a-37643331

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Ireland: Sinn Féin vote against allowing ‘conscience vote’ on issue of abortion

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Latest: Sinn Féin vote against allowing 'conscience vote' on issue of abortion

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sinn Féin have voted not to allow a 'conscience vote' on the issue of abortion.

Following a passionate, hour-long debate the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis passed a motion backing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and supporting abortion in cases where pregnancy poses a risk to maternal health, including mental health.

Continued at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/latest-sinn-fein-vote-against-allowing-conscience-vote-on-issue-of-abortion-814777.html

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UN Calls on El Salvador to Stop Jailing Women for Abortion

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UN Calls on El Salvador to Stop Jailing Women for Abortion
November 17, 2017

SAN SALVADOR —
El Salvador should apply a moratorium on laws that punish women with harsh jail terms for having an abortion while it reviews cases of those already incarcerated in the socially conservative Central American country, a top U.N. official said Friday.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement he spent part of his two-day trip meeting with women imprisoned for the crime of "aggravated homicide" due to what he described as obstetric emergencies.

Continued at source: https://www.voanews.com/a/un-calls-on-el-salvador-to-stop-jailing-women-for-abortion-/4122213.html

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Ireland: Pregnant women, not lawyers, can best protect developing life

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Pregnant women, not lawyers, can best protect developing life
Abortion is an intensely personal issue. Behind politics, it is about reality and equality

Nov 17, 2017
Orla O’Connor

Women share their views and concerns about abortion with me every day. In my role as director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, it’s possible that people feel more comfortable talking with me about the issues. Pregnancy touches the most intimate, tender and sensitive aspects of our lives. Abortion is an issue about which many of us hold complex and sometimes contradictory feelings. What I have learned is that everyone has their own understanding of pregnancy, and everyone has their own thoughts on what we should do about abortion in Ireland. The one ambition we all share is that we avoid a divisive and ugly public debate, that we can build consensus this time around.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/pregnant-women-not-lawyers-can-best-protect-developing-life-1.3295906

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Thailand: Nurse charged with running illegal abortion clinic

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Nurse charged with running illegal abortion clinic

17 Nov 2017
WRITER: PRASIT TANGPRASERT

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A nurse has been arrested for allegedly running an illegal private abortion clinic in Muang district.

The suspect was identified as Suwanna Kaewsawang, 56, who previously worked as a nurse at private hospitals in the district.

She was apprehended at her room at a national public housing apartment in tambon Nong Chabok around 9.30pm on Thursday.

Continued at source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1362251/nurse-charged-with-running-illegal-abortion-clinic

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India: Attitudes to abortion putting women at risk of exploitation

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Attitudes to abortion putting women at risk of exploitation
Though abortions are legal in India, lack of transparency, social taboos and limited awareness are big hurdles for women with unwanted pregnancies

Soumya Gupta and Isha Trivedi
Nov 18, 2017

Mumbai: “Doctor? I never went to a doctor for an abortion,” says the 29-year-old, an advertising industry executive based in New Delhi, who discovered in 2009 that she was pregnant.

Her landlady had told her that pills are available in the market for inducing an abortion and she headed to Delhi’s government-run Safdarjung Hospital and asked for help at the pharmacy.

Continued at source: http://www.livemint.com/Science/Ug7l9ukXqIYZwgWcvhpTQJ/Attitudes-to-abortion-putting-women-at-risk-of-exploitation.html

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Ireland: Sinn Féin to vote on liberalising abortion stance

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Sinn Féin to vote on liberalising abortion stance
By Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor

Nov 17, 2017

Sinn Féin members are set to vote on the possibility of liberalising the party's policy on abortion.

A motion will be put to allow abortions in cases when "a woman's life, health or mental health is at serious risk or in grave danger, fatal foetal abnormality and rape or sexual abuse".

Michelle O'Neill will back the motion which will set the party policy for both NI and the Republic of Ireland.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-42024090

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