Austria – Vatican women’s team refuses to play after anti-abortion protest

Vatican women’s team refuses to play after anti-abortion protest

Published June 23, 2019

The newly formed Vatican women’s team called off a friendly football match in Vienna after several Austrian players protested the church’s anti-abortion stance, an Austrian football official said Sunday.

The Vatican side, which was founded this year, refused to play Saturday after three Austrians lifted their shirts to reveal pro-choice messages painted on their stomachs and backs when the anthems were played before kick-off, said Ernst Lackner, chairman of Vienna’s Mariahilf team.

Continued: https://punchng.com/vatican-womens-team-refuses-to-play-after-anti-abortion-protest/

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USA – These states are strengthening abortion laws even as others dismantle them

These states are strengthening abortion laws even as others dismantle them

By Tami Luhby, CNN
Sat June 22, 2019

Washington (CNN)The red-state drive to ban or severely limit access to abortion this year has sparked the opposite reaction in Democratic-led states, where lawmakers are cementing abortion rights and making it more accessible.

Driving the moves on both sides is the rightward shift of the US Supreme Court, which is fanning fears on the left that the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal in the US could be gutted or overturned altogether.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/22/politics/abortion-laws-blue-state-red-state-divide/index.html

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UK – Woman with mental age of child must have abortion against her will, court rules

Woman with mental age of child must have abortion against her will, court rules
‘I think she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll’

Zamira Rahim
Jun 22, 2019

A judge has ruled that a pregnant woman with limited mental capacity must have an abortion.

The woman is in her twenties and 22 weeks pregnant but has the mental age of a child aged between six and nine, the court heard.

A police investigation into how she fell pregnant is ongoing.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/woman-abortion-court-of-protection-ruling-mentally-ill-a8970121.html

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Democratic White House candidates face grilling on abortion

Democratic White House candidates face grilling on abortion

AFP•June 22, 2019

Columbia (United States) (AFP) - Democrats running for US president in next year's election sat down with voters on Saturday to outline their stance on abortion, a long-simmering issue newly inflamed by attempts to curtail it nationwide.

With abortion now among the most-discussed topics in the presidential race, the candidates aimed to impress an audience cheering "Who decides? We decide!" at the conference put on by family planning organization Planned Parenthood.

Continued; https://news.yahoo.com/democratic-white-house-candidates-face-grilling-abortion-020817131.html

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USA – What to Consider If You Have to Travel for an Abortion

What to Consider If You Have to Travel for an Abortion
It’s a lot to think about. Here’s where to start.

June 21, 2019
By Carolyn L. Todd

Getting an abortion is a safe and legal procedure in this country, but it’s becoming harder and harder to access one. If you’re reading this, you’re probably very aware of the many obstacles that can stand in the way of someone getting an abortion. And those barriers just keep piling up.

At least 378 abortion restrictions were introduced in the first half of 2019 alone, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The intention behind these restrictions is clear: to effectively ban abortion by outlawing the procedures after six weeks of gestation (the time since your last period), which is usually before most people even find out they’re pregnant. Lawmakers in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Louisiana, and Missouri voted in favor of such six-week bans. Alabama intends to outlaw abortion unless the life or health of the pregnant person is endangered.

Continued: https://www.self.com/story/travel-for-abortion-considerations

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‘There is a problem here’: advocates sound alarm over abortion access in Canada

‘There is a problem here’: advocates sound alarm over abortion access in Canada

By Heather Yourex-West
June 21, 2019

WATCH: In Canada, abortions are legal but access can be difficult. As Heather Yourex-West explains, it can depend on where you live and how deep your pockets are.

It’s been a few years since a woman — whom we’ll call Joanna — made a 450 km journey across Canada for an abortion. Joanna asked to remain anonymous because she doesn’t feel safe speaking publicly about her abortion, but her ordeal, she believes, is something that needs to be shared.

Joanna was living in Fort McMurray, Alta., when she first learned she was pregnant. Right away, she says she knew she wasn’t prepared to carry the pregnancy to term.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5417539/advocates-abortion-access-canada/

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Guyana – The cost of unsafe abortions

The cost of unsafe abortions

Akola Thompson
Jun 21, 2019
The Minority Report, Stabroek News

A few weeks ago, I participated in a Safe Abortions Advocacy session held by the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association. Led by Sherlina Nageer, I found the session particularly informative on the various ways unsafe abortions are promoted due to dangerous cultural attitudes, economic circumstances and limited to no access to services and information.

Abortion has been legal in Guyana since 1995 with the passing of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. The Act permits abortion for any reason during the first eight weeks of pregnancy once done by a licensed medical practitioner.

Continued: https://www.stabroeknews.com/2019/features/06/21/the-cost-of-unsafe-abortions/

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Kenya restores standards and guidelines for comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion

Kenya restores standards and guidelines for comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion

IPAS
News | Friday, June 21, 2019

Earlier this month, Kenya made progress toward advancing women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights: The High Court ruled to restore the standards and guidelines for comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion. The S&Gs were originally instated in 2012 but withdrawn the following year. The reinstatement will allow providers to offer safe abortion care when the health or life of a woman is in danger, in cases of emergency and for survivors of sexual violence. Ipas Africa Alliance partnered with the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on a case in 2015 challenging the withdrawal. CRR filed the case on behalf of an adolescent who died after suffering from complications from an unsafe abortion. The Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya and human rights activists were also part of the coalition supporting the challenge.

“I am glad that Ipas was able to join other partners in Kenya to support the litigation strategy initiated by CRR,” said Judith Okal, Ipas Africa Alliance senior policy advisor. Okal was an advocate for the petitioner when CRR filed the case and joined Ipas after it was filed.

The court found that the Director of Medical Services and the Ministry of Health had violated the rights of Kenyan women and girls by arbitrarily withdrawing the guidelines, creating uncertainty about the status of legal abortion and discouraging medical providers from performing abortions for fear of criminal prosecution.

For more information, contact media@ipas.org.

Source: https://www.ipas.org/news/2019/June/kenya-restores-standards-and-guidelines-for-comprehensive-reproductive-health-including-abortion

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USA – How Abortion Bans Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

How Abortion Bans Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

Zawn Villines
Thursday June 20, 2019

Abortion bans won’t just cost women their lives and their dreams. They will also cost taxpayers billions of dollars in healthcare costs for unplanned pregnancies, welfare and other government benefits, litigation costs, and other expenses.

For Republicans who claim to be concerned about deficit and government waste, these harmful bans prove to be a colossal expense.

Continued: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/20/1866052/-How-Abortion-Bans-Will-Cost-Taxpayers-Billions

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As thousands of women in U.S. lose abortion access, B.C. women share their stories to lift stigma

As thousands of women in U.S. lose abortion access, B.C. women share their stories to lift stigma

By Tessa Vikander, Star Vancouver
Jenny Peng, Star Vancouver
Thu., June 20, 2019

VANCOUVER—One was a teenage dance student when she got pregnant. Another was about to launch her career and didn’t want children. Yet another compared learning her fetus wouldn’t be viable due to the death of a loved one.

These are the stories of people who decided to have abortions for a variety of reasons. For these women, listening to the recent renewal of the abortion debate has triggered a mix of emotions and memories.

Continued: https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2019/06/20/after-alabama-bc-women-share-abortion-stories-to-lift-stigma-and-push-back-on-ban.html

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