Panorama, America’s Abortion War: A nuanced look at both sides of the debate

Panorama, America’s Abortion War: A nuanced look at both sides of the debate
Review: A documentary on the fights to keep and outlaw abortion in the US south

July 23, 2019
Ed Power

It’s just over a year since the Eighth Amendment was repealed and the Republic began catching up with most of the rest of the world in terms of access to abortion. Panorama, America’s Abortion War (BBC One) is a reminder of the tumult we have left behind.

Hilary Andersson’s documentary avoids the obvious pitfall of smug Europeans lecturing Bible-thumping Americans on how to run their affairs. Instead, this is a nuanced overview of an issue that serves as a prism for the US’s culture wars. Campaigners on both sides obviously regard abortion as a matter of black and white. Andersson’s mission is to interrogate the myriad of greys she discerns in the middle.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/panorama-america-s-abortion-war-a-nuanced-look-at-both-sides-of-the-debate-1.3964688

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What It’s Like to Get an Abortion as an Unmarried Woman in India

What It's Like to Get an Abortion as an Unmarried Woman in India
In a country where stigma and shame drive many women towards unsafe abortions, this is an account of one woman who, unlike many, survived to tell the tale.

by Pallavi Pundir
23 July 2019

For far too long—and perhaps even now—conversations around abortions in India have been the stuff made up of whispers, stigma, and shame. While having pre-marital sex is, in itself, a big taboo, that of having a child born out of wedlock is even more so. Abortion in this scenario—in a space that is safe, non-judgemental and legit—is mostly unthinkable. This is a country where unsafe abortions are the third-leading cause of maternal deaths, and 80 percent of Indian women have no clue that abortion within 20 weeks is actually legal. And while studies have shown that unsafe abortions stem from lack of awareness, the societal norms around reproduction almost always dictate how and when women should be giving birth.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/mb88gp/what-its-like-to-get-abortion-as-an-unmarried-woman-in-india

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Gay marriage and abortion: Why are there different laws in Northern Ireland?

Gay marriage and abortion: Why are there different laws in Northern Ireland?

July 23, 2019

The strict laws on abortion and the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are set to change.

A bill bringing laws more in line with the rest of the UK, where access to abortion is easier and same-sex marriage is legal, has passed its final stage in Westminster.

How does Northern Ireland differ?
At the moment, same-sex marriage is not legal and access to abortion is severely restricted.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49009056

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Gender-selective abortion? No girls born in 3 months across 132 Indian villages

Gender-selective abortion? No girls born in 3 months across 132 Indian villages

Published time: 23 Jul, 2019

A probe into sex-selective abortions has been kicked off in northern India, after government data revealed that of the 216 children born across 132 villages in the past three months, not a single one was female.

Local authorities in Uttarakhand state fear that villagers around the town of Uttarkashi are selectively aborting babies in an attempt to avoid having girls. Though female feticide has been explicitly banned in India since 1994, the practice still continues in rural areas, where girls are often considered a financial liability for families.

Continued: https://www.rt.com/news/464806-gender-selective-abortion-girls-india/

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Abortion law reform is coming to New Zealand, here’s what happens next

Abortion law reform is coming to New Zealand, here's what happens next
A bill that would remove abortion from the Crimes Act will go before Cabinet ministers on Tuesday for final approval.

Thomas Coughlan
Jul 23 2019

New Zealanders will discover how far the Government plans to liberalise abortion laws in weeks, not months, according to Justice Minister Andrew Little.

Party leaders firmed their positions on abortion on Tuesday with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying she supported decriminalisation, while National leader Simon Bridges would not say whether he would back the bill.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/114438850/abortion-law-reform-is-coming-to-new-zealand-heres-what-happens-next

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Part 1: how anti-abortion activism is exploiting data

Part 1: how anti-abortion activism is exploiting data

Monday, July 22, 2019

Intrusive data collection software and digital marketing systems are being developed and promulgated around the world by powerful and politically connected US-based anti-abortion organisations.

As anti-abortion organisations wake up to the utility of personal data to tailor and target messages online, data-intensive technologies and tools are being specifically developed for crisis pregnancy centres – which reportedly sometimes masquerade as licensed medical facilities and which have been criticised for providing those seeking medical help with false and misleading information.

Continued: https://www.privacyinternational.org/long-read/3096/part-1-how-anti-abortion-activism-exploiting-data

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Podcast: Abortion Wars (Europe)

Abortion Wars

Why are more women from Poland and Croatia seeking pregnancy terminations abroad? (Photo: EU Scream)

By EU Scream
BRUSSELS, July 21, 2019

33-minute podcast on the topic of abortion under attack: "Why are more women from Poland and Croatia seeking pregnancy terminations abroad?" Discusses refusal to treat under “conscientious objection”, the anti-choice movement, how the LGBT community faces the same enemy as the pro-choice movement, also Romania.

Continued: https://euobserver.com/eu-scream/145486

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South Korea – Calls grow to legalize abortion drugs

Calls grow to legalize abortion drugs

Posted : 2019-07-21
By Bahk Eun-ji

Concern is rising over the growing illegal online sale of "abortion drugs," the effects of which have not been proven.

With a law banning abortion ruled unconstitutional earlier this year, women's rights groups say the nation needs urgently to legalize the prescription and sale of abortion drugs so women can use safe and authorized medicine.

Continued: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/07/119_272634.html

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N.Ireland – Efforts to bring abortion to North ‘insidious,’ says Foster

Efforts to bring abortion to North ‘insidious,’ says Foster
DUP leader says renewed effort to bring in same sex marriage likely to succeed

July 21, 2019
Gerry Moriarty

Efforts to bring in abortion legislation through the Northern Ireland Bill currently making its way through Westminster were “insidious”, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said on Sunday.

Under the Bill, same sex marriage and a more liberal abortion regime would be introduced to Northern Ireland unless the Northern Executive and Assembly, which has been suspended for more than two-and-a-half years, was restored by October 21st this year.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/efforts-to-bring-abortion-to-north-insidious-says-foster-1.3963079

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USA – Southern States Funnel Public Money to Fake Abortion Clinics

Southern States Funnel Public Money to Fake Abortion Clinics
"Heartbeat bills" aren't the only effort that legislatures are taking to restrict access to reproductive health care.

By Sarah Moore
Published July 20, 2019

Nine states, six of them in the South, have passed admittedly unconstitutional abortion bans this year with the express aim of challenging the right to terminate a pregnancy as established in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. But “heartbeat bills” aren’t the only effort that legislatures are taking to restrict access to reproductive health care.

Nationwide, 14 states are sending tax dollars to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs), which pose as legitimate medical facilities offering free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds when in fact their true function is to dissuade people from seeking abortion, often by providing them with false information.

Continued: https://truthout.org/articles/southern-states-funnel-public-money-to-fake-abortion-clinics/

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