‘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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Trump visit to the UK: How about working together on women’s rights?

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Trump visit to the UK: How about working together on women’s rights?
by Katherine Nightingale
12th Jul 2018

When Theresa May welcomes Trump this week it seems like she won’t be short of conversation: there’s the World Cup, Brexit, and NATO before we even start. But with hundreds of thousands of people from all over the UK coming to join the Women’s March this Friday, a clear message is that women’s rights should be on the agenda.

Chances are, time will be short. So if that means there is only one issue Theresa May can champion with Donald Trump, we think it should be to look together at how the UK and US governments could support sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for women and families worldwide, especially in emergencies. So whilst some might think there is no common ground, here is my take on the key messages:

Continued: https://insights.careinternational.org.uk/development-blog/trump-visit-to-the-uk-how-about-working-together-on-women-s-rights

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Establish Youth Friendly Centres Dedicated To Providing Sexual And Reproductive Health Services – DevComs To Nigerian Govt.

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Establish Youth Friendly Centres Dedicated To Providing Sexual And Reproductive Health Services – DevComs To Nigerian Govt.

11/07/2018
Posted by: Editor

A Nigeria based NGO, Development Communications Network (DevComs) has called for the establishment of Youth Friendly Centres dedicated to providing sexual and reproductive health services that meets the special needs of the target group.

“it is important to establish Youth Friendly Centres dedicated to providing sexual and reproductive health services that meets young people at their point of need rather than resorting to practices that endangers their lives,” says Akin Jimoh, programme Director of DevComs in a statement on the 2018 World Population Day.

Continued: https://www.africaprimenews.com/2018/07/11/news/establish-youth-friendly-centres-dedicated-to-providing-sexual-and-reproductive-health-services-devcoms-to-nigerian-govt/

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Kenya – Doctor tells court when law allows abortion

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Doctor tells court when law allows abortion

Jul. 11, 2018
By CAROLE MAINA @mainacarole

The few instances where a doctor is forced to terminate a pregnancy include ectopic pregnancy or eclampsia, where a mother experiences high blood pressure, threatening her life and that of the unborn child. A gynaecologist yesterday explained to a bench of five judges situations where doctors are permitted to terminate pregnancies.

Dr Wahome Ngari of the Kenya Cristian Professional Forum supports the move by the ministry of Health to withdraw guidelines on safe abortion.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/07/11/doctor-tells-court-when-law-allows-abortion_c1784993

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Kenya – Safe abortion case puts Health ministry on the spot

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Safe abortion case puts Health ministry on the spot

By Dzuya Walter For Citizen Digital
July 11, 2018

Fida Kenya and the Centre for Reproductive Rights are challenging the decision taken by the ministry saying it’s a violation of women rights. They further argue that the affected women are forced to seek abortion care from quacks and face serious risks of damage to their health and others lead to death. The lobby groups insist that it is important that the Ministry advises when health workers should provide safe and legal abortion.

The Ministry of Health has said it is in the process of getting new guidelines on safe abortion. According to Dr. Joel Gondi, Head of the Reproductive and Maternal Health Service Union, the government’s primary focus is to preserve life and reduce maternal morbidity.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/news/safe-abortion-case-puts-health-ministry-on-the-spot-206518/

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If ‘Roe v. Wade’ Goes, Women May Have to Drive Hours for Abortions. It’s Already Happening in North Dakota

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If ‘Roe v. Wade’ Goes, Women May Have to Drive Hours for Abortions. It’s Already Happening in North Dakota
One in five women in North Dakota travels more than 280 miles to get an abortion. That drive could become longer if ‘Roe v. Wade’ is repealed.

Torey Van Oot
07.11.18

Holly Alvarado was 22 and just weeks from deployment in the U.S. military when she realized she was pregnant. She knew she wasn’t in a place emotionally or financially to have a child. She called a Planned Parenthood and asked how—and where—she could get an abortion.

At the time, Alvarado was stationed in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a city on the Minnesota border just 90 miles south of the Canadian border. The sole abortion clinic in the state, a two hour drive from her home, wasn’t able to see her before her departure. The next closest provider was more than four hours away in Minnesota.

Continued: https://www.thedailybeast.com/if-roe-v-wade-goes-women-may-have-to-drive-hours-for-abortions-its-already-happening-in-north-dakota

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FEATURE: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion in Malaysia

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FEATURE: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion in Malaysia
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11 July 2018

By Nandini Archer
Edited by Marge Berer

Introduction

In spite of sustained advocacy from sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and human rights advocates, and penal code amendments in 1971 and 1989, which opened up more grounds for abortion, access to safe, legal abortion remains heavily restricted in Malaysia. Before these changes, several prosecutions were taken against medical professionals. Since them, only one woman has been prosecuted for abortion – a Nepali migrant worker named Nirmala in 2014, who spent four months in prison and was acquitted on appeal.

This report looks at the abortion law and access to abortion in Malaysia and reviews calls to change the law and access by SRH and human rights advocates. The report ends with a discussion of the cases against medical professionals, prosecutions of women for infanticide and the case of Nirmala.[1]

continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-the-law-trials-and-imprisonment-for-abortion-in-malaysia-11-july-2018?e=372dd34034

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Meghan Markle Salutes Irish Abortion Vote

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Meghan Markle Salutes Irish Abortion Vote
The simple rule for royals when it comes to politics is, say nothing. But Meghan Markle, on her first overseas trip, showed she won't be silenced.

Tom Sykes
07.11.18

DUBLIN—Few would be surprised to hear that Meghan Markle is pro-choice, and perhaps it was only natural, when meeting a number of activists in Ireland's recent referendum to legalize abortion (the proposal was passed by a thumping majority) that she would express her enthusiasm for the cause.

Unfortunately for Meghan, two of the women she spoke to about the issue at a garden party in Dublin last night then took to twitter to publicize their encounters, meaning Meghan has now been drawn into a debate about the limits of royal political neutrality.

continued: https://www.thedailybeast.com/meghan-markle-blunders-into-irish-abortion-debate

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Ireland – Abortion legislation: ‘woman’ reference, 28 days, consent and other changes

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Abortion legislation: ‘woman’ reference, 28 days, consent and other changes
Some believe ‘woman’ reference in abortion Bill may exclude trans people

Wed, Jul 11, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The Government has published the proposed legislation to regulate abortion services to be introduced following the recent referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

The heads of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill was published on Tuesday evening, unveiling a number of minor amendments to the proposed general scheme that was published before the vote on May 25th.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-legislation-woman-reference-28-days-consent-and-other-changes-1.3561706

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Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

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Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

By Katha Pollitt
July 10, 2018

President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court is bad news for reproductive rights.

That Judge Kavanaugh’s record on abortion and contraception is slim will be used by his supporters to paint his views as moderate, but let’s get real: The president promised to nominate only justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, and his potential nominees were vetted by a committed abortion opponent, Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society. There is no reason not to take Mr. Trump at his word.

What should the pro-choice movement be doing — right now and in the months and years to come?

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/opinion/abortion-roe-kavanaugh-supreme-court.html

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Teenager at centre of Kenyan court case over botched abortion has died

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Teenager at centre of Kenyan court case over botched abortion has died
Family of raped teenager are demanding government reissues guidance on safe terminations after crackdown puts lives at risk

Rebecca Ratcliffe
Tue 10 Jul 2018

A teenager whose botched abortion was at the centre of a high court case in Kenya has died.

The girl, who was raped aged 14 and then left with horrific injuries after a backstreet termination, had been the subject of a controversy over whether the Kenyan government was to blame for her death.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jul/10/high-court-kenya-government-girls-death-after-botched-abortion

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USA – With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade is likely dead

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With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade is likely dead
How post-Roe America will look different from pre-Roe America

by Carole Joffe July 10, 2018

Much of the debate over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court will center on the fate of Roe v. Wade and the future of abortion rights in America. Nervous champions of the right to choose recall President Trump’s promise to only nominate “pro-life” judges to the court and marked Kavanaugh’s selection with a protest in front of the court.

If Roe is overturned, the legality of abortion will be decided by individual states. How soon this might happen, and how many states would ban abortion, is not clear.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/07/10/with-the-appointment-of-brett-kavanaugh-roe-v-wade-is-likely-dead/?utm_term=.54ca982e2d45

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Jamaica – No need to mislead

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No need to mislead

Alyssa Nebel & Linnette Vassell
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In her commentary 'Don't distort abortion conversation, Member of Parliament (MP) Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, published by the Jamaica Observer on July 2, 2108, Phillipa Davies, spokesperson for Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, makes some very misleading statements to justify her organisation's opposition to legalising the termination of pregnancy under specific conditions. She argues that neither the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) nor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) discuss abortion. This argument stems from a surface reading of the SDGs and what seems to be a shallow understanding of CEDAW. In addition, Davies cherry-picks content from the recommendations of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and consequently presents a one-sided and selective interpretation.

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/opinion/no-need-to-mislead_138002?profile=0

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England ‘Out of Step on Home Abortion Pills’

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England 'Out of Step on Home Abortion Pills'

Nicky Broyd

July 10, 2018

An early medical abortion (EMA), involves taking two drugs (mifepristone and misoprostol) usually 24 to 48 hours apart.

In October 2017 the Scottish Government gave approval for the second drug, misoprostol, to be taken at home and Wales is following suit. Now England is being urged to do the same.

Continued: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/899098

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The murky truth about why women in England can’t have abortions at home

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The murky truth about why women in England can’t have abortions at home
The law that requires women to take the necessary pills in a clinic is a moral hangup based on anti-abortion hysteria

Zoe Williams
Tue 10 Jul 2018

The medical abortion – “the abortion pill” – sounds easier than it is. It happens in two stages: first, mifepristone, then, 24 to 48 hours later, misoprostol, which within a few hours will terminate the pregnancy. In the 90s, you went home in between, but you had to stay in the clinic for the duration of the second process, which was all a bit Handmaid’s Tale; the quasi-medical environment was very alienating, with its enforced solemnity and curtain-cubicles. There was not enough privacy if you were distressed and not enough chat if you were bored.

So, what came afterwards – women could take the second pill in a clinic, then go home – seemed like an improvement, except for the fact that you could miscarry on the way home. It always seemed necessary to ram home the indignities of this by reminding the world that you might be on public transport, the tacit understanding being that women deserve some peril, some inconvenience, in recognition of their dastardly act – but not on a bus. This was the wrong argument, in my view: it ought to have been possible to say: “I don’t want to be in transit at all, you idiots, I want to take the pill at home and then remain at home.”

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2018/jul/10/the-murky-truth-about-why-women-in-england-cant-have-abortions-at-home

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Former Aberdeen student reveals her agony at having an abortion in the back of a taxi – and she’s not the only one faced with this horrific ordeal

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ABORTION PILL HORROR Former Aberdeen student reveals her agony at having an abortion in the back of a taxi – and she’s not the only one faced with this horrific ordeal

Claudia, 23, had no choice but to go through an abortion in the back of a cab. -but she's not the only one

By Zoe Apostolides
10th July 2018

BENT double in the back of a cab with agonising cramps and feeling herself starting to bleed is not how Claudia expected her abortion to happen.

A student in her final year at Aberdeen University, Claudia, now 23, made the tough decision to terminate her pregnancy at seven weeks last year – but was forced to go through the trauma of starting to bleed on her way home from the hospital in the back of a stranger’s taxi.

Continued: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/fabulous/2911555/aberdeen-student-abortion-law-england-change/

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It’s Not Just Roe: How the Future Supreme Court Could Gut Abortion Rights

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It’s Not Just Roe: How the Future Supreme Court Could Gut Abortion Rights

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project
July 10, 2018

Now that President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, it will be up to the Senate to fully vet him so that the American people can determine whether he will uphold the basic civil rights and liberties relied on by everyone in this country. This is particularly true when it comes to abortion rights, where Kavanaugh’s prior opinions on the subject, coupled with the fact that Donald Trump vowed to only nominate justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, give rise to serious concern about women’s continued ability to access abortion if Kavanaugh is confirmed.

Continued: https://www.aclu.org/blog/reproductive-freedom/abortion/its-not-just-roe-how-future-supreme-court-could-gut-abortion

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Ireland – Government to consider funding abortion services

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Government to consider funding abortion services
Minister for Health to seek Cabinet approval to publish abortion legislation

Tue, Jul 10, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to ask the Cabinet to allow for State funding of the cost of care for women seeking a termination of their pregnancy, as part of providing abortion services.

The Minister will bring the heads of the Health (Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy) Bill to this morning’s Cabinet meeting, which will legalise access to abortions in certain circumstances.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-to-consider-funding-abortion-services-1.3559357

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465,000 illegal abortions performed annually in Kenya

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465,000 illegal abortions performed annually in Kenya
Written By: Hallyghan Agade
July 9, 2018

It is estimated that approximately 465,000 illegal abortions are performed in Kenya each year by untrained people.

Center for Reproductive Rights-CRC further says that one out of three girls under the age of 18 experience sexual violence and over 40 percent of pregnancies are unintentional.

However, health practitioners and health rights advocates are blaming Government and religious organizations saying that they are the greatest impediment to advocacy and information regarding Reproductive Health Rights in the country.

Continued: http://www.kbc.co.ke/465000-illegal-abortions-are-carried-out-annually-in-kenya/

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USA – Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

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Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

07.09.18 - (PRESS RELEASE) Said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:

“President Trump has vowed to nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court only justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. In addition to this litmus test, he has also said women who have abortions should be punished. Today, with the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, the President is presumably making good on his Roe-reversal promise. Every Senator should assume that is the case, absent a clear and compelling statement from the nominee that he agrees with the rationale and premise of Roe v. Wade—that the right to abortion is among the Constitution’s guaranteed personal liberty rights.

“In the past twelve years that Judge Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he has ruled in one case involving women’s access to abortion.

https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/center-for-reproductive-rights-statement-on-judge-brett-kavanaugh%E2%80%99s-nomination-to-us-supr

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‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion

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‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion

By Josephine Sedgwick
July 9, 2018

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Even in places where the practice is legal, abortion can still be hard to talk about. When we invited readers to share their own stories, more than 1,300 responded from over 30 countries, showing the vast range of reasons, means and outcomes for abortion.

We selected the 13 stories below from distant pockets of the globe. They reflect the spectrum of abortion laws and the important roles of money, technology, information and culture in dictating the safety and aftermath of the procedure. These accounts have been condensed and edited for clarity, and to protect the identities of those involved.

continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/09/reader-center/abortion-around-the-world.html

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USA – ‘Self-induced abortion’ searches on Google reflect a dark reality for many women

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‘Self-induced abortion’ searches on Google reflect a dark reality for many women

By Katie Kindelan
Jul 9, 2018
The battle over abortion rights may be at a turning point.

President Trump is expected today to announce his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The new justice could potentially tip the court against abortion rights as he or she will replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who provided a key vote in 1992 to reaffirm Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that established a woman's right to abortion.

Continued: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/induced-abortion-searches-google-reflect-dark-reality-women/story?id=56232222

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USA – Memo to Chuck Schumer: Stop Dithering and Start Fighting. Now.

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Memo to Chuck Schumer: Stop Dithering and Start Fighting. Now.

Jul 9, 2018
Jodi Jacobson

I have some questions for Chuck Schumer.

Senator Schumer: You seem to be treating the nomination of a second Supreme Court justice by Donald Trump as business as usual. But it is not. Nothing is usual. Nothing is normal. What don’t you understand about this?

What don’t you get about the fact that Trump is under federal investigation and possibly facing criminal charges? Or that he has actually suggested he can pardon himself?

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/09/memo-chuck-schumer-stop-dithering-start-fighting-now/

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Let women in England take abortion pills at home, say medical experts

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Let women in England take abortion pills at home, say medical experts

Lin Taylor
July 9, 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in England should be able to take abortion pills at home to avoid the “distressing experience” of suffering pain and heavy bleeding while returning from hospitals and clinics, medical experts said on Monday.

Studies suggest that it is safe for women to take abortion drugs at home instead of in a clinic and allowing them to do so does not increase abortion rates, according to an editorial in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) Sexual & Reproductive Health.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-women-abortion/let-women-in-england-take-abortion-pills-at-home-say-medical-experts-idUSKBN1JZ2UB

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Criminalised abortion in UK obstructs reflective choice and best care

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Criminalised abortion in UK obstructs reflective choice and best care

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2928
Published 09 July 2018
Sandy Goldbeck-Wood, Abigail Aiken, David Horwell, Oskari Heikinheimo, Ganesh Acharya, editorial board of BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health

Theresa May could seize this opportunity for evidence based reform

The recent decisions to liberalise abortion laws in the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man1 have put pressure on the British prime minister, Theresa May, to consider decriminalising abortion in the UK. Although she believes “that a woman should be able to access safe, legal abortion,”2 she has not yet acted to initiate amendment of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act—perhaps in fear of Northern Ireland's anti-abortion Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on which her minority government depends.

Continued: https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k2928

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Amnesty International movement adopts new policy positions on abortion and drug control

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Amnesty International movement adopts new policy positions on abortion and drug control

9 July 2018

Amnesty International has adopted new proposals to tackle the devastating human rights consequences of misguided attempts by countries to criminalise and restrict abortion and to punish people for using drugs.

Delegates from around the world gathered in Warsaw, Poland, over July 6-8, where they green-lit motions on the organisation’s positions on safe and legal abortion and how States control the production, sale and use of drugs.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/07/amnesty-international-adopts-abortion-and-drug-control-stance/

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USA – Stop fooling yourself. Roe is gone.

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Stop fooling yourself. Roe is gone.

by Paul Waldman
July 9, 2018

For years, the right has treated the Supreme Court as the ultimate consideration when strategizing about presidential and even congressional politics, a prize worth doing anything to seize, whether it’s rallying around candidates whom it has misgivings about or finding repugnant and indefensible procedural maneuvers, such as refusing to consider an appointee simply because he was nominated by a president of the other party.

Democrats, on the other hand, have thought of control of the court as only one goal among many — important, sure, but not much more important than whether we can achieve health-care reform or a higher minimum wage, and certainly not worth setting aside concerns about procedural fairness.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/07/09/conservatives-are-finally-getting-the-supreme-court-they-dreamed-of/?utm_term=.05004fe49f44

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Why, unlike some people, Canadians don’t lose their minds over Supreme Court appointments

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Why, unlike some people, Canadians don’t lose their minds over Supreme Court appointments
Canada's top court is way less politicized than in the United States, and it's not just because our Constitution is only 36 years old

Tristin Hopper
Updated: July 9, 2018

The United States is currently mired in political chaos following the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring. It’s a bizarre spectacle from Canada, where new Supreme Court appointments are barely noticed. While U.S. Supreme Court justices are household names, most Canadians cannot name a single sitting member of their highest court (and Beverley McLachlin doesn’t count anymore; she just retired). So what gives? The National Post called up some very smart law experts to figure out why Canada’s Supreme Court isn’t the partisan hockey puck it is down south.

Abortion isn’t a major wedge issue here.

Continued: https://windsorstar.com/news/canada/why-unlike-some-people-canadians-dont-lose-their-minds-over-supreme-court-appointments/wcm/44c54d8d-2008-4a9e-ba09-98a66fbaedaf

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USA – Roe isn’t just about women’s rights. It’s about everyone’s personal liberty.

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Roe isn’t just about women’s rights. It’s about everyone’s personal liberty.

by Nancy Northup July 8, 2018
The writer is president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

On Monday, President Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Given the president’s promise to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, it’s widely understood that his nominee will pose a clear danger to women’s reproductive rights. What most don’t realize is that everyone’s personal-liberty rights are on the line.

The constitutional framework of Roe is about far more than abortion. It’s about rearing our children without unwarranted government interference. It’s about choosing whom we want to marry. It’s about deciding with whom we want to create a home. It’s about the right to use contraception. It’s about what the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey explained is the “promise of the Constitution that there is a realm of personal liberty which the government may not enter.”

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/roe-isnt-just-about-womens-rights-its-about-everyones-personal-liberty/2018/07/08/527d8548-8160-11e8-b658-4f4d2a1aeef1_story.html?utm_term=.75815dc9eed1

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Zimbabwe – The multi-pronged dilemma of abortion

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The multi-pronged dilemma of abortion

By newsday
July 7, 2018
BY PHYLLIS MBANJE

A CROWD gathers around the dumpster and many are busy taking videos of the lifeless body of a new born baby. The horrible sight is made worse by the garbage and filth that surrounds the tiny pink mass covered in blood. Its tiny hands are balled into fists, most probably he/she gave a good fight before the cold got the better of its underdeveloped lungs.

Many are upset with the “monster mother” who just threw away her newborn and walked away as if all was in order.

Baby dumping or foetuses clogging sewer pipe is not new in this country neither have we seen the last of it. This social scourge is an indication of bigger problems of sexual reproductive health (SRH), particularly termination of pregnancy or abortion.

Continued; https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/07/the-multi-pronged-dilemma-of-abortion/

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Wales Legalizes Take-Home Abortion Pills

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Wales Legalizes Take-Home Abortion Pills
Plus, what they might be like in a post-Roe world

Liz Wolfe | July 6, 2018

Last week, the Welsh government approved take-home abortion pills, meaning most medical, non-surgical abortions can be done at home, without the supervision of a doctor.

Currently, Scotland, Sweden, and France have similar protocols in place, though England lags behind on this front. Given that around three-fourths of the total abortions performed in Wales last year were medical, this recent change could mean easier abortion access for women who live in remote parts of the country.

Continued: https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/06/wales-legalizes-take-home-abortion-pills

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New Zealand – Simon Bridges abortion views questioned by beauty pageant winner

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Simon Bridges abortion views questioned by beauty pageant winner

Robert Steven
July 6, 2018

An aspiring beauty queen didn't hesitate to raise the issue of abortion law reform with Simon Bridges at a public meeting in Taupō on Thursday.

The National Party leader is visiting 70 towns across the North Island. Thursday's tour took him to public meetings in Rotorua, Kawerau, Whakatane and Taupō.

Emily Sullivan, 21, won the Miss Five Crowns South Island title last October. She will represent Oceania at the World Supermodel Production competition in Vietnam in September.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/105305776/simon-bridges-abortion-views-questioned-by-beauty-pageant-winner

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USA – The anti-abortion conservative quietly guiding Trump’s supreme court pick

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The anti-abortion conservative quietly guiding Trump's supreme court pick

Jon Swaine in New York
Fri 6 Jul 2018

Just 20 months ago, Leonard Leo’s life’s work appeared in jeopardy. Hillary Clinton would soon be elected president. A liberal judge would be chosen to replace Antonin Scalia, the late lodestar of American conservatism, on the supreme court.

“Staring at that vacancy, fear permeated every day in that countdown to November 8,” Leo recalled last year, in a speech to fellow religious conservatives. His three-decade fight to push the US judiciary to the right – and enable a crackdown on abortion – looked to be lost.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/jul/06/leonard-leo-supreme-court-replacement-trump-justice-nomination-abortion

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ISLE OF MAN – Dignity clause incorporated into Abortion Reform Bill

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Dignity clause incorporated into Abortion Reform Bill

Friday, 6 July 2018 - Politics

A late alteration to the Abortion Reform Bill was added last week, to ensure any remains are treated with dignity.

Legislative Council last week approved the bill. Numerous, mainly technical, amendments were approved, while attempts by Bishop Peter Eagles to impose new restrictions were unsuccessful.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41616&headline=Dignity%20clause%20incorporated%20into%20Abortion%20Reform%20Bill&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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USA – With Reproductive Rights in Great Jeopardy, ‘Plan C’ Is More Important Than Ever

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With Reproductive Rights in Great Jeopardy, ‘Plan C’ Is More Important Than Ever
Plan C—making "missed period pills" widely available—would give users the power to decide whether or not they wished to test for or confirm pregnancy before taking pills to bring on their period.

Jul 6, 2018
Francine Coeytaux, Victoria Nichols & Elisa Wells

Four years ago, we argued for an important new family planning option. We envisioned a method that could be used at home when a period was late to induce menstruation and thus reassure individuals that they were not pregnant. Plan C, we posited, was not only possible—the technology already existed in the form of mifepristone and misoprostol—but could be the answer to the age-old question asked by women around the world, “What do I do if my period is late and I don’t want to be pregnant?” With the recent news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s resignation and the rising concern about a likely shift in the balance of the U.S. Supreme Court, the need to ensure timely and affordable access to innovative reproductive health options like Plan C is even more urgent.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/06/reproductive-rights-plan-c/

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Ireland – Abortion Bill will commit to exclusion zones around services

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Abortion Bill will commit to exclusion zones around services
Zones of 100m-150m intended to stop women being harassed while accessing services

Fri, Jul 6, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government will commit to the introduction of exclusion zones of 100m-150m to prevent women facing vulgar imagery when accessing abortion services.

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to bring the Heads of the Health (Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy) Bill to Cabinet on Tuesday, which will outline the circumstances in which abortions will be available in this country.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-bill-will-commit-to-exclusion-zones-around-services-1.3556802

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Abortion laws in Latin America show what the US could look like in a world without Roe v. Wade

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Abortion laws in Latin America show what the US could look like in a world without Roe v. Wade

Grace Panetta
July 5, 2018

President Donald Trump is slated to announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy next week, and it has abortion-rights activists worried about what it could mean for the future of reproductive rights in the United States.

During his campaign, Trump promised to nominate judges who he hoped would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which legalized abortion nationwide. He even went so far as to say that women who seek abortions should be criminally punished if it did become illegal again.

Continued: http://www.businessinsider.com/if-roe-v-wade-falls-us-abortion-looks-like-latin-america-2018-7

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We know what it looks like when abortion is illegal. Just look at these countries.

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We know what it looks like when abortion is illegal. Just look at these countries.
Making abortion illegal doesn't mean people stop seeking abortion.

D. Parvaz
Jul 5, 2018

With news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s imminent retirement from the Supreme Court and the likely appointment of a justice who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion could soon be illegal in large parts of the country.

Women and gender minorities would no longer have the right to choose when to have a child — that’s a given, no matter how one thinks of it. We already know what that looks like, since it’s a reality in many other countries.

Continued: https://thinkprogress.org/we-know-what-it-looks-like-when-abortion-is-illegal-just-look-at-these-countries-3ed16c7d91fe/

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Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion

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Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion
At a time when the United States may render it illegal

Shirley Graham
July 5, 2018

On May 25, 2018, I traveled from Washington, D.C., to Dublin to vote in a referendum that would decide whether women in Ireland would have full access to their reproductive healthcare and rights. I was one of the 40,000 diaspora Irish who returned from different corners of the globe (only recent emigres were eligible) to be part of a feminist movement that would make history. When the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was passed the next day with 66 percent voting in favor, the country heaved a collective sigh of relief.

In the lead-up to the referendum, women were forced to share previously untold stories of private ordeals and personal tragedies in order to persuade the Irish population that it could no longer export this problem to the United Kingdom.

Continued: http://prospect.org/article/ireland%E2%80%99s-path-legalizing-abortion

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Calls mount for decriminalisation of abortion

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Calls mount for decriminalisation of abortion

Gauteng / 5 July 2018
ANA Reporter

Johannesburg - Amnesty International on Thursday said it will be debating proposals to tackle the devastating human rights consequences of misguided attempts by countries to criminalise and restrict abortion and to punish people for using drugs.

Delegates from around the world will be gathering in Warsaw, Poland, from Friday to Sunday to hold crucial votes on the organisation’s positions on safe and legal abortion and how States control the production, sale and use of drugs.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/gauteng/calls-mount-for-decriminalisation-of-abortion-15848749

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Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under ‘conscientious objection’

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Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under 'conscientious objection'

Joyce Arthur
July 5, 2018

For the first time ever, an expert group has arrived at a majority consensus that the practice of so-called "conscientious objection" by health-care professionals should not be allowed. The experts agreed that the practice of refusing to provide legal and essential health care due to a doctor's personal or religious beliefs is a violation of medical ethics and of patients' right to health care. Abortion and other reproductive health care are the most commonly refused services.

Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care is the title of the expert group's just-released report with recommendations. It is a product of the first global meeting on the topic of "conscientious objection," which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay in August 2017 because the refusal to treat is a major barrier to abortion access in many Latin American countries.

Continued: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/07/expert-group-denounces-refusal-treat-under-conscientious-objection

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BELGIUM – Bishops criticise decision to scrap abortion from penal code

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Bishops criticise decision to scrap abortion from penal code

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

The Belgian bishops’ conference has criticised a decision by the federal government parties to produce a bill to remove abortion from the statute books.

The bill will be presented to parliament on Thursday, after an agreement reached on Tuesday by the four majority parties: N-VA, CD&V, Open VLD and MR.

Abortion is still technically illegal in Belgium, save for certain circumstances laid out in a 1990 law, which famously led to the abdication for one day of then-king Baudouin, whose Catholic faith could not allow him to give the law Royal approval. Instead, he stepped down while the law was passed, in an inventive and unprecedented solution engineered by prime minister Wilfried Martens, resuming the throne the following day (photo).

Continued: http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/politics/11833/bishops-criticise-decision-to-scrap-abortion-from-penal-code

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The Anti-Abortion Lobby In The UK Has More Power Than You Realise

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The Anti-Abortion Lobby In The UK Has More Power Than You Realise
Jeremy Hunt's refusal to extend at-home abortions to women in England has nothing to do with women's welfare, and everything to do with politics

by Vicky Spratt
July 4, 2018

Donald Trump really has a way with words doesn’t he? As the news that Supreme Court judge Anthony Kennedy was retiring, women’s hearts raced. This is the Hand Maid’s Tale-esque moment American women had feared since the news broke that Trump had beaten Hillary: it is the right’s chance to undo Roe versus Wade: the landmark ruling that legalised abortion in America.

What has Trump said about it? Simply, when it comes to replacing Kennedy he plans to pick ‘a great one’ who, presumably, will be about as great as America is right now under his watch. Perhaps ‘great’ for Trump is a bit like ‘Brexit’ for Theresa May – a catch all phrase for something chaotically bad.

Continued: https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/real-life/the-anti-abortion-lobby-in-the-uk-has-more-power-than-you-realise/

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Argentine Senate Starts Debating Historic Abortion Bill

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Argentine Senate Starts Debating Historic Abortion Bill
Pro- and anti-abortion activists announced separate protests in front of Congress to coincide with the start of Senate discussions on the issue.

Published 3 July 2018

Argentina's Senate began Tuesday debating a historic abortion bill passed by the lower house Chamber of Deputies last month.

In June, the lower house Chamber of Deputies backed a bill decriminalizing abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and beyond that in cases where the infant would not survive after birth, by 129 votes to 125.

A final debate on the matter will be held on August 8. Argentina's 72 senators are largely opposed to the abortion bill, although 10 have not yet publicly revealed their stance.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentine-Senate-Starts-Debating-Historic-Abortion-Bill-20180703-0029.html

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Northern Ireland one of ‘most restrictive abortion regimes’

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Northern Ireland one of 'most restrictive abortion regimes'
Ban, including in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality, sees women travel to England for procedure.

Alasdair Soussiby Alasdair Soussi
3 Jul 2018

Ashleigh Topley, from Portadown, Northern Ireland, recalled a harrowing stage in her own pregnancy when she was "willing her [child's] heart to stop" so she could begin the grieving process.

At her 20-week scan in 2013, Topley was told that her baby had a fatal foetal abnormality and would not survive outside the womb.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/northern-ireland-europe-restrictive-abortion-regimes-180702204715776.html

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What Will Happen If Abortion Is Banned In The U.S.? Just Look At These Countries.

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What Will Happen If Abortion Is Banned In The U.S.? Just Look At These Countries.

Andrea González-Ramírez
July 3, 2018

"We use the phrase in Latin America," Paula Avila-Guillen, a human rights expert and director of Latin America Initiatives for the Women’s Equality Center told Refinery29, "'Las ricas abortan, las pobres mueren.' [Rich women have abortions, poor women die.]"

Many anti-abortion advocates believe that outlawing the procedure will stop women from trying to terminate their pregnancies, but research has shown over and over again that this isn't true.

Continued: https://www.refinery29.com/2018/07/203412/abortion-illegal-impact-latin-america-united-states

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USA – Roe v. Wade might not be doomed after all

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Roe v. Wade might not be doomed after all

by David Von Drehle, Columnist
July 3, 2018

Roe v. Wade is doomed. So says Washington’s latest conventional wisdom. Given the likelihood that President Trump will complete the most conservative Supreme Court majority in generations with his choice to succeed retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the forecast makes sense.

But conventional wisdom is so frequently wrong (remember Election Day 2016?) that every eruption is worth a second look. As usual, there’s plenty to see.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/roe-v-wade-might-not-be-doomed-after-all/2018/07/03/5049cb80-7eed-11e8-b0ef-fffcabeff946_story.html

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Want to overturn Roe, Republicans? Get ready for what comes next.

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Want to overturn Roe, Republicans? Get ready for what comes next.
July 3, 2018

by Charles Lane, Opinion writer
July 2, 2018

Justice Antonin Scalia did not frame his opposition to Roe v. Wade in terms of opposition to abortion per se. His complaint was that the 1973 ruling created a nationwide constitutional right to abortion, thus channeling the issue into the federal courts and away from normal political processes.

By “foreclosing all democratic outlet for the deep passions this issue arouses,” wrote Scalia, who died in 2016, in his dissent from the court’s 1992 reaffirmation of Roe, “by banishing the issue from the political forum that gives all participants, even the losers, the satisfaction of a fair hearing and an honest fight, by continuing the imposition of a rigid national rule instead of allowing for regional differences, the Court merely prolongs and intensifies the anguish.”

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/want-to-overturn-roe-republicans-get-ready-for-what-comes-next/2018/07/02/eb8ad380-7e09-11e8-bb6b-c1cb691f1402_story.html

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UK – Decision to ban protests at London abortion clinic upheld

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Decision to ban protests at London abortion clinic upheld
Campaigners lose high court challenge over protest-free buffer zone at clinic in Ealing

Sarah Marsh
Mon 2 Jul 2018

A council’s decision to ban anti-abortion protesters from gathering outside a London clinic has been upheld in the high court.

Campaigners lost a legal challenge to a move by Ealing council to create a 100-metre, protest-free “buffer zone” around the Marie Stopes clinic. The council was the first in the country to take such a decision in an attempt to shield women from demonstrators.

continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/02/decision-ban-protests-london-abortion-clinic-upheld-high-court-ealing

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USA – What Does the Future of Abortion Rights Look Like?

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What Does the Future of Abortion Rights Look Like?

With Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, there’s a great deal of uncertainty about how a reconfigured Supreme Court will react to future cases.
Mary Ziegler
July 2, 2018

In the summer of 1988, abortion-rights attorneys debated whether to appeal a major abortion case involving minors, Hodgson v. Minnesota, to the Supreme Court. Anti-abortion lawyers working with Americans United for Life knew exactly why the opposition hesitated: Anthony Kennedy, a 52-year-old Catholic appointed by Ronald Reagan, had recently taken his place on the Supreme Court.

But instead of steadfastly opposing abortion, Kennedy quickly established his role as the Court’s swing vote on reproductive rights. With him gone, the future of legal abortion—and the activist movements surrounding it—is more uncertain than it has been in recent memory.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/07/kennedy-abortion-supreme-court/564191/

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10 legal experts on the future of Roe v. Wade after Kennedy

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10 legal experts on the future of Roe v. Wade after Kennedy
His decision to retire could lead to more “incremental” attacks against the landmark decision.
By Li Zhouli
Jul 2, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement has spurred a raft of questions about how key legal precedents could shift under the tenure of a likely more conservative replacement — and chief among these is the fate of Roe v. Wade.

The landmark 1973 case that guaranteed women’s legal right to an abortion has been on conservatives’ target list for some time, and although Kennedy was appointed by a Republican president, he frequently sided with the liberal wing of the court and acted as a swing vote on cases preserving abortion rights.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2018/7/2/17515154/kennedy-retirement-roe-wade

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The Effects of the Global Gag Rule Are Being Felt Everywhere

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The Effects of the Global Gag Rule Are Being Felt Everywhere

Jul 2, 2018
Melvine Ouyo & Alexa Henderson

In Kenya, desperate pregnant women and girls who lack access to safe medical care because of funding cuts under Trump’s global gag rule are turning to "curtain clinics” to terminate their pregnancies. Such clinics are run by people who aren’t nurses or doctors.

The fallout of Trump’s global gag rule is upon us. Not a single week passes in Kenya without devastating media reports documenting how patients are going without needed reproductive health care and medical intervention thanks to the U.S. policy restricting funds to international clinics that discuss pregnancy termination regardless of the circumstance. The global gag rule is forcing health providers to either ignore that challenge or lose desperately needed aid for other services.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/02/effects-global-gag-rule-felt-everywhere/

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Social workers and doctors team up to defend the life, health and dignity of women inside Myanmar’s camps

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Social workers and doctors team up to defend the life, health and dignity of women inside Myanmar’s camps

Report from United Nations Population Fund
Published on 02 Jul 2018

“Very bad things happen during religious festivals. Most community members go to join in the ceremonies, and those women who remain at home are very vulnerable. Perpetrators find out who has stayed behind – often widows – and go into their homes and violate the women. There are no locks on the doors, no protection. For a few hours, everywhere is deserted, and there is no-one who can hear or heed calls for help.”

Myint Myint Htay – Htay for short – is a gender-based violence caseworker in a camp for displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. While the attention is on the over 700,000 people who have fled persecution and violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh since last August, nearly 130,000 people who identify as Rohingya remain in camps in Myanmar. Confined to the camps, they lack basic services and rights, including freedom of movement. Their plight is largely unseen by the world.

Continued: https://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/social-workers-and-doctors-team-defend-life-health-and-dignity-women-inside-myanmar-s

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Hundreds protest plan to further restrict abortion in Poland

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Hundreds protest plan to further restrict abortion in Poland

By The Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland — Jul 2, 2018

Hundreds of abortion-rights activists in Poland held a protest Monday against a proposed law that would ban abortions in cases involving irreparably damaged fetuses.

The activists who assembled outside Poland's parliament chanted "We want choice, not terror" as a special commission of legislators reviewed the proposal.

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/hundreds-protest-plan-restrict-abortion-poland-56319222

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Poland – ‘We feel like second category citizens,’ say abortion campaigners

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'We feel like second category citizens,' say abortion campaigners

By Damon Embling
02/07/2018

Protesters have been venting their opposition against planned changes to Poland's abortion laws, in Brussels.

They think moves to ban terminations in cases involving irreparably damaged fetuses is wrong. This, as a special Polish commission of legislators examined the proposal.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/02/-we-feel-like-second-category-citizens-say-abortion-campaigners

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After the Eighth: A fatal foetal diagnosis, but too sick to travel

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After the Eighth: A fatal foetal diagnosis, but too sick to travel
‘It was awful ... I was wanting something bad to happen to me so they’d induce me’

Mon, Jul 2, 2018
Kitty Holland Social Affairs Correspondent

Aisling McNevin (26) was diagnosed with having a fatal foetal abnormality less than a week after the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment was passed.

She was 21 weeks pregnant, bleeding heavily and had high blood pressure. She was too ill to travel abroad for a termination but could not have one in Ireland because there was “still a foetal heartbeat”.

It had “all started” the day of the referendum, she says.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/after-the-eighth-a-fatal-foetal-diagnosis-but-too-sick-to-travel-1.3550290

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Inside Durban’s abortion abyss, shocking experiences

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Inside Durban's abortion abyss, shocking experiences

News / 1 July 2018
Bukeka Silekwa

DURBAN - Polka dot blankets and pillows line the pavement outside Addington Hospital’s health clinic where women waiting to have abortions lie curled up on the cold cement. It’s 2.30am, Wednesday, May 28.

Zinhle Gumede (not her real name) sits on the ground, her back to the brick wall. She’s huddled with two other women under a blanket: protection from the frigid winter sea air.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/sunday-tribune/news/inside-durbans-abortion-abyss-shocking-experiences-15770564

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USA – Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

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Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

By Pam Belluck and Jan Hoffman
July 1, 2018

As partisans on both sides of the abortion divide contemplate a Supreme Court with two Trump appointees, one thing is certain: America even without legal abortion would be very different from America before abortion was legal.

The moment Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement, speculation swirled that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, would be overturned. Most legal experts say that day is years away, if it arrives at all. A more likely scenario, they predict, is that a rightward-shifting court would uphold efforts to restrict abortion, which would encourage some states to further limit access.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/01/science/abortion-supreme-court-trump.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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Other countries don’t have Roe v. Wade. Here’s how they handle abortion laws.

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Other countries don’t have Roe v. Wade. Here’s how they handle abortion laws.

by Siobhán O'Grady
June 30, 2018

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement this week, one of the first questions that came to mind for abortion rights advocates was how a new makeup of the high court could affect American women.

President Trump has said since the beginning of his campaign that he is committed to appointing conservative justices to the court, who could overturn or cripple Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that ruled that state laws restricting or criminalizing abortions violated a woman's right to privacy under the 14th Amendment and thus were unconstitutional.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/06/30/other-countries-dont-have-roe-v-wade-heres-how-they-handle-abortion-laws/

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USA – Let’s Talk About My Abortion (and Yours)

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Let’s Talk About My Abortion (and Yours)

By Cindi Leive
Ms. Leive is a former editor in chief of Glamour and Self.
June 30, 2018

Several months ago, I appeared on a morning TV show alongside Cecile Richards, then the president of Planned Parenthood. Our topic had been women’s activism, and we’d both spoken in equal amounts. But when I checked Twitter later, the violent insults were flying only at Ms. Richards, with commenters calling her a “baby butcher” and “this puke bitch” for her support of abortion rights. None took aim at me — and as I read the stream, I felt more cowardly than I can ever remember, as if I were crouched in a foxhole while Ms. Richards took fire for the rest of us.

Why was I letting her take the heat? After all, I’d had an abortion myself.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/30/opinion/sunday/abortion-kennedy-supreme-court.html

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No abortion providers on Guam

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No abortion providers on Guam

Jasmine Stole Weiss, Pacific Daily News
Published June 30, 2018

For years there were two doctors who performed abortions on Guam. One retired in 2016; the second doctor retired last month, leaving the island without any physicians who will perform abortions.

The lack of abortion providers on island may force women to go to great lengths or go through great risk to terminate unwanted pregnancies, according to attorney Anita Arriola, a longtime advocate for abortion rights.

Continued: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/06/30/no-abortion-providers-guam/744847002/

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Nigeria: Minister urges stakeholders to reduce maternal mortality in the country

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Mortality: Minister urges stakeholders to reduce maternal mortality in the country

By Regina Onyegbula
30 June 2018

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has stressed the need for all stakeholders to continuously work towards improving women's health, saying this will reduce the high maternal mortality rate in the country.

Adewole made the call on Friday in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at the end of the project tagged: "Preventing Maternal Deaths from Unwanted Pregnancy" (PMDUP).

Continued: https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/267802/mortality-minister-urges-stakeholders-to-reduce-maternal-mo.html

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USA: Banning abortion does not make abortion go away

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Banning abortion does not make abortion go away

Robyn Pennacchia
June 30, 2018

Banning abortion does not make abortion go away. Women who have the means to travel, or the desperation to go underground, have always found a way, and their organizing power ultimately made abortion a constitutional right in the United States. Today, women should keep that history in mind as they prepare for the next chapter in this fight.

This week, US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his plans to retire. Kennedy has long been the Court’s swing vote on issues like abortion. If president Donald Trump is able to appoint an anti-choice judge (which he has vowed to do), the cases that established abortion rights, such as Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey will face immense challenges, and could potentially be overturned as soon as next year. It’s a terrifying and overwhelming prospect.

Continued: https://qz.com/1318779/abortion-activists-are-ready-for-justice-kennedys-retirement/

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India – Why simply legalising abortion is not enough

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Why simply legalising abortion is not enough
Governments need to pay equal attention to the safety of abortions, sex education and counselling, and varied problems faced by new borns of single mothers and the mothers

Jagriti Gangopadhyay
Saturday 30 June 2018

Recently, Ireland voted to legalise abortion after decades of debate and struggle. The law received international attention in the wake of the demise of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist practising in Ireland, who was denied abortion while experiencing a septic miscarriage. Ireland’s victory is being celebrated all across the world, however, the question remains: is it enough to legalise abortion?

Though abortion has been legal in India for the last 47 years, about 10 women die every day due to unsafe abortions. Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause for maternal deaths in India. The law that governs abortion in the country is the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

Continued: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/why-simply-legalising-abortion-is-not-enough-60866

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Women allowed to take abortion pill at home in Wales

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Women allowed to take abortion pill at home in Wales

29 June 2018

A decision to allow women to take abortion pills at home in Wales has been welcomed as a "significant" move.

Until now they have had to take two trips to clinics to take medication to terminate the pregnancy, sometimes miles from home.

A charity said women had experienced cramping and bleeding, at times on public transport, trying to get home after taking the pill.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-44643459

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Guam – AG opinion: Recent abortion bill is unconstitutional

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AG opinion: Recent abortion bill is unconstitutional

Jasmine Stole Weiss, Pacific Daily News
Published June 29, 2018

The Attorney General of Guam issued an opinion this week, informing lawmakers that an abortion bill introduced earlier this year, if enacted, would be unconstitutional.

Bill 232-34 proposes banning abortions after 20 weeks of fertilization.

The bill was introduced in January by Sens. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., D-Dededo, Joe S. San Agustin, D-Yigo, Telena Nelson, D-Dededo, Frank Aguon, Jr., D-Yona, and Tommy Morrison, R-Umatac.

Continued: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/06/29/ag-opinion-recent-guam-abortion-bill-unconstitutional/744792002/

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USA – Abortion foes play down possibility of immediately overturning Roe v. Wade

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Abortion foes play down possibility of immediately overturning Roe v. Wade

June 29, 2018
by Amy Gardner June 28

Leaders of the antiabortion movement said Thursday that they are in no hurry to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, saying they plan to stick with their long-standing strategy of pushing for incremental restrictions despite the tantalizing prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court.

Even with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s announced retirement, these activists said they are not sure the time is ripe for a wholesale reconsideration of the 1973 ruling.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/abortion-foes-play-down-possibility-of-immediately-overturning-roe-v-wade/2018/06/28/d37fb2d8-7adf-11e8-93cc-6d3beccdd7a3_story.html?utm_term=.a17edd3e0c0d&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

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Poland – Barbarian anti-abortion bill back in the fundamentalists’ game

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Barbarian anti-abortion bill back in the fundamentalists’ game
June 29, 2018

Fundamentalists led by activist Kaja Godek forced the Social Policy and Family Committee to debate the repressive “Stop abortion” bill on Monday (2.07.2018) at 4 pm. Let us recall that this draft law would penalize abortions in case of foetal impairment, which now make up 95% of all legal abortions performed in the Polish hospitals. This decision comes as a surprise, because the committee declared not to deal with this draft law in the foreseeable future. Even more disrupting is the fact that Godek informed about the Monday session before a) it was announced at the website of the Parliament b) MPs were informed about the bill having been added to the Committee’s agenda. Since March, the anti-choice groups has led an intensified lobbying on the streets, social media, accusing the ruling party (Law and Justice) of being treacherous and too reluctant to sanction the abortion ban. Godek participated in many Committee’s session to exert pressure on the chairperson so that she would include the draft law in the agenda. The Committee received many critical opinions about the bill from the parliamentary Bureau of Research, The Supreme Bar Council, The Amnesty International Poland, The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and The Federation for Women and Family Planning.

Continued: http://en.federa.org.pl/barbarian-anti-abortion-bill-back-in-the-game/

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Wales to allow women to take second abortion pill at home

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Wales to allow women to take second abortion pill at home
Women in Wales will be allowed to take the second medication needed in a medical termination to be taken at home.

Friday 29 June 2018

By Sanya Burgess, news reporter

Wales is to allow women to take the abortion pill at home to avoid bleeding and pain in public. The change in the rules will allow women to take the second abortion pill at home, announced Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething.

Guidance will be issued to health boards in Wales today to allow misoprostol, the second medication needed in a medical termination, to be self-administered at home.

Continued: https://news.sky.com/story/wales-to-allow-abortion-pill-at-home-11419927

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America Will Lose More Than Abortion Rights If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

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America Will Lose More Than Abortion Rights If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

By Jill Filipovic
June 28, 2018

In just a few years, scores of American women could lose their right to safe, legal abortion.

President Donald Trump can now choose a nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat of outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy, a crucial defender of Roe v. Wade. Since being nominated to the Court by President Reagan in 1988, Kennedy served as an inconsistent but important bulwark against some of the court’s greater right-wing excesses. In 1992, when a case that could have overturned Roe v. Wade went to the Court, Kennedy signed on to a majority opinion upholding abortion rights. It became widely understood that he wouldn’t sign onto an opinion overturning Roe. He became a firewall — one that prompted anti-abortion activists to set about chipping away at access to abortion, instead of mounting a direct legal challenge.

Continued: http://time.com/5324828/kennedy-retirement-roe-wade-abortion-rights/

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USA – The End of Abortion

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The End of Abortion

By Reva Siegel
June 28, 2018

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to appoint justices who would overrule Roe v. Wade, and the actions of his administration confirm his hostility. With Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement, we are now at the moment of reckoning.

The court of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. could reject Roe quickly and openly, allowing states to ban abortion at any point during pregnancy and to punish doctors and even their patients — as Mr. Trump discussed on the campaign trail. Some states like Iowa have already enacted laws banning early abortion to put test cases in the judicial pipeline.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/opinion/abortion-kennedy-supreme-court-trump.html

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With Kennedy Retiring, Senate Democrats Need to Fight for Our Lives. Do They Have the Guts?

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With Kennedy Retiring, Senate Democrats Need to Fight for Our Lives. Do They Have the Guts?

Jun 28, 2018,
Jodi Jacobson

This is not a drill. This is not politics as usual. This is survival. The Democrats must treat it as such or, if we survive to write a history, be forever infamous for preemptive surrender.

At the end of a week in which the illegitimate U.S. Supreme Court pick of an illegitimate president now under criminal investigation provided the critical fifth vote on cases eviscerating labor rights, the rights of Muslims, and the rights of pregnant people to medically accurate information, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. As a result, Donald Trump (or more accurately Vice President Mike Pence and the Federalist Society) will make the most consequential Court pick for at least a generation. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has, not surprisingly, already vowed to confirm Trump’s nominee by the fall, without even knowing who that will be.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/06/28/kennedy-retiring-senate-democrats-need-fight-lives-guts/

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Kenya – Girl, 15, remanded for procuring an abortion in Baringo

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Girl, 15, remanded for procuring an abortion in Baringo

By William Sawe For Citizen Digital
June 28, 2018

An Eldama Ravine court has remanded a 15-year-old girl for allegedly procuring abortion on a six-month-old fetus.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judicaster Nthuku also ordered the arrest of the man responsible for the pregnancy of the minor.

The Class 7 pupil is accused of procuring an abortion at her Molo Sirwe home in Mogotio Sub County.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/news/girl-15-remanded-for-procuring-an-abortion-in-eldama-ravine-205304/

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Abortion law change expected from Queensland Law Reform Commission review

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Abortion law change expected from Queensland Law Reform Commission review

By Kirrin McKechnie
Thu Jun 28, 2018

A highly anticipated Queensland Law Reform Commission (LRC) report examining whether abortion should be decriminalised will be handed to the State Government by tomorrow, amid strong expectations within the ALP that change will come.

Under laws written in 1899, abortion is still a criminal offence in Queensland.

The State Government charged the LRC with investigating ways to modernise abortion laws and requested it include draft legislation based on its recommendations.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-29/abortion-queensland-change-law-reform-commission-report/9859910

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USA – Women fear abortion rights under threat

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Women fear abortion rights under threat

28 June 2018

Women's reactions to news of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retirement were immediate, arguing whether or not this signals an end to legal abortion in the US.

President Donald Trump promised during his campaign to deliver "pro-life" judges to the Supreme Court, and his second appointee is all but assured to solidify conservative power in the court.

Observers of the court caution that this does not guarantee an overturn of the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision which legalised abortion across the US.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44648217

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Argentina’s Senate Will Vote on Abortion Bill on August 8

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Argentina's Senate Will Vote on Abortion Bill on August 8

Published 28 June 2018

After intense negotiations the bill legalizing abortions will be reviewed by three, and not four commissions in the senate.

Leaders of the legislative blocs in the Argentine Senate agreed they will vote on the bill to legalize elective abortions within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy on Aug. 8. The bill was approved by the lower chamber of Congress on June 14.

On Wednesday the Senate also determined the number of commissions that will review the bill after negotiations between the Senate’s president and Vice President Gabriela Michetti, who opposes the bill, and supporter of it Miguel Pinchetto, leader of the Federal Argentina parliamentary bloc.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentinas-Senate-Will-Vote-on-Abortion-Bill-on-August-8-20180628-0009.html

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Japan – 3 sue gov’t over forced sterilizations, abortion under former eugenics law

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3 sue gov't over forced sterilizations, abortion under former eugenics law

June 28, 2018 (Mainichi Japan)

SAPPORO/KUMAMOTO -- A Hokkaido couple and a Kumamoto Prefecture man sued the Japanese government on June 28 over forced sterilizations and abortion under the now defunct eugenics protection law (1948-1996) for violating their constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness and their reproductive rights.

The cases filed in the Kumamoto and Sapporo district courts call for a total of 55 million yen in compensation from the central government. The plaintiffs also argue that the government and the Diet failed to take measures to aid victims after the eugenics law was revised in 1996 to become the current Maternal Health Act.

Continued: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180628/p2a/00m/0na/001000c

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Ireland – Claims ministers ‘duped’ voters in Eighth referendum rejected

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Claims ministers ‘duped’ voters in Eighth referendum rejected
High Court hearing action by Drogheda man seeking to challenge referendum result

June 27, 2018
Mary Carolan

Government ministers do not have to meet standards of “legal accuracy” when campaigning in referendums and only an extreme situation might entitle the courts to intervene in their campaigning, the State has told the High Court.

No such situation arose concerning how Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris campaigned in favour of repealing the anti-abortion Eighth amendment, Frank Callanan SC said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/claims-ministers-duped-voters-in-eighth-referendum-rejected-1.3545559

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Sierra Leone News: Family planning key to development

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Sierra Leone News: Family planning key to development – MSSL

By Sylvia Villa
Wednesday June 27, 2018.

Evidence from the United Nations Population Fund shows that women who have access to family planning and choose to use family planning, have smaller families, higher educational achievements, healthier children and greater economic power as well influence in their households and communities.

Family planning according to United Nations Population Fund is one of the most cost-effective ways of improving health and the lack of it can be a significant barrier to a better life.

Continued: https://awoko.org/2018/06/29/sierra-leone-news-family-planning-key-to-development-mssl/

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USA – Anthony Kennedy’s retirement puts abortion rights at risk

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Anthony Kennedy’s retirement puts abortion rights at risk
The departure of Kennedy, long a swing vote on the Supreme Court, is an opening for the anti-abortion movement.

By Dylan Matthews
Jun 27, 2018

Anthony Kennedy, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court, is retiring.

Within minutes of his announcement, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin tweeted this: “Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Abortion will be illegal in twenty states in 18 months. #SCOTUS.”

Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but Kennedy has, since at least 2005, been the swing vote on many of the Court’s most ideologically charged decisions — including preserving Roe v. Wade.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/27/17510896/anthony-kennedys-retirement-puts-abortion-rights-at-risk

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Introduction of legislation on abortion not possible before summer break

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Introduction of legislation on abortion not possible before summer break
No mention of abortion Bill in list of 19 Bills Government is seeking to progress in next fortnight

June 27, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Government has conceded it will not now be possible to introduce legislation on abortion before the summer break, significantly extending the time before the legislation is on the statute books.

In a document circulated to members of the Dáil Business Committee, the Government has listed a large number of Bills it intends to bring to the House before the summer recess begins in mid-July. However, there is no mention of the abortion Bill in the list of 19 Bills that the Government is seeking progress on in the next fortnight.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/introduction-of-legislation-on-abortion-not-possible-before-summer-break-1.3544827

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Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

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Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

June 27, 2018
by Addie Duckett

On May 25, in a huge win for women, people across Ireland voted overwhelmingly to support the repeal of the eighth amendment to Ireland’s constitution. The referendum passed with 66.4% voting ‘yes’ in a rebuke of the draconian abortion laws that have governed the country for decades. This vote follows the 2015 passage of the Marriage Equality act, marking a trend of successful liberalization efforts largely indebted to the dedication of youth and student leadership throughout the country.

The eighth amendment, originally passed in 1983, established the equal right to life of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses, outlawing abortion in nearly all cases. Until 1992, it also remained illegal to travel abroad to seek an abortion, though many women still did so.

Continued: http://feministcampus.org/student-leadership-helped-to-legalize-abortion-in-ireland/

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New Zealand: Still pregnant after my abortion

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Still pregnant after my abortion

NAME WITHHELD
June 27 2018

When I fell pregnant, it was something I'd always longed for. I'd met someone I wanted to be with forever. When I found out I was pregnant, I said to him that I'd only have this child if he was part of their life no matter if we were together or not.

We both eventually agreed to go through with the pregnancy and my excitement was uncontrollable. But as soon as we agreed to keep the precious baby, it all got taken away from me. I found out he wasn't who I thought he was.

Continued: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/105002035/still-pregnant-after-my-abortion

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USA – Justice Kennedy, the pivotal swing vote on the Supreme Court, announces his retirement

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Justice Kennedy, the pivotal swing vote on the Supreme Court, announces his retirement
What Justice Kennedy's retirement means for the Supreme Court

by Robert Barnes June 27, 2018

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the Supreme Court, a move that will give President Trump a chance to replace the pivotal justice and solidify a more conservative majority on the court that plays a crucial role in American life.

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court,” Kennedy, 81, said in a statement released in the afternoon of the last day of the term. He said his final day will be July 31.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/justice-kennedy-the-pivotal-swing-vote-on-the-supreme-court-announces-retirement/2018/06/27/a40a8c64-5932-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html?utm_term=.2e7c4ab3a380

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USA – What To Do When ― Not If ― Roe Vanishes

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What To Do When ― Not If ― Roe Vanishes

Robin Marty, Guest Writer
June 27, 2018

Like many reproductive rights activists, I was horrified ― but sadly, not terribly surprised ― by the news that “moderate” swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court.

Though he was often unreliable, Kennedy was the one slim ray of hope for a continuing federal right to a legal abortion now that conservatives control all three branches of the government. With his departure, Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that made abortion legal in all 50 states, is critically endangered and careening toward extinction.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-marty-roe-wade-kennedy-abortion_us_5b34279fe4b0b5e692f42b42

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Author Margaret Atwood tells Argentina’s VP: ‘Give women the right to choose abortion’

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Author Margaret Atwood tells Argentina's VP: 'Give women the right to choose abortion'
Atwood addressed Gabriella Michetti following accusations last week that the vice-president was trying to hinder a vote in the Senate on the bill to decriminalise elective abortion.

June 26, 2018

Beloved Canadian writer Margaret Atwood has expressed her support for the ongoing campaign in Argentina to decriminalise elective abortion, with a personal message for Vice-President Gabriela Michetti.

“Vicepresident of Argentina @gabimichetti: don’t look away from the thousands of deaths every year from ilegal abortions. Give argentinian women the right to choose!”, Atwood wrote on Twitter, citing the hashtags of the #NiUnaMenos movement and those in favour of abortion like #AbortoLegalYa #QueElAbortoSeaLey and #AbortoEnSenadoYa.

Continued: http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/author-margaret-atwood-tells-argentinas-vp-give-women-the-right-to-choose-abortion.phtml

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Isle of Man – LegCo approves Abortion Reform Bill

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LegCo approves Abortion Reform Bill

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The Abortion Reform Bill has been approved fully by the Legislative Council.

This morning, MLCs dealt with all of its clauses - including 71 proposed amendments - and then suspended rules so that they could take the third and final reading at the same sitting. At that point, the historic vote to approve wide-reaching change was 8-1 in favour, with only Bishop Peter Eagles voting against.

The bill will still need to go back to the House of Keys for final approval, however.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41453&headline=LegCo%20approves%20Abortion%20Reform%20Bill&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2018

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Ireland – Man makes claim of ‘electoral fraud’ in High Court case against abortion referendum result

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Man makes claim of 'electoral fraud' in High Court case against abortion referendum result

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
By Ann O'Loughlin

A man seeking leave to challenge the result of the abortion referendum has claimed the Taoiseach and Minister for Health had made “misleading” statements which “duped” some people into voting Yes and “materially affected” the outcome.

Charles Byrne claims Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris were not permitted under the Constitution to advocate for a Yes vote and made statements which impermissibly interfered with the conduct of the referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/man-makes-claim-of-electoral-fraud-in-high-court-case-against-abortion-referendum-result-851297.html

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USA – Our research on abortion laws shows they are not based on facts and can even harm women

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Our research on abortion laws shows they are not based on facts and can even harm women

Sarah Roberts, Opinion contributor
Published June 26, 2018
Our new study shows clinics and offices are as safe for abortion as surgical centers. Laws requiring them aren't rooted in fact and can even harm women.

Policymakers tout women’s health and safety when creating restrictive abortion laws, but new research from me and my colleagues unequivocally shows that restricting abortions to one type of facility makes no public health sense. Our work, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds that abortion is no safer in an ambulatory surgical center than it is in a clinic or doctor’s office.

ASCs are fully equipped facilities for performing same-day surgeries. The Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt two years ago found that the Texas law requiring that all abortion facilities meet the very specific and often stringent requirements of ASCs was unconstitutional.

Continued: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/26/abortion-laws-not-fact-based-can-harm-women-column/730938002/

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USA – How the abortion debate has skewed Americans’ understanding of pregnancy

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How the abortion debate has skewed Americans’ understanding of pregnancy
What led a Walgreeens pharmacist to deny a woman her prescription.

by Lara Freidenfelds June 26, 2018

Last week, Nicole Arteaga lost her very-much-wanted pregnancy. As often happens in early miscarriages — Arteaga was only nine weeks along — her body had not yet expelled the remains. Her doctor prescribed misoprostol to help her body complete the process.

Yet when she went to fill her prescription, she was turned away. The Walgreens pharmacist who denied her prescription cited his “ethical beliefs.” (Misoprostol is also used to induce abortion.)

His refusal highlights how fundamentally abortion politics have limited our understanding of pregnancy, and how a failure of understanding can translate into a heartbreaking failure of compassion.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/06/26/a-walgreens-pharmacist-denied-a-woman-medication-for-her-miscarriage-his-actions-show-how-the-abortion-debate-has-skewed-our-understanding-of-pregnancy/?utm_term=.327b4bea3a89

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USA – SCOTUS Turns its Back on Women

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SCOTUS Turns its Back on Women
Supreme Court ruling condones deceptive tactics of fake women’s health centers, puts Roe at risk

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

After the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in NIFLA v. Becerra, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:

“One vote: That’s the difference between ending the lies and deception at fake women’s health centers or letting them off the hook for their dangerous and deceptive practices. The deception at fake women’s health centers is real, but five Justices still refused to act on behalf of women who need accurate information to make the best decisions for our families and our lives. Today, the Supreme Court turned its back on women and condoned the deceptive tactics used by fake women’s health centers.

Continued: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/2018/06/26/scotus-turns-its-back-on-women/

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