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Government accused of using NI abortion to coax DUP into backing Brexit deal

Government accused of using NI abortion to coax DUP into backing Brexit deal
Stella Creasy suggested the government had 'sold out' women to get support from the hardline party

By Nicola Bartlett, Political Correspondent
16 OCT 2019

Stella Creasy has accused the government of selling out women in Northern Ireland to get the DUP to back their Brexit deal.

The Labour MP, who was instrumental in changing the law to liberalise abortion in the region, said Boris Johnson was using women as "bargaining chips".

Continued: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/government-accused-using-ni-abortion-20637461


N. Ireland – Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy
Labour MP accuses government of willingness to let Stormont be in control of abortion laws

Kate Proctor and Heather Stewart
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.

Creasy led a successful push in the Commons earlier this year to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland – the only part of the UK where it remains illegal except in a very narrow set of circumstances. MPs amended the Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill, to say that the government in Westminster would be required to extend the right to abortion if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive at Stormont are not up and running by 21 October.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/16/abortion-rights-used-to-get-dup-to-back-brexit-deal-says-stella-creasy


Moroccan Journalist Jailed For Abortion Freed After Royal Pardon

Moroccan Journalist Jailed For Abortion Freed After Royal Pardon

By Sophie Pons
10/16/19

Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni who was sentenced to one year in jail for an "illegal abortion" and sexual relations outside marriage walked free on Wednesday, shortly after being granted a royal pardon.

In a case that had provoked a storm of protests from rights groups, the justice ministry said the 28-year-old woman was released on a pardon issued by King Mohammed VI.

Continued: https://www.ibtimes.com/moroccan-journalist-jailed-abortion-freed-after-royal-pardon-2847379


Moroccan king pardons journalist jailed for having an abortion

Moroccan king pardons journalist jailed for having an abortion

Issued on: 16/10/2019
Text by: NEWS WIRES
Video by: Nicolas RUSWORTH

Morocco’s king has pardoned Hajar Raissouni, a journalist sentenced to a year in prison last month for extramarital sex and an abortion, along with her fiance, a doctor and two of his colleagues, the justice ministry said on Wednesday.
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The case of Raissouni, who had denied the charges against her, outraged human rights activists who said she had been targeted for her work for a newspaper that has criticised the state, and because she is the niece of a prominent Islamist.

Continued: https://www.france24.com/en/20191016-moroccan-king-pardons-journalist-jailed-for-having-an-abortion


USA – There Was Finally A Debate Question About Abortion Last Night

There Was Finally A Debate Question About Abortion Last Night

Natalie Gontcharova
Last Updated October 16, 2019

With hundreds of new abortion restrictions introduced this year in state legislatures, constant court battles over extreme abortion bans, and Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance, it was long overdue that a Democratic debate would address reproductive rights. Last night during the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate, it finally happened, and (unsurprisingly) it took a female moderator to get the ball rolling: CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Sen. Kamala Harris what she would do to keep states from enacting laws like the one in Ohio banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, a time when most women don’t even know they’re pregnant. This also gave the other candidates an opportunity to discuss their own proposals.

Continued: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/10/8581810/democratic-candidates-abortion-rights-debate


Nigeria – Stop Unsafe Abortions, Go For Family Planning

Stop Unsafe Abortions, Go For Family Planning

October 15, 2019
By Media Advocacy Working Group

To tackle and (stop or end) unsafe abortion occasioned by unplanned pregnancy, maternal and child health, experts have called on government at all levels to massively invest in family planning.

This they say is to enable more women and girls have access to modern contraceptive methods of their choice.

Continued: https://leadership.ng/2019/10/15/stop-unsafe-abortions-go-for-family-planning/


USA – What June v. Gee Could Mean for Abortion Access Across the South

What June v. Gee Could Mean for Abortion Access Across the South

10/15/2019
by Mia Raven

The announcement that the Supreme Court is taking up June Medical Services v. Gee proves two things about the United State’s new ultra-conservative Court bench: that it has an utter disregard for any sort of standing legal precedent, and that it clearly views itself as yet another partisan body rather than an independent branch of the U.S. government.

While neither revelation is entirely shocking, both spell disaster for the future right to bodily autonomy of those who are able to get pregnant—especially in the South.

Continued: https://msmagazine.com/2019/10/15/what-june-v-gee-could-mean-for-abortion-access-across-the-south/


South Africa – Mthatha teen in court for allegedly forcing abortion after a break-up

Mthatha teen in court for allegedly forcing abortion after a break-up
The court will have to determine whether the teen was within her rights to abort the baby.

by Andile Sicetsha
2019-10-15

An 18-year-old is expected to appear before the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court, in East London, for the murder of her unborn child.
What prompted the Mthatha teen to abort the baby?

According to police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni, the teenager from Mthatha was placed under arrest, on Monday, after students from a college in the Eastern Cape town found a plastic bag containing a lifeless fetus in a campus residence bathroom.

Continued: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/mthatha-teen-court-forcing-abortion-why/


N. Ireland – Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a ‘limited gestational period’

Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a 'limited gestational period'

CLAIRE SIMPSON
14 October, 2019

SINN Féin will tell a consultation on Northern Ireland's new abortion laws that it only supports terminations in certain circumstances and within a "limited gestational period".

Abortion will be decriminalised on October 22, provided a power-sharing assembly does not return to block the move.

Continued: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/10/14/news/sinn-fe-in-supports-abortions-in-certain-circumstances-and-within-a-limited-gestational-period--1737707/


USA – Fighting for Abortion Access in the South

Fighting for Abortion Access in the South
A fund in Georgia is responding to restrictive legislation with a familial kind of care.

By Alexis Okeowo
Oct 14th issue, the New Yorker

In June, 1994, at a pro-choice conference in Chicago, twelve black women gathered together to talk. One, Loretta Ross, was the executive director of the first rape crisis center in this country. Another, Toni Bond, was the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund. A third, Cynthia Newbille, was the leader of the National Black Women’s Health Project, which was among the first national organizations to be devoted to the wellness of black women and girls. After the first day of the event, which was hosted by the Illinois Pro-Choice Alliance and the Ms. Foundation, the group met in a hotel room. “We did what black women do when we’re in spaces where there are just a handful of us,” Bond, who is now a religious scholar, recalled. “We pulled the sistas together and talked about what was missing.”

Continued: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/14/fighting-for-abortion-access-in-the-south