UK: Abortion clinic accused of paying staff bonuses for persuading women to terminate pregnancies

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Abortion clinic accused of paying staff bonuses for persuading women to terminate pregnancies

CQC report finds 'cattle market culture' where staff felt pressured to ensure women went ahead with procedures

Rachel Roberts
Oct 21, 2017

A damning report has accused one of the UK’s biggest abortion providers of paying its staff bonuses for encouraging women to go through with a termination.

The allegations concerning the Maidstone branch of the Marie Stopes International clinic emerged in an inspection report by the Care Quality Commission, the official health service watchdog.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/abortions-marie-stopes-clinic-bonuses-persuade-women-investigation-a8012171.html

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US court blocks immigrant teenager’s bid to obtain abortion

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US court blocks immigrant teenager's bid to obtain abortion

US government has until 31 October to approve a sponsor who could help the 17-year-old obtain an abortion
Reuters

Saturday 21 October 2017

A US appeals court on Friday prevented an illegal immigrant teenager detained by the government from immediately obtaining an abortion, although it left open the possibility she could undergo the procedure within days.

The decision by a US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit panel gave the government until 31 October to approve a sponsor, who could help the 17-year-old obtain the procedure without the government’s assistance.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/21/us-court-blocks-immigrant-teengers-bid-to-obtain-abortion

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Zimbabwe: There’s no ‘goodwill’ from Robert Mugabe, a man with blood on his hands

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There's no 'goodwill' from Robert Mugabe, a man with blood on his hands

Every time a man who thinks women’s lives don’t matter is granted a position of authority, the social acceptability of misogyny is reinforced

Glosswitch
Oct 21, 2017

According to the World Health Organisation, around 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. It’s one of those figures which, no matter how you slice it – 35 per hour, 300,000 per year – never gets any less shocking. It’s also one that isn’t likely to improve any time soon.

Around half of these deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Zimbabwe maternal mortality actually increased from 555 to 960 per 100,000 live births between 2006 and 2011, with 47 per cent of these deaths being classed as avoidable. Childbirth – a natural, necessary event, occurring daily since the dawn of humanity – is killing women, even when we have the knowledge and means to stop it.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/robert-mugabe-who-goodwill-ambassador-zimbabwe-women-health-death-a8012776.html

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Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as ‘morally wrong’

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Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong'

Ministry of Health declines to endorse proposals to tackle teen pregnancy rates, with distribution of contraceptives to 15-year-olds branded an ‘erosion of morals’

Samuel Okiror in Kampala
Friday 20 October 2017

A row has broken out in Uganda over proposals to extend sex education to 10-year-olds and give some 15-year-olds access to family planning services.

The Ministry of Health has refused to endorse the guidelines, which were designed to tackle the country’s high teenage pregnancy rate, objecting that they are morally wrong and would encourage promiscuity and abortions.

Activists condemned the decision as a “failure of leadership”.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/oct/20/uganda-condemns-sex-education-for-10-year-olds-as-morally-wrong

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SENEGAL – A young couple, both school students, sent to prison for a month for abortion

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SENEGAL – A young couple, both school students, sent to prison for a month for abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 20, 2017

In Senegal, abortion is illegal in all cases except to save the woman’s life; approval for inducing “therapeutic abortions” must come from three doctors, one of whom is independently assigned by the courts. Giving advice on where or how to access abortion is a criminal offence. There were an estimated 51,500 abortions in Senegal in 2012, and virtually all of them were clandestine and unsafe, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Seventy-three per cent of poor, rural women who underwent abortions had complications, compared to a third of non-poor, urban women.

According to the Senegalese Association of Women Lawyers (AJS), 16% of women in prison in Senegal are there for infanticide – including some who got pregnant following rape. One example is Ina, who was working as a domestic at the age of 16 and was raped by a security guard in the neighbourhood where she worked. She delivered alone in her mother’s home and left the dead baby in an unfinished building nearby. The police knocked on her door a few days later. She spent five years in jail.

The AJS recorded 153 cases of women in prison for this reason, with the support of the Regional Office for West Africa of the UN Human Rights Office during joint visits to the five prisons in Senegal that hold the majority of female detainees. According to the Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme (FIDH), another 22% are in prison for illegal abortion. From 2013 to 2014, the Family Child Guidance Centre recorded 420 cases of sexual abuse of girls aged 7 to 14 years. Nearly 30% of them became pregnant and, abortion not being permitted, 10-15% of them had to undergo a caesarean section because of their young age.

Senegal’s President Macky Sall said in 2015 that he may eventually support legalization of abortion in cases of rape or incest.

In September 2017, the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Dakar jailed a teenage boy and his girlfriend, both secondary school pupils, for the crimes of abortion and complicity in abortion. Without informing their parents, for fear of reprisal, the two ended their four-month pregnancy in August using a medication called “Sittotem” purchased from a clandestine pharmacy. The girl began to bleed heavily and was taken to hospital. In court, their lawyers asked for clemency so that they could continue in school. They were convicted, however, and given a month in prison each.

SOURCES: Leral.net, by Kady Faty, Ousseynou Wade, 22 September 2017 ; New Yorker, by Allyn Gaestrel & Ricci Shryock, 1 October 2017 ; OHCHR/PHOTO, 13 March 2015 ; FIDH, 28 November 2014

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Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/senegal-a-young-couple-both-school-students-sent-to-prison-for-a-month-for-abortion/

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Friends of Savita condemn ‘rude, ridiculous’ Rónán Mullen claim

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Friends of Savita condemn ‘rude, ridiculous’ Rónán Mullen claim
‘If there was abortion on demand... she wouldn’t have been pregnant,’ said Senator
Oct 20, 2017
Kitty Holland

Friends in Galway of Savita Halappanavar have described comments by Senator Ronan Mullen on the circumstances in which she died as “very sad”, “rude” and “ridiculous”.

Sreeni Rao, whose wife Mrdula was Ms Halappanavar’s closest friend in Ireland and who visited her in Galway University Hospital during her last week, said he could not understand the comments.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/friends-of-savita-condemn-rude-ridiculous-r%C3%B3n%C3%A1n-mullen-claim-1.3262357

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USA: Abortion Ideologues Subvert a Woman’s Rights

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Abortion Ideologues Subvert a Woman’s Rights
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
OCT. 20, 2017

Jane Doe is a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant detained in Texas who is 15 weeks pregnant and is seeking an abortion. The Constitution grants her that right, but the Trump administration is determined to subvert it as part of its war on women’s reproductive rights.

Late Friday, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled that the teenager must be allowed to have an abortion, but it gave the federal government until Oct. 31 to find her a sponsor so that the government itself does not have to arrange for the procedure. The ruling came hours after the court heard the case, in which the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement said that if it released her to see a doctor it would “facilitate” an abortion, an action it said would contradict its interest in “promoting child birth and fetal life.” The government argued that barring an abortion doesn’t place an “undue burden” on her rights because she can always go home to get one — to a Central American country that criminalizes abortion and to parents who are abusive.

Continued at source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/opinion/abortion-immigrant-texas.html

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Women the heart of Venezuela’s revolution

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Women the heart of Venezuela’s revolution

Coral Wynter
Barquisimeto, Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Abortion rights

[Women's equality activist Elvira] Dorante said: “With respect to the issue of abortion, we address it in all spaces. In Venezuela, abortion is illegal under all circumstances. The current situation where we have no access to contraception, especially since 2015 due to the fraudulent actions of pharmaceutical companies, has made us have to confront this issue even more.

“We have seen abortion occur in places where we’d never imagined they would occur. Given the current blockades on contraception and medicine, abortion is both much more common and more dangerous.

Continued at source: https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/women-heart-venezuela-revolution

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Kenya: Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

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Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

10.19.17 - (PRESS RELEASE) Today the Court of Appeal of Kenya acquitted Jackson Tali, a registered nurse who was arrested and sentenced to death on murder charges.

Mr. Tali, who has been in custody at the G.K Kamiti Maximum Prison since July 2009 was convicted and sentenced to death in September 2014 after a young woman presenting with pregnancy complications at his clinic died in his care. Mr. Tali was represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Continued at source: https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/nurse-acquitted-in-a-pregnancy-complications-case

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Eighth Amendment ‘played major role in Savita’s death’

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Eighth Amendment ‘played major role in Savita’s death’
Professor who chaired HSE inquiry tells Oireachtas committee about legal concerns

Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Kitty Holland

The Eighth Amendment “played a major role” in the death of Savita Halappanavar during pregnancy, a leading international expert in obstetrics has said.

Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, who chaired the HSE inquiry into Ms Halappanavar’s death in 2012, said it was “very clear” to him Dr Katherine Asbury, the consultant treating her, had been “concerned about the legal issues” throughout her considerations as to whether to terminate the pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/eighth-amendment-played-major-role-in-savita-s-death-1.3261037

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Ireland: Oireachtas committee votes for abortion law change

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Oireachtas committee votes for abortion law change
Kate O’Connell says this is not end of the debate, but is a step in right direction

Oct 19, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Oireachtas committee examining Ireland’s abortion law has agreed that Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution should not be retained in full.

The decision ensures the committee will recommend a referendum, which the Government has scheduled to take place next year. The proposal was made by Sinn Féin and supported by Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher. Fifteen committee members voted in favour, three voted against including Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick, and two Fianna Fáil members abstained.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas-committee-votes-for-abortion-law-change-1.3261128

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USA: Why Aren’t ‘Abortion Pills’ Available in Pharmacies?

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Why Aren’t ‘Abortion Pills’ Available in Pharmacies?
Written by Heather Cruickshank on October 19, 2017

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against federal restrictions that limit access to the drug mifepristone to doctor’s offices, hospitals, and clinics.

Are federal rules that limit access to “medical abortion” justified?

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the answer is no.

Earlier this month, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), challenging regulations that restrict access to the drug mifepristone.

Continued at source: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/abortion-pill-restrictions#2

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Abortion Is a Common Experience for U.S. Women, Despite Dramatic Declines in Rates

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Abortion Is a Common Experience for U.S. Women, Despite Dramatic Declines in Rates
October 19, 2017
Rates of Abortion Have Declined Among All Groups of Women, But Vary Considerably Between Them

Nearly one in four women in the United States (23.7%) will have an abortion by age 45, according to a new analysis by Guttmacher Institute researchers Rachel Jones and Jenna Jerman, just published in the American Journal of Public Health. By age 20, 4.6% of women will have had an abortion, and 19% will have done so by age 30.

“Despite recent declines in abortion, it is still a common procedure, and nearly one in four U.S. women will have an abortion in her lifetime,” says Rachel Jones, lead author of the analysis.

Continued at source: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2017/abortion-common-experience-us-women-despite-dramatic-declines-rates

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African MPs want laws on abortion harmonised

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African MPs want laws on abortion harmonised

By Vision Reporter
Added 19th October 2017

African countries should safeguard reproductive health rights of women by permitting abortion in cases of sexual assault or where pregnancy poses a risk to the physical or mental health of a woman.

Legislators from the Pan African Parliament (PAP) are calling upon African countries that are signatories to the Maputo Protocol to comply.

A statement from Ugandan Parliament said they also urged States to decriminalise abortion by reforming their laws.

Continued at source: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1463993/african-mps-laws-abortion-harmonised

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Ireland: Abortion stance could damage Fianna Fail’s youth appeal

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Abortion stance could damage Fianna Fail’s youth appeal
Fianna Fáil more conservative than public at large but party may not take official position

Oct 19, 2017
Fiach Kelly

Just before the Fianna Fáil ardfheis passed a motion effectively calling for the Eighth Amendment to be retained, delegates were warned about finding themselves on the opposite side of the abortion debate to the young, urban voters they desperately need.

Professor Tim Bale of Queen Mary University of London told a session in the RDS that in the UK, politics is now largely split along age rather than class lines.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-stance-could-damage-fianna-fail-s-youth-appeal-1.3260924

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Ireland ‘would have illegal abortion epidemic without access to UK terminations’

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Ireland 'would have illegal abortion epidemic without access to UK terminations'
The Oireachtas Committee is taking evidence on the Eighth Amendment

October 18 2017

Ireland would have an "epidemic of illegal abortions" and a "massive increase" in maternal mortality" if women were unable to access abortion in the UK, a senior doctor has warned.

Dr Peter Boylan, of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said it is well-documented that in countries where abortion is banned, the rate of women dying "remains high".

Continued at source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/ireland-would-have-illegal-abortion-epidemic-without-access-to-uk-terminations-36240075.html

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Ireland: ‘Women are by-passing abortion law’ – ex-Master of Holles Street

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'Women are by-passing abortion law' - ex-Master of Holles Street

Shona Murray
October 18 2017

A former master of Holles Street Hospital will tell TDs today that "the genie is out of the bottle" when it comes to abortion as women are already taking abortion pills.

Dr Peter Boylan, chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ireland, will appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Abortion.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/women-are-bypassing-abortion-law-exmaster-of-holles-street-36238374.html

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Judge orders Trump administration to allow abortion for undocumented teen

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Judge orders Trump administration to allow abortion for undocumented teen

By Maria Sacchetti
October 18, 2017

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to allow an undocumented teenager in its custody to have an abortion, after saying she was “astounded” the Trump administration was trying to prevent the procedure.

Lawyers for Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled to U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington that the 17-year-old, who crossed the border from Mexico illegally last month, did not have a constitutional right to an elective abortion in federal custody, unless it was a medical emergency.

Continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/judge-trump-administration-cancannot-block-abortion-for-pregnant-undocumented-teen/2017/10/18/82348e08-b406-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

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Malawi: Presidential adviser speaks on abortion debate

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Presidential adviser speaks on abortion debate

James Chavula
October 18, 2017

A recent study by gynaecologists at the College of Medicine and US-based Guttimacher Institute shows almost 141 000 pregnancies in 2015 ended in clandestine abortions. Unsafe abortions claim lives of up to 18 in every 100 Malawian women who die of pregnancy-related complications. Our Features Editor JAMES CHAVULA asks presidential adviser on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) Mavuto Bamusi what President Peter Mutharika makes of the silent killer and a contentious push to relax the country’s abortion laws.

Continued at source: http://mwnation.com/presidential-adviser-speaks-abortion-debate/

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Strengthening safe, legal abortions in Africa

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Strengthening safe, legal abortions in Africa
Oct 18, 2017

Six million cases of unsafe abortion occur in Africa annually, leading to the deaths of 29 000 women each year.

As tens of thousands of African women continue to die from unsafe abortion, the Pan African Parliament (PAP) wants to strengthen the legal and policy frameworks for safe, legal abortions in Africa.

This issue, and a report on the subject, were introduced at PAP’s Fifth Ordinary Session which concludes on Wednesday, at the Gallagher Conference Centre in Midrand.

Continued at source: https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/1693953/strengthening-safe-legal-abortions-in-africa/

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How women’s rights have still been hit despite abortion ban climbdown in Poland

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How women’s rights have still been hit despite abortion ban climbdown in Poland
By Chris Harris
Oct 17, 2017

Poland may have kicked a near-total abortion ban into the long grass but women’s sexual and reproductive rights have taken a hit in the last year, campaigners have told Euronews.

Around 100,000 people hit the streets on October 3 last year to protest against moves to outlaw all cases of women terminating their pregnancies.

The civil disobedience – called the Black Protest – forced the government to abandon the proposals

But activists claim women’s rights have still been hit over the last year as the government introduced more subtle changes to discourage abortion.

Continued at source: http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/17/how-women-s-rights-have-still-been-hit-despite-abortion-ban-climbdown-in-poland

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Lesotho: school girl dies from illegal abortion

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Lesotho: school girl dies from illegal abortion

Published on 17.10.2017
by APA News

A 15-year-old girl attending Bochaletsane High School in Mants’onyane village in Lesotho’s Thaba Tseka district was reported by police Tuesday to have died due to termination of pregnancy.Lesotho is among the 14 African countries, including Angola, Central African Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), DRC, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mauritania, Sao Tomê and Principe, Senegal and Somalia where abortion is prohibited.

Police senior superintendent Litsietsi Selimo told APA that the deceased was in past weeks confronted by her guardians about her condition, but resisted and said she would rather die than disclose the person who impregnated her.

Continued at source: https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/lesotho-school-girl-dies-from-illegal-abortion/

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Reproductive Health And Rights In An Age Of Inequality

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Reproductive Health And Rights In An Age Of Inequality
Seema Jalan, Contributor
Executive Director, Universal Access Project

10/17/2017

When I visited Uganda last year, I met a woman named Sarah*. As she relayed, from the moment she was born, Sarah’s life was shaped by inequality: She was born into poverty, with no support from her family, no access to education or health care, and no job opportunities in her rural town. As a young girl of 12, she moved to the city on her own looking for economic opportunity, where she was raped by an older man and became pregnant. Through her sheer will Sarah survived: She gave birth unattended and, with no other opportunities to provide for her child, ultimately engaged in sex work so that she and her baby daughter could survive. In Sarah’s part of town, the majority of women engage in sex work to make a living, some starting as early as age 12 or 13. They do not become sex workers because they want to; there are simply no other options to provide for themselves and their children.

Continued at source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reproductive-health-and-rights-in-an-age-of-inequality_us_59e0bfaee4b003f928d5e5ea

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UK: Abortion on Trial review – Anne Robinson succeeds in getting viewers to consider the wider issues

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Abortion on Trial review – Anne Robinson succeeds in getting viewers to consider the wider issues

Isabel Mohan
16 October 2017

Anne Robinson’s country pile was the unlikely venue for a weekend of heated debates on pregnancy termination in Abortion on Trial (BBC Two). Robinson, who it transpired had an abortion in 1968, just a few months after they were partially legalised, invited eight women and one man to lounge around in her lovely Gloucestershire home while discussing their strong views on the subject.

At the more extreme end of the scale was Rachel, a vehemently pro-life 47 year old teacher – vehemently pro-life, it turned out, as a result of her regrets over her own two terminations. “I murdered my children” she said, although later backtracked on her use of the word “murder”.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/10/16/abortion-trial-review-anne-robinson-succeeds-getting-viewers/

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‘Anti-Choice Fanaticism’ in the U.S. Immigration System: The Real Reason Jane Doe’s Abortion Request Is Being Denied

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‘Anti-Choice Fanaticism’ in the U.S. Immigration System: The Real Reason Jane Doe’s Abortion Request Is Being Denied

Oct 16, 2017
Tina Vasquez

Religious imposition laws are designed to shield private individuals and businesses from complying with nondiscrimination laws based on a religious objection to that service.

On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a second emergency action on behalf of Jane Doe, an unaccompanied immigrant minor being “held hostage” by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), after a district court on Wednesday denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed the teen to access an abortion.

Continued at source: https://rewire.news/article/2017/10/16/anti-choice-fanaticism-u-s-immigration-system-real-reason-jane-abortion-request-denied/

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UK: Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

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Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

October 16, 2017
Carrie Purcell

One in three women in the UK will have an abortion in her lifetime. But despite being a common medical procedure, abortion – which was partially legalised 50 years ago this month – continues to be stigmatised in the media and elsewhere in many different ways, meaning it is rarely talked about.

One abortion may be viewed as a reasonable “get out of jail free” card; having more than one abortion is often presented as beyond the pale. A woman might be able to decide she cannot continue with a pregnancy once, but to do so more than once speaks of her irresponsibility, fecklessness and failure to use contraception.

Continued at source: https://theconversation.com/attitudes-to-women-who-have-more-than-one-abortion-need-to-change-85707

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Ireland: Varadkar defends comments on UK abortion journeys

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Varadkar defends comments on UK abortion journeys

Philip Ryan
October 15 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended comparing woman travelling to the UK for abortions to people who travel to Amsterdam and Las Vegas to take part in activities which are not legal in Ireland.

In a 2010 interview in the Sunday Independent's LIFE magazine, Mr Varadkar was asked if he believed it was a double standard to force thousands of woman to travel to the UK and elsewhere for abortions.

The Taoiseach replied: "I don't think that's double standards. People travel overseas to do things overseas that aren't legal in Ireland all the time.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/varadkar-defends-comments-on-uk-abortion-journeys-36227952.html

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New Zealand: Denied abortion: Woman discovers pregnancy at 4 months, 2 weeks

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Denied abortion: Woman discovers pregnancy at 4 months, 2 weeks
15 Oct, 2017
By: Sarah Harris
Reporter, NZ Herald

Erica never wanted children.

Certainly not aged 22, on minimum wage as a waitress, regularly binge-drinking alcohol, and without a partner.

But the Auckland woman discovered when she was 18 weeks along that she was pregnant.

She tried to get an abortion but says she was told it was too late.

Continued at source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11928010

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Ireland: Fianna Fáil delegates reject calls to change the Constitution on abortion

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Fianna Fáil delegates reject calls to change the Constitution on abortion

Saturday 14 October 2017
John Downing

Fianna Fáil members have overwhelmingly backed a motion urging opposition to changing the Eight Amendment to the Constitution which bans abortion.

Delegates at the party’s Ard Fheis voted by three to one to back a motion from Kildare North constituency urging the party “to oppose any attempt to diminish the constitutional rights of the unborn”.

A second motion from the party’s London branch – backing a “woman’s right to choose” was also heavily defeated.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fianna-fil-delegates-reject-calls-to-change-the-constitution-on-abortion-36227113.html

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Abortion ban in El Salvador has women fearful of miscarriage

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Abortion ban in El Salvador has women fearful of miscarriage

Published October 14, 2017

In El Salvador, the abortion law is so strict just having a miscarriage can land a woman in jail.

The Central American country has some of the toughest anti-abortion laws in the world. Since 1998 any pregnant woman who loses her unborn child can be accused of homicide.

Abortion is banned under any circumstance in the country and women are petrified of having a problematic pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://america.cgtn.com/2017/10/14/abortion-ban-in-el-salvador-has-women-fearful-of-miscarriage

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Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war

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Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war

Ed Power
13 October 2017

If you’re fed up with endless bickering over Brexit, spare a thought for the citizens of Ireland. The government here recently announced plans for a new referendum on abortion, currently prohibited by the Constitution with a few limited exceptions.

So the starting pistol has been fired on what is sure to be twelve months of hyperventilating hipsters, jangling rosary beads and a stampede from both the pro-choice and pro-life lobbies towards the moral high ground. The majority of the population – broadly in favour of a liberalisation of the law but against abortion in all circumstances – is already donning figurative hard hats and bracing for the worst.

Continued at source: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/10/irelands-abortion-debate-will-be-next-years-big-culture-war/

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Australia: Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now

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Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now

In a victory for women’s rights, a demonstrator has been found guilty of breaching safe access zones in Victoria

Tania Penovic and Ronli Sifris
Friday 13 October 2017

A 14-year-old girl, scared and vulnerable, realises that she is pregnant. A 43-year-old unemployed mother of five whose husband is recently deceased discovers she is pregnant and does not know how she will cope with another child. A 36-year-old woman with a planned pregnancy is processing a diagnosis of severe foetal abnormality.

Each year many Australian women deal with problem pregnancies. Some decide to continue with the pregnancy and some decide to terminate the pregnancy. Whatever the decision, they have a right to seek unbiased professional counselling and appropriate medical care; and they have a right to do so without being harassed, intimidated or interfered with as they are entering a clinic that provides the full range of reproductive health services. This is why Victoria’s safe access zone legislation, which prohibits certain conduct within 150m of a clinic at which abortions are provided, is so important.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/13/anti-abortion-protestors-have-acted-with-impunity-for-decades-that-ends-now

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UK: Antisocial behaviour ruling could halt anti-abortion protests outside clinics

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Antisocial behaviour ruling could halt anti-abortion protests outside clinics

Ealing council, in west London, votes to prevent protest as Labour MP calls for amendment to domestic violence bill to protect women visiting clinics

Jessica Elgot Political reporter
Thursday 12 October 2017

Anti-abortion protests outside clinics across the UK could be halted using antisocial behaviour legislation, a Labour MP has said, after her council took a significant decision to stop a group from approaching women at a west London clinic.

Rupa Huq MP said a “national and permanent response” was needed after Ealing councillors voted overwhelmingly this week in favour of a motion to stop the anti-abortion groups from protesting outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the borough.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/12/anti-social-behaviour-ruling-could-halt-anti-abortion-protests-outside-clinics

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UK: The fight against anti-abortion protesters harassing women

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The fight against anti-abortion protesters harassing women
13 October 2017
Kylie Noble

Ealing Council made a monumental move to stop the intimidating vigils at the west London Marie Stopes clinic

A London Borough has become the first local authority in Britain to potentially ban anti-choice protesters from outside an abortion clinic's premises - a move that would protect women from harassment and trauma, as they access vital, legal healthcare.

Councillors in Ealing voted majority, with two abstentions, to take “all necessary actions within its powers, utilising all necessary resources, to prevent anti-abortion protesters from intimidating and harassing women”, at the Marie Stopes clinic on Matlock Lane, west London.

Continued at source: http://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/37749/1/the-fight-against-anti-abortion-protesters-harassing-women

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Norway to increase support for women’s health and safe abortion

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Norway to increase support for women's health and safe abortion

Press release | Date: Oct 12, 2017

'Norway is at the forefront of efforts to promote gender equality and women's health at the international level. We are among the biggest donors to efforts in this field, but there are still many unmet needs. The Government therefore proposes an increase of NOK 180 million in earmarked support for women's health and safe abortion in 2018. 'This increase comes in addition to the major increase in funding earlier this year, in connection with the SheDecides initiative,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Continued at source: Government of Norway: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/womens_health/id2574852/

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Uganda: Health Experts, Government Disagree Over Teenage Contraceptive Guidelines

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Uganda: Health Experts, Government Disagree Over Teenage Contraceptive Guidelines

By Anthony Wesaka
12 October 2017

Kampala — As Uganda joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the girl child on Wednesday, the recent decision by government to halt the release of the guidelines on contraceptives to be used by girls as young as 10 years old, has been sharply criticised.

On September 28, this year, State minister for Primary Healthcare, Ms Joyce Moriku, declined to launch the guidelines on National Guidelines and Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The minister reasoned that the Health ministry did not own the guidelines and that they neede

Continued at source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201710130045.html

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Ireland: Choicebox: A platform for advocating choice

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Oct 11, 2017

Choicebox is a pro-choice organisation in Ireland that has created a series of video responses to the abortion rights movement in Ireland. The videos comprise people performing pieces of prose, poetry or drama that touch on the themes of choice and bodily autonomy. More videos will continue to be added to reflect the variety of ways in which the 8th amendment can affect the people of Ireland.

Here is the link to the website:
http://www.choiceboxireland.com

and Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceBoxIre/

And a direct link to the video most recently posted:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JH1E7uece8&feature=youtu.be

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Calls to impeach Dublin student president over anti-abortion stance

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Calls to impeach Dublin student president over anti-abortion stance

University College Dublin’s Katie Ascough faces vote after removing abortion information from student handbook

Henry McDonald in Dublin
Wednesday 11 October 2017

Tensions in Ireland over abortion have erupted at a university campus with attempts to impeach a student union president over her decision to ban information on pregnancy terminations from a student handbook.

The bid to oust University College Dublin’s Katie Ascough over her strong anti-abortion views comes ahead of what is widely expected to be a rancorous wider campaign in the run-up to next year’s planned abortion reform referendum.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/calls-impeach-dublin-student-president-anti-abortion-stance-katie-ascough

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USA: Immigrant Minor Held ‘Hostage’ by Texas Because She Wants Abortion Care

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Immigrant Minor Held ‘Hostage’ by Texas Because She Wants Abortion Care

Oct 11, 2017
Tina Vasquez

"The government is basically trying to argue that undocumented immigrants have zero rights, including the right to abortion."

An unaccompanied immigrant minor at a Texas shelter is being prevented from accessing abortion care by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the federal agency overseeing migrant youth crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without a guardian.

Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Reproductive Freedom Project, is seeking a temporary restraining order today to allow Jane Doe to access abortion. The teen was granted a judicial bypass from a Texas judge, allowing her to receive an abortion because her parents were not willing or able to provide consent. However, the 17-year-old has had to cancel two abortion appointments because officials are both refusing her transportation to the medical facility and refusing to allow her to leave the shelter with her guardian for the purpose of obtaining an abortion. ORR is supposed to provide transportation to minors when they need to go to court or see a doctor.

Continued at source: https://rewire.news/article/2017/10/11/immigrant-minor-held-hostage-texas-wants-abortion-care/

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UK: Anti-abortion protesters could be banned from standing outside Marie Stopes clinic

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Anti-abortion protesters could be banned from standing outside Marie Stopes clinic

Sophie Jamieson
11 October 2017

A local authority has voted to take action to stop pro-life campaigners "intimidating and harassing" women outside an abortion clinic.

The protesters could be banned from assembling outside the clinic after councilors voted overwhelmingly to take the "ground-breaking" decision.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/11/anti-abortion-protesters-could-banned-standing-outside-marie/

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Beatriz, Who Brought El Salvador’s Abortion Ban to the World Stage, Dies Following Motorcycle Accident

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Beatriz, Who Brought El Salvador’s Abortion Ban to the World Stage, Dies Following Motorcycle Accident

Oct 11, 2017
Kathy Bougher

"Beatriz was our friend, a warrior, who never stopped fighting for her life," said the local feminist group Agrupacion Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto, in a statement.

Beatriz Garcia, whose fight against El Salvador’s draconian prohibitions on abortion moved the country—and the world—in 2013, died October 8 from complications after a motorcycle accident a few days prior.

Garcia, who chose to be known only as “Beatriz” during her struggle to interrupt her life-threatening pregnancy in 2013, suffered from the autoimmune disease discoid systemic lupus erythematosus, which was aggravated by lupus nephritis, an incurable disease that affects multiple organs. According to the Salvadoran Institute of Forensic Medicine, the lupus, combined with a case of hospital-acquired pneumonia, ultimately led to her death.

Continued at source: Rewire: https://rewire.news/article/2017/10/11/beatriz-brought-el-salvadors-abortion-ban-world-stage-dies-following-motorcycle-accident/

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UK: Anne Robinson discusses having an abortion as ‘very unhappy’ newlywed

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Anne Robinson discusses having an abortion as 'very unhappy' newlywed

Henry Bodkin
11 October 2017

Anne Robinson will talk about having an abortion as part of a new BBC documentary marking 50 years since the practice was partially decriminalised.

The 73-year-old Weakest Link presenter said it was “out of the question” not to discuss her own experience and that doing so was a vital part of the filmmaking process.

Titled Abortion On Trial, the programme sees Ms Robinson invite nine people with conflicting views on the topic to her Gloucestershire home to share their personal stories.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/11/anne-robinson-discusses-having-abortion-unhappy-newlywed/

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Ireland: Rhona Mahony: Eighth Amendment creates ‘unacceptable clinical risk’

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Rhona Mahony: Eighth Amendment creates ‘unacceptable clinical risk’
Oireachtas committee told the provision ‘makes no clinical sense’ before foetus is viable

Oct 11, 2017
Pat Leahy, Jack Power

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital, has said the Eighth Amendment “makes no clinical sense” before the foetus is viable.

Dr Mahony told the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment that it the Constitutional provision “creates unacceptable clinical risk and should be removed”.

“Prior to foetal viability, we do not have the option of delivering a foetus because the foetus cannot survive and if a pregnant mother dies her baby dies too”.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/rhona-mahony-eighth-amendment-creates-unacceptable-clinical-risk-1.3252250

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USA: Exploring the Feasibility of Obtaining Mifepristone and Misoprostol from the Internet

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ABSTRACT

Objectives.
We aimed to document the experience of buying abortion pills from online vendors that do not require a prescription and to evaluate the active ingredient content of the pills received. Study Design. We searched the internet to identify a convenience sample of websites that sold mifepristone and misoprostol to purchasers in the United States and attempted to order these products. We documented price, shipping time and other aspects of ordering. We sent the samples received to a testing laboratory that measured the amount of active ingredient in individual tablets.

Results. We identified 20 websites and ordered 22 products: 20 mifepristone-misoprostol combination products and two that contained only misoprostol. We received 18 combination products and the two misoprostol products from 16 different sites. No site required a prescription or any relevant medical information. The time between order and receipt of the 20 products ranged from 3-21 business days (median 9.5 days). The price for the 18 combination products ranged from $110 to $360, including shipping and fees; the products without mifepristone cost less. Chemical assays found that the 18 tablets labeled 200 mg mifepristone contained between 184.3 mg and 204.1 mg mifepristone, while the 20 tablets labeled 200 mcg misoprostol contained between 34.1 mcg and 201.4 mcg of the active ingredient.

Conclusions. Obtaining abortion medications from online pharmaceutical websites is feasible in the US. The mifepristone tablets received contained within 8% of the labeled amount of active agent. The misoprostol tablets all contained that compound but usually less than labeled.

IMPLICATIONS STATEMENT
Given our findings, we expect that some people for whom clinic-based abortion is not easily available or acceptable may consider self-sourcing pills from the internet to be a rational option.

Continued at source: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/pb/assets/raw/Health%20Advance/journals/contra/CON_8985.pdf

See also this Commentary: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/pb/assets/raw/Health%20Advance/journals/contra/CON_8984.pdf

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USA: Teen detained after crossing border fights to have abortion

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Teen detained after crossing border fights to have abortion

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Oct 10, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — Advocates for a pregnant 17-year-old girl held in a Texas facility for immigrant children who have crossed the border alone are asking a federal judge to allow her to get an abortion, over the opposition of U.S. and state officials.

A federal magistrate judge in San Francisco has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a request filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which accuses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of refusing to let the girl be taken for the procedure.

Continued at source: https://apnews.com/09e4bfbd94424ae2badeb1c4cd351b9b

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USA: Special Delivery: Abortion Pills By Mail

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Special Delivery: Abortion Pills By Mail

BY Elisa Wells
Oct 10, 2017

When my mail carrier handed me the small brown envelope, I’m sure she had no idea she was handing me the means to have a safe, private abortion at home. I had ordered the pills a week and a half earlier off a somewhat sketchy website and, frankly, was wondering if they would ever appear. I say “sketchy” in that the offer seemed too good to be true — abortion pills for less than $200, no prescription needed. The “Whoa, trouble ahead!” warning from my McAfee security system certainly gave me pause, but by the time I received the fraud alert call from by credit card company (at the same time that Western Union was calling my other line to warn me) it was too late to turn back; I had already placed the order.

Continued at source: http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a12785967/over-the-counter-abortion-pill/

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UK: I regret having an abortion, but that doesn’t mean I’m against it

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I regret having an abortion, but that doesn’t mean I’m against it

i Team, Tuesday October 10th 2017
By Rachel*, in her twenties, from the south-east

I had two abortions as a teenager. They were both early on, both with the same abusive boyfriend. One happened in horrible circumstances which I will not repeat here. I consider them to be the most devastating events to have happened in my life.

Sometimes, I can’t sleep thinking about them. My biggest, most all-consuming fear is that I’ll be unable to conceive because of them. I’m too scared to tell my wonderful, loving boyfriend in case the image he has of me changes with the knowledge of what I did.

Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/i-regret-abortion-doesnt-mean-im/

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UK: Ealing Council to consider anti-abortion protest order

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Ealing Council to consider anti-abortion protest order

9 October 2017
From the section London

A London council is considering legal action against anti-abortion protesters accused of "harassing" women attending a clinic.

Ealing Council will discuss options to prevent "the daily disruption and intimidation" at Marie Stopes clinic in Mattock Lane, Ealing.

Some protesters used "deliberately disturbing images", the council said.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-41549235

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USA: New podcast episode explores the history of abortion provider Dr. Kenneth Edelin

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New podcast episode explores the history of abortion provider Dr. Kenneth Edelin

Discussion published by Gillian Frank on Monday, October 9, 2017

We are excited to announce the launch of Sexing History, a new podcast that examines how the history of sexuality shapes present day cultures and politics.

Sexing History’s second episode is now live and explores the story of Dr. Kenneth Edelin, an African American physician, convicted of manslaughter by an all-white jury for performing a legal second trimester abortion. His trial transformed the abortion-rights and anti-abortion movements.

https://soundcloud.com/user-197021129/episode-2-abortion-on-trial

The similarities between Dr. Edelin’s case in the 1970s and contemporary abortion discourses are striking, and we share our podcast with you in hopes of illuminating how the histories of race and sexuality continue to shape present-day abortion politics.

Source: https://networks.h-net.org/node/2606/discussions/416731/new-podcast-episode-explores-history-abortion-provider-dr-kenneth

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Sri Lanka: Revisiting the debate on abortion law

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Revisiting the debate on abortion law
Meera Srinivasan
October 07, 2017

In August this year, Sri Lanka’s Cabinet approved a draft Bill allowing abortion under two circumstances — when the foetus is diagnosed with a lethal congenital malformation or when the pregnancy is caused by rape.

Seen by many as a potentially significant reform to the country’s existing law, which permits abortion only to save a woman’s life, the move sparked a spontaneous debate.

Continued at source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/revisiting-the-debate-on-abortion-law/article19820226.ece

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South Africa: Backstreet abortions: Illegal, dingy clinics advertise ‘safe … pain free’ procedures

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Backstreet abortions: Illegal, dingy clinics advertise ‘safe ... pain free’ procedures

ILLEGAL abortions for women who are as far as six months pregnant are just a text message away, a news.com.au investigation has revealed.
Megan Palin
October 7, 2017

“SAFE abortions — pain free,” one flyer stuck to a tin shack reads.

The advertisement includes a phone number and guarantees “same day” procedures.

It’s one of hundreds like it plastered around the cities and shanty towns of South Africa, where the majority of citizens live below the poverty line.

Continued at source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/backstreet-abortions-illegal-dingy-clinics-advertise-safe-pain-free-procedures/news-story/66b06d317fab4069fe469dc678dd01f1

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Polish police raid offices of feminist activists after abortion protests

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Polish police raid offices of feminist activists after abortion protests

'They are afraid of women's protest and want to find out all possible methods to devalue the Polish women's solidarity grassroot solidarity movement,' says leading campaigner

Maya Oppenheim
Oct 7, 2017

Women’s rights groups in Poland have had their documents and computers seized in police raids which took place a day after thousands of activists marched against the country’s restrictive abortion law.

The Women’s Rights Centre, which works on a range of women's issues, and Baba, which helps domestic violence victims, had their offices in the cities of Warsaw, Lodz, Gdansk, and Zielona Gora invaded by police.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/poland-abortion-police-raids-a7987181.html

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USA: Does the Trump administration want more unintended pregnancies?

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Does the Trump administration want more unintended pregnancies?

By Editorial Board
October 7, 2017

THE TRUMP administration on Friday tore a big hole in an important public-health law, eroding the federal requirement that health insurance plans cover contraception. The administration argued that not many women will ultimately be affected. We hope that is true.

The contraception mandate, which stemmed from the Affordable Care Act, originally offered an exemption to churches and their closely connected organizations — but not to religiously affiliated universities, charities, small businesses and other groups that wanted no involvement in providing birth control to anyone, and particularly not through the health plans they offered. Successive rounds of litigation finally pushed the objectors and the government close to a deal, in which religiously conscious groups could opt out of offering contraception coverage in their insurance plans and federal authorities would find ways to serve employees still seeking birth control. The Supreme Court last year suggested they could come to an arrangement.

Continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/does-the-trump-administration-want-more-unintended-pregnancies/2017/10/07/f63a6914-aac7-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

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US-style abortion battles loom in UK amid claims of intimidation

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US-style abortion battles loom in UK amid claims of intimidation
As street tensions increase, pro-choice group says a London council must curb ‘harassment’ of women at Marie Stopes clinic

Jo Griffin
Saturday 7 October 2017

A London council will decide on Tuesday whether to pursue a public space protection order to prevent the harassment and intimidation of women accessing abortion services at the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, west London.

In the first case of its kind, Ealing council will debate the move after a petition from local pro-choice group, Sister Supporter, which demanded action to stop anti-abortion protesters holding vigils six days a week outside the clinic and approaching patients.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/07/us-abortion-uk-intimidation-london-marie-stopes

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Australia: A day in the life of an abortion nurse

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A day in the life of an abortion nurse

Saimi Jeong
October 7 2017

When Kitty Grozdich interviews a patient for the first time, they sometimes say things such as "I don't want to do this", and so she'll ask why they're there.

They might say their mum or their boyfriend is making them see her, which is a clear-cut reason to stop the procedure going ahead. But patients who say "maybe I'm making a mistake", Grozdich tells them: If you're saying "maybe", for me that means "no".

Continued at source: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-abortion-nurse-20170922-gyn9f5.html

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Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows

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Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows

Survey reveals just 24% back legalised terminations in all cases up to 22 weeks, ahead of planned referendum next year
Pro-choice protesters marching through Dublin

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Friday 6 October 2017

Irish voters would reject any move to legalise abortion in all circumstances up to 22 weeks, an opinion poll has found.

As the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and his minority Fine Gael government prepare to frame an abortion reform referendum scheduled for next year, it has emerged that only 24% of voters are in favour of legalising terminations in nearly all cases.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/06/irish-voters-oppose-legalisation-abortion-poll-shows

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UK: Government urged to tackle anti-abortion protests in UK after women are confronted outside clinics

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Government urged to tackle anti-abortion protests in UK after women are confronted outside clinics

Some women have been reduced to tears, while others have decided not to enter the clinic after being confronted by a barrage of abuse, campaigners say

May Bulman Social Affairs Correspondent
Oct 6, 2017

The Government is being urged to change legislation amid rising concern over anti-abortion “vigils” confronting women outside abortion clinics across the UK.

Women entering clinics to access abortion services or pregnancy and family planning advice are being confronted with large images of foetuses and pro-life campaigners urging them to change their minds, often wielding large images of foetuses.

Continued: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/abortion-uk-protests-government-urged-change-laws-clinics-vigils-a7984601.html

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Ireland: Poll shows ‘strong desire to change abortion access’

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Poll shows ‘strong desire to change abortion access’
Pro-choice group claims ‘Irish Times’ poll designed to favour ‘restrictive’ regime

Oct 6, 2017
Fiach Kelly

There is a strong desire to change the current regime of dealing with abortion in Ireland, a pro-choice group claimed in response to the findings of the latest opinion poll.

However, it was also claimed the poll from Ipsos MRBI for The Irish Times was designed to influence people in favour of a “restrictive” abortion regime.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/poll-shows-strong-desire-to-change-abortion-access-1.3247453

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Africa/Nigeria: Abortions that kill and the laws that enable them

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Abortions that kill and the laws that enable them

Home » Latest » The Sexuality Blog »
By The Sexuality Blog October 6, 2017

A new study published in the scientific journal, “The Lancet” has just revealed that about 50% of all abortions performed across the world are either illegal or performed in unsafe environments.

Dr. Bela Ganatra, the lead author of this study which was performed over the course of four years (2010 – 2014) discovered that an estimated 55.7 million abortions were performed across the world and about 30 million of those abortions happened in third world countries.

Continued: The Sexuality Blog: https://ynaija.com/90-abortions-will-happen-year-nigeria-will-illegal-unsafe/

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Abortion in Johannesburg: Painting the town safe

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Abortion in Johannesburg: Painting the town safe

6th October, 2017

From a young age, girls are exposed to posters on the side of the road reading “quick & painless abortion”. It doesn’t take long before this message is ingrained in their heads and such information is ready to be used in case they ever find themselves in this situation.

Abortion in South Africa is rarely spoken about. The spaces in which we find ourselves getting educated about it are specialized and hard to access. But abortion is legal and there are professional and registered providers all over the country that can offer the service in the safest way possible.

Continued at source: https://safe2choose.org/safe-providers-painting-town-sa/

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El Salvador: What women’s lives are like when abortion is a crime

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What women's lives are like when abortion is a crime

By Alice Driver
Thu October 5, 2017

Story highlights
Alice Driver: Passage of a recent bill in the House of Representatives shows that for some Republicans, criminalizing abortion is a priority. If Americans want to know what women's lives are like in a country where abortion is a crime, they should listen to women in El Salvador, she writes

(CNN)During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump famously said that there should be "some form of punishment" for abortion. Although he later tried to walk these remarks back, he and his mostly male fellow Republicans have quietly been making headway since he took office on an agenda to make sure women have as few options as possible for reproductive choice and education, including limited access to birth control and the preventative care offered by Planned Parenthood.

Continued at source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/05/opinions/united-states-el-salvador-abortion-prison-driver-opinion/index.html

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Make access to abortion easier, UK’s top gynaecologist demands

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Make access to abortion easier, UK's top gynaecologist demands

Prof Lesley Regan wants nurses and midwives to be allowed to administer abortion pills, and only one doctor’s approval to be required
Prof Lesley Regan, head of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Denis Campbell Health policy editor
Thursday 5 October 2017

Nurses and midwives should be allowed to give women the pills that end an unwanted pregnancy as part of a relaxation of Britain’s abortion laws, the leader of the country’s specialist women’s health doctors has demanded.

In an interview with the Guardian, Prof Lesley Regan also urged MPs to amend the longstanding legal requirement for two doctors to approve any termination, reducing the number to one except in a few unusual circumstances.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/make-access-to-abortion-easier-uks-top-obstetrician-demands

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USA: The Disturbing Rise of Cyberattacks Against Abortion Clinics

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The Disturbing Rise of Cyberattacks Against Abortion Clinics
Rebecca Grant
Oct 5, 2017

Fatimah Gifford was nervous the day she was scheduled to testify in front of Texas’ Health and Human Services committee. Gifford is the VP of Communications for Whole Woman’s Health, which operates five reproductive healthcare clinics across Texas. This wasn’t her first time testifying before the state legislature, but it was her first time testifying about abortion.

“I entered into this with eyes wide open, and knowing that I was more than likely going to be devoured up in there,” she says.

Continued: https://www.wired.com/story/cyberattacks-against-abortion-clinics/

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USA: Don’t be fooled: the latest abortion bill is about one thing – hurting women

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Don't be fooled: the latest abortion bill is about one thing – hurting women
Jessica Valenti

There is no scientific basis for the proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Rather, it is a naked attempt to challenge Roe v Wade and end all abortions

Thursday 5 October 2017

On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a ban that would criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with punishment that would include fines and up to five years in prison.

The Majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, said that the goal of the bill was “ending suffering and helping people live”, an ironic sentiment just three days after Republicans let a health program expire that could leave millions of children without insurance and two days after a massacre in Las Vegas that the GOP insists has nothing to do with the shocking availability of guns.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/05/us-abortion-bill-20-weeks-criminalize-hurt-women

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Canada province to ban abortion protests outside clinics

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Canada province to ban abortion protests outside clinics

5 October 2017

A Canadian province is tabling legislation that would make it illegal to protest outside abortion clinics. Ontario's attorney general announced on Thursday that the government will introduce the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act.

If passed, the legislation would create "safe access zones" around abortion clinics as well as the homes of staff. Anti-abortion activists would not be allowed to protest within at least 50m (164ft) of a clinic or staff residence.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41516615

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Ireland: Human rights commission calls for legalisation of abortion

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Human rights commission calls for legalisation of abortion
State human rights watchdog says abortion should be widely available

Oct 4, 2017
Pat Leahy

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Government’s human rights watchdog, will on Wednesday call on the Government to introduce a referendum to delete the Eighth Amendment and go on to legislate for widespread access to abortion.

The commission, set up to monitor and advise the Government on human rights issues, is to give evidence at the Oireachtas committee on the amendment on Wednesday.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/human-rights-commission-calls-for-legalisation-of-abortion-1.3243367

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Pro Life is a Lie – dismantling the anti-choice spin

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Pro Life is a Lie - dismantling the anti-choice spin
By Nic S, Emmanuel
Date Wed, 4 Oct 2017

When pro-choice militants argue that their struggle is the continuation of a historical fight against the oppression of women, they are met with a pro-life movement which attempts to symmetrically paint itself as fighting for the rights of ‘‘the unborn child'', a category which would otherwise remain defenseless and be sentenced to life or death by their bearers. ---- But both sides are far from holding symmetrical views. For one thing, while people who can get pregnant initiated the pro-choice movement, there is no doubt embryos didn't start the pro-life movement. No pro-life advocate would deny this trivial statement, if anything they would use the voicelessness of "the unborn" as an argument to emphasise the unfair nature of abortion rights.

While it is easy to understand why one group would be motivated to fight for their own interests, explaining why a group would me motivated to fight on behalf of another group is not as straightforward. Pro-life advocates would have us believe that they are fighting for the "unborn child" first and foremost out of a strong sense of empathy and out of an unremitting commitment to defend the human right to life. The problem is that this is demonstrably untrue. Far from being satisfying explanations, empathy and adhesion to moral principles don't even qualify as partial explanations for the commitment of pro-life advocates.

Continued at source: Anarchist Info: http://www.ainfos.ca/en/ainfos35763.html

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Russia: Putin’s Next Target Is Russia’s Abortion Culture

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Putin’s Next Target Is Russia’s Abortion Culture

The Russian president is worried about his country’s shrinking population. His social-conservative allies say they have the solution.

By Amie Ferris-Rotman
October 3, 2017

MOSCOW — On a recent windy afternoon, members of a prominent Russian religious group were busy laying out 2,000 pairs of children’s shoes in the corner of a park — each representing an abortion performed on an average day in Russia.

Fighting the elements to keep the tiny slippers and rubber boots in place, the organizers from “For Life” took to loudspeakers to reel off the reasons why Russia should make abortion illegal. Simultaneously, two men unfurled a long red-and-white banner with a quote by President Vladimir Putin, reading: “Demography is a vital issue… Either we’ll continue to exist, or we won’t.”

Continued at source: http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/03/putins-next-target-is-russias-abortion-culture/

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USA: The House just passed a 20-week abortion ban. Opponents say it’s “basically relying on junk science.”

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The House just passed a 20-week abortion ban. Opponents say it's “basically relying on junk science.”
The bill is based on claims about fetal pain that aren’t supported by research.
Updated by Anna North Oct 3, 2017

The House voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make abortion after 20 weeks illegal in every state in the country. Called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, it’s based on the idea that a fetus at 20 weeks’ gestation can feel pain.

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will protect the voiceless, the vulnerable, and the marginalized," said Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House majority leader, in a statement last month. "It will protect those children who science has proven can feel pain.” President Donald Trump has promised to sign the bill if it passes; during the campaign, he said such a bill “would end painful late-term abortions nationwide.”

Continued at source: https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/10/3/16401826/abortion-ban-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act

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Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

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Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

October 3, 2017
Susan Brink

Of the 56 million annual abortions performed around the world, nearly half, or 25 million, posed some threat to the health or life of the woman. The vast majority of unsafe abortions – 97 percent — were performed in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

And about half of those abortions in poor countries are unsafe, compared with just 12.5 percent in wealthy countries, according to a report in last week's issue of The Lancet, the British medical journal.

Gilda Sedgh, an author of the paper, is a scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive rights research organization. We talked with her about the problem of unsafe abortions in low-income countries. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Continued at source: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/10/03/555317349/nearly-half-of-all-abortions-unsafe-in-developing-countries

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

As the country prepares to hold a referendum on abortion, religiously-motivated opposition to it may be on the wane.

Yasmeen Serhan
Oct 3, 2017 Global

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Dublin Saturday for the annual March for Choice, a demonstration calling on Ireland’s government to ease its near-total abortion ban. It was the first major rally organized by pro-choice advocates since the government announced an upcoming referendum: Next summer, the country will vote on whether it should change its abortion laws. The advocates told me that if the referendum works out in their favor, they may not have to organize any more marches.

But it’s not yet clear how likely the laws are to change, or even what changes will be proposed. The exact wording of the vote is not expected to be determined before December.

Continued at source: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/ireland-abortion-referendum/541527/

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USA: Just After Las Vegas, Republicans Are Voting to Restrict … Abortion

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Just After Las Vegas, Republicans Are Voting to Restrict ... Abortion

By Emily Crockett
Oct 3, 2017

On Tuesday, just after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, House Republicans aren't spending the day debating gun legislation to try to save American lives. They aren't scrambling for better solutions to Puerto Rico's ongoing humanitarian crisis, either.

Instead, these "pro-life" lawmakers are voting to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy nationwide. The vote on the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2017 was scheduled by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy early last week, but the attack in Las Vegas that killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 did nothing to change his plan. (The House is expected to delay a vote on a gun silencer bill that had been slated for this week.) The Trump White House even made a point of endorsing the abortion ban on Monday.

Continued at source: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/day-after-las-vegas-gop-is-voting-to-restrict-abortion-w506879

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USA: Pro-Choice Groups Raise Alarm Ahead of House Vote to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

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Pro-Choice Groups Raise Alarm Ahead of House Vote to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

Published on Monday, October 02, 2017
by Common Dreams

"Republicans in Congress failed to take healthcare from millions — so they're trying to ban abortion and take away bodily autonomy"
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer

As the Republican-controlled U.S. House prepares to vote Tuesday on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy nationwide, reproductive rights advocates are urging Americans to contact their congressional representatives and pressure them to oppose the measure.

Continued at source: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/02/pro-choice-groups-raise-alarm-ahead-house-vote-ban-abortion-after-20-weeks

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USA: What It’s Like to Get an Abortion When You’re Six Months Pregnant

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What It's Like to Get an Abortion When You're Six Months Pregnant
Callie Beusman

Oct 2 2017
Rachel was 25 weeks pregnant when she learned her fetus had a severe, likely lethal abnormality that also put her health at risk. She had to drive 12 hours and pay $10,000 to get a potentially life-saving abortion.

In the fall of 2015, Rachel Goldberg was pregnant with her first child. She and her husband, who live in rural Missouri, were ecstatic about the prospect of starting a family, and she recalls eagerly anticipating her routine 20-week ultrasound check-up. She was excited to find out the sex—male, she would later learn—and she was hoping to get some photos to show her family and friends.

Continued at source: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/8x8kzk/what-its-like-to-get-an-abortion-when-youre-six-months-pregnant?wpisrc=nl_todayworld&wpmm=1

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USA: Stop Using the Phrase “Late-Term Abortion”

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Stop Using the Phrase "Late-Term Abortion"

It's misleading and medically inaccurate.
By Robin Marty
Oct 2, 2017

“Late-term abortion.” By now you have probably heard the phrase everywhere. In their third and final debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fought over whether “late-term, partial birth” abortions, in the words of moderator Chris Wallace, should be legal in the United States. Media outlets publish the phrase regardless of whether the publication leans to the right or to the left. (Cosmopolitan has used it in the past too.) And while advocacy groups who oppose abortion use the term nonstop, well, even those that support abortion rights use it occasionally, too.

Continued at source: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a12766188/late-term-abortion-20-week-ban/

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Malawi: Beware men: five years for forcing women to abort

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Beware men: five years for forcing women to abort
By Luke Bisani on Oct 02, 2017

Among other reasons on why women terminate pregnancy is because they are forced by men who impregnate them, but the revised termination of pregnancy bill seeks to have such men given a maximum jail term of five years.

Confirming on the new development, chief law reform officer at Malawi Law Commission Mike Chinoko said when the bill is approved to be a law, men are to be jailed if reported to have forced women terminate pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://malawi24.com/2017/10/02/beware-men-five-years-forcing-women-abort/

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Ireland: Restrict ‘keyboard warriors’ in abortion debate

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Restrict ‘keyboard warriors’ in abortion debate

02 October 2017

Reporting restrictions imposed on broadcast stations during referendums should be adopted for the online world due to the “horrible” nature of “keyboard warrior” attacks during the early stages of the pro-choice and pro-life Eighth Amendment campaigns, writes Fiachra O’Cionnaith.

Labour TD Joan Burton and Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher said Government should consider the move in a bid to limit the potential damage caused by the most extreme elements of both campaigns during the debate on the issue over the coming months.

Continued at source: http://www.beat102103.com/news/restrict-keyboard-warriors-abortion-debate/

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UK: Anti-abortion MP Jacob Rees-Mogg admits he profits from sales of abortion pills

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Anti-abortion MP Jacob Rees-Mogg admits he profits from sales of abortion pills

His company has over £5m worth of shares in an Indonesian company producing the drug

by Claire Herbaux
2 OCT 2017

While he says he is against abortion under all circumstances and "follows the teachings of the Catholic church", multi-millionaire Jacob Rees-Mogg admitted his company profits of the sale of abortion pills.

According to the Mirror, his company has nearly £5million-worth of shares in the Indonesian firm Kalbe Farma, which produces the pills to prevent ulcers.

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/anti-abortion-mp-jacob-rees-561807

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UK: ‘I ended a pregnancy before the Abortion Act was passed: here’s what I’m fighting for aged 86’

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‘I ended a pregnancy before the Abortion Act was passed: here’s what I’m fighting for aged 86’

Katie Grant 17
Monday October 2nd 2017

This month marks 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. Diane Munday was instrumental in ensuring the landmark act was pushed through Parliament. Half a century on, she’s determined to ‘finish the job’ she started

Diane Munday was already a mother to three children under the age of four when she learned she had fallen pregnant for the fourth time in as many years.

She knew she wouldn’t be able to cope with another child and that she must end the pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/i-campaigned-abortion-rights-50-years-ago-time-finish-job-i-started/

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Australia: Rural women face ‘alarming’ abortion service gaps, study finds

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Rural women face 'alarming' abortion service gaps, study finds

By Charlotte King
October 02, 2017

A study into rural doctors' attitudes towards abortion in Victoria has revealed alarming gaps in services for women with unplanned pregnancies.

Researchers from Melbourne University found almost 40 per cent of general practitioner doctors (GPs) in Victoria's west objected to facilitating abortion — more than double the national rate.

Continued at source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-02/access-gaps-to-abortion-services-in-victoria/9007024

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Kenya: On International Safe Abortion Day, “we learned how to love ourselves”

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On International Safe Abortion Day, “we learned how to love ourselves”

2nd October, 2017

On September 28th, 2017, many people around the world concerned with women’s rights attended events for the International Safe Abortion Day. Besides participating in a global campaign articulated by respected international and local organizations, safe2choose also decided to join a smaller discussion group in Mathare, an informal settlement of Nairobi, Kenya, to understand the daily struggles faced by local women.

The event was held in a simple school hall that was decorated with posters and signs displaying slogans such as “Stop rollbacks on our SRHR, funding saves lives“, that carried the #IResistWePersist hashtag, promoted by the Women’s Global Campaign for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR). It was an opportunity to witness first hand the incredible achievements of a local NGO, Fortress of Hope Africa (FOHA), which has also joined safe2choose’s call to action to say why safe abortion must be available to all women worldwide.

Continued: https://safe2choose.org/safe-abortion-day-love/

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Bolivia Approves Arguments to Legalize Abortion

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Bolivia Approves Arguments to Legalize Abortion
La Paz, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina)

The Bolivian Health Minister, Ariana Campero, has highlighted the approval of Article-153 of the Penal System Code that allows women to have an abortion until eight weeks, with no penalty.

'The new article is an important advance in the historic claim of many women who have striven for avoiding death by illegal abortions,' she said.

Campero reiterated that abortion is Bolivia's third cause of death, most of them carried out amid unhealthy conditions.

Continued at source: http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=18900&SEO=bolivia-approves-arguments-to-legalize-abortion

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The Price of Senegal’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

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The Price of Senegal’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

By Allyn Gaestel and Ricci Shryock
Oct 1, 2017

The Mbeubeuss landfill, on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital, Dakar, feels almost volcanic to visitors. Mountainous piles of waste encircle wide craters, where trash fires spew smoke and spit ash into the sky. The odor is nauseating: decaying foods and clothes, burnt plastic and tires. Sporadically, the scent of decomposing human flesh emerges from the fetor. The bodies are those of unwanted newborn children discarded in the city, gathered by trash collectors, and found by workers at the dump. El Hajj Diallo, the president of the landfill's collective of waste pickers, told us that, because he has found so many dead babies here, he wants Senegal to legalize abortion, at least for victims of rape and incest.

Continued at source: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-price-of-senegals-strict-anti-abortion-laws

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How Dublin’s March for Choice was reported around the world

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How Dublin's March for Choice was reported around the world
Reuters, the New York Times and French newspaper Le Monde covered the demonstration.
Oct 1, 2017

WHAT DID THE world’s media make of Ireland’s pro-choice march yesterday?

When Leo Varadkar was ordained as Taoiseach in June, we saw Ireland repeatedly referred to in foreign news outlets as an insular, conservative, Catholic nation.

After the success of the Yes Equality campaign, and with an ethnically diverse, young, gay man chosen as Ireland’s political leader (albeit not by the electorate), that world view of Ireland could be in the process of shifting.

Continued at source: http://www.thejournal.ie/march-for-choice-international-media-3624566-Oct2017/

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Thousands Marched for Abortion Rights In Ireland, Urging the Government to Repeal the Eighth Amendment

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Thousands Marched for Abortion Rights In Ireland, Urging the Government to Repeal the Eighth Amendment

by Marykate Jasper
October 1st, 2017

In the Republic of Ireland, thanks to the Eighth Amendment to the constitution, abortion is almost entirely illegal. There are a few exceptions, only signed into law in 2013, which provide for a legal abortion in cases where the pregnant person’s life is at risk, but otherwise anyone who undergoes an abortion in-country can face up to 14 years in jail. (Remember how terrifying it was when Trump suggested there should be “some form” of punishment for women who get an abortion? Irish people are living that nightmare right now.)

Continued at source: https://www.themarysue.com/ireland-marchforchoice-abortion-rights/

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Kenya: Women still dying from unsafe abortions despite the law

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Women still dying from unsafe abortions despite the law

Sunday October 1 2017

By AGNES ODHIAMBO

James lives in a Nairobi slum and takes care of his niece. Her mother died almost 10 years ago following complications from a botched abortion. She had become pregnant in a horrific gang rape.

“She told us that she saw three men rape her and then she lost consciousness,” James told me. “She was just quiet most of the time after the rape. She didn’t want the baby. She tried to abort three times.”

Continued at source: http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Women-still-dying-from-unsafe-abortions-despite-the-law-/440808-4118598-pnfb0v/index.html

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From Dublin to Brussels demand universal access to abortion by International Sec – WSM

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From Dublin to Brussels demand universal access to abortion by International Sec - WSM
Date Sun, 1 Oct 2017 10:53:10 +0300

The Workers Solidarity Movement in Ireland is in full support of the protests in Brussels on the 28th September demanding a guaranteed, free, and accessible access to abortion across Europe. The EU has stood by idly while the bodily autonomy of pregnant people continues to be violated by some member states including Ireland and Malta. It has similarly done nothing while other member states progressively attack reproductive rights based on the political whimsy of the controlling parties of ever-increasing conservative governments. We hope the this mobilisation will demonstrate the united commitment to reproductive freedom for all. ---- We stand with you in spirit as we prepare for our own mobilisation on the 30th of September for the Dublin March for Choice and it appears almost certain a constitutional referendum to remove the ban on abortion next summer. The text that follows is our position paper on abortion rights agreed by WSM national conference this summer.

Continued at source: http://www.ainfos.ca/en/ainfos35741.html

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March for Choice: Edinburgh shows solidarity with the women of Ireland

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March for Choice: Edinburgh shows solidarity with the women of Ireland

By Sarah Aron and Maya Cohen
October 1, 2017

"Not the church, not the state, women must decide our fate.”

These words rang clear in the air outside the Scottish Parliament on Saturday September 30 as men, women, and children showed their solidarity with the women of Ireland.

This protest was organised by the Scottish Irish Abortion Rights Campaign (SIARC) in support of the 6th annual March for Choice.

Continued at source: http://www.studentnewspaper.org/march-for-choice-edinburgh-shows-solidarity-with-the-women-of-ireland/

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Thousands attend Dublin abortion rights protest

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Thousands attend Dublin abortion rights protest
March for Choice is first major march since timeframe of referendum unveiled
Sat, Sep 30, 2017
Ronan McGreevy, Ciarán D'Arcy

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin on Saturday calling for the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws.

The demonstration began at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm and progressed down O’Connell Street, before turning onto the quays and crossing over the Liffey. From there it proceeded up Pearse Street and towards the rally area in Merrion Square.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/thousands-attend-dublin-abortion-rights-protest-1.3239832

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Ireland: Abortion campaigners tell Government what they really, really want

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Abortion campaigners tell Government what they really, really want
March for Choice: ‘Free, safe, legal’ is the slogan as thousands muster in Dublin
Sat, Sep 30, 2017
Ronan McGreevy

Abortion is a black and white issue. Those Repeal jumpers, designed in anger last year by campaigner Anna Cosgrave, have become a ubiquitous fashion and political statement.

On Saturday lunchtime there were thousands of them in evidence. Those elemental colours, symbolising darkness and light, stood out against the bright shafts of sunlight glinting on the ornamental pool in the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square in Dublin.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-campaigners-tell-government-what-they-really-really-want-1.3239929

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Photos: Thousands take part in March for Choice in Dublin city centre

Sam Boal, rollingnews.ie

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Photos: Thousands take part in March for Choice in Dublin city centre

Meanwhile, the pro-life campaign is holding awareness events at 21 locations across the country.
Sept 30, 2017

THOUSANDS OF DEMONSTRATORS have turned out for today’s annual March For Choice by the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC).

Continued at source: https://www.thejournal.ie/march-for-choice-repeal-the-eighth-3623708-Sep2017/

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Pro-choice campaigners in London urge ‘respectful debate’ ahead of Irish abortion vote

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Pro-choice campaigners in London urge 'respectful debate' ahead of Irish abortion vote
Irish Independent
Sep 30, 2017

Pro-choice campaigners have gathered in London to call for a change to Ireland's strict abortion laws, expressing the hope that the country will engage in "respectful debate" ahead of the 2018 referendum.

The event was one of the first rallies since the Irish Government set an indicative timescale of early summer next year for a referendum on the section of the state's constitution that ensures tight legal restrictions on terminations.

Continued at source: http://campus.ie/surviving-college/pro-choice-campaigners-london-urge-respectful-debate-ahead-irish-abortion-vote

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Ireland: Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws

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Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws
Minister for Children says she wants to encourage ‘conversations’ in run-up to referendum

Fri, Sep 29, 2017
Mary Minihan

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she believes the public would not support a referendum proposing the extensive liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws recommended by the Citizens’ Assembly.

Her comments come as the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment said it would oppose any “watering down” of the assembly recommendations, including the recommendation of 64 per cent of its members that termination of pregnancy without restriction should be lawful.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/zappone-public-would-reject-full-liberalisation-of-abortion-laws-1.3238976

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Ireland: Zappone ‘deeply concerned’ at venues refusing abortion meetings

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Zappone ‘deeply concerned’ at venues refusing abortion meetings
Pro-life TDs from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin sign statement deploring cancellations

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she is “deeply concerned” about venues withdrawing permission for anti-abortion and pro-choice group meetings because of pressure from rival organisations.

She said it was vital that people on all sides of the debate had an opportunity to gather in hotels and community centres to talk about the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, scheduled for May or June next year.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/zappone-deeply-concerned-at-venues-refusing-abortion-meetings-1.3238854

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March for legal, safe and free abortion in Argentina

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March for legal, safe and free abortion in Argentina
Sep 29, 2017

Thousands of women marched from Plaza de Mayo to the Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 29 September 2017 under the slogan "Legal, Safe and Free Abortion". In addition, it was sought to make visible the gender violence...

Continued at source: http://www.gettyimages.nl/gebeurtenis/march-for-legal-safe-and-free-abortion-in-argentina-775052488#housands-of-women-marched-from-plaza-de-mayo-to-the-congress-in-on-picture-id855773990

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Ireland: It’s time to talk about the pseudoscience corrupting the abortion debate

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It’s time to talk about the pseudoscience corrupting the abortion debate

On the eve of the final March for Choice ahead of Ireland’s referendum on abortion rights next year, a scientist explains why we urgently need to challenge the dogma

Naomi Elster

Friday 29 September 2017

On Saturday 30 September 2017, the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) – a pro-choice alliance of which I am a member – is hosting its sixth annual March for Choice in Dublin city centre. It is a particularly significant event, as it will be our last march before next year’s referendum over whether to repeal the eighth amendment, the law that gives a foetus the same right to life as the mother.

In the summer of 2012, a few small pro-choice groups met up in Dublin to discuss collaborating. The result, the formation of the Irish Choice Network, gained momentum so quickly that the founders realised an even larger, all-island movement was needed. And so the ARC was formed.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2017/sep/29/its-time-to-talk-about-the-pseudoscience-corrupting-the-abortion-debate

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Global support grows for Dublin’s March for Choice

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Global support grows for Dublin’s March for Choice
Irish abroad organising solidarity events in more than 20 cities across the world
Fri, Sep 29, 2017
Marie Claire Digby

Saturday shoppers, tourists and well-heeled residents of Belgravia in west London will encounter some unusual street art on Saturday, September 30th, when members of the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign will make 205,704 chalk markings on the pavement outside the Irish Embassy at 17 Grosvenor Place.

The organisation says “the markings will represent the 205,704 Irish and Northern Irish women who have travelled to Great Britain for an abortion since the 8th Amendment in 1983”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/global-support-grows-for-dublin-s-march-for-choice-1.3235893

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Why Mexico Is Proof Anti-Abortion Laws Don’t Work

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Why Mexico Is Proof Anti-Abortion Laws Don't Work
28/09/2017
Araceli Lopez Nava Vázquez, Country director for Marie Stopes Mexico

Leticia had been bleeding heavily for two weeks when she arrived at Marie Stopes Mexico's clinic in Chiapas. Desperate to end her pregnancy, she had taken some pills from a friend. However as the days passed it became clear that something had gone badly wrong.

Despite excruciating pain and massive blood loss, she ignored her friend's pleas to seek medical help for fear of being thrown behind bars for procuring an illegal abortion. Until finally, weak from anaemia and wracked with pain, she struggled to our clinic, where my team diagnosed a septic abortion and referred her to the public hospital. Any further delay in treatment and she would have died.

Continued at source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/araceli-lopez-nava-vazquez/global-gag-rule-safer-abortion-day_b_18119418.html

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Why Brazil Should Decriminalize Abortion

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Why Brazil Should Decriminalize Abortion

September 28, 2017
Published in Folha de S.Paulo
Margaret Wurth, Researcher, Children's Rights Division

I met “Mariana,” a 20-year-old woman in Paraíba state, almost a year ago in the waiting area of a public hospital. I was investigating access to reproductive health services for women and girls in northeastern Brazil, and Mariana was one of my first interviews. She told me she had an unplanned pregnancy, and gave birth, when she was 18.

“I cried a lot and I didn’t want it at all,” she said.

But abortion is a crime in Brazil, except in cases of rape, when the life of the woman is at risk, or the fetus has anencephaly—a fatal congenital brain disorder. I asked Mariana if she felt like she had any options other than continuing with the pregnancy. “No,” she said quietly, shaking her head.

Continued at source: Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/28/why-brazil-should-decriminalize-abortion

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Ireland: Abortion committee chair says it would be ‘prudent’ to propose referendum that will pass

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Abortion committee chair says it would be ‘prudent’ to propose referendum that will pass
FG ministers believe only more restrictive abortion regime will pass

Sep 28, 2017
Pat Leahy Political Editor

The chairwoman of the all-party committee on the eighth amendment Senator Catherine Noone has said that it would be “prudent” for the Government to propose a wording that can be successful in a referendum.

Ms Noone was speaking following an Irish Times report on Thursday that Fine Gael ministers believe the Citizens Assembly recommendations are unlikely to be passed, either in the Dáil or in a referendum.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-committee-chair-says-it-would-be-prudent-to-propose-referendum-that-will-pass-1.3237046

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