Ireland: Abortion report by citizens’ assembly demands 20-week anomaly scans

0

Abortion report by citizens’ assembly demands 20-week anomaly scans
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter

June 26 2017, The Times

All women in Ireland should have access to 20-week anomaly scans, a report on abortion reform will recommend.

Universal standards in maternity services are understood to be among additional recommendations included in Ms Justice Mary Laffoy’s report, which is due this week.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-report-by-citizens-assembly-demands-20-week-anomaly-scans-p29zvt35p

Read more

South Africa: Abortion advice by SMS beats going back to the clinic‚ say patients in Cape Town study

0

Abortion advice by SMS beats going back to the clinic‚ say patients in Cape Town study
June 26, 2017

SMS advice‚ a checklist and a simple home urine test are all most women need after a medical abortion‚ a Cape Town study has found.

A team led by Deborah Constant‚ of the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town‚ tried the approach on 525 women who had free abortions at six public sector clinics. And 92% said they would be happy to repeat the regimen in future.

Continued at source: Times Live: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-06-26-abortion-advice-by-sms-beats-going-back-to-the-clinic-say-patients-in-cape-town-study/?device=feature_phone

Read more

Ireland: Deep divisions hamper abortion committee

0

Deep divisions hamper abortion committee
Monday, June 26, 2017
Alison O’Connor

As Judge Mary Laffoy gets ready to present her report on the Citizens’ Assembly, Alison O’Connor says we are in for a tortuous few months before we get to vote on the issue.

THIS week, Judge Mary Laffoy will deliver her report to the Government on the conclusions of the Citizens’ Assembly on the future of the eighth amendment to the Constitution.

On one level, we are fully aware of what it is the 100 members who made up the Citizens’ Assembly want, because they voted on it, causing ripples of shock throughout the country, back in April.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/deep-divisions-hamper-abortion-committee-453323.html

Read more

Dominican Women Take to the Streets to Demand Abortion Rights

0

Dominican Women Take to the Streets to Demand Abortion Rights

Published 25 June 2017

The Dominican Republic records one of the region's highest rates of maternal mortality with 106 victims for every 100,000 births.

Hundreds of women took to the streets of the capital of the Dominican Republic Sunday, demanding the country's lawmakers approve a bill that would decriminalize abortion when the pregnancy is threatening the mother's life, when it's the result of a rape, or when the fetus won't be able to survive outside the uterus.

Continued at source: TelesurTV: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Dominican-Women-Take-to-the-Streets-to-Demand-Abortion-Rights-20170625-0030.html

Read more

Ireland: Film rating ‘stigmatises abortion’

0

Film rating ‘stigmatises abortion’
Critics say 16 rating for Twice Shy is out of touch and hinders vital debate

Eithne Shortall
June 25 2017, The Sunday Times

A new Irish movie that discusses abortion has been given a 16 rating by the film classification office. The decision has been criticised by pro-choice campaigners as “ridiculous”, “stigmatising” and “out of touch”.

Judged by the four criteria that the Irish Film Classification Office (Ifco) generally uses — violence, language, sex/nudity, drug use — Twice Shy would be expected to get a 12A rating. However, Ifco has decided it is only suitable for people aged 16 and over because of the abortion theme.

Continued at source: UK Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/film-rating-stigmatises-abortion-qhcw3708w

Read more

Ghana: Youth in Bukom sensitised on dangers of unsafe abortion

0

Youth in Bukom sensitised on dangers of unsafe abortion

Bukom Youtg
24 June 2017

Over 100 youth living in Israel, a fishing community located within Bukom, a suburb of Accra, has been vigorously sensitised on the dangers of illegal abortion under a project dubbed ‘Abortion 360’.

They were also advised to always adopt the practice of comprehensive abortion care (CAC) to stay out of danger.

Continued at source: Ghana Web: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/Youth-in-Bukom-sensitised-on-dangers-of-unsafe-abortion-552093

Read more

Australia: A health issue, not a crime: it’s time to scrap outdated abortion laws

0

A health issue, not a crime: it's time to scrap outdated abortion laws
Archaic abortion laws are still oppressing women in Australia. We should finally step up to medical developments and social expectations

Caroline de Costa, Heather Douglas
Saturday 24 June 2017

On Wednesday the Queensland law reform commission (QLRC) received a reference to consider how Queensland should amend laws relating to termination of pregnancy and remove abortion offences from the criminal code. The QLRC has 12 months to report on how to repeal these archaic Queensland laws dating back to 1861.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/24/a-health-issue-not-a-its-time-to-scrap-outdated-abortion-laws

Read more

‘Teen Voices’ Series: Barriers To Safe Abortion In Uganda Leading To Unhealthy & Dangerous Outcomes

0

‘Teen Voices’ Series: Barriers To Safe Abortion In Uganda Leading To Unhealthy & Dangerous Outcomes
June 23, 2017

This is the third post in our ‘Teen Voices’ series on GTHQ. We partnered with a non-profit organization called Women In Leadership, based out of Uganda, to help promote one of their initiatives. In the Teen Voices Program, they encourage high school girls in the rural town of Busembatia to write article about their lives, and the challenges they face as females in a largely patriarchal society. These stories are then published online, reaching an international audience.

Continued at source: Girl Talk HQ: http://girltalkhq.com/teen-voices-series-barriers-to-safe-abortion-in-uganda-leading-to-unhealthy-dangerous-outcomes/

Read more

Ghana: Campaign to address teenage pregnancy launched

0

Campaign to address teenage pregnancy launched

Dominic Moses Awiah
23 June 2017

A Non-governmental organisation, Liams Foundation International, has launched a campaign to help address the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion in the country.

The campaign, to be carried out in all the 10 regions of the country, will focus on creating awareness of how to avoid unwanted pregnancy in teenage girls, as well as educating those who are already pregnant on the need to prevent unsafe abortion.

Continued at source: Graphic Online: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/campaign-to-address-teenage-pregnancy-launched.html

Read more

India: Woman’s plea for abortion: SC forms 7-doctor medical board

0

Woman's plea for abortion: SC forms 7-doctor medical board

Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Jun 23 2017

The Supreme Court today constituted a medical board of seven doctors of the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata to ascertain health of a 24-week pregnant woman wanting to undergo abortion on the grounds of foetus abnormality.

A vacation bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul directed the medical board to submit the report by June 29 after ascertaining the health of the mother and the foetus. During the hearing, the counsel for the West Bengal government said it has been decided to constitute a team of seven doctors to ascertain the medical condition.

Continued at source: Deccan Herald: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/618820/womans-plea-abortion-sc-forms.html

Read more

UK:MPs to argue Northern Irish women have right to abortion on NHS

0

MPs to argue Northern Irish women have right to abortion on NHS

Cross-party MPs want amendment to Queen’s speech to act as warning to government over DUP pact

Jessica Elgot Political reporter
Friday 23 June 2017

MPs from all the major parties will argue that abortion should be provided on the NHS in England for Northern Irish women, in an amendment to the Queen’s speech which supporters said would act as a warning to Downing Street about the implications of a pact with the Democratic Unionist party.

The amendment, coordinated by the Labour MP Stella Creasy with the support of the Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley, asks the government to consider legislating so women from Northern Ireland have NHS abortion provision when they travel to England to terminate a pregnancy.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/mps-argue-northern-irish-women-right-to-abortion-nhs

Read more

Global Abortion Policies Database

0

Global Abortion Policies Database
June 23, 2017

The World Health Organization, the Human Reproduction Programme, and the Population Division of the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs have launched the Global Abortion Policies Database to promote greater transparency of abortion laws and policies and State accountability for the protection of women and girls’ health and human rights.

The Global Abortion Policies Database is designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate unsafe abortion by producing an interactive open-access database and repository of current abortion laws, policies, and national standards and guidelines. This tool builds upon the UNPD’s previous work in this area, resulting in a more comprehensive information resource on abortion policies in the 21st century. The database will facilitate analyses of countries’ abortion laws and policies when they are placed in the context of WHO guidelines and human rights norms and standards. It is intended to help states identify and eliminate the barriers that women encounter in accessing safe abortion services. It is also intended to increase both the transparency of abortion laws and policies and to ensure accountability for the protection of women’s health and their human rights.

Continued at source: WHO / HRP: http://www.srhr.org/abortion-policies.

------------------------
About the Global Abortion Policies Project

The Global Abortion Policies Project (GAPP) has been designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate unsafe abortion by producing a global, open-access repository of current abortion laws, policies, and national standards and guidelines. The purpose of the Project is to increase both the transparency of abortion laws and policies and to foster accountability among governments as they adopt and implement such policies. The Project has been structured to facilitate comparative analyses of countries’ abortion laws and policies by placing them in the context of the WHO guidance on safe abortion. Current laws and policies on abortion can be used as benchmarks to monitor and evaluate national progress in creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment for eliminating unsafe abortion. The Project Database is a collaborative effort by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations and the Department of Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organization.

Continued at source: United Nations: https://esa.un.org/gapp.

Read more

The Zimbabwe Herald publishes a series of articles on abortion, homosexuality and condoms to prevent HIV

0

The Zimbabwe Herald publishes a series of articles on abortion, homosexuality and condoms to prevent HIV
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 23, 2017

In a series of three articles, the Zimbabwe Herald has reported widely differing views on the subject of abortion as an issue for Zimbabwe’s parliament, as a public health issue, as an issue of religion and morality, and as a source of suffering for women.

The first article was prompted by Hon Dr Ruth Labode, MP for Matabeleland North province and chairwoman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care, calling for safe abortions to be allowed for unwanted pregnancies, in response to findings that 16% of maternal deaths in Zimbabwe were due to unsafe abortions and over half the deaths were among adolescents. According to the 2016 national adolescent fertility study, 9% of adolescents aged 10 to 19 years have ever been pregnant, the majority of whom were from rural areas. Dr Labode criticised government policy for only allowing post-abortion care as a “corrective procedure” when abortions could be made safe in the first place, as in other countries.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/the-zimbabwe-herald-publishes-a-series-of-articles-on-abortion-condoms-to-prevent-hiv-and-homosexuality/

Read more

Stella Creasy Has Called For British Women To Be Allies To Northern Irish Women On Abortion

0

Stella Creasy Has Called For British Women To Be Allies To Northern Irish Women On Abortion

Labour MP Stella Creasy has put forward an amendment to the Queen's Speech to allow women from Northern Ireland to access NHS abortion services in England and Wales.

Posted on June 23, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Labour MP Stella Creasy is calling on women in England and Wales to help women in Northern Ireland access NHS-funded abortion by writing to their MPs in support of an amendment to the Queen's Speech.

Abortion is currently illegal in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, where the Abortion Act 1967 – the law which allows access to abortion in the rest of the UK – was never applied.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/this-mp-has-called-for-british-women-to-be-allies-to

Read more

India: SC notice to govt on abortion deadline

0

SC notice to govt on abortion deadline
Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN | Jun 22, 2017

NEW DELHI: Delay in amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act to provide women a wider window to abort terminally ill fetuses is forcing many to move the Supreme Court for permission to end their pregnancies that are beyond the legally permissible termination period of 20 weeks.

The SC on Wednesday sought the Centre's response to a petition by a Kolkata-based pregnant woman challenging the validity of Section 3 of the MTP Act, 1971, which says pregnancy cannot be terminated after 20 weeks.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sc-notice-to-govt-on-abortion-deadline/articleshow/59261029.cms

Read more

US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution

0

US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution
Washington supports ‘the spirit’ of a UN resolution calling for women’s access to reproductive healthcare but ‘does not recognize abortion’ as a method

Agence France-Presse in Geneva

Thursday 22 June 2017

The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning abuse and discrimination of women, but Washington refused to back one paragraph mentioning access to safe abortions.

The strongly worded resolution, tabled by Canada, expressed “outrage at the persistence and pervasiveness of all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide”, calling on countries to take immediate steps to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/mps-argue-northern-irish-women-right-to-abortion-nhs

Read more

No Two Sides About It – Being Anti-choice is Anti-Science

0

No Two Sides About It - Being Anti-choice is Anti-Science

by Caroline Reilly
Published on June 21, 2017

Over the last three months, the New York Times Opinion page has run not one but three anti-abortion op-eds riddled with misinformation, pseudoscience, and outright falsehoods. On February 27, the Times published “How the New Feminist Movement Leaves Out American Women,” an article by Lauren Enriquez, a public relations manager at Human Coalition, a pro-life nonprofit that calls abortion “the worst holocaust in human history ” on the homepage of their website, comparing it to murder. Exactly a month later, they published “To Win Again, Democrats Must Stop Being the Abortion Party,” in which Boston College theology and religious education professor Thomas Groome claimed Clinton’s allegiance to pro-choice values partially led to her loss to Donald Trump. And in May, a second article written by someone affiliated with the Human Coalition found its way to the op-ed page. In “The Problem with Linking Abortion and Economics,” Lori Szala, the national director of client services at Human Coalition, argues that asserting a link between economics and abortion is “patronizing, and patently dishonest.”

Continued at source: Bitch Media: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/no-two-sides-about-it/being-anti-choice-anti-science

Read more

Ireland: ‘Pro-choice’ senator elected chair of abortion committee

0

‘Pro-choice’ senator elected chair of abortion committee
Oireachtas committee examining abortion law meets for first time

June 21, 2017
Mary Minihan

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in private.

The committee will meet again in two weeks. Ms Noone was the only nominee.

Fine Gael’s Senator Jerry Buttimer had been tipped to become chairman, partly because he led the Oireachtas committee that held hearings on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill four years ago.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/pro-choice-senator-elected-chair-of-abortion-committee-1.3127176

Read more

Human Rights Watch Submission on South Korea to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

0

Human Rights Watch Submission on South Korea to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
June 20, 2017

We write in advance of the 69th pre-sessional working group of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and its review of South Korea’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This submission focuses on restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, LGBT rights and sex education in schools, ongoing discrimination against women, and addresses articles 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16 of the Convention.

Continued at source: Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/06/20/human-rights-watch-submission-south-korea-committee-elimination-discrimination

Read more

Zimbabwe: Zim’s Abortion Dilemma – It’s the Women Who Suffer

0

Zimbabwe: Zim's Abortion Dilemma - It's the Women Who Suffer

June 20, 2017
By Roselyne Sachiti

"My uterus was also damaged because of the pricking. The doctor had to remove it. I cried and begged him not to. He said I would die if he did not. The hysterectomy was performed when I was only 15."

A small black pot "sits" on a paraffin stove in a poorly ventilated, crowded room at Mbare Flats, in Harare.

Continued at link: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201706200140.html

Read more

Why many Kenyans are opting for unsafe abortions

0

Why many Kenyans are opting for unsafe abortions

Daniel Otieno
Tue 20th Jun 2017

According to Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organisation that seeks to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, Kenya recorded 469,690 cases of induced abortion in 2012.

This corresponded to induced abortion ratio of 30 abortions per 100 births in the same year. Abortion remains a highly stigmatised issue in the society. Even though the law permits abortion in some cases, many people still consider it illegal.

Continued at source: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001244211/health-why-many-kenyans-are-opting-for-unsafe-abortions

Read more

Ireland: ‘Abortions were denied to women at suicide risk’

0

‘Abortions were denied to women at suicide risk’

Harris pledges quick action on referendum
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter

June 20 2017, The Times

Two women who had attempted suicide more than once were turned down for abortions in Ireland, a support group has said.

Both women were immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination. One of the pregnancies had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortions-refused-after-several-suicide-bids-xlxq0k8r7#

Read more

Ireland: As Oireachtas Committee meets for the first time, Amnesty International calls for access to abortion on request in early pregnancy.

0

As Oireachtas Committee meets for the first time, Amnesty International calls for access to abortion on request in early pregnancy.

20th June 2017

Amnesty International has reiterated its call for access to abortion on request in early pregnancy following a news report that two women who had attempted suicide were initially denied access to abortion services in Ireland before finally being deemed eligible. The cases outlined by the Abortion Support Network (ASN) and reported in The Times involved two immigrant women who did not have the required visas to travel to the UK. This report comes just one week after an adolescent girl was detained under mental health legislation rather than provided with an abortion under the suicide ground of the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.ie/distressing-cases-highlight-flaws-grounds-based-abortion-legislation/

Read more

Ireland must deal with abortion issue ‘definitively’, says Health Minister

0

Ireland must deal with abortion issue 'definitively', says Health Minister
Tuesday 20th June 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris says Ireland must deal with abortion "definitively", after two women who had attempted suicide more than once were refused abortions in Ireland.

The Abortion Support Network says the women were both immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination.

One of the pregnancies had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Last night, Minister Harris said that he would make all possible resources available to draft legislation for a referendum on the issue.

Continued at source: WLR-FM: http://www.wlrfm.com/news/national/118035-ireland-must-deal-with-abortion-issue-definitively-says-health-minister.html

Read more

New Zealand: Contraceptives, education hailed as heroes as abortion rates lowest in 25 years

0

Contraceptives, education hailed as heroes as abortion rates lowest in 25 years

RACHEL THOMAS
June 20 2017

Women in their teens are having fewer abortions than women in their early thirties.

Teenagers are having fewer abortions than women in their 20s and 30s, with better access to contraceptives tipped as one of the reasons why.

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand in 2016 was the lowest in more than 25 years, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The abortion rate for women aged 20-24 years fell from a peak of 41 per 1000 women in 2003 to 21 per 1000 in 2016.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/93863272/contraceptives-education-hailed-as-heroes-as-abortion-rates-lowest-in-25-years

Read more

New York Just Took The First Steps In Ending Abortion Clinic Harassment

0

New York Just Took The First Steps In Ending Abortion Clinic Harassment
This is a major win for abortion access.

June 20, 2017
Jenavieve Hatch
Associate Women's Editor, HuffPost

QUEENS, N.Y. ― New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a federal lawsuit Tuesday against anti-abortion protestors for the unlawful harassment of patients and their companions outside a New York City abortion clinic.

“The tactics used to harass and menace Choices’ patients, families, volunteers, and staff are not only horrifying ― they’re illegal,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “The law guarantees women the right to control their own bodies and access the reproductive health care they need, without obstruction. We’ll do what it takes to protect those rights for women across New York.”

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/new-york-just-took-the-first-steps-in-ending-abortion-clinic-harassment_us_594920c5e4b07499199e8e6a

Read more

U.S.: Catholic bishops’ agenda hurts families

0

Catholic bishops' agenda hurts families

Jon O'Brien
June 20, 2017

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is kicking off its annual Fortnight for Freedom in Baltimore tomorrow in a celebratory mood. Every year, the bishops present this event as an effort to defend religious liberty. But we’ve seen over five years its real intent: to galvanize the Catholic hierarchy around an agenda to discriminate against and impose their beliefs on Catholics and non-Catholics alike. And their persistence has paid off, despite very little support or attention from everyday Catholics.

Why? Because they found a benefactor unlike any other. President Trump has rewarded the bishops handily for their loyalty during the elections...

Continued at source: Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0621-bishops-fortnight-20170619-story.html

Read more

New Zealand: Fresh calls to decriminalise abortion

0

Fresh calls to decriminalise abortion
June 19, 2017

Nelson Marlborough DHB and surgeon have been blamed for a string of errors that led to a patient's death.© Getty Nelson Marlborough DHB and surgeon have been blamed for a string of errors that led to a patient's death. Despite New Zealand's abortion rate falling to its lowest in 25 years, there is still a need to reform laws that make abortion a crime, a lobby group says.

The country's abortion rate fell to 12,823 last year, down from 13,155 in 2015, Statistics NZ revealed on Monday.

Continued at source: MSN: https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/fresh-calls-to-decriminalise-abortion/ar-BBCTVHx

Read more

Northern Ireland: We are the invisible victims of the DUP’s anti-abortion hardliners

0

We are the invisible victims of the DUP’s anti-abortion hardliners
Any fight to protect women’s rights under a Tory-DUP regime is useless if it ignores the fight in Northern Ireland to have these rights for the first time

Elizabeth Nelson
Monday 19 June 2017

Five years ago a 15-year-old girl travelled from Northern Ireland to Manchester with her mother to have an abortion in a private clinic. The procedure plus travel and accommodation cost them about £900. They were UK citizens. Had they been resident elsewhere in the UK, a termination would have been free on the NHS. But they were from Northern Ireland and this is the price – psychological, medical, physical and literal – that women in Northern Ireland pay for living here.

Amid the outrage about what a British government propped up by the Democratic Unionist party would mean for the rights of women in Britain, and for lesbian, gay and transgender communities, the experiences of those groups in Northern Ireland have been all but invisible.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/19/invisible-victims-dup-anti-abortion-womens-rights-northern-ireland

Read more

Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon’s new NHS abortion plans which will INFURIATE the DUP

0

Nicola Sturgeon's new NHS abortion plans which will INFURIATE the DUP

NICOLA Sturgeon plans to offer free abortions to women who travel to Scotland from Northern Ireland, in direct opposition to the Government's would-be political allies the DUP.

By Ross Logan
PUBLISHED: Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The First Minister is said to be concerned by a Supreme Court ruling last week which rejected an appeal for women in Northern Ireland to be allowed to terminate pregnancies safely and legally through NHS England.

Her ruling SNP party are now examining the implications of the legal case in Scotland, where the law is relaxed enough for doctors to be able to turn a "blind eye" to Northern Irish women seeking an abortion who give the address of a Scottish friend.

Continued at source: The Express: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/818440/Nicola-Sturgeon-abortion-SNP-Northern-Ireland-DUP

Read more

New Zealand: Abortion rate drops to lowest in 25 years

0

Abortion rate drops to lowest in 25 years
19 Jun, 2017

Abortions have dropped to the lowest rate in over 25 years.

The general abortion rate - abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44 - was 13.5 per 1000 women in 2016, down from 14.2 in 2015.

Statistics NZ reported that the abortion rates for younger women have fallen significantly in recent years whereas the rate has stayed the same for older women.

Continued at source: New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11879064

Read more

Ghana: More teenagers engage in unsafe abortion at Brohani – Midwife

0

More teenagers engage in unsafe abortion at Brohani – Midwife
Jun 19, 2017

Unsafe abortion among teenagers has reached an alarming state at Brohani, a farming community in the Banda District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
Madam Mamunatu Ibrahim, the midwife in-charge of the Brohani Rural Clinic, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that the practice was among girls between the ages of 13 and 15 years.

Though she could not immediately provide figures on cases reported, Madam Ibrahim said early marriage was the major contributory factor to the unsafe abortion rates in the area. She said teenage pregnancy was rife in the area, and appealed to relevant institutions to help control early and forced marriages in the community.

Continued at source: News Ghana: https://www.newsghana.com.gh/more-teenagers-engage-in-unsafe-abortion-at-brohani-midwife/

Read more

A Lesson in Medicine and Morality: Argentine Physician Pioneers Abortion Education in Medical School

0

A Lesson in Medicine and Morality: Argentine Physician Pioneers Abortion Education in Medical School

A group of Argentine doctors moves beyond the polarized political debate to equip a new generation of medical professionals with the training necessary to care for patients who requiring abortion care.

By Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson -
Jun 17, 2017

Dr. Raquel Tizziani identifies herself as an educator. Anti-abortion activists think she’s a murderer. The professor of medicine at the National University of Rosario (UNR) is spearheading Argentina’s first university curriculum on abortion. Two months before the program’s start date, its faculty is already under fire. In the three days after UNR announced the plan, no fewer than 10,000 emails demanding an immediate halt to the program flooded the inbox of Ricardo Nidd, Dean of the College of Medicine.

Continued at source: The Bubble: http://www.thebubble.com/a-lesson-in-medicine-and-morality-argentine-physician-pioneers-abortion-education-in-medical-school/

Read more

Northern Ireland: Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals

0

Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals

Seanín Graham
17 June, 2017

AN OVERWHELMING majority of people in Northern Ireland believe abortion should be legalised in cases where a woman's life is at risk or when a fatal condition will result in the death of her baby, a major new study has revealed.

Ulster University researchers also discovered huge support for terminations in cases of rape and incest, while many respondents were opposed to women being prosecuted for buying online abortion pills.

Continued at source: Irish News: http://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/06/17/news/majority-support-for-abortion-in-ni-new-survey-reveals-1058450/

Read more

Ireland: Abortion Rights Campaign Launches ‘Abortion Rights Roadshow’

0

Abortion Rights Campaign Launches ‘Abortion Rights Roadshow’
17th June 2017

The Roadshow will travel the country over the summer months informing the public on why free, safe, and legal abortion access must be introduced both North and South.

Speaking in advance of the first Roadshow event in Galway this evening Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) spokesperson Caoimhe Doyle said: “With a referendum getting ever closer, now is the time to get our pro-choice message to everyone around the country. We will run street stalls in a different part of the country every weekend, equipped with informative leaflets, posters, and volunteers who will be able to answer questions about abortion rights, the 8th amendment, and our vision for the future in Ireland.”

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/17/abortion-rights-campaign-launches-abortion-rights-roadshow/

Read more

Most of Northern Ireland strongly backs abortion law reform, survey finds

0

Most of Northern Ireland strongly backs abortion law reform, survey finds

Three in four people back legal abortions for women pregnant through rape or incest and in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent

Friday 16 June 2017

A large majority of Northern Ireland’s population are in favour of reforming the region’s strict anti-abortion laws and back legal terminations for women made pregnant through sexual violence, a new survey has found.

Nearly 80% of the public in the region believe abortion should be legal when a woman has become pregnant as a result of rape or incest, according to the latest Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/16/northern-ireland-strongly-backs-abortion-law-reform-survey

Read more

Ireland: Cautious welcome for new Taoiseach’s 2018 Repeal referendum

0

Cautious welcome for new Taoiseach’s 2018 Repeal referendum

June 16, 2017
Referendum on the 8th Amendment could be a step forward for Ireland

Speaking today in response to the announcement of a referendum to take place in 2018, Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) spokesperson Linda Kavanagh said, “We’d obviously welcome it, however we reserve judgement until the wording of the referendum is revealed. We fear that it will offer only very limited abortion access and repeat the failures of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. We need broad-based legislation so that real and realistic access is given, otherwise thousands will still travel or break the law by importing and taking abortion pills.”

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/16/cautious-welcome-for-new-taoiseachs-2018-repeal-referendum/

Read more

Bring on the Irish abortion referendum

0

Bring on the Irish abortion referendum

Ella Whelan
assistant editor

This is our chance to make the positive case for women’s rights.

16 June 2017

In his first day in office as the new Fine Gael Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar announced that the Republic of Ireland will have a referendum on the Eighth Amendment next year.

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which was added following a referendum on abortion rights in 1983, ensures the right to life of the unborn. This means that a woman’s life and rights are equated with that of an embryo. Irish women cannot access abortion services, even in the event of rape or fatal fetal abnormality. They are forced to buy medicine illegally online, or travel to the UK at their own expense to access abortion services there.

Continued at source: Spiked: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/bring-on-the-irish-abortion-referendum/19967

Read more

UK: Anti-abortion group Abort67 stage demonstration in Canterbury city centre

0

Anti-abortion group Abort67 stage demonstration in Canterbury city centre

By Emma Grafton-Williams

Published: 16 June 2017

Graphic images of aborted foetuses shocked passers by in a busy shopping centre this afternoon.

The image boards were displayed in Rose Lane in Canterbury by campaign group Abort67 - whose members say they are trying to educate the public to make abortion "unthinkable" and to see the law "give full protection to the unborn."

Continued at source: Kent Online: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/anti-abortion-campaign-shocks-passers-by-127385/

Read more

Ireland: Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year

0

Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year
15 Jun 2017
Kenneth Fox

Simon Harris will be responsible for bringing forward the legislation

Amidst the news of a new Taoisech in the Dáil and the announcement of his Cabinet, the news that Leo Varadkar had confirmed an abortion referendum, seemed to slip through the cracks.

Yesterday he confirmed that the referendum will take place sometime next year.

He said Health Minister Simon Harris would be responsible for bringing forward legislation to allow for the referendum on the eight amendment, which gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn.

Continued at link: NewsTalk: http://www.newstalk.com/Varadkar-announces-abortion-referendum-for-next-year-

Read more

Zimbabwe: Unsafe abortions major cause of maternal deaths

0

Unsafe abortions major cause of maternal deaths
June 14, 2017 Local News

Thandeka Moyo, Health Reporter
ABOUT 16 percent of Zimbabwe’s maternal deaths are caused by unsafe abortions, a procedure which is illegal in the country.

Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate stands at 614 deaths per every 100 000 live births which remains one of the highest in the region.

Continued at source: The Chronicle: http://www.chronicle.co.zw/unsafe-abortions-major-cause-of-maternal-deaths/

Read more

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

0

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

June 14, 2017

The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15. She went to England with her mother for an abortion in a private clinic in 2012, at a cost of about £900.Northern Ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the UK.

The mother and daughter took the case against UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who conceded that he had the power to make provisions for Northern Ireland residents to access free NHS abortions in England.

Continued at link:BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40271763

Read more

U.S.: Alternative Science and Human Reproduction

0

Alternative Science and Human Reproduction

R. Alta Charo, J.D.
June 14, 2017
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1707107

Human reproduction has become the victim of alternative science, rife with alternative definitions of well-understood medical conditions and characterized by rejection of the scientific method as the standard for generating and evaluating evidence. Alternative science begins with alternative facts of the sort propounded by the Trump administration and its appointees, including Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, who has claimed that “there’s not one” woman who can’t afford birth control on her own (despite the high up-front cost of the most reliable contraceptives). Alternative science is similarly embraced by recent executive-branch appointees Valerie Huber, Teresa Manning, Charmaine Yoest, and Katy Talento.

Continued at source: New England Journal of Medicine: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1707107#t=article

Read more

Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

0

Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

Mother and daughter were appealing for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England

Amelia Gentleman
Wednesday 14 June 2017

The supreme court has ruled that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to free access to abortions on the NHS, a decision that was condemned by campaigners as a “further blow to women” from the region.

A panel of supreme court judges narrowly upheld an earlier judgment, confirming that women who travel to England from Northern Ireland, which has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, cannot receive free abortion care on the NHS.

Continued at link: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/supreme-court-narrowly-rejects-northern-ireland-free-abortions-appeal

Read more

Humanists UK urges British leaders to allow free NHS abortions for Northern Ireland women

0

Humanists UK urges British leaders to allow free NHS abortions for Northern Ireland women
June 14th, 2017

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the matter of charging Northern Irish women to access abortion services on NHS England, which are free women living in Britain, is a political decision. Therefore, the UK Government and, specifically, the Secretary of State for Health, has the power to end this unequal and discriminatory charge. Humanists UK, in response to today’s judgment, is calling upon anyone concerned by the unequal treatment of Northern Irish women  to sign its petition urging Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon, and Carwyn Jones to grant Northern Irish free access to abortion services on the NHS in England, Scotland, and Wales respectively.

Continued at source: Humanists UK: https://humanism.org.uk/2017/06/14/humanists-uk-urges-mainland-british-leaders-to-allow-free-nhs-abortions-for-northern-ireland-women/

Read more

UK: RCOG and FSRH letter on DUP abortion stance

0

RCOG and FSRH letter on DUP abortion stance
14 June 2017

The President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Professor Lesley Regan, and the President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, Dr Asha Kasliwal, have today written to the Prime Minister expressing their deep concern about the potential impact on current abortion policy should the Conservative Party govern with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Continued at source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/rcog-and-fsrh-letter-on-dup-abortion-stance/?platform=hootsuite

Read more

U.S.: How Trumpcare Will Hurt Women’s Health

0

How Trumpcare Will Hurt Women’s Health
Posted by Angela Liu on 06/14/2017

May was not a good month for women’s health care. On May 4, a Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which proposes to tighten existing regulations on contraceptive access and maternity care and to cut Planned Parenthood from the federal budget. On the same day, Trump signed a “religious liberty” executive order that allows organizations to limit their employees’ access to contraception and abortion based on the organization’s faith. Then, on May 23, the administration released its 2018 budget proposal, which Dawn Leguens, the vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the “worst budget for women and women’s health in a generation.”

Continued at source: The F Bomb: http://thefbomb.org/2017/06/how-trumpcare-will-hurt-womens-health/

Read more

U.N. Committee: Criminalization of Abortion in Ireland Violates Woman’s Human Rights

0

U.N. Committee: Criminalization of Abortion in Ireland Violates Woman's Human Rights
New Decision Marks Second Time the U.N. Human Rights Committee Calls for Abortion Law Reform in Ireland

06.13.17 - (PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations Human Rights Committee has just ruled for the second time that Ireland’s abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. This new decision recognizes yet again that prohibiting abortion violates women’s human rights and calls on Ireland to reform its laws.

The U.N. Committee ruled in favor of Siobhán Whelan, who was denied access to abortion services in Ireland following a diagnosis of a fatal fetal impairment. The Committee held that Ireland must provide Ms. Whelan with reparations for the harm she suffered and reform its laws to ensure other women do not continue to face similar violations. The Committee instructed Ireland to legalize abortion and provide effective, timely and accessible abortion services in Ireland.

Continued at source: Center for Reproductive Rights: https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/un-committee-criminalization-of-abortion-in-ireland-violates-womans-human-rights-0

Read more

UK: Let’s not shy away from the real reason why everyone mentions the DUP’s stance on LGBT rights, but not women’s rights

0

Let’s not shy away from the real reason why everyone mentions the DUP’s stance on LGBT rights, but not women’s rights

Women can’t rely on the benevolence of individually powerful female politicians, or trust in the good intentions of male politicians who mouth the right words up until the moment anything is actually on the line

Sarah Ditum
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Before 10pm last Thursday night, the DUP was a shambles of a party whose leader Arlene Foster was responsible for the cash-for-ash scandal which has cost an estimated £490m and caused the collapse of power sharing in Northern Ireland. The moment the exit poll was in, it became one of the biggest forces in British politics as the prospect of the party entering into a confidence-and-supply arrangement to support a minority Tory government took hold.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/dup-womens-rights-abortion-lgbt-rights-reproductive-theresa-may-coalition-of-chaos-a7788231.html

Read more

UK: Surge in number of mums having abortions because they ‘can’t AFFORD any more kids’

0

Surge in number of mums having abortions because they ‘can’t AFFORD any more kids’

The housing crisis prevented many families moving to a bigger home, and the ever-increasing cost of having a child is putting pressure on families

By Nick McDermott, Health Editor
13th June 2017,

GROWING numbers of mums are having abortions because they cannot afford a bigger family, figures suggest.

Department of Health data show a 17 per cent rise in the proportion of women who already kids having terminations in the last decade.

Continued at link: The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3791625/surge-in-number-of-mums-having-abortions-because-they-cant-afford-any-more-kids/

Read more

Irish abortion law violated woman’s human rights, UN says

0

Irish abortion law violated woman’s human rights, UN says

Siobhan Whelan forced to travel to UK for abortion after fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis

June 13, 2017
Paul Cullen

A United Nations committee has found Ireland violated the human rights of a woman who had to travel to Britain for an abortion after her baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.
The UN human rights committee has told the State to pay compensation to the woman, Siobhan Whelan, and to provide psychological treatment to her.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/irish-abortion-law-violated-woman-s-human-rights-un-says-1.3118145

Read more

UN repeats criticism of Ireland’s ‘cruel and inhumane’ abortion laws

0

UN repeats criticism of Ireland's 'cruel and inhumane' abortion laws

Committee finds in favour of Siobhán Whelan, who was denied a termination despite fatal foetal syndrome diagnosis

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent

Tuesday 13 June 2017

The United Nations has again ruled that Ireland’s abortion laws have subjected a woman to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

It is the second time in 12 months that the UN’s human rights committee has denounced the abortion rules in the Irish Republic, which denies women with fatal foetal abnormalities the right to terminate pregnancies.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/13/un-denounces-ireland-abortion-laws-as-cruel-and-inhumane-again

Read more

UN highlights the shame of Ireland’s harsh abortion laws

0

UN highlights the shame of Ireland’s harsh abortion laws
13 June 2017

A ruling issued today by the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) that Ireland’s harsh abortion laws violated the human rights of an Irish woman is yet another reminder of the desperate need for reform, Amnesty International said.

The UNHRC ordered that Ireland redress the harm it caused to Siobhán Whelan, who was forced to travel to the UK for an abortion in 2010, including by reforming its abortion laws to prevent similar violations happening to other women.

“This is the second case within a year where the UN has found Ireland’s abortion laws to be grossly out of step with its international human rights obligations. While we welcome this ruling, it is outrageous that women have to go to the UN to have their human rights respected. How many more women will have to suffer before the Irish government opens its eyes?” said Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director.

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/06/un-highlights-the-shame-of-irelands-harsh-abortion-laws/

Read more

Irish Teenager Who Asked For An Abortion Was Sectioned Under Mental Health Act

0

Irish Teenager Who Asked For An Abortion Was Sectioned Under Mental Health Act
She was held in a mental health unit against her will.

June 13, 2017
Sara C Nelson Senior Editor, The Huffington Post UK

An Irish teenager who requested an abortion was instead sectioned and held in a mental health unit against her will.

The girl, whose name has not been released, was seen by a consultant psychiatrist who “was of the opinion that while the child was at risk of self-harm and suicide as a result of the pregnancy, this could be managed by treatment and that termination of the pregnancy was not the solution for all of the child’s problems at that stage.”

The girl and her mother had believed they were being “transferred to Dublin for a termination and she was very agitated when she found that she was being admitted to a mental health unit.”

Continued at source: Huffington Post UK: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/irish-teenager-who-asked-for-an-abortion-is-sectioned-under-mental-health-act_uk_593fd4d7e4b02402687ca82e

Read more

Scotland: Women travelling to England for abortions

0

Women travelling to England for abortions

13 June 2017

New figures show that 180 women travelled from Scotland to England for an abortion last year.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said this highlighted the difficulty in obtaining late-stage terminations for women north of the border.

The law currently allows the procedure up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and 73 of the 180 women who travelled south were at least 20 weeks pregnant.

Continued at link: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-40257828

Read more

Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

0

Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

Difficulty accessing abortion and an increased awareness of online abortion pills could account for the decline in official abortion rates.
Posted on June 13, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

The number of recorded women who have travelled to abortion clinics in England and Wales from Ireland, where the procedure is illegal, decreased last year.

However, there is concern among campaigners that the decline is due to the number of women who self-administer abortion pills at home to illegally end a pregnancy, as well as women from Ireland travelling to England for an abortion and not giving their home address when they are admitted to a clinic.

Continued at link: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/irish-abortion-rates-are-down-and-it-could-be-because-women

Read more

Abortion figures prompt fresh calls for reform of Northern Irish law

0

Abortion figures prompt fresh calls for reform of Northern Irish law

Rights groups seek commitment from UK government as Theresa May holds talks with anti-abortion DUP

Amelia Gentleman
Tuesday 13 June 2017

More than 700 women travelled from Northern Ireland to England for an abortion in 2016, obliged to travel because the procedure remains illegal in most circumstances in the region.

Figures released by the Department of Health on Tuesday will attract renewed attention to Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion legislation as Theresa May holds talks with the leader of the Democratic Unionist party, Arlene Foster, about a deal to allow the Conservatives to govern the UK.

Continued at link: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/13/abortion-figures-prompt-fresh-calls-for-reform-of-northern-irish-law

Read more

UK: Why more power for the DUP is bad news for abortion rights

0

Why more power for the DUP is bad news for abortion rights

June 12, 2017
Author: Pam Lowe
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Aston University, member of Abortion Rights and the Labour Party.

For decades, there was a lack of awareness in the rest of the UK that the 1967 Abortion Act did not apply to Northern Ireland. This started to change recently, as organisations such as the UN joined abortion activists in drawing attention to the lack of access to abortion for women in Northern Ireland. This general election result, in which the DUP was thrust centre stage as potential props of a minority Conservative government, is likely to further shine a light on their record.

Women’s rights to abortion in Northern Ireland have been held back significantly by this socially conservative party. DUP MPs have also consistently voted against abortion rights in the mainland – and are likely to do so again in the future.

Continued at source: The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/why-more-power-for-the-dup-is-bad-news-for-abortion-rights-79267

Read more

Zimbabwe: MPs clash on abortion policy

0

LATEST: MPs clash on abortion policy
June 12, 2017

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter

Some members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care are pushing for legislation on abortion amid revelations that 16 percent of maternal deaths were due to unsafe abortions, with over half of the deaths occurring among adolescents.

According to the 2016 national adolescent fertility study, nine percent of adolescents between 10 and 19 years had ever been pregnant, majority of whom were girls from rural areas.

Speaking during the parliamentarian’s advocacy workshop on HIV and Aids in Gweru recently chairperson of the Health and Child Care portfolio committee Dr Ruth Labode, who is also legislator for Matabeleland North province, said given the above statistics, it was only fair to allow safe abortions in unwanted pregnancies.

Continued at link: The Herald: http://www.herald.co.zw/latest-mps-clash-on-abortion-policy/

Read more

UK: Abortion Rights Must Remain On The Government’s Agenda Despite DUP Opposition, Labour MP Says

0

Abortion Rights Must Remain On The Government's Agenda Despite DUP Opposition, Labour MP Says

Diana Johnson, who boosted her majority in Hull North in last week's election, told BuzzFeed News there's an appetite to decriminalise abortion in the UK.

Posted on June 12, 2017
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter

A Labour MP who began work to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales during the last parliament has said the issue must not now fall off the agenda, despite any likely opposition from the staunchly anti-abortion Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), with whom prime minister Theresa May is currently trying to form a government.

In March, Labour MP Diana Johnson tabled a 10-minute rule bill on decriminalising abortion and replacing the 1967 act with legislation that would make abortion fully legal in England and Wales, bringing the law into line with those in countries such as the US, Germany, and France.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/abortion-rights-must-remain-on-the-governments-agenda

Read more

Can We Redesign the Way We Talk About Abortion? Meet the Women Behind 5 Very Powerful Design-led Projects

0

Can We Redesign the Way We Talk About Abortion? Meet the Women Behind 5 Very Powerful Design-led Projects

“There’s an intellectual resistance to beauty and good design sometimes—a notion that if something is flashy, there is a lack of seriousness behind it. I object to that.”
Words by Madeleine Morley

Published on June 12th, 2017

What does real freedom to choose look like, even (or especially) in the states and countries where legislation is decidedly pro-choice? And how can graphic design help communicate a more accurate narrative? As the anti-choice movement gains traction, the positive effects that abortion has on millions of lives can get lost, so we spoke with the people behind five projects and platforms where graphic design and visual communication is contributing to the portrayal of abortion as a normal medical procedure and basic human right.

Continued at source: Eye on Design: https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/re-designing-the-narratives-of-abortion-how-designers-are-contributing-to-the-pro-choice-effort/

Read more

Ireland: Order detaining pregnant girl seeking abortion discharged

0

Order detaining pregnant girl seeking abortion discharged
June 12, 2017

An Order detaining a pregnant child under Section 25 of the Mental Health Act 2001 was discharged by a District Court judge on the grounds that the child no longer had a mental health disorder in accordance with section 3 of the Mental Health Act.

The Order detaining the child was made several days earlier on the evidence of a consultant psychiatrist who reported that the child had a mental health disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health Act. The consultant psychiatrist was of the opinion that while the child was at risk of self harm and suicide as a result of the pregnancy, this could be managed by treatment and that termination of the pregnancy was not the solution for all of the child’s problems at that stage.

The application to discharge the order was made on behalf of the guardian ad litem (GAL) for the child who was appointed by the District Court judge in the course of making the order for detention. The GAL visited the young girl on several occasions and reported to the different judge hearing the discharge application that she did not wish to be detained and was extremely upset.

Continued at source: Childcare Law Project: https://www.childlawproject.ie/publications/order-detaining-pregnant-girl-seeking-abortion-discharged/

Read more

Ireland: Pregnant young girl detained under mental health act after seeking abortion

0

Latest: Ruth Coppinger: Girl being put into psychiatric unit while seeking abortion is human rights violation
Monday, June 12, 2017

Update 3pm: A young girl being put into a psychiatric unit while seeking an abortion is a human rights violation, according to a Solidarity TD.

Ruth Coppinger said the case highlights serious flaws in the current laws around terminations of pregnancy.

The girl was suicidal, however she was reportedly detained under the Mental Health Act under the advice of a psychiatrist who said an abortion was not the solution.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/pregnant-young-girl-detained-under-mental-health-act-after-seeking-abortion-793163.html

Read more

India: Minor raped, dies after botched abortion in Telangana

0

Minor raped, dies after botched abortion in Telangana

By Express News Service | Published: 11th June 2017

KHAMMAM: In a shocking incident, a mentally-challenged girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted and impregnated by a person and was forced to undergo an abortion by the village panchayat in Kallur mandal of the district, died of infection that spread after she underwent abortion. The incident, once again, came to the fore about the `instant justice’ delivered by local panchayats.

According to Kallur police, the 15-year-old girl hails from Errapandira village of Kallur mandal. The girl’s parents are daily wage workers. Taking advantage of the absence of her parents, a 24-year-old youth of the village, M Chennakeshavulu befriended the girl and started exploiting her sexually. This went on for more than six months and in April, the parents of the girl noticed that she was a pregnant.

Continued at source: New India Express: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2017/jun/11/minor-raped-dies-after-botched-abortion-in-telangana-1615401.html

Read more

UK: Theresa May faces backlash over DUP’s ‘deeply worrying’ abortion stance

0

Theresa May faces backlash over DUP's 'deeply worrying' abortion stance

Robin De Peyer
Saturday 10 June 2017

Theresa May is facing a growing row over abortion because of her plans to govern alongside the socially hardline Democratic Unionist Party.

The Prime Minister has been criticised over a deal struck with the Northern Irish party after the Conservatives lost their majority in a disastrous election performance.

The DUP has a consistently anti-abortion stance, with its leader Arlene Foster saying: “I would not want abortion to be as freely available here as it is in England.”

Continued at source: The Evening Standard: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-may-faces-backlash-over-dups-deeply-worrying-abortion-stance-a3561981.html

Read more

UK: “We will not be DUPed”: Abortion campaigners join protesters in Westminster over proposed Tory-DUP deal

0

"We will not be DUPed": Abortion campaigners join protesters in Westminster over proposed Tory-DUP deal

Several hundreds of protesters were out in force to protest Theresa May's bid to hang onto power by doing a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party

By Caroline Mortimer

10 JUN 2017

Abortion rights campaigners have joined several hundred protesters in central London to voice their anger that Theresa May is negotiating with the DUP.

Protesters from the London Irish Abortion Rights campaign were just some of the demonstrators who flocked to Parliament Square demanding May resign after the Tories’ election disaster which saw they lose their majority.

Continued at source: The Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/we-not-duped-abortion-campaigners-10599292

Read more

UK: Meet the DUP, Theresa May’s saviours – anti-gay right and abortion

0

Meet the DUP, Theresa May's saviours - anti-gay right and abortion
June 10, 2017

Paul Hutcheon Investigations Editor

CONCERNS are growing about Prime Minister Theresa May relying on a right-wing, ultra-religious party from Northern Ireland to prop up her wounded Government.

In a pointed intervention, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson revealed she had pressed May on challenging the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on its anti-gay rights record.

The DUP is the largest party in the suspended Northern Ireland Assembly – power-sharing collapsed after Sinn Fein moved a motion of no confidence in the DUP administration in January – but is now set to have an unprecedented role in Westminster politics.

Continued at source: The Scotland Herald: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15340689.Meet_the_DUP__Theresa_May__39_s_saviours_____anti_gay_rights_and_abortion/

Read more

UK: Abortion is a free vote issue. The DUP are clear – they oppose a woman’s right to choose

0

Abortion is a free vote issue. The DUP are clear – they oppose a woman’s right to choose

Katherine O'brien
Friday June 9th 2017

Katherine O’Brien is Head of Media and Policy Research at the British Pregnancy Advice Service (Bpas)

“We are unashamedly a pro-life party and we will not be changing our support for the retention of innocent life… There is nothing more innocent than an unborn child.”

Those are the words of DUP’s Gregory Campbell, re-elected as MP for Londonderry last night.

Continued at source: inews: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/abortion-free-vote-issue-dup-clear-oppose-womans-right-choose/amp/?cn=bWVudGlvbg%3D%3D

Read more

Distance that U.S. patients travel for care illustrates growing inaccessibility of abortion

0

Distance that U.S. patients travel for care illustrates growing inaccessibility of abortion
June 9, 2017 by Bert Gambini

Abortion fund recipients who have to travel out of state for an abortion travel roughly 10 times farther for their procedures than patients able to get care in their homes states.

On average, abortion fund recipients who receive funds from advocacy organizations to help pay for abortion costs travel close to 172 miles from their homes to a health care provider for the procedures, a distance that has nearly doubled over a recent period that parallels the unprecedented policy-based restrictions that began after the 2010 midterm elections, according to Gretchen Ely, an associate professor in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.

Continued at source: MedicalXpress: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-06-distance-patients-inaccessibility-abortion.html

Read more

Lucie Van Crombrugge, lifelong Belgian abortion rights activist, has died aged 72

0

Lucie Van Crombrugge, lifelong Belgian abortion rights activist, has died aged 72

June 9, 2017
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

by Nausikaä Martens
Kollektief Anticonceptie – Abortuscentrum Gent

Lucie Van Crombrugge was born in November 1944, the youngest of three children. She grew up happily and as a young girl attended a strict Catholic school. At university, she took a degree in history.

She married an engineer and the couple moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo for several years, where she had two daughters. Lucie looked after the household and the children there and continued to do so after their return to Belgium, as a conscious choice at the time to be a full-time mother. Soon a third child came. She became adept at anti-authoritarian parenting, as a very caring and loving mother who, in a democratic way, let her children decide what they wanted.

Continued at link: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/lucie-van-crombrugge-lifelong-belgian-abortion-rights-activist-has-died-aged-72/

Read more

Global gag rule expected to hit safe abortion, contraceptive use in Nigeria

0

Global gag rule expected to hit safe abortion, contraceptive use in Nigeria
By Christin Roby
9 June 2017

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Marie Stopes International in Nigeria is bracing for a dramatic drop in funding, following United States President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, or “global gag rule.”

MSI declined to sign onto the policy, which would require them to cut all services and information relating to abortion, and will therefore forfeit all funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Continued at source: Devex: https://www.devex.com/news/global-gag-rule-expected-to-hit-safe-abortion-contraceptive-use-in-nigeria-90417

Read more

When Antiabortion Ideology Turns into Foreign Policy: How the Global Gag Rule Erodes Health, Ethics and Democracy

0

When Antiabortion Ideology Turns into Foreign Policy: How the Global Gag Rule Erodes Health, Ethics and Democracy

Sneha Barot
Guttmacher Institute
First published online: June 8, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

The Trump administration reimposed and expanded the global gag rule to block U.S. global health assistance to all foreign nongovernmental organizations that use their own funding to engage in abortion-related services or advocacy.

This ideologically driven policy undermines the very goals of U.S. foreign aid programs by harming the health of people in poor countries, violating medical ethics and trampling on democratic values.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2017/06/when-antiabortion-ideology-turns-foreign-policy-how-global-gag-rule-erodes-health-ethics

Read more

Nigeria: NGO kick-starts campaign against unsafe abortion

0

NGO kick-starts campaign against unsafe abortion
June 7, 2017

A Nigerian-based, Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN), has kicked off a campaign against unsafe abortion in the country, noting that over 2, 000 women engage in abortion daily in Nigeria.

The founder of the initiative, Ms Rosy, made this observation at its corporate headquarters at Okota, Isolo, Lagos State, stressing that due to various restrictions, abortion is practiced in the country under unsafe and risky procedures among poor rural women and people without easy access to information and thus are at the risk of death.

Continued at source: The Nigerian Tribune: http://tribuneonlineng.com/ngo-kick-start-campaign-unsafe-abortion/

Read more

India: Cops’ sting unearths doc’s abortion racket

0

Cops' sting unearths doc's abortion racket
TNN | Updated: Jun 7, 2017

KURAVI (MAHBUBABAD): The state government drive to encourage women to deliver babies at government hospitals resulted in the discovery of a long-running illegal sex-determination tests and abortion racket here.

According to inspector of Special Branch of police R Santosh, Dr R Srinivas of Swetha Nursing Home in the mandal headquarters here is suspected to have conducted nearly 300 illegal abortions of female foetuses in the last five months. The police said they suspect that he has been conducting such operations since 2013.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/cops-sting-unearths-docs-abortion-racket/articleshow/59031074.cms

Read more

‘I don’t know another female track-and-field athlete who hasn’t had an abortion’, says London 2012 double-gold medallist

0

'I don’t know another female track-and-field athlete who hasn’t had an abortion', says London 2012 double-gold medallist

Ben Rumsby
7 June 2017

London 2012 double-gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross has claimed every female track-and-field athlete she knows has had an abortion after revealing she had one herself just before the previous Olympics.

Richards-Ross, who won the 400 metres and 4x400m titles five years ago, having also claimed relay gold in 2004 and 2008, disclosed she terminated a pregnancy one day before leaving for the Beijing Games in her new book, Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me about God and Life.

Continued at source: The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2017/06/07/every-female-track-and-field-athlete-know-has-had-abortion-says/

Read more

U.S.: Ending the Stigma and Prosecution of Self-Administered Abortions

0

Ending the Stigma and Prosecution of Self-Administered Abortions
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
By Katie Klabusich, Truthout | News Analysis

In just the first three months of this year, 431 abortion restrictions were introduced at the state level. Plus, 2017 has seen the confirmation of anti-choice Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule (an international policy that prohibits nongovernmental organizations across the globe that receive US family planning funds from advocating for or even discussing abortion). Add in the 338 state-level restrictions passed between 2010-2016, and it is increasingly clear that abortion access -- at least in the short term -- is slipping away in this country.

Continued: Truthout: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40814-ending-the-stigma-and-prosecution-of-self-administered-abortions

Read more

Australia: ‘Pretty tense’: What it’s like to run the gauntlet of anti-abortion protesters

0

'Pretty tense': What it's like to run the gauntlet of anti-abortion protesters

June 6 2017
Amelia Paxman

When Bridget Dominic booked an appointment at a Sydney clinic in November 2015, she didn't expect to have to contend with a cluster of anti-abortion protesters standing outside.

Bridget wasn't having an abortion – she was getting an IUD inserted at the clinic, which specialises in terminations but offers a range of other gynaecological services.

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/news-features/pretty-tense-what-its-like-to-run-the-gauntlet-of-antiabortion-protesters-20170605-gwkqbr.html

Read more

No control, no choice: lack of access to reproductive healthcare in rebel-held Southern Kordofan, Sudan

0

No control, no choice: lack of access to reproductive healthcare in rebel-held Southern Kordofan, Sudan
June 5, 2017

In December 2016, two Human Rights Watch researchers interviewed 90 people in rebel-held areas of Heiban, Delami and Um Dorein counties, including 25 in-depth interviews with women and girls about their access to reproductive healthcare. Researchers also spoke with witnesses and victims of abuse, local rebel authorities, and humanitarian aid workers. This research builds on findings from five earlier Human Rights Watch investigations in the Nuba Mountains region, hilly areas of Sudan’s Kordofan area where communities from different Nuba tribes live, between 2011 and 2015.

In the photograph above, Mukuma Hamad, a volunteer health worker, holds a container of folic acid, the only assistance she can give pregnant women who visit the lone health clinic in Hadara village, in rebel-controlled Southern Kordofan. Most of the women we interviewed did not know what a condom was and had not heard about other options for contraception. NGO workers, health workers and authorities told Human Rights Watch that condoms are rarely available in markets despite an increase in gonorrhea and syphilis cases over the past two years and high percentages of pregnant women testing positive for hepatitis B. Women and girls are unable to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections or control their fertility.

Most pregnant women must rely on local birth attendants who have no formal training, or trained midwives who have not been able to acquire new or sterile equipment since the conflict began. Women and girls experiencing complications during labor may have to travel for days, often on dangerous routes, including across frontlines, to get emergency obstetric care.

Family planning is not available except in rare instances. The rebel SPLM/A-North administration provides the bulk of health care through a network of some 175 clinics, but these do not distribute contraception, including condoms. One agency provides three-month injectable contraception but restrictions imposed on them by the local rebels require patients’ husbands to give permission before they can provide the contraception to women.

[Access to safe abortion is not mentioned.]

SOURCE: Human Rights Watch, 23 May 2017; Photo: © 2016 Skye Wheeler/ Human Rights Watch

------------------

Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/no-control-no-choice-lack-of-access-to-reproductive-healthcare-in-rebel-held-southern-kordofan-sudan/

Read more

UN mourns passing of population agency chief Babatunde Osotimehin, ‘a champion of health for all’

0

UN mourns passing of population agency chief Babatunde Osotimehin, 'a champion of health for all'

5 June 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres and other senior United Nations officials have paid tribute to Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), who passed away suddenly this morning at the age of 68.

“Dr. Osotimehin was admired globally for his leadership of the UN Population Fund and for his forceful advocacy for the world's women and girls in particular,” said Secretary-General Guterres in a statement.

“The world has lost a great champion of health and well-being for all.”

Continued at source: United Nations: https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56906

Read more

Australia: ‘Just not good enough’: Bendigo woman says improvements needed for abortion access in central Victoria

0

'Just not good enough': Bendigo woman says improvements needed for abortion access in central Victoria

Adam Holmes
5 Jun 2017

A CENTRAL Victorian mental health social worker believes Bendigo is in clear need of greater women’s health services that allow women to access abortion without encountering resistance from medical staff.

Her call comes as a second woman told the Bendigo Advertiser of her frustration in trying to access abortion services in Bendigo this year.
Continued at source: Bendigo Advertiser: http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/4709869/abortion-experience-leaves-woman-horrified/

Read more

U.S.: What if it’s Illegal for a Minor to Cross State Lines to Get an Abortion?

0

What if it’s Illegal for a Minor to Cross State Lines to Get an Abortion?

By: Robin Marty
June 5, 2017

There are only 13 states in the U.S. where it is possible for a minor to obtain an abortion without either notifying or explicitly receiving permission from either one or both parents. For those who get pregnant in such states there is the option of continuing the pregnancy, finding a judge who may be willing to grant a judicial bypass so they can get an abortion without parental involvement, or they can travel to one of the few states that allows minors unrestricted access to abortion services.

However, if Congressional Republicans have their way, that final option may soon be off the table.

Continued at source: Care2: https://www.care2.com/causes/what-if-its-illegal-for-a-minor-to-cross-state-lines-to-get-an-abortion.html

Read more

Australia: Fifteen calls in five days: Barriers to accessing abortion in Bendigo laid bare

0

Fifteen calls in five days: Barriers to accessing abortion in Bendigo laid bare
Adam Holmes

3 Jun 2017

AMY* was left close to tears when she found out she was pregnant late last year.

The Bendigo woman, in her 20s, had taken all precautions with her partner to avoid an unplanned pregnancy.

Struggling to find long-term employment and a stable income, the imminent possibility of bringing a child into the world could not have come at a worse time.

Continued at link: The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com.au/story/4705743/barriers-to-abortion-a-concern-for-women/?cs=4172

Read more

Mumbai: No prescription required, abortion pills at doorstep

0

Mumbai: No prescription required, abortion pills at doorstep
By Rupsa Chakraborty | Mumbai | Posted 02-Jun-2017

With this line, online agencies hawk pregnancy termination pills, often to women unaware of the danger of using medication without expert help. mid-day puts itself out there as a desperate customer

An unplanned pregnancy can be terrifying, particularly for single, underage girls afraid of the backlash from their parents and society. This is the fear that online stores are exploiting, by offering abortion pills without prescriptions.

Continued at source: Mid-Day: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-news-abortion-pills-no-prescription-pregnancy-termination-pills-online-agencies/18299199

Read more

Ireland: Write to Leo!

0

Write to Leo!
June 2, 2017

It’s been announced that Leo Varadkar is the new leader of Fine Gael. Pending a Dáil vote, it’s likely he will also be our new Taoiseach. We’ve prepared a letter for our supporters to send to Leo asking him to take the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly seriously and commit to properly reforming abortion law in Ireland. Just copy the text below and send by email to leo.varadkar@oir.ie or by post to Leo Varadkar, T.D., 37A Main Street, Ongar, Dublin 15.

UPDATE: We now have an Irish translation of the letter! See below for more.

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/02/write-to-leo/

Read more

Australian Lawmakers Vote No on Legal Abortion Law

0

Australian Lawmakers Vote No on Legal Abortion Law
In New South Wales, abortion is punishable with 10 years in prison.

Laura Bannister
Jun 2, 2017

Last month, members of the New South Wales Parliament in Australia voted against a bill that would decriminalize abortion, which has been an offense under the state’s Crimes Act since 1900. The law reform bill — which had been brought forward by Member of Parliament Mehreen Faruqi of the Greens Party — was swiftly defeated in the upper house, 25 to 14. The reigning Liberal-National government (broadly defined as center-right conservatives) were given a conscience vote, meaning they could break with their party’s pro-life position if they chose. None did. According to The Guardian, members of the public, who watched the proceedings from the open gallery above, hollered “SHAME!” when results of the conscience vote were revealed.

Continued at source: Teen Vogue: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/australian-lawmakers-vote-no-legal-abortion

Read more

Dominican Republic to uphold total ban on abortion

0

Dominican Republic to uphold total ban on abortion

On May 31, the Dominican Senate voted to uphold a total ban on abortion. Even in cases of rape and incest, and when the woman’s life is in danger.
June 1, 2017 by Raquel Rosario Sanchez

On May 31, the Dominican Senate voted to uphold a total ban on abortion. The country is among six countries worldwide that have banned abortion in all circumstances, including when the life of the mother is in danger. Others are: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Vatican City, Malta, and Chile. The Senate had the opportunity to change the grim situation of reproductive rights and access in the country on Wednesday, however, they voted to uphold the archaic legislation by a margin of 27 to two.

Continued at source: Feminist Current: http://www.feministcurrent.com/2017/06/01/dominican-republic-uphold-total-ban-abortion/

Read more

U.S.: Dr. George Tiller was assassinated eight years ago today

0

Dr. George Tiller was assassinated eight years ago today
By Warren M Hern
Wednesday May 31, 2017

On this morning eight years ago, while having breakfast, I got a phone call from a member of Dr. George Tiller’s family that he had been assassinated two hours before the call. I was devastated, and my family was terrified. George was a dear friend of mine, a medical colleague, my only peer in the work that I do, confidant, and one of the only persons in the world who shared my experience in performing late abortions for desperate women with desired pregnancies complicated by horrible fetal abnormalities. The news was a shock, a drop of bricks on my life, a terrible, painful loss, and a frightening reality — but it was not a surprise. Antiabortion fanatics had been threatening George’s life for decades — as they had mine.

Continued at source: Daily Kos: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/31/1667493/-Dr-George-Tiller-was-assassinated-eight-years-ago-today

Read more

Dominican Republic: Senate faces golden opportunity to decriminalize abortion

0

Dominican Republic: Senate faces golden opportunity to decriminalize abortion
31 May 2017

Senators in the Dominican Republic must scrap one of the world’s most restrictive laws on abortion and begin to protect the rights of millions of women and girls, Amnesty International said ahead of a vote that could decriminalize abortion in certain circumstances.

“Senators in the Dominican Republic have a golden opportunity to protect the lives of millions of women and girls. They must seize the moment and scrap one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws contained in a Criminal Code which dates back to the 19th century,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/05/dominican-republic-senate-faces-golden-opportunity-to-decriminalize-abortion/

Read more

U.S.: Trump to Blow Up Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit

0

Trump to Blow Up Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit

May 31, 2017
Christine Grimaldi & Jessica Mason Pieklo

The draft interim final rule echoes Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s belief that “there’s not one” woman who can’t afford birth control.

Any business that provides employer-sponsored health insurance can soon claim a religious or moral objection to covering birth control, courtesy of the Trump administration.

That could leave more than 55 million cisgender women and an untold number of transgender and gender nonconforming people who rely on no-copay contraception under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) popular birth control benefit on the hook for the cost of the medication or a device—far beyond the cost of a co-pay.

Continued at source: Rewire: https://rewire.news/article/2017/05/31/trump-blow-up-obamacare-s-birth-control-benefit/

Read more

U.S.: How Anti-Abortion Zealots Pose as Medical Professionals to Trick Pregnant Women

0

How Anti-Abortion Zealots Pose as Medical Professionals to Trick Pregnant Women

Callie Beusman
May 30 2017

Anti-abortion groups are opening fake clinics near actual reproductive health care providers across the country in an attempt to shame and scare women into staying pregnant.

On an overcast Saturday morning in late May, several protesters had gathered outside of Hartford GYN Center, an abortion clinic in Connecticut. Many of them were clutching rosaries, and some bore signs decorated with images of beatific infants, with the implication that similar infants were in immediate danger of being murdered. They were, by their own description, facing down "the Evil One;" later in the day, a protester would tell me that an acquaintance of hers had once seen the devil himself crouched atop a different clinic and mistaken it for a gargoyle.

Continued at source: Broadly/VICE: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/how-anti-abortion-zealots-pose-as-medical-professionals-to-trick-pregnant-women

Read more

Malawi: Govt escalates draft abortion Bill

0

Govt escalates draft abortion Bill

James Chavula
May 30, 2017

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has finally published the findings of the Special Law Commission on the Review of Abortion Laws.

Not only does it officially bring the proposed amendments of abortion laws to the attention of Cabinet and Parliament, it also escalates the July 2015 report which contains the draft Termination of Pregnancy Bill whose existence government denied when some Christians marched against liberalisation of colonial abortion laws last December.

According to assistant chief law reform officer Edda Chavula, the step puts the law reform firmly on the path to be deliberated by Cabinet.

Continued at source: Malawi Nation: http://mwnation.com/govt-escalates-draft-abortion-bill/

Read more

Australia: I’m not giving up my fight to decriminalise abortion in NSW

0

I'm not giving up my fight to decriminalise abortion in NSW

Mehreen Faruqi
May 30 2017

Earlier this month, the Upper House of NSW Parliament voted down a bill to take abortion offences out of the NSW Crimes Act of 1900.

Reactions from supporters of this reform have ranged from shock to anger and embarrassment. For many in the community, it was hard to believe that in the year 2017 a majority of the members of parliament refused to overturn an archaic, outdated law that criminalises women and doctors for a medical procedure.

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/opinion/im-not-giving-up-my-fight-to-decriminalise-abortion-in-nsw-20170529-gwfkw0.html

Read more

El Salvador: What happens when abortion is illegal in all circumstances

0

What happens when abortion is illegal in all circumstances

Jeannette Urquilla
May 30, 2017

El Salvador has one of the worst records on reproductive rights in the world. Since 1998, Article 133 of the Penal Code has made abortion illegal in all circumstances, without exception, punishable by up to eight years in prison. Sentences of up to 30 years have been handed down when a judge determined that “homicide” rather than abortion had occurred. The Alliance for Women’s Health and Life has reported that 147 El Salvadorian women were charged with crimes relating to abortion between 2000 and 2014.

Because our laws are so draconian, so tilted in favor of the rights of fetuses over those of living women, pregnant women experiencing difficulties may not feel safe in El Salvador’s hospitals. We’ve all heard about Maria Teresa Rivera, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison after she miscarried. (She was released after serving four.) We are terrified of having medical problems during pregnancy as there is an underlying presumption of guilt. So women often suffer in silence, which causes further complications.

Continued at source: LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-urquilla-el-salvador-abortion-20170530-story.html

Read more

I’m an Ob/Gyn and I Never, Ever Want to Be Pregnant

0

I'm an Ob/Gyn and I Never, Ever Want to Be Pregnant
May 30, 2017
By Leah Torres, M.D.

No, thanks. That looks horrible.

Pregnancy is a miserable experience. At least that’s what some pregnant people tell me. Most of them are my patients. I'm an ob/gyn and a specialist in reproductive health, so I know quite a bit about why pregnancy is terrible. I, fortunately, have never had to suffer through being pregnant (thanks, Planned Parenthood!). Nope, I do not want to give birth. Ever.

The fact that there are people willing to vomit every morning for months on end, deal with hemorrhoids from weeks of constipation, and a myriad of other illness-esque experiences amazes me every time I see them for their prenatal visits.

Continued at source: Self.com: http://www.self.com/story/im-an-obgyn-and-i-never-ever-want-to-be-pregnant

Read more

Australia: Griffith businesswoman Anne Napoli opposes Greens abortion reform as debate turns ugly

0

Griffith businesswoman Anne Napoli opposes Greens abortion reform as debate turns ugly

Oliver Jacques
29 May 2017

Prominent Griffith businesswoman Anne Napoli has spoken out against NSW Greens moves to soften the state's abortion laws.

Her comments come after Greens supporters hung NSW MPs' photos attached to coat hangers outside NSW parliament - photos of the 25 members who voted down a Greens abortion reform bill. .

Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi said her bill was about decriminalising abortion.

Continued at source: The Area News: http://www.areanews.com.au/story/4692449/abortion-debate-turns-ugly/

Read more

Canada: Scheer’s election as Conservative leader cheered by anti-abortion groups

0

Scheer’s election as Conservative leader cheered by anti-abortion groups
Groups say they sold as many as 18,000 party memberships hoping to affect the outcome of the leadership race and grow the social conservative wing of the party.

By Tonda MacCharles
Ottawa Bureau reporter
Mon., May 29, 2017

OTTAWA—The election of Andrew Scheer, an avowedly anti-abortion Conservative Party leader, has cheered and emboldened anti-abortion groups who say his victory shows the growing strength of the social conservative wing of the party.

“This is what happens when pro-lifers do politics right,” said Scott Hayward, co-founder of RightNow, on his Facebook page.

Continued at source: Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/05/29/scheers-election-as-conservative-leader-cheered-by-anti-abortion-groups.html

Read more

Canada: The CPC’s bringing back the abortion debate — bet on it

0

The CPC's bringing back the abortion debate — bet on it
iPolitics Insights
Scheer can’t stop it — and it’s going to cripple the party in 2019

Michael Harris
Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Justin Trudeau must have slept like a baby last night. 2019 is no longer the year of living dangerously as far as the Conservative threat to his regency is concerned.

Not only did the social conservatives retain control of the Harper Party, but in Andrew Scheer, the former PM (still thought to be a behind-the-scenes puppet-master by some) likely got the candidate he wanted. At the very least, he did not get an uppity progressive like Michael Chong — who defied him in the days of Harper’s flat-out authoritarianism — or the weak tea of an Erin O’Toole.

Continued: http://ipolitics.ca/2017/05/28/the-cpcs-pro-life-wing-is-putting-scheer-on-notice/

Read more

Canada: Yasir Naqvi to propose safe zones around Ontario abortion clinics

0

Yasir Naqvi to propose safe zones around Ontario abortion clinics
Similar laws already in place in B.C., N.L., Quebec

CBC News Posted: May 29, 2017

Ontario Attorney General and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi plans to propose a bill this fall that would create safe zones around abortion clinics in the province, citing reports of harassment by a small group of protesters outside a clinic in his riding.

Naqvi made the announcement Monday morning alongside Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Coun. Catherine McKenney, saying laws like this are more important than ever in an increasingly polarized society.

Continued: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-province-protect-abortion-clincs-1.4135673

Read more

Jamaica: Thinking of having an abortion? Please read this

0

Thinking of having an abortion? Please read this
Published:Monday | May 29, 2017
Michael Abrahams

Although abortion is, for the most part, illegal in Jamaica, you are surrounded by women who have had pregnancies terminated. Lawyers, doctors, domestic helpers, nurses, policewomen, teachers, hairdressers. They work in your office, walk past you in supermarket aisles and sit beside you at church.

But many women who have abortions place themselves at risk without even knowing it. This is because shortcuts are often taken, which can cause significant morbidity or even death. I am not encouraging any woman to have an abortion, but the truth is that whether the procedure is legal or not, if a woman is determined not to carry a pregnancy, she will find ways of having it terminated. I am not in the habit of giving advice to people regarding breaking the law, but in this instance, I have placed concern for human safety above political correctness. So, if you have decided that you must terminate a pregnancy, please read this carefully.

Continued at source: Jamaica Gleaner: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20170529/michael-abrahams-thinking-having-abortion-please-read

Read more

India: PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

0

PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

THE ASIAN AGE. | TEENA THACKER
Published : May 28, 2017

New Delhi: The recent incident of a 26-year-old woman dying during a botched up termination of pregnancy has caught the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM has sought a report from the Centre on the matter, with a mandate to the Union health ministry to strengthen the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

The police in March had arrested a homeopath, Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure, who ran an illicit abortion racket in the Mhaisal village, Maharashtra, after the discovery of as many as 19 aborted female foetuses dumped in a sewer.

Continued at source: Asian Age: http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/280517/pm-modi-looks-into-botched-up-abortion.html

Read more