Pro-Abortion-Rights Activists Won in Ireland, But Not Argentina

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Pro-Abortion-Rights Activists Won in Ireland, But Not Argentina
Efforts to loosen restrictive laws in the two Catholic-majority countries resulted in two very different outcomes.

Yasmeen Serhan
Aug 10, 2018

When Ireland voted in its historic referendum in May to overturn its decades-old ban on abortion, it looked as if more change could follow. If Ireland voted to liberalize abortion access, maybe Northern Ireland would be next. And after that, who knows? The Irish referendum proved that even a Catholic-majority country was ready to have the debate. Perhaps it wouldn’t be long before others would do the same.

Another vote on abortion did come three months later, this time to Argentina. But this Catholic-majority country decided differently. On Thursday, Argentina’s Senate voted down a bill to decriminalize abortion access in the country, where terminations are legal only in cases of rape or if the pregnancy poses a risk to the life of the woman. The proposed legislation, which would have allowed women to seek an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, was supported by 31 lawmakers but rejected by 38. Two abstained.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/abortion-vote-argentina-ireland/567200/

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USA – What You Need to Know About Abortion Doulas and Their Vital Work

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What You Need to Know About Abortion Doulas and Their Vital Work

Sezin Koehler
Aug 6, 2018

While most people have heard of birth doulas and generally understand their support role during pregnancy, labor, and after, very few have heard of abortion doulas and know even less about what they do to support people terminating pregnancies.

Gina Martinez Valentín first heard about abortion doulas from Hip Mama magazine 20 years ago: “There was an article about a young single queer mom who was showing up and helping her friends when they were having an abortion, to offer support. For unrelated reasons the mom ended up dying, and that’s when I knew I was going to do this.”

Continued: https://wearyourvoicemag.com/health/abortion-doulas

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The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

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The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

By QUOCTRUNG BUI and CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
AUG. 4, 2018

Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a new analysis of four decades of births shows that the age that women become mothers varies significantly by geography and education. The result is that children are born into very different family lives, heading for diverging economic futures.

First-time mothers are older in big cities and on the coasts, and younger in rural areas and in the Great Plains and the South. In New York and San Francisco, their average age is 31 and 32. In Todd County, S.D., and Zapata County, Tex., it’s half a generation earlier, at 20 and 21, according to the analysis, which was of all birth certificates in the United States since 1985 and nearly all for the five years prior. It was conducted for The New York Times by Caitlin Myers, an economist who studies reproductive policy at Middlebury College, using data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/04/upshot/up-birth-age-gap.html

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USA – ‘My Dark Secret’: Orthodox Women Reveal Their Abortion Stories

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‘My Dark Secret’: Orthodox Women Reveal Their Abortion Stories

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt
August 1, 2018

Abortion is never simple — no matter the state, the stage of pregnancy, or the reason.

While the nation is besotted with headlines, as Roe v. Wade is once again brought to the forefront of debate, we often overlook the actual stories of women who go through this experience.

But there is one group of women for whom abortion is an especially fraught decision — women in religiously conservative communities, and particularly, women of the Orthodox Jewish community.

Continued: https://forward.com/life/406674/my-dark-secret-orthodox-women-reveal-their-abortion-stories/

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USA – ‘I Didn’t Tell a Soul’: Illegal Abortion Then and Now

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‘I Didn’t Tell a Soul’: Illegal Abortion Then and Now

Jul 31, 2018
Lauren Holter

Jo Baxter had an illegal abortion in 1965. Now she fears the country is reverting back to a time when women couldn’t legally end a pregnancy.

Terror: That was the only emotion Jo Baxter remembers feeling as she drove from Nebraska to Kansas. It was a Saturday morning in 1965—eight years before abortion was legalized in the United States—when the college junior got into a car with her boyfriend and another friend who agreed to drive the six hours so Baxter could get an illegal abortion from a man she’d never met.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/31/i-didnt-tell-a-soul-illegal-abortion-then-and-now/

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USA – How technology could preserve abortion rights

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How technology could preserve abortion rights
Telemedicine prescriptions could undercut state abortion restrictions.

By MOHANA RAVINDRANATH and RENUKA RAYASAM
07/29/2018

Abortion rights advocates are exploring how technology might preserve or even expand women’s access to abortion if the Supreme Court scales back Roe v. Wade.

A nonprofit group is testing whether it's safe to let women take abortion pills in their own homes after taking screening tests and consulting with a doctor on their phones or computers. Because the study is part of an FDA clinical trial, the group isn’t bound by current rules requiring the drugs be administered in a doctor’s office or clinic.

Continued: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/29/abortion-rights-technology-telemedicine-prescriptions-693328

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‘I felt colossally naive’: the backlash against the birth control app

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‘I felt colossally naive’: the backlash against the birth control app
Natural Cycles was hailed as a stress-free, hormone-free contraceptive. Then women began reporting unwanted pregnancies

Olivia Sudjic
Sat 21 Jul 2018

Last summer I had an abortion. Statistically unremarkable, yes, but mine wasn’t because of a split condom or a missed pill. I was four months into a tense relationship with a much-hyped Swedish “digital contraceptive”, a smartphone app called Natural Cycles. I had spent my 20s on the pill, but hated not knowing whether my emotional state was down to artificial hormones or not. My boyfriend and I had been together for eight months, and I was desperately seeking something new, something that wouldn’t make me feel so anxious.

That’s when the adverts started following me around on social media: glowing women reclining in Scandi bedrooms, all pale grey sheets and dappled light, brandishing basal thermometers and telling me how great it felt to “get to know yourself better”. Natural Cycles’ ads promised the “world’s first contraceptive app”, something “natural, hormone free & non-invasive”. I could start using it without a two-week wait for a doctor’s appointment and so, in a fug of hormones and frustration, I bought a subscription. I was sold on shiny promises, a sleek user interface and the fact that a former Cern physicist, Elina Berglund, was at the company’s helm. But four months in, it failed. Berglund helped discover the Higgs boson; but it turns out her algorithm couldn’t map my menstrual cycle.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/21/colossally-naive-backlash-birth-control-app

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USA – Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing

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Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded crisis pregnancy centers deliver few services

By Mary Tuma
Fri., July 20, 2018

"They won't tell you this wherever they do these things, but it's a very big risk. You may never be able to conceive children. There's about a 90% chance you may never be able to have children down that road."

That was one of the misleading and deceptive messages imparted to Laura Gor­sky and Breanne Wenke by crisis pregnancy center counselors during a March visit to the TruCare pregnancy resource center in South Austin. While there, Gorsky and Wenke were also sold a slew of other medically unproven information about abortion, including negative mental side effects and emotional distress, false claims debunked by the American Psychological Association. The procedure, they were warned, was "very painful," and they would "hear the vacuum sucking the fetus out."

Continued: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2018-07-20/crisis-pregnancy-centers-money-for-nothing/

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USA – Remembering an Era Before Roe, When New York Had the ‘Most Liberal’ Abortion Law

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Remembering an Era Before Roe, When New York Had the ‘Most Liberal’ Abortion Law

By Julia Jacobs
July 19, 2018

In 1971, Pamela Mason was a college freshman living in Ohio when she got pregnant. She knew immediately that she wanted an abortion, but the procedure was heavily restricted in her state.

Still, she wanted to find a way. The clinic near her university’s campus referred her to an abortion clinic in Manhattan, and when she was about 10 weeks along, Ms. Mason and her boyfriend scraped together enough money to drive to New York City.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/us/politics/new-york-abortion-roe-wade-nyt.html

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The future of abortion access in the United States

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The future of abortion access in the United States

By Anu Kumar, President and CEO
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Well, now we know—President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Kennedy’s U.S. Supreme Court seat. When Justice Kennedy announced he’ll retire at the end of July, there was a collective panic attack on the part of thousands of us who work to protect reproductive rights.

Kennedy was seen as a centrist and a critical “swing vote” on the court. In the early 1990s and again in 2016, he voted to preserve Roe v. Wade. What’s burning in my mind and the minds of so many of my colleagues and compatriots is Trump’s vow to ensure the Court has another justice who’s against abortion rights.

Continued: http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2018/July/The-future-of-abortion-access-in-the-United-States.aspx

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