USA – 11 Essential Stories on Abortion

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11 Essential Stories on Abortion

By Sarah Nechamkin
Aug 15, 2018

Just as no two women are the same, each woman experiences abortion differently. While we at the Cut are constantly chasing news about the current status of reproductive rights in our country, we’ve also dedicated a number of stories to the diverse personal experiences of women and abortion, offering a more nuanced picture of the complexities of abortion — its safety, accessibility, and emotional weight. Here, we’ve gathered 11 essential abortion stories that help inform our national dialogue.

Continued: https://www.thecut.com/2018/08/what-to-read-on-roe-v-wade-11-essential-abortion-stories.html

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Compounding Trauma: Indonesia’s Abortion Law

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Compounding Trauma: Indonesia’s Abortion Law
“The abortion law in Indonesia makes it almost impossible to protect women.”

By Aisyah Llewellyn
August 14, 2018

In July 2018, the news broke that a 15-year-old Indonesian teenager in Jambi, Sumatra had been sentenced to six months in prison. Her crime: undergoing an abortion after she was raped by her own brother.

The case provoked widespread outrage, and sparked protests by women’s rights and child protection groups after the teenager was charged under the child protection law when a male fetus was found in a palm oil plantation close to her village.

Continued: https://thediplomat.com/2018/08/compounding-trauma-indonesias-abortion-law/

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Australia – The big myth about abortion

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The big myth about abortion

Rebecca Sullivan
14th Aug 2018

TEENAGE girls are often stereotyped as the female demographic most likely to have an abortion, but new data and health experts say it's actually middle-aged mothers who make up the majority of terminations.

According to data from family planning organisation Marie Stopes Australia, women aged 36-40 had 3100 terminations a year, on average, compared to 2900 for those aged 16-20. Women aged 41-45 had 1200 a year and there were less than 100 for women aged 46 and over.

Continued: https://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/the-big-myth-about-abortion-its-not-teenagers-but-/3493303/

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How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion

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How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion

AUG. 14, 2018

President Trump has pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was a cautious supporter of abortion rights. With his departure and the addition of a second Trump appointee, the Supreme Court would have a conservative majority that would most likely sustain sharp restrictions on access to abortion in the United States.

But if the court does hear a case that brings up the issue, it is hardly clear that it would take the drastic step of overruling Roe. The court could instead opt for a more incremental strategy, upholding increasingly severe restrictions in much of the country but stopping short of saying that the Constitution has nothing to say about a right to abortion.

Assuming that there are five justices ready to limit abortion rights, how could that happen? Here are some of the possible scenarios, each of which entails a different degree of legal upheaval.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/14/us/roe-v-wade-explainer.html

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Abortion Is a Problem to Be Solved, Not a Moral Issue

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Abortion Is a Problem to Be Solved, Not a Moral Issue
Education and birth control are slowly making the politics less relevant

By Michael Shermer | Scientific American, September 2018 Issue (online August 14)

In May of this year the pro-life/pro-choice controversy leapt back into headlines when Ireland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to end its constitutional ban on abortion. Around the same time, the Trump administration proposed that Title X federal funding be withheld from abortion clinics as a tactic to reduce the practice, a strategy similar to that of Texas and other states to shut down clinics by burying them in an avalanche of regulations, which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in 2016 as an undue burden on women for a constitutionally guaranteed right. If the goal is to attenuate abortions, a better strategy is to reduce unwanted pregnancies. Two methods have been proposed: abstinence and birth control.

Abstinence would obviate abortions just as starvation would forestall obesity. There is a reason no one has proposed chastity as a solution to overpopulation. Sexual asceticism doesn't work, because physical desire is nearly as fundamental as food to our survival and flourishing.

Continued: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/abortion-is-a-problem-to-be-solved-not-a-moral-issue/

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Finland – Soini’s views on abortion are medieval, slams Halla-aho

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Soini’s views on abortion are medieval, slams Halla-aho

Created: 14 August 2018

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini’s (BR) views on abortion are medieval, states Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party.

“I think it’s slightly disconcerting if your thoughts revolve too much around questions like this. I think there should also be other themes in politics,” Halla-aho stated in a news conference held in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August.

Continued: http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/politics/15748-soini-s-views-on-abortion-are-medieval-slams-halla-aho.html

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MEXICO – Mexico’s new government seeks abortion on request up to 12 weeks across the country

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MEXICO – Mexico’s new government seeks abortion on request up to 12 weeks across the country

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 13, 2018

The new government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador will seek to decriminalise abortion throughout Mexico. The future Interior Minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, recognising that this is a topic that polarises the country, will seek a permanent dialogue with the 32 state congresses on this issue. In an interview with Radio Fórmula in July, the ex-Supreme Court judge explained that she supports abortion up to 12 weeks because she believes that women “should not be deprived of their freedom”.

In 2007, Mexico City legalised abortion up to 12 weeks of gestation, which Sánchez Cordero wants to propose to the whole country.

On 1 December, Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s party, the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Movement for National Regeneration), will take control of 22 state congresses. López Obrador has stressed that the greatest challenge for the country is to end the wave of violence that caused 25,339 murders last year.

However, 18 of Mexico’s 32 states have laws that give legal protection to the fetus from conception, some passed directly in response to Mexico City’s law reform, while in the rest there are disparate laws that allow only two to five grounds for abortion. Olga Sánchez Cordero has her work cut out for her, and we wish the best in it!

SOURCE: El Nuevo Diario, 12 July 2018 ; PHOTO: Efe
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Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/mexico-mexicos-new-government-seeks-abortion-on-request-up-to-12-weeks-across-the-country

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PARAGUAY – It’s three years and three months…

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PARAGUAY – It’s three years and three months...

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 13, 2018

… since we published the photo above, taken during a protest against a case that has come back into the news this week. Along with human rights and women’s groups across Latin America in 2015, we joined the chorus of voices condemning the government and a hospital in Paraguay for refusing to allow a 10-year-old child who had been sexually abused by her stepfather to have an abortion. When the girl’s mother took her daughter to hospital suffering from stomach cramps and vomiting, she did not realise the girl was more than six months pregnant. et she was arrested and imprisoned for supposedly allowing the abuse to happen, and only after the girl had delivered was she released with all charges dropped.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/paraguay-its-three-years-and-three-months/

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – March against the criminalisation of abortion

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – March against the criminalisation of abortion

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 13, 2018

On 15 July, hundreds (one report said thousands) of people from more than 100 social and political organisations participated in the “March for Life, Health and Dignity of Dominican Women”, which called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the country on three grounds: when the life of the woman is at risk, in cases of rape or incest, and when the fetus is not viable.

The march went from the Dominican Medical College to the National Congress. Placards carried messages such as: “The rich abort, the poor die”, “The sins according to a religion do not have to be crimes for the nation” and “#Abortion3Grounds: the life, health and dignity of women”. There were also demands that legislators “fulfill their role as representatives of the will of the Dominican people, who have pronounced themselves in favour of the three grounds by a large majority.”

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/dominican-republic-march-against-the-criminalisation-of-abortion

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Opinion: Many Cubans using abortion as birth control

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Opinion: Many Cubans using abortion as birth control
Abortion can sometimes carry major health risks. The lack of availability of either condoms or contraceptive pills means that many Cuban women undergo several abortions in their lives, the blogger Yoani Sánchez writes.

13.08.2018
Author Yoani Sánchez

She is only 20 years old but has already had four abortions. The young Cuban woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, is not an isolated case.

In some countries in Latin America, women can spend many years behind bars because they have had an abortion or even because they are suspected of having undergone the procedure. In countries such as Chile and Argentina, a debate about abortion is taking place on the streets and in public discourse. However, in Cuba discussion on the subject is taking place — if at all — on social networks and the websites of the independent press.

Continued: https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-many-cubans-using-abortion-as-birth-control/a-45070097

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