NSW – ‘Compassion’ plea in abortion bill debate

'Compassion' plea in abortion bill debate
Aug 16, 2019

A NSW upper house committee has under a week to report its findings from an inquiry examining a bill to decriminalise abortion in the state.

The parliamentary committee held hearings in Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday before the bill is sent to the Legislative Council where it's due to be debated next week.

Continued: https://www.9news.com.au/national/compassion-plea-in-abortion-bill-debate/b21966ac-a72e-4560-b323-c05ccbf65ab1

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USA – The safe house shielding patients as abortion wars rage outside

The safe house shielding patients as abortion wars rage outside
The Power House gives women a place of sanctuary as they wait for their procedures at Montgomery’s only abortion clinic next door

by Khushbu Shah in Montgomery, Alabama
Thu 15 Aug 2019

The group of women gathered on the porch of a single story house next door to Montgomery’s only abortion clinic had all been strangers until minutes ago. Now one splayed comfortably across a wicker couch, a few chain-smoked and all gripped cell phones as a humid Alabama summer morning dampened the air.

They were all at an abortion safe house – called the Power House – which was brightly lit and whose doors had been unlocked before the sun rose.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/15/abortion-safe-house-alabama

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USA – Abortion ‘Stigma’ Prevalent in Many Affordable Care Act Plans

Abortion ‘Stigma’ Prevalent in Many Affordable Care Act Plans
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is creating unnecessary administrative burdens for those receiving abortion care through ACA plans.

Aug 15, 2019
Erin Heger

A new report from the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) found a lack of abortion coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) state marketplaces, with plans in Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, West Virginia, and Wyoming failing to indicate whether they cover abortion beyond circumstances of rape, incest, or life endangerment.

Those plans include wording found in the discriminatory Hyde Amendment.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/08/15/abortion-stigma-prevalent-in-many-affordable-care-act-plans/

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UK – What Happens When an Abortion Doesn’t Fully Work

What Happens When an Abortion Doesn't Fully Work
I had an incomplete abortion last year. This is what I wish I'd known about them.

by Rose Stokes
Aug 15 2019

Last year, I had an abortion. My reasons for doing so are deeply personal, painful, and nobody’s business but mine. Once I'd decided to terminate the pregnancy, a woman from British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) asked me over the phone if I wanted a medical abortion—which was still possible at my stage of pregnancy (nine weeks)—or a surgical one. I had no idea.

“What’s the difference?” I asked.

“Well, one you take a pill and the other is more invasive."

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7x5pqz/what-is-incomplete-failed-abortion

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El Salvador – Retrial for teenage rape victim accused of inducing an abortion and convicted of aggravated murder resumes

Retrial for teenage rape victim accused of inducing an abortion and convicted of aggravated murder resumes

August 15, 2019
by CNN Wire

The retrial of a teenage rape victim will resume on Thursday in El Salvador, in a case that has drawn global attention to the country’s strict anti-abortion laws.

Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez, now 21, will return to the Ciudad Delgado courtroom, after being accused of inducing an abortion and convicted of aggravated murder when she was a teenager. She pled not guilty to these charges when the retrial began last month.

Continued: https://pix11.com/2019/08/15/retrial-for-teenage-rape-victim-accused-of-inducing-an-abortion-and-convicted-of-aggravated-murder-resumes/

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Young Voters Care About Abortion Policy. Argentine Politicians Are Ignoring Them

Young Voters Care About Abortion Policy. Argentine Politicians Are Ignoring Them.
The youth vote is becoming increasingly important in Argentina, but the leading presidential candidates are deliberately avoiding the issue that matters most to them.

By Ana Ionova
August 15, 2019

SALTA, Argentina —When Milagros Peñalba and Camila Monzón, both 17, consider supporting a political candidate in Argentina’s next presidential election, the key issue is not how to tackle Argentina’s massive debt burden or how to curb skyrocketing inflation. What they care about most is whether the candidates are in favor of legalizing abortion.

Since the nationwide debate on abortion rights last year culminated in disappointment for those in favor of legalization, the two youth activists have campaigned for reproductive rights, better sex education, and access to contraceptives in their hometown of Salta, in Argentina’s deeply conservative north. They also organize events encouraging their peers to get to know their political representatives.

Continued: https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/08/15/young-voters-care-about-abortion-policy-argentine-politicians-are-ignoring-them/

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South Africa – Abortion service providers face judgment from colleagues

Abortion service providers face judgment from colleagues

Health E-News
Aug 15, 2019

Lack of support for termination of pregnancy (TOP) service providers in the public health sector has led to an exodus of qualified people who can perform abortion services. Stigma and judgement from their colleagues make their working conditions so difficult that many opt to leave the service rather than continue to work in hostile environments.

According to Kgaladi Mphahlele, the Doctors Without Borders’ Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Manager in Rustenburg, North West, part of their work has been to train nurses and doctors who perform abortions, especially for women wanting them late in their pregnancy.

Continued: https://health-e.org.za/2019/08/15/abortion-service-providers-face-judgment-from-colleagues/

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Australia – Premier under abortion pressure

Premier under abortion pressure

By Andrew Clennell
August 15, 2019

Gladys Berejiklian faces great pressure from her Liberal partyroom to put the abortion legislation she supports through a proper and long parliamentary inquiry process, after the NSW Premier yesterday backed down and said she would back a possible ban on gender selection abortions.

It comes amid growing unrest among some federal politicians about NSW’s abortion laws, with LNP senator for Queensland and Resources Minister Matt Canavan backing former deputy prime minister John Anderson’s concerns about the NSW legislation.

Continued: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/premier-under-abortion-pressure/news-story/b0e2c566093833bf223d0a79fb39b723

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NSW – Berejiklian backs ‘gender selection’ abortion ban amid pressure

Berejiklian backs 'gender selection' abortion ban amid pressure

By Alexandra Smith
August 14, 2019

Sheffield, England: Premier Gladys Berejiklian has made an extraordinary appeal to her upper house colleagues to consider "strengthening" the abortion bill as she comes under pressure from conservative MPs.

Ms Berejiklian said she would be prepared to change the Crimes Act to ban gender selection abortions and encouraged upper house MPs to give the issue "careful consideration".

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/berejiklian-backs-strengthening-of-abortion-bill-amid-pressure-from-conservative-mps-20190814-p52gub.html

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Poverty is a hurdle for women seeking abortions in rural America

Poverty is a hurdle for women seeking abortions in rural America
In the US south and beyond, getting an abortion is not only logistically and emotionally difficult – it can push someone over the financial edge

by Khushbu Shah in Shreveport, Louisiana
Wed 14 Aug 2019

For the third time in a week, LT stood at the reception in the abortion clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana, more than 90 minutes away from her home. She was – again – looking for the right paperwork to show her boss why she had taken time off work from her busy job at a chain restaurant in north-eastern Louisiana.

LT had first showed him a $550 receipt from the clinic. No, he told the 22-year-old single mother, he wanted a doctor’s note from the clinic. So – using the last $25 she had in her bank account – she drove back because, without it, her manager refused to put her back on the schedule.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/14/abortions-louisiana-us-rural-south-poverty-battle

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