Why You Need To Watch BBC Two’s New Programme On Abortion This Weekend

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Why You Need To Watch BBC Two's New Programme On Abortion This Weekend
This weekend, the BBC welcomes a live performance using real-life testimonies from 50 women around the world on the subject of abortion. Here's why it's a must-see.

By Katie O'Malley
Jan 19, 2018

If it's not you it was your mum, sister, best friend or colleague.

According to the UK's leading abortion care service BPAS, one in three women will have an abortion by the time they are 45-years-old.

However, for a procedure that's statistically provided to more women than caesarean sections, abortion remains a taboo subject in society, with some women choosing to keep their terminations a secret for fear of vilification and deep-rooted shame.

Continued: http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/news/a41037/why-you-need-to-watch-bbc-twos-new-programme-on-abortion-this-weekend/

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USA -The effect of a documentary: Charlotte, NC

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USA -The effect of a documentary: Charlotte, NC
Dec 12, 2017
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

Care in Chaos, a documentary by the US feminist news wire, Rewire, recently received the “Best Documentary Short” award from the Nevada Film Festival. It examines how policing practices and policies in Charlotte, North Carolina and Fargo, North Dakota impede or facilitate access to reproductive health care. Providers throughout the country work every day to serve patients, often under siege from an anti-choice movement driven by ideology and disrespect for women’s lives. As Care in Chaos shows, local authorities can make the difference in whether women can obtain critical care.

Right after the documentary’s release, they write, they saw real policy action. The city of Charlotte revised its sound permits to stop anti-choice protesters harassing patients and staff with loudspeakers and amplifiers. Now it’s easier for women in Charlotte to access comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

Watch the film "Care in Chaos" (21 minutes): https://rewire.news/videos/2017/07/11/care-in-chaos/

Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/usa-the-effect-of-a-documentary-charlotte-nc/

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USA: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Secret Abortionist (Exclusive Book Excerpt)

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The Rise and Fall of Hollywood's Secret Abortionist (Exclusive Book Excerpt)
by Stephen G. Bloom
December 04, 2017

Before Roe  v.  Wade, Inez  Burns became wealthy performing abortions for movie stars and the poor. Some thought she was doing a public service. But to future Gov.  Pat Brown, she was a menace.

"This case is going farther than anybody thinks," San Francisco District Attorney Edmund G. (Pat) Brown teased reporters at an October 1945 press conference designed to snare as much publicity as publicity-hungry Brown could summon. Ambitious and enterprising, the 40-year-old was going gangbusters to put Inez Burns, one of California's most politically connected women, behind bars.

There was nothing illegal about knowing everyone who was anyone in California, but there was plenty illegal about exactly how millionaire Inez had joined the state's wealthiest women. For two decades, she had owned and operated the largest and most successful abortion clinic in California. Spick-and-span sterile and hygienic, Inez's clinic looked more like an elegant ladies' tearoom than a facility for terminating pregnancies.

Continued at source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/rise-fall-hollywoods-secret-abortionist-book-excerpt-1063239

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

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

Isabel Mohan
16 October 2017

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

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

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

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UK: Knowledge is power, so it’s time to talk honestly about abortion

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Shona Craven: Knowledge is power, so it's time to talk honestly about abortion

28th September, 2017

YOU’VE only read the headline, but your hackles might already be up. What knowledge, exactly? What power? And how many paragraphs before the big reveal? For or against, “foetus” or “baby”, right or wrong. I don’t blame you. When people start talking about the reality of abortion, I get suspicious too.

It took a show at last month’s Edinburgh Fringe to make me realise how little I actually knew about this subject. Sure, like any good feminist I knew the basics of the Abortion Act 1967, passed 50 years ago next month. I knew about the pickets, the posters, the religious extremists lobbying to retain laws branded cruel and degrading by the UN. But I remained largely ignorant when it came to the messy, bloody, psychological and emotional reality of this procedure.

Continued at source: http://www.thenational.scot/comment/15565150.Shona_Craven__Access_to_safe_abortion_must_be_accepted_as_a_human_right__no_ifs_or_buts/

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Fem Advocates Safe Abortion in Gauteng

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Fem Advocates Safe Abortion in Gauteng
Posted on September 11, 2017 by Terri Chowles

Fem's art competition gave artists a chance to openly discuss and spread a positive message of support towards women who have opted for an abortion.

mHealth initiative Fem launched an art competition, in June 2017, to give South African artists a chance to use their social voice to openly discuss and spread a positive message of support and respect towards women who have opted for an abortion.

Fem is an SMS platform that refers women to safe and legal abortion service providers in their area, quickly and privately. The user simply sends the trigger word ‘Fem’ to 30816 via SMS, and receive a referral SMS to a legal and safe health facility in their area.

Continued at source: http://ehealthnews.co.za/fem-advocates-safe-abortion-gauteng/

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Resources/Videos: Women’s experiences with abortion

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VARIOUS RESOURCES AND VIDEOS – Women’s experiences with abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Sep 5, 2017

Inroads: the International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma is a global network of advocates, scholars, health providers, and donors interested in program design, research, and advocacy to address abortion stigma and its negative outcomes. One of the things Inroads does is to provide a forum for conversations between members.

During a week in June 2017, one of their conversation threads focused on how they share stories of personal testimony. Inroads members also shared a great collection of resources which you may find useful:

– From The Sea Change Program and Renee Bracey Sherman, guides for how to support storytellers and how storytellers can best prepare themselves to be more public: Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Sharing your Abortion Story Publically and Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Organisations on How to Support Abortion Storytellers

+ Ethical Storysharing, Exhale: After Abortion Support

+ International Planned Parenthood Federation have made two videos: Tips on How to Educate about Abortion and Tips on How to Talk about Abortion

+ Experiencias de aborto en el segundo trimestre de gestación (Experiences of abortion in the second trimester), by La Revuelta, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES), and Ibis Reproductive Health

+ Experiencias de aborto en el segundo trimestre de gestación (Experiences of abortion in the second trimester), by La Revuelta, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES), and Ibis Reproductive Health

+ Speak My Language – Abortion Storytelling in Eastern Europe from a Youth Perspective Toolkit, by You Act

+ CALM Malta Video – A video by the Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation in Malta (CALM) that highlights the difficulties women from Malta currently face when seeking an abortion. Most have to travel to the UK for a private procedure.

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/various-resources-and-videos-womens-experiences-with-abortion/

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Ireland: To understand abortion travel, you have to be there

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To understand abortion travel, you have to be there
The ‘Not At Home’ exhibition is an attempt to recreate the experience of the 170,000 Irish women who have travelled abroad for abortions

Róisín Ingle
Aug 28, 2017

Last year theatre makers Grace Dyas and Emma Fraser came to me with a big idea. They had plans to recreate the experience of the just over 170,000 Irish women who over the past few decades have had to travel out of Ireland for safe abortion services. It would be a “durational art installation” open to the public. It would feature video and live performances. There was talk of “soundscapes”. I did not immediately fall in love with the big idea.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/to-understand-abortion-travel-you-have-to-be-there-1.3198084

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Life and death in Texas: abortion frontline of America – video

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Life and death in Texas: abortion frontline of America – video

Monday 17 July 2017
Leah Green, Tom Silverstone, Richard Sprenger and Jess Gormley, theguardian.com

New Texan anti-abortion laws are putting women’s lives at risk, according to pro-choice campaigners. But pro-life activists claim they are protecting women from an out-of-control abortion industry. Leah Green visits the state as the battle over women’s bodies intensifies

Source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/jul/17/life-death-texas-abortion-frontline-america-video

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Irish film ‘Twice Shy’ is less about abortion politics, and more about love

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Irish film 'Twice Shy' is less about abortion politics, and more about love

BY Jessica Marie Ruxton
July 10, 2017

The Film ''Twice Shy'' focuses on abortion and the struggles of an Irish couple's decision and journey.

The film was released across cinemas in Ireland on the 23rd of June of this year.

Along with director Tom Ryan, we see familiar Irish faces such as Pat Shortt, Ardal O'Hanlon, and Paul Ronan.

Continued at source: Buzz.ie: https://www.buzz.ie/movies-tv/irish-film-twice-shy-less-about-abortion-politics-and-more-about-love-245384

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