New book examines abortion access comparisons between P.E.I. and Ireland

New book examines abortion access comparisons between P.E.I. and Ireland

The Guardian
Nov 19, 2018

A new book from Island Studies Press will examine and compare the stories of abortion access in P.E.I. and Ireland.

“Crossing Troubled Waters: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Prince Edward Island’’ was co-edited by UPEI’s Colleen MacQuarrie and launches at 4 p.m. today in Schurman Market Square of UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/new-book-examines-abortion-access-comparisons-between-pei-and-ireland-260454/

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Jodi Picoult: ‘Abortion will become a privilege, not a right’

Jodi Picoult: ‘Abortion will become a privilege, not a right’
Reproductive rights are under attack in the US, the bestselling Spark of Light author says

Nov 10, 2018
Catherine Conroy

“It’s a child. Not a choice. Isn’t it?”

This is the short, provocative synopsis on the back cover of Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, A Spark of Light, the story of a hostage situation in an abortion clinic in Mississippi.

I received a review copy of the book in late May of this year, just days after Ireland’s abortion referendum, when the arguments were still ringing in our ears. It felt like the matter was finally settled here, at least in the short term.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/jodi-picoult-abortion-will-become-a-privilege-not-a-right-1.3673133

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New book shines a light on abortion access

New book shines a light on abortion access

“Crossing Trouble Waters: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward Island” launches November 19

Thursday, November 8, 2018

“Crossing Troubled Waters” is published by Island Studies Press

A new book from Island Studies Press will examine and compare the stories of abortion access in Prince Edward Island and Ireland. Crossing Troubled Waters: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward Island is co-edited by UPEI’s Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie. The book launches Monday, November 19 at 4:00 pm in Schurman Market Square of UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

Continued: http://www.upei.ca/communications/news/2018/11/new-book-shines-light-abortion-access

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USA – Picoult takes on the abortion debate in timely new novel

Picoult takes on the abortion debate in timely new novel
Fiction: A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult, Hodder & Stoughton, hardback, 368 pages, €20.39

October 28 2018

The timing of Jodi Picoult's latest novel couldn't be more apt. A Spark of Light chronicles a deadly shooting and hostage-taking in a women's health clinic at a point when, in America, Roe v Wade is at risk of being overturned as the Supreme Court moves decidedly to the right, following the controversial confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, and in Ireland, a historic referendum prompted heated debates over abortion and the eventual vote to repeal the eighth amendment.

Picoult describes her work as "ethical or moral fiction", tackling contentious issues including rape, school shootings, religious identity, euthanasia and white supremacists. As well as the abortion debate, A Spark of Light explores post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans, racism and gun control ("the waiting period to get an abortion was longer than the waiting period to get a gun", she observes pointedly).

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/book-reviews/picoult-takes-on-the-abortion-debate-in-timely-new-novel-37459173.html

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New play in Malta challenges EU’s strictest abortion law

New play in Malta challenges EU's strictest abortion law

By Guy Davies
Oct 19, 2018

A new play has sparked controversy in Malta by daring to tackle one of the nation's oldest taboos: abortion.

"De-terminated: The Abortion Diaries," written and directed by the journalist Herman Grech, has sparked debate in a country with one of the world's strictest abortion policies.

Continued: https://abcnews.go.com/International/play-malta-challenges-eus-strictest-abortion-law/story?id=58611353

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Malta sets stage for abortion debate

Malta sets stage for abortion debate

By Mario Cacciottolo
19 October 2018

Malta is the only country in the EU where abortion remains illegal, and is still a taboo subject for many. But now, a ground-breaking play featuring local voices from both sides of the debate is trying to change that.

It is estimated that hundreds of women leave Malta each year to have an abortion overseas, usually in the UK or Italy. Others illegally buy abortion pills online.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45900815

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Australia – Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll review: Fiona Patten and the right to speak

Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll review: Fiona Patten and the right to speak

By Pat Sheil
16 October 2018

MEMOIR: Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll, by Fiona Patten. Allen & Unwin, $32.99

"I am an advocate for free speech, but not of a free audience." So declared Fiona Patten, former sex worker, anti-censorship lobbyist, and founder of the Australian Sex Party during the heated debate on restricting the ability of so-called "right to life" activists to protest outside abortion clinics in the Victorian parliament in 2015.

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/sex-drugs-and-the-electoral-roll-review-fiona-patten-and-the-right-to-speak-20181015-h16ng8.html

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Australia – Play confronts ‘grief for what might have been’

Play confronts ‘grief for what might have been’

By Carolyn Webb
12 September 2018

Emily Steel and her partner Chris knew what their decision would be if they found out their unborn baby had Down syndrome.

She told her loved ones about it, but she concedes that in "real life I tend to play my cards close to my chest".

That is until she made another decision, months later, that enabled her to confront "the depth of the emotion and the pain of it".

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/you-re-not-alone-one-woman-play-tells-true-story-of-abortion-20180910-p502w4.html

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USA – ‘Reversing Roe’ Review: Netflix Documentary Condemns the Politicization of Abortion — Telluride

‘Reversing Roe’ Review: Netflix Documentary Condemns the Politicization of Abortion — Telluride
Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg’s Netflix documentary unpacks the process by which abortion grew from a personal issue to a political one.

David Ehrlich
Sep 1, 2018

Like any abortion documentary worth the time to watch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg’s “Reversing Roe” doesn’t explicitly argue for or against a woman’s right to choose. And while there’s little doubt that Stern and Sundberg could make a persuasive case for reproductive rights, as several interview subjects do, it’s only so valuable to preach to the choir — especially when a film is released into the apolitical cyberspace of Netflix rather than a handful of arthouse theaters in America’s largest and most liberal cities.

Ultimately, “Reversing Roe” is a productive contribution to its ever-growing genre because it sharply dissects the process by which abortion soured from a private medical issue to a public political one.

Continued: https://www.indiewire.com/2018/09/reversing-roe-review-netflix-documentary-1201999510/

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USA – Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients – Part 1 and Part 2

Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients - Part 1 and Part 2
August 24, 2018

This week, we're presenting a special two-part bonus episode featuring the stories from our June 2018 show in New York City, "Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients," which was part of Caveat's first annual Underground Science Festival. Rather than the speeches we typically hear on this topic, our storytellers -- who are both OB-GYNs and patients -- have shared firsthand experiences that cross both generations and borders, and are crucial to our understanding of women's health.

Part 1: While working with Doctors Without Borders in a country where abortion is illegal, OB-GYN Veronica Ades is falsely accused of performing an abortion
https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/abortion-stories-from-doctors-and-patients-part-1

Part 2: When Tracey Segarra tells her mother she had an abortion, she's shocked by the response.
https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/abortion-stories-from-doctors-and-patients-part-2

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