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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Repeal the Eighth campaign enlists sculpture for weighty symbol

Repeal the Eighth campaign enlists sculpture for weighty symbol
#TheWeightOfTheEighth: Light projection cast onto sculpture a chain and figure of eight

May 4, 2018
Peter Murtagh

She scales the side of the Treasury Building by Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, a slinky, naked figure, straining upwards, her fibreglass form a moment frozen in time.

She takes a sculptural form akin to Robert Browning’s Andrea del Sarto, who asks: “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp/or what’s a heaven for?”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/repeal-the-eighth-campaign-enlists-sculpture-for-weighty-symbol-1.3484654

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Ireland – VIDEO: The 10-Minute Film That RTÉ Has Banned Until The Referendum Is Over

VIDEO: The 10-Minute Film That RTÉ Has Banned Until The Referendum Is Over

The film has won multiple awards so far.
Darragh Berry
April 19, 2018

'Terminal' a film which outlines the day in the life of someone who has to leave the country in order to have an abortion will not be shown by RTÉ until the referendum is over.

In the film "a girl and a woman meet in an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them."

Continued: https://lovin.ie/entertainment/tv-movies/rte-banned-referendum-film
(The video is also available here if you can’t view it at the above link: https://vimeo.com/263770515 )

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The hateful Eighth: artists at the frontline of Ireland’s abortion rights battle

The hateful Eighth: artists at the frontline of Ireland's abortion rights battle
As campaigning on both sides of Ireland’s abortion debate intensifies ahead of the May referendum, artists in Limerick are taking to the streets

Emine Saner
Thu 12 Apr 2018

On the road to Limerick from the airport, you can see two huge billboards funded by a Christian lobby group. One shows a foetus at 11 weeks’ gestation with the words “one of us”. Another shows a man saying he would never forget what he saw while working in an operating theatre where abortions were taking place (though the poster implies he was a nurse, the hospital revealed he was a porter). It is six weeks until the referendum in Ireland on whether the eighth amendment to the constitution – which essentially gave a foetus the same rights as the woman carrying it – should be repealed, and the campaigning on both sides is intensifying.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/12/the-hateful-eighth-artists-frontline-ireland-abortion-rights-battle-eighth-amendment

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What would America look like if abortion were made illegal again?

What would America look like if abortion were made illegal again?
Leni Zumas third novel, Red Clocks, has been described as a successor to The Handmaid’s Tale

Apr 2, 2018
Tanya Sweeney

Given that her third novel has landed bang on the zeitgeist, it’s almost astonishing to think that Leni Zumas began writing it seven years ago.

The novel, Red Clocks, pivots on a simple conceit – what would America look like if abortion were made illegal again? – and has been described as a successor to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, or Naomi Alderman’s The Power.

The comparisons sit well with Zumas, a relative newcomer: “It feels flattering and kind of scary,” she admits.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/what-would-america-look-like-if-abortion-were-made-illegal-again-1.3443337

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This Virtual Reality Flick Shows What It’s Like to Have an Unwanted Pregnancy

This Virtual Reality Flick Shows What It’s Like to Have an Unwanted Pregnancy
A Polish-Canadian filmmaker wants to demonstrate the difference between having an opinion on abortion and *actually* experiencing an unwanted pregnancy

Mar 16, 2018
Lindsay Pinter

Imagine waking up in a pregnant body that isn’t yours—and then being faced with a difficult decision about whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. It sounds like the premise of a sci-fi flick, but it’s actually the opening moments of a new virtual reality documentary currently in the works.

The Choice lets viewers step into the consciousness of a pregnant woman who is debating whether or not she should have an abortion. With the help of special VR goggles, viewers can actually look down to see the simulation of a slight computer-generated bump where their stomach should be, giving the appearance that they themselves are pregnant.

Continued: http://www.flare.com/news/abortion-virtual-reality-film/

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

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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