USA – ‘Unconditional support’: A day in the life of an abortion doula

'Unconditional support': A day in the life of an abortion doula
It is controversial work providing compassionate support to the lonely and stigmatized

Amy Wright Glenn
January 21, 2019

Clare is a “full spectrum doula” who specifically focuses on supporting people having abortions. She chose this profession because of her own abortion experience.

“I felt very much alone,” she remembers.

Even though Clare, who asked to be identified by her first name only, knew she wanted an abortion from the onset of her pregnancy, she did not receive “any support from medical providers in finding out about what abortion options were available.” She felt ignored, silenced and “even shamed” by her gynecologist for the choice she'd made. Why?

Continued: https://www.phillyvoice.com/abortion-doula-controversy-full-spectrum-amy-wright-glenn/

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South Africa – Illegal abortion clinics on the increase in both townships and suburbs

Illegal abortion clinics on the increase in both townships and suburbs

19 January 2019

It is a constitutional right in South Africa for women to demand for an abortion to be performed on them should they chose to, from as early as the age of twelve years. They can present themselves to a public facility, demanding for one, and it will be conducted without having to get consent from a parent.

However we have health practitioners who will refuse to perform abortion on the basis of their conscious, which is unacceptable. This results in people opting for a backyard abortion which places one's health at high risk.

Continued: http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/334561/listen-illegal-abortion-clinics-on-the-increase-in-both-townships-and-suburbs

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USA – 4 Independent Abortion Provider Staffers Open Up About Their Work & What Keeps Them Going

4 Independent Abortion Provider Staffers Open Up About Their Work & What Keeps Them Going

By Madhuri Sathish
Dec 17, 2018

Ever since Donald Trump assumed the presidency, the restrictions on abortion access have only been exacerbated. Many states have had to contend with abortion clinic closures, and conservative lawmakers continuously try to use religious exemptions, strict time limits, and financial threats to effectively make abortions impossible to access. But even as state legislatures attempt to crack down on abortion rights, independent abortion providers across the country tell Bustle that they have remained on the frontlines of reproductive justice work, despite the mounting challenges.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/4-independent-abortion-provider-staffers-open-up-about-their-work-what-keeps-them-going-15525204

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Kenya – Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’

Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’
(3-minute podcast)

Nov 28, 2018

Authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services. Marie Stopes says it operates within the law, offering counselling services including post-abortion care. But there are now fears the ban might prompt more women to undergo unsafe back-alley abortions. Beatrice became pregnant while she was still in high school. This is her story. You may find some of what she says distressing.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06t10t2

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In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

Nov 23, 2018
International Planned Parenthood Federation

(Stories and pictures of the work and experiences of 8 women in India)

Konika* - Mother of three, Parivar Swasthya Kendra (PSK) client

Konika is 20 years old, and the mother of three girls. Like many local young women, she decided to have an abortion when she became pregnant for the fourth time within five years. Citing financial issues as the driving force behind her decision, despite her mother-in-laws desire for her to have another child, hoping this time it would be a boy.

Continued: https://www.ippf.org/expanding-safe-abortion-India

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UK – Diana Johnson interview: “We need a modern, fit-for-purpose abortion law”

Diana Johnson interview: “We need a modern, fit-for-purpose abortion law”

Sienna Rodgers
23rd October, 2018

Labour MP Diana Johnson will today introduce a ten-minute rule bill in the House of Commons that would see abortion decriminalised. Currently, the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861 makes abortion illegal in the UK except when there is a risk to the life or health of the mother, and this legislation was only partly superseded by the Abortion Act 1967. Ahead of tabling the backbench bill, Johnson spoke to LabourList.

How did abortion become a key focus in your work as an MP?

Continued: https://labourlist.org/2018/10/diana-johnson-interview-we-need-a-modern-fit-for-purpose-abortion-law/

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Normalizing Abortion

Normalizing Abortion
(Podcast: 23:39 minutes)

Oct 9, 2018
Françoise Girard

Abortion is a polarizing issue, but it's also a fact of life in all countries and among all socioeconomic groups. The sooner the world normalizes the practice, says Françoise Girard of the International Women’s Health Coalition, the better off every woman will be.

Listen to all episodes from your favorite podcast app, and subscribe via Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, or RSS Feed.

Continued: https://www.project-syndicate.org/podcasts/normalizing-abortion

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Beyond Abortion: A Podcast on All Things SRHR

Beyond Abortion: A Podcast on All Things SRHR

October 3, 2018
IWHC Staff

Abortion rights. Contraception. Child, early, and forced marriage. Gender-based violence. Comprehensive sexuality education. Access to screenings and care for reproductive cancers. These are just a few of the critical issues that fall under the umbrella of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Yet, too many people live under restrictions that limit their knowledge of and access to crucial sexual and reproductive rights and health services. Moreover, there are still fundamental misunderstandings about what SRHR comprises, who it serves, and why it is a core human right

IWHC senior program officer, Nina Besser Doorley recently joined the RePROS Fight Back podcast to answer pressing questions about what defines these rights, how they are restricted, and what we can do to protect and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.

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This podcast was originally published by RePROS Fight Back.

Continued: https://iwhc.org/2018/10/beyond-abortion-podcast-things-srhr/

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Meet the activist who’s helped thousands of Irish women access safe abortions

Meet the activist who’s helped thousands of Irish women access safe abortions

Posted by Moya Crockett
Published Sep 10, 2018

Woman of the Week is Stylist’s weekly celebration of women who are making a difference to society. This week, we meet Mara Clarke, the founder of the Abortion Support Network, to discuss how things have changed since Ireland’s abortion referendum.

Mara Clarke was in Dublin when the results of the Irish abortion referendum were announced. The founder of the Abortion Support Network (ASN) – a grassroots organisation that provides women with advice and financial aid so that they can access safe terminations – desperately hoped abortion would be decriminalised in Ireland. But she didn’t really think it would happen.

“When the exit polls came out, I didn’t believe it,” she says today. “Even when the results were officially announced, I still didn’t believe it. But then everything went crazy.”

Continued: https://www.stylist.co.uk/visible-women/mara-clarke-abortion-support-network-interview-2018-8th-amendment-repeal/226406

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Abortion in Latin America: Four women’s voices

Abortion in Latin America: Four women's voices

04 Sep 2018

MONTEVIDEO: To legalise or not to legalise, that is the question on the lips of many legislators in Latin America since Argentina opted not to decriminalize abortion following a senate vote.

It did at least open the way for greater debate on a subject viewed so differently across the region in which abortion is entirely legal in Cuba and Uruguay, but where women can even be jailed for a miscarriage in El Salvador.

Continued: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/abortion-in-latin-america-four-women-s-voices-10682762

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