New Zealand – Big Read: Abortion law reform – what’s at stake?

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Big Read: Abortion law reform - what's at stake?
17 Jun, 2018
20 minutes to read
By: Dawn Picken

Abortion is in the spotlight again, after voters in Ireland voted overwhelmingly late last month to overturn the largely Catholic country's ban by 66.4 per cent to 33.6 per cent. The Emerald Isle's referendum comes as a law commission in New Zealand considers removing abortion from the Crimes Act. Bay of Plenty Times Weekend reporter Dawn Picken spoke with advocates, activists and women who've had or considered abortions about what decriminalising the procedure means to them.

*note: names of women who've had abortions have been changed to protect privacy.
Heartbreaking Pregnancy

Tania and Scott were thrilled when they learned they were pregnant with their second child. Everything was going well when the couple went for their 20-week ultrasound to learn the baby's sex. It was a boy, says Tania.

Continued: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12070558

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Argentina – Focus shifts to Senate after historic abortion vote

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Focus shifts to Senate after historic abortion vote
After marathon 23-hour session, lawmakers vote to in favour of legislation that would allow elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate.

June 16, 2018

As the final tally of the vote became known, the sea of green erupted outside of Congress in celebration.

In a historic vote closely watched by millions across the country, the lower house of Congress on Thursday approved a bill that would legalise elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate.

Continued: http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/focus-shifts-to-senate-after-historic-abortion-vote.phtml

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Ireland – Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws

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Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws
Party backs motion to support reform following historic referendum vote in Republic

Tom Barnes
June 16 2018

Sinn Fein has voted “decisively” to support the liberalisation of abortion law across the island of Ireland following the historic vote to legalise the procedure in the Republic.

Party members overwhelmingly backed a motion calling to terminations to be provided through a GP-led service for a “limited gestational period”.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sinn-fein-abortion-policy-legalisation-laws-northern-ireland-republic-a8402706.html

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USA – Scant abortion-related ER visits suggest there’s no medical basis for restrictive laws, study says

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Scant abortion-related ER visits suggest there's no medical basis for restrictive laws, study says

By Melissa Healy
Jun 15, 2018

Abortions send women to hospital emergency rooms at lower rates than such routine procedures as colonoscopies and surgeries to have wisdom teeth removed, new research has found.

In fact, for every 100,000 abortions provided, about 108 women sought out emergency care for what they thought was a complication of the procedure.

Continued: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-abortion-er-visits-20180615-story.html

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Texas abortion providers challenge restrictive state laws in new lawsuit

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Texas abortion providers challenge restrictive state laws in new lawsuit

By Alison Durkee
June 15, 2018

Abortion providers in Texas filed a sweeping lawsuit against the state Thursday, targeting dozens of state laws that restrict access to abortion.

The lawsuit, filed by Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Fund Texas Choice, the Lilith Fund and other organizations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, comes two years after the U.S. Supreme Court case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. That ruling struck down two other Texas abortion laws, ruling that they imposed an “undue burden” on women seeking an abortion.

Continued: https://mic.com/articles/189841/texas-abortion-providers-challenge-restrictive-state-laws-in-new-lawsuit#.xpNITtl9z

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Argentina’s lower house of Congress approves bill liberalizing abortion laws

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Argentina's lower house of Congress approves bill liberalizing abortion laws

By Daniel Politi and Ralph Ellis, CNN
Thu June 14, 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNN)The Argentine Chamber of Deputies voted Thursday morning to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
The bill now goes to the more conservative Senate for consideration. President Mauricio Macri has said he won't veto the bill if Congress approves it, even though he opposes abortion.

"We have been able to settle our differences with respect, tolerance and listening to each other; understanding that dialogue is the road that will strengthen our future," Macri said. "My congratulations to everyone, knowing that this debate now continues in the Senate."

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/14/americas/argentina-abortion-bill-passes/index.html

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Argentina – Women In This Country Face 4 Years In Prison For Getting An Abortion

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Women In This Country Face 4 Years In Prison For Getting An Abortion
The law could finally be about to change however.

Charlotte Willis
June 15, 2018

The lower house of Argentina's congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Photo: AFP / Eitan Abramovich

For weeks, Argentina has been in a state of contention surrounding a bill that proposes to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Abortion is currently illegal in the South American nation in all situations except in cases of rape or when the life or health of the woman is at risk. Women seeking terminations also have to apply to a judge for permission, which critics argue can unnecessarily delay the procedure.

Continued: https://www.whimn.com.au/talk/think/women-in-this-country-face-4-years-in-prison-for-abortion/news-story/0df02123cb4eb52002c3fa99b05300d9

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Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

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Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

14 June 2018

Catholic Argentina's lower house has backed a bill legalising abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

After a divisive debate lasting more than 22 hours, 129 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour and 125 against while one abstained.

The bill will now have to go to the Senate.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44486190

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IRELAND – Justice for Ms Y – finally

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IRELAND – Justice for Ms Y – finally

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 14, 2018

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) of Ireland has acknowledged liability and said it is willing to compensate a young woman known as Ms Y for failing to ensure she was provided with an abortion when she first sought one as a teenager in 2014.

Ms Y sought refugee status in Ireland after she was kidnapped, beaten, and repeatedly raped by the head of a paramilitary organisation in her home country. She discovered she was pregnant shortly after she arrived in Ireland in March 2014, at which time she was at only eight weeks pregnant. The story of how she was mistreated, how her rights and needs were ignored and violated by everyone in the health system who saw her, adding up to a substantial number of people over a period of almost three months, is a shameful tale.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/ireland-justice-for-ms-y-finally/

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The vote in Argentina: WE’VE WON !!!

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The vote in Argentina: WE'VE WON !!!
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14 June 2018
ARGENTINA

The photos above are of a few of the Deputies in the Argentinian Congress supporting safe, legal, free abortion in the day-long marathon debate on 13 June, with the green scarves of the movement around their necks and on their desks.

The debate started at 11:30am on 13 June, and at that point several of the undecided deputies announced their positions, but it was not yet clear who had the majority of votes. Just after midnight, El Comercio reported that of the 275 deputies, 124 were thought to be against the bill and 126 in favour. Importantly, the report notes, the deputies’ positions for or against the bill, from the first day, were independent of their political affiliations. The bill needs 129 votes of the 257 total to be approved.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/the-vote-in-argentina-weve-won-14-june-2018?e=372dd34034

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