USA – States Lead the Way in Promoting Coverage of Abortion in Medicaid and Private Insurance

States Lead the Way in Promoting Coverage of Abortion in Medicaid and Private Insurance

Adam Sonfield, Guttmacher Institute
Elizabeth Nash, Guttmacher Institute
First published online: June 24, 2019

Advocates and policymakers working to ensure that everyone can afford an abortion scored a number of important victories within just a few days of each other: On June 13, Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a law expanding abortion coverage in private insurance and Medicaid. Just one day earlier, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker had signed a law expanding private insurance coverage of abortion as part of a broader abortion rights law. The same week, New York City allocated $250,000 to a nonprofit abortion fund to directly assist patients, including patients traveling from other states.

This burst of action builds on a nationwide push to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which currently bans abortion coverage under Medicaid and other federal health coverage programs. Expanding coverage will help people overcome one substantial barrier to abortion—the cost of abortion services—and will be particularly important for people with low incomes, people of color and people with disabilities.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/06/states-lead-way-promoting-coverage-abortion-medicaid-and-private-insurance

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UK – Judges overturn ‘forced abortion’ ruling

Judges overturn 'forced abortion' ruling

24 June 2019

A woman has won an appeal against a court ruling that would have seen her mentally ill daughter forced to have an abortion.

She appealed a decision made last week granting permission for specialists to end the pregnancy.

Three Court of Appeal judges in London upheld the appeal, overturning the previous decision.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48751067

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Austria – Vatican women’s team refuses to play after anti-abortion protest

Vatican women’s team refuses to play after anti-abortion protest

Published June 23, 2019

The newly formed Vatican women’s team called off a friendly football match in Vienna after several Austrian players protested the church’s anti-abortion stance, an Austrian football official said Sunday.

The Vatican side, which was founded this year, refused to play Saturday after three Austrians lifted their shirts to reveal pro-choice messages painted on their stomachs and backs when the anthems were played before kick-off, said Ernst Lackner, chairman of Vienna’s Mariahilf team.

Continued: https://punchng.com/vatican-womens-team-refuses-to-play-after-anti-abortion-protest/

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USA – These states are strengthening abortion laws even as others dismantle them

These states are strengthening abortion laws even as others dismantle them

By Tami Luhby, CNN
Sat June 22, 2019

Washington (CNN)The red-state drive to ban or severely limit access to abortion this year has sparked the opposite reaction in Democratic-led states, where lawmakers are cementing abortion rights and making it more accessible.

Driving the moves on both sides is the rightward shift of the US Supreme Court, which is fanning fears on the left that the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal in the US could be gutted or overturned altogether.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/22/politics/abortion-laws-blue-state-red-state-divide/index.html

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UK – Woman with mental age of child must have abortion against her will, court rules

Woman with mental age of child must have abortion against her will, court rules
‘I think she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll’

Zamira Rahim
Jun 22, 2019

A judge has ruled that a pregnant woman with limited mental capacity must have an abortion.

The woman is in her twenties and 22 weeks pregnant but has the mental age of a child aged between six and nine, the court heard.

A police investigation into how she fell pregnant is ongoing.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/woman-abortion-court-of-protection-ruling-mentally-ill-a8970121.html

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Democratic White House candidates face grilling on abortion

Democratic White House candidates face grilling on abortion

AFP•June 22, 2019

Columbia (United States) (AFP) - Democrats running for US president in next year's election sat down with voters on Saturday to outline their stance on abortion, a long-simmering issue newly inflamed by attempts to curtail it nationwide.

With abortion now among the most-discussed topics in the presidential race, the candidates aimed to impress an audience cheering "Who decides? We decide!" at the conference put on by family planning organization Planned Parenthood.

Continued; https://news.yahoo.com/democratic-white-house-candidates-face-grilling-abortion-020817131.html

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‘There is a problem here’: advocates sound alarm over abortion access in Canada

‘There is a problem here’: advocates sound alarm over abortion access in Canada

By Heather Yourex-West
June 21, 2019

WATCH: In Canada, abortions are legal but access can be difficult. As Heather Yourex-West explains, it can depend on where you live and how deep your pockets are.

It’s been a few years since a woman — whom we’ll call Joanna — made a 450 km journey across Canada for an abortion. Joanna asked to remain anonymous because she doesn’t feel safe speaking publicly about her abortion, but her ordeal, she believes, is something that needs to be shared.

Joanna was living in Fort McMurray, Alta., when she first learned she was pregnant. Right away, she says she knew she wasn’t prepared to carry the pregnancy to term.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5417539/advocates-abortion-access-canada/

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Kenya restores standards and guidelines for comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion

Kenya restores standards and guidelines for comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion

IPAS
News | Friday, June 21, 2019

Earlier this month, Kenya made progress toward advancing women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights: The High Court ruled to restore the standards and guidelines for comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion. The S&Gs were originally instated in 2012 but withdrawn the following year. The reinstatement will allow providers to offer safe abortion care when the health or life of a woman is in danger, in cases of emergency and for survivors of sexual violence. Ipas Africa Alliance partnered with the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on a case in 2015 challenging the withdrawal. CRR filed the case on behalf of an adolescent who died after suffering from complications from an unsafe abortion. The Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya and human rights activists were also part of the coalition supporting the challenge.

“I am glad that Ipas was able to join other partners in Kenya to support the litigation strategy initiated by CRR,” said Judith Okal, Ipas Africa Alliance senior policy advisor. Okal was an advocate for the petitioner when CRR filed the case and joined Ipas after it was filed.

The court found that the Director of Medical Services and the Ministry of Health had violated the rights of Kenyan women and girls by arbitrarily withdrawing the guidelines, creating uncertainty about the status of legal abortion and discouraging medical providers from performing abortions for fear of criminal prosecution.

For more information, contact media@ipas.org.

Source: https://www.ipas.org/news/2019/June/kenya-restores-standards-and-guidelines-for-comprehensive-reproductive-health-including-abortion

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A New Ruling Could Leave Thousands Of Low-Income Americans Without Family Planning Services

A New Ruling Could Leave Thousands Of Low-Income Americans Without Family Planning Services
"It's really dire and is going to cause harm to a lot of people," an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights said.

Brianna Sacks, BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on June 20, 2019

The Trump administration can deny critical federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations that also provide abortions or referrals for them, a federal court ruled Thursday.

Abortion rights advocates fear that could mean thousands of low-income Americans will lose access to reproductive health care, and already, Planned Parenthood has said it plans to fight the ruling. Abortion rights groups can also still challenge the ruling in other circuit courts.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/briannasacks/title-x-gag-rule-abortion

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Trump can block funding to clinics that make abortion referrals, appeals court rules

Trump can block funding to clinics that make abortion referrals, appeals court rules

By Maura Dolan
Jun 20, 2019

A federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday to lift three injunctions that barred the Trump administration from denying funds to family planning clinics that refer clients for abortions.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a significant setback for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Continued: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-trump-abortion-funding-9th-circuit-20190620-story.html

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