Abortion debate goes mainstream in Malta

Abortion debate goes mainstream in Malta
Opposition conservatives have labeled the European election a ‘referendum on abortion.’

By Jillian Deutsch
5/22/19

MSIDA, Malta — The controversial debate on Malta's stringent abortion laws has shifted from Facebook forums to the highest levels of politics just in time for the European election.

In the weeks leading up to Saturday’s ballot, the opposition Nationalist Party took out billboard adverts across the island championing the party’s anti-abortion message. Its leader Adrian Delia called the European election a “referendum on abortion” — accusing the ruling Labour Party of secretly supporting greater abortion rights.

Continued: https://www.politico.eu/article/maltese-activists-labor-for-an-abortion-debate/

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USA – Unprecedented Wave of Abortion Bans is an Urgent Call to Action

Unprecedented Wave of Abortion Bans is an Urgent Call to Action

Elizabeth Nash, Guttmacher Institute
First published online: May 22, 2019

2019 has become the year when antiabortion politicians make clear that their ultimate agenda is banning abortion outright, at any stage in pregnancy and for any reason.

For years, antiabortion efforts have publicly focused on more incremental or administrative measures, such as targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws that severely undermine access but are designed not to appear as a frontal assaults on abortion rights.

Now, abortion opponents have dropped all pretenses. With a conservative U.S. Supreme Court poised to gut or overturn Roe v. Wade, radical and expansive abortion bans are being enacted as part of a long-term strategy to advance these cases to the Supreme Court.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/05/unprecedented-wave-abortion-bans-urgent-call-action

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Thousands Of Women Across The US Marched To Protest Abortion Bans

Thousands Of Women Across The US Marched To Protest Abortion Bans
"Should be at school but instead I'm busy protesting this SHIT."

Tasneem Nashrulla, BuzzFeed News Reporter
Last updated on May 21, 2019

Thousands of people across the US Tuesday marched as part of the #StopTheBans protest against the recent wave of anti-abortion legislation that has cropped up in several states.

More than 500 #StopTheBans demonstrations were set to take place at statehouses, town squares, and courthouses across multiple states, as well as in Puerto Rico and Ottawa, Canada.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tasneemnashrulla/stop-the-abortion-bans-protests

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Google changes policy to block misleading ads for anti-abortion groups

Google changes policy to block misleading ads for anti-abortion groups
Announcement comes after Guardian revealed Google gave $150,000 in free ads to opaque anti-abortion group

Vivian Ho and Stephanie Kirchgaessner
Tue 21 May 2019

Google has changed its advertising policy after facing scrutiny for providing tens of thousands of dollars in free advertising to an anti-abortion group that runs misleading ads designed to deter women from terminating their pregnancies.

Google announced this week that starting in June, advertisers running ads “using keywords related to getting an abortion” will first have to distinguish themselves as an organization that “either provides abortions or does not provide abortions”, according to the new policy update.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/20/google-changes-policy-to-block-misleading-abortion-clinic-ads

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MEXICO – Supreme Court rules that risk to health is grounds for the right to a legal abortion

MEXICO – Supreme Court rules that risk to health is grounds for the right to a legal abortion

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
May 17, 2019

The Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE) has written to share another historic win for abortion in the Mexican Supreme Court! They report:

Margarita’s doctor told her that if she continued the pregnancy, she was at risk of serious health complications – pre-eclampsia, diabetes, small bowel obstruction, thrombosis and malnutrition. Yet she was denied an abortion. Six years after she was denied a legal abortion, the Mexican Supreme Court released a unanimous ruling on 15 May 2019 in favour of the legal stay presented by GIRE. The ruling confirms that the denial of abortion when a woman’s health is at risk is not only a violation of this right, but also a violation of her right to life, personal integrity, non-discrimination and reproductive autonomy. The ruling emphasized that “risk to health” not just “risk to life” was grounds for this right.

The ruling was overwhelmingly positive, recognizing from a gender perspective that, for women, the right to health must include access to abortion when their health is at risk. The Court also emphasized women’s specific need for reproductive health services and the impact that the denial of abortion when their health is at risk has on their lives.

This case also demonstrates the unwavering dedication of GIRE’s team. For six years, we were committed to securing justice for Margarita, and as a result, we will now be able to use this ruling to ensure that public health institutions guarantee abortion services to all women whose health is at risk, upon their request.

SOURCE: E-mail from Regina Tames, Executive Director, GIRE, Mexico, 16 May 2019
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Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/mexico-supreme-court-rules-that-risk-to-health-is-grounds-for-the-right-to-a-legal-abortion/

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From Alabama to Armagh, women are on the front line waging the ‘war on abortion’

From Alabama to Armagh, women are on the front line waging the ‘war on abortion’
Far from being driven just by men, many female voices are heard in the anti-choice lobby

Catherine Bennett
Sat 18 May 2019

Intensifying campaigns to criminalise all abortion in the US have been summarised, accurately, as a war on women, one that calls on women to, as the presidential contender Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has put it, “fight like hell”.

In terms of knowing the enemy, much of it, in the US, will certainly resemble the Alabama misogynists – the 25 white, male, no longer young Republicans who have just stripped half their state’s population of reproductive rights. Photographs have been generously distributed. But, as the men would probably be the first to admit, they couldn’t have ushered in a generation or more of unwanted children without assistance from at least two women combatants, Terri Collins and the state governor, Kay Ivey.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/18/from-alabama-to-armagh-women-are-on-the-front-line-in-the-war-on-abortion

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U.S. lawmakers break rape silence as abortion bans spread

U.S. lawmakers break rape silence as abortion bans spread
As one Republican legislature after another has pressed ahead with restrictive abortion bills, they’ve been confronted with raw testimony about the consequences

The Associated Press
Updated: May 18, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina’s legislature.

A bill was being debated that would ban all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected; Mace, a Republican lawmaker, wanted to add an exception for rape and incest. When some of her colleagues in the House dismissed her amendment — some women invent rapes to justify seeking an abortion, they claimed — she could not restrain herself.

Continued: https://vancouversun.com/news/world/in-abortion-debates-female-lawmakers-recount-their-rapes/wcm/24716b4d-a25f-4814-9fd0-db73e12cd420

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Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

By Jamie Samhan
May 18, 2019

Ahead of the premiere of abortion documentary “Let It be Law (Que Sea Ley)” from Argentine director Juan Solanas at Cannes, 60 women gathered to protest the anti-abortion laws across the world.

The women from Argentina waved green flags and signs (green is the colour of the pro-choice movement in Argentina). The protest was against a rejection of a law in Argentina to legalize abortion but is very similar to what the United States is currently facing.

Continued: https://etcanada.com/news/454333/abortion-protests-come-to-cannes/

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Why Death Still Stalks Pregnant Kenyan Women

Why Death Still Stalks Pregnant Kenyan Women

By DR MUKUHI NG’ANG’A
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Every day, about 830 women die due to preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications, the World Health Organisation estimates. Sadly, 99 per cent of these deaths occur in developing nations. Every year, Kenya loses over 6,000 women due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths occur in the rural areas. This high number of deaths is unacceptable considering that pregnancy is not a disease. No woman should die while giving life.

As part of a two-part series on leading killer conditions in Kenya, this week we have a look at conditions that can be fatal to pregnant mothers and their babies.

Continued: https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/lifestyle/fitness/Why-Death-Still-Stalks-Pregnant/4258372-5118980-2f19jb/

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Alabama anti-abortion legislation part of wave of state bills ‘attacking’ Roe vs. Wade

Alabama anti-abortion legislation part of wave of state bills 'attacking' Roe vs. Wade
Anti-abortion voters were key to putting Donald Trump in the White House

Lyndsay Duncombe · CBC News
Posted: May 15, 2019

The encounter lasted about a minute. A red-haired young woman driving a grey car pulled up to the parking lot of the only abortion clinic in the state of Missouri — a Planned Parenthood office near downtown St. Louis.

Dressed in a bright orange vest, Maggie Tebeau smiled, waved and moved toward the car window.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/alabama-anti-abortion-legislation-part-of-wave-of-state-bills-attacking-roe-vs-wade-1.5136001

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