USA – States Flout Abortion Coverage Requirements, Federal Investigators Say

States Flout Abortion Coverage Requirements, Federal Investigators Say

By Robert Pear
Feb. 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are not enforcing requirements for Medicaid coverage of abortion in the limited circumstances where it is legal, congressional investigators have found.

At least 13 states are flouting a requirement to cover abortion-inducing pills, and one state, South Dakota, has for 25 years failed to provide the required coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest, the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, said in a report made public this month.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/17/us/politics/states-abortion-coverage-medicaid.html

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BBC provides abortion information after Call the Midwife row

BBC provides abortion information after Call the Midwife row
BBC had said it could not offer advice because abortion was a ‘contentious’ issue

Catherine Avery
Sun 17 Feb 2019

The BBC has said it will give viewers information about abortion after it was criticised following an episode of the popular drama Call the Midwife.

Women complained that no information was provided on the BBC Action Line after an episode, broadcast this month, in which a patient died following an illegal backstreet abortion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/17/bbc-provides-abortion-information-after-call-the-midwife-row

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New Zealand- New research presented to law makers in abortion reform debate

New research presented to law makers in abortion reform debate

Hannah Martin
Feb 17 2019

A prominent lawyer is calling on the government to provide better systemic support for women, to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

New Australian research - co-authored by Christchurch barrister and senior lecturer Rhonda Powell - seeks to remind policymakers of the complex reasons women seek abortions and has been presented to NZ lawmakers.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/110574920/new-research-presented-to-law-makers-in-abortion-reform-debate

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BBC drops ban on giving abortion advice after Call the Midwife row

BBC drops ban on giving abortion advice after Call the Midwife row

Caroline Wheeler and Nicholas Hellen
February 17 2019

The BBC has bowed to pressure to provide viewers with information about abortion after two ministers intervened in a row sparked by an episode of the drama series Call the Midwife.

Penny Mordaunt, the women and equalities minister, and Jackie Doyle-Price, a health minister, wrote to the BBC to complain about its initial refusal to provide information about terminations after the February 3 episode in which a character died after a backstreet abortion.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/bbc-drops-ban-on-giving-abortion-advice-after-call-the-midwife-row-hv9d5zd73

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Abortion laws in the different states and territories in Australia

Abortion laws in the different states and territories in Australia

By Kieran Jorgensen
17/02/2019

Abortion laws around Australia differ radically, thanks to each state and territory having its own legislative body and legal code. In almost all states (with the exception of NSW) abortions are legal, although sometimes restricted. In NSW there are numerous exceptions to performing abortions being a crime, with the effect that the procedure is functionally accessible.

Continued: https://bestinau.com.au/abortion-laws-in-the-different-states-and-territories-in-australia/

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Ireland – Anti-abortion activist told he risks prison if site is not taken down

Anti-abortion activist told he risks prison if site is not taken down

Shane Phelan
February 16 2019

An anti-abortion activist has been warned he could end up in jail if he does not comply with a court order to take down a website with a similar name to the HSE's 'My Options' unplanned pregnancy advice service.

The HSE secured the High Court order against Eamonn Murphy after alleging his website was misleading members of the public into thinking it provided objective counselling and information services.

continued: https://www.independent.ie/ca/irish-news/courts/antiabortion-activist-told-he-risks-prison-if-site-is-not-taken-down-37821933.html

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Kuwait – Gynecologist smuggling abortion pills – Sells 1 pill for 100 KD to Indians and Filipinos

Gynecologist smuggling abortion pills – Sells 1 pill for 100 KD to Indians and Filipinos

Feb 16, 2019

KUWAIT CITY: Security officers at the Kuwait International Airport have arrested an unidentified female gynecologist for attempting to smuggle into the country large quantities of medicine pills to induce abortion, reports Al- Shahed daily.

According to the daily, the doctor works for a private hospital and earns a monthly salary of KD 2,000. She has admitted to selling one pill for KD 100 to Indians and Filipinos. The doctor has been referred to the authorities for further interrogation.

Source: http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/gynecologist-smuggling-abortion-pills-sells-1-pill-for-100-kd-to-indians-and-filipinos/

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Namibia decriminalises baby abandonment

Namibia decriminalises baby abandonment

Feb 15, 2019
AFP

Mothers are being encouraged to give up children to be looked after by the state without being prosecuted rather than resort to an illegal abortion.

The Namibian government on Friday said it hoped a new law to remove criminal penalties for mothers abandoning their new-born babies would ensure women who cannot look after their children can hand them safely to authorities.

Continued: https://citizen.co.za/news/news-africa/2084745/namibia-decriminalises-baby-abandonment/amp/

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USA – At least 20 abortion cases are in the pipeline to the Supreme Court. Any one could gut Roe v. Wade.

At least 20 abortion cases are in the pipeline to the Supreme Court. Any one could gut Roe v. Wade.
Today’s emotional rhetoric has parallels to another politically volatile period in the early 1990s.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha
February 15, 2019

The Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 vote this month to block a restrictive Louisiana abortion law from taking effect provided some measure of consolation to reproductive rights advocates who feared the court’s new conservative majority would act immediately to restrict access to the procedure.

But that relief is likely to be short lived. In the pipeline are at least 20 lawsuits, in various stages of judicial review, that have the potential to be decided in ways that could significantly change the rights laid out in the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, and refined almost two decades later in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The 1992 decision said a state may place restrictions on abortion as long as it does not create an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to abortion.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/02/15/least-abortion-cases-are-steps-us-supreme-court-any-one-could-gut-roe-v-wade/

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El Salvador Supreme Court overturns abortion conviction

El Salvador Supreme Court overturns abortion conviction

By The Associated Press
Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - El Salvador’s Supreme Court has overturned a 30-year sentence for a woman convicted in July of aggravated homicide for allegedly having an abortion.

The court ordered a new trial for Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, who was released Friday after almost three years in jail. She was greeted by activists chanting “Evelyn, you are not alone!”

Continued: https://www.thestar.com/news/world/americas/2019/02/15/el-salvador-supreme-court-overturns-abortion-conviction.html

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