UK: Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

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Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

October 16, 2017
Carrie Purcell

One in three women in the UK will have an abortion in her lifetime. But despite being a common medical procedure, abortion – which was partially legalised 50 years ago this month – continues to be stigmatised in the media and elsewhere in many different ways, meaning it is rarely talked about.

One abortion may be viewed as a reasonable “get out of jail free” card; having more than one abortion is often presented as beyond the pale. A woman might be able to decide she cannot continue with a pregnancy once, but to do so more than once speaks of her irresponsibility, fecklessness and failure to use contraception.

Continued at source: https://theconversation.com/attitudes-to-women-who-have-more-than-one-abortion-need-to-change-85707

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Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war

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Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war

Ed Power
13 October 2017

If you’re fed up with endless bickering over Brexit, spare a thought for the citizens of Ireland. The government here recently announced plans for a new referendum on abortion, currently prohibited by the Constitution with a few limited exceptions.

So the starting pistol has been fired on what is sure to be twelve months of hyperventilating hipsters, jangling rosary beads and a stampede from both the pro-choice and pro-life lobbies towards the moral high ground. The majority of the population – broadly in favour of a liberalisation of the law but against abortion in all circumstances – is already donning figurative hard hats and bracing for the worst.

Continued at source: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/10/irelands-abortion-debate-will-be-next-years-big-culture-war/

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UK: I regret having an abortion, but that doesn’t mean I’m against it

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I regret having an abortion, but that doesn’t mean I’m against it

i Team, Tuesday October 10th 2017
By Rachel*, in her twenties, from the south-east

I had two abortions as a teenager. They were both early on, both with the same abusive boyfriend. One happened in horrible circumstances which I will not repeat here. I consider them to be the most devastating events to have happened in my life.

Sometimes, I can’t sleep thinking about them. My biggest, most all-consuming fear is that I’ll be unable to conceive because of them. I’m too scared to tell my wonderful, loving boyfriend in case the image he has of me changes with the knowledge of what I did.

Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/i-regret-abortion-doesnt-mean-im/

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Sri Lanka: Revisiting the debate on abortion law

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Revisiting the debate on abortion law
Meera Srinivasan
October 07, 2017

In August this year, Sri Lanka’s Cabinet approved a draft Bill allowing abortion under two circumstances — when the foetus is diagnosed with a lethal congenital malformation or when the pregnancy is caused by rape.

Seen by many as a potentially significant reform to the country’s existing law, which permits abortion only to save a woman’s life, the move sparked a spontaneous debate.

Continued at source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/revisiting-the-debate-on-abortion-law/article19820226.ece

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USA: Don’t be fooled: the latest abortion bill is about one thing – hurting women

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Don't be fooled: the latest abortion bill is about one thing – hurting women
Jessica Valenti

There is no scientific basis for the proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Rather, it is a naked attempt to challenge Roe v Wade and end all abortions

Thursday 5 October 2017

On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a ban that would criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with punishment that would include fines and up to five years in prison.

The Majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, said that the goal of the bill was “ending suffering and helping people live”, an ironic sentiment just three days after Republicans let a health program expire that could leave millions of children without insurance and two days after a massacre in Las Vegas that the GOP insists has nothing to do with the shocking availability of guns.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/05/us-abortion-bill-20-weeks-criminalize-hurt-women

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Pro Life is a Lie – dismantling the anti-choice spin

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Pro Life is a Lie - dismantling the anti-choice spin
By Nic S, Emmanuel
Date Wed, 4 Oct 2017

When pro-choice militants argue that their struggle is the continuation of a historical fight against the oppression of women, they are met with a pro-life movement which attempts to symmetrically paint itself as fighting for the rights of ‘‘the unborn child'', a category which would otherwise remain defenseless and be sentenced to life or death by their bearers. ---- But both sides are far from holding symmetrical views. For one thing, while people who can get pregnant initiated the pro-choice movement, there is no doubt embryos didn't start the pro-life movement. No pro-life advocate would deny this trivial statement, if anything they would use the voicelessness of "the unborn" as an argument to emphasise the unfair nature of abortion rights.

While it is easy to understand why one group would be motivated to fight for their own interests, explaining why a group would me motivated to fight on behalf of another group is not as straightforward. Pro-life advocates would have us believe that they are fighting for the "unborn child" first and foremost out of a strong sense of empathy and out of an unremitting commitment to defend the human right to life. The problem is that this is demonstrably untrue. Far from being satisfying explanations, empathy and adhesion to moral principles don't even qualify as partial explanations for the commitment of pro-life advocates.

Continued at source: Anarchist Info: http://www.ainfos.ca/en/ainfos35763.html

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

As the country prepares to hold a referendum on abortion, religiously-motivated opposition to it may be on the wane.

Yasmeen Serhan
Oct 3, 2017 Global

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Dublin Saturday for the annual March for Choice, a demonstration calling on Ireland’s government to ease its near-total abortion ban. It was the first major rally organized by pro-choice advocates since the government announced an upcoming referendum: Next summer, the country will vote on whether it should change its abortion laws. The advocates told me that if the referendum works out in their favor, they may not have to organize any more marches.

But it’s not yet clear how likely the laws are to change, or even what changes will be proposed. The exact wording of the vote is not expected to be determined before December.

Continued at source: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/ireland-abortion-referendum/541527/

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USA: Just After Las Vegas, Republicans Are Voting to Restrict … Abortion

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Just After Las Vegas, Republicans Are Voting to Restrict ... Abortion

By Emily Crockett
Oct 3, 2017

On Tuesday, just after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, House Republicans aren't spending the day debating gun legislation to try to save American lives. They aren't scrambling for better solutions to Puerto Rico's ongoing humanitarian crisis, either.

Instead, these "pro-life" lawmakers are voting to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy nationwide. The vote on the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2017 was scheduled by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy early last week, but the attack in Las Vegas that killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 did nothing to change his plan. (The House is expected to delay a vote on a gun silencer bill that had been slated for this week.) The Trump White House even made a point of endorsing the abortion ban on Monday.

Continued at source: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/day-after-las-vegas-gop-is-voting-to-restrict-abortion-w506879

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USA: Stop Using the Phrase “Late-Term Abortion”

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Stop Using the Phrase "Late-Term Abortion"

It's misleading and medically inaccurate.
By Robin Marty
Oct 2, 2017

“Late-term abortion.” By now you have probably heard the phrase everywhere. In their third and final debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fought over whether “late-term, partial birth” abortions, in the words of moderator Chris Wallace, should be legal in the United States. Media outlets publish the phrase regardless of whether the publication leans to the right or to the left. (Cosmopolitan has used it in the past too.) And while advocacy groups who oppose abortion use the term nonstop, well, even those that support abortion rights use it occasionally, too.

Continued at source: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a12766188/late-term-abortion-20-week-ban/

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Kenya: On International Safe Abortion Day, “we learned how to love ourselves”

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On International Safe Abortion Day, “we learned how to love ourselves”

2nd October, 2017

On September 28th, 2017, many people around the world concerned with women’s rights attended events for the International Safe Abortion Day. Besides participating in a global campaign articulated by respected international and local organizations, safe2choose also decided to join a smaller discussion group in Mathare, an informal settlement of Nairobi, Kenya, to understand the daily struggles faced by local women.

The event was held in a simple school hall that was decorated with posters and signs displaying slogans such as “Stop rollbacks on our SRHR, funding saves lives“, that carried the #IResistWePersist hashtag, promoted by the Women’s Global Campaign for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR). It was an opportunity to witness first hand the incredible achievements of a local NGO, Fortress of Hope Africa (FOHA), which has also joined safe2choose’s call to action to say why safe abortion must be available to all women worldwide.

Continued: https://safe2choose.org/safe-abortion-day-love/

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