Gender counts: Why investing in data on girls means transforming the future

OPINION: Gender counts: Why investing in data on girls means transforming the future
We cannot possibly understand the situation and needs of girls without reliable data, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalised

by Karin Hulshof and Bjorn Andersson | UNFPA
Friday, 11 October 2019

It’s an undeniable fact that even in the 21st century, whether you are born a girl or a boy will shape to a large extent the lives and opportunities of the vast majority of the 2.3 billion children and adolescents around the world.

Quite simply, gender counts – with girls at a distinct disadvantage.

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Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion
On International Day of the Girl, Imagine Life with Reproductive Rights Guaranteed

Margaret Wurth, Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division MargaretWurth
October 11, 2019

Today, on International Day of the Girl, we have an opportunity to reflect on what life could be like if girls around the world had access to safe and legal abortion. I’ve done research in countries with some of the world’s harshest abortion laws. I’ve met girls and young women whose lives were derailed by an unplanned pregnancy during adolescence.

“Lucely,” from the Dominican Republic, became pregnant at age 16. “Everything ended right there,” she said. Abortion is banned in all circumstances in the country, so she couldn’t get a safe and legal abortion. She tried using a home remedy to end the pregnancy, but it didn’t work. She gave birth, and without a support network to help her, she dropped out of school.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/10/11/teen-girls-need-access-safe-and-legal-abortion


USA – How Abortion Pills Will Shape Our Future

How Abortion Pills Will Shape Our Future
The Supreme Court may make it harder to get to an abortion clinic, but thanks to drugs, coat hangers can remain a thing of the past.

By Katha Pollitt
Oct 10, 2019

The news that the Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case since Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy has prompted many to wonder whether Roe v. Wade will finally, unfortunately, be overturned. The case, June Medical Services v. Gee, challenges a Louisiana law requiring clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Sound familiar? In 2016 in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the court struck down a Texas law over a similar requirement. You’d think that would have settled the matter, but no. The case is essentially the same, but the court is not.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/kavanaugh-pills-abortion/


UK – How Our Government Has Betrayed Women Seeking Abortions

How Our Government Has Betrayed Women Seeking Abortions

Vicky Spratt
8 October 2019

All over England and Wales, abortion clinics are being targeted by anti-choice, anti-abortion and, ultimately, anti-women protestors. It often goes unreported and the scenes witnessed by clinic staff, pro-choice activists and service users alike are fraught.

In 2018, Ealing council became the first to implement a no-protest 'buffer zone' around the Marie Stopes West London clinic. That buffer zone prevents anti-abortion protestors from coming within 100 metres of the clinic. The move was hailed as a huge and hopeful step forward for the protection of women seeking abortion services against a backdrop of abuse.

Continued: https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2019/10/8540490/abortion-buffer-zones-uk-review


Zimbabwe – Let’s break the silence on abortion and save lives

Let’s break the silence on abortion and save lives

08 Oct, 2019
Edinah Masiyiwa, Correspondent

The time to discuss unsafe abortions has never been more urgent in Zimbabwe, where nearly all abortions are clandestine and approximately 40 percent of these abortions result in complications such as severe bleeding, infection and even death.

Though the exact figures of women and girls who have died from unsafe abortions is not known, a study showed that abortions are the fifth leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Zimbabwe.

Continued: https://www.herald.co.zw/lets-break-the-silence-on-abortion-and-save-lives/


It’s 2040. We Need to Keep Abortion Legal in New York.

An Op-Ed From the Future
It’s 2040. We Need to Keep Abortion Legal in New York.

Thanks to a landmark ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion is now illegal everywhere except New York (and Hawaii). But a new bill threatens the legal status of abortions.

By Lucy Ferriss

Oct. 7, 2019

As the New York legislature convenes this week to begin debate on S9764, I would like to offer my thoughts as a gynecologist who still provides that rarest of services, abortion. Our legal status is under threat, as our lives have been for decades. More important, the legislators pressing for the passage of this bill are dishonest in their motives and willfully blind to the consequences of its probable passage.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/07/opinion/roe-vs-wade-abortion.html


Canada – Candidates’ views on conversion therapy, abortion raise questions about Scheer’s promise to leave social issues alone

Daphne Bramham: Candidates' views on conversion therapy, abortion raise questions about Scheer's promise to leave social issues alone

Opinion: Burnaby Tory candidate Heather Leung believes therapy can cure gays and that abortion should never be an option even in cases of rape and incest. She and other anti-abortion candidates make it tough to believe Andrew Scheer's promise that the issues wouldn't be revisited if Conservatives form government.

Daphne Bramham
Updated: October 3, 2019

For a leader who insists that his party won’t reopen debate on same-sex marriage, abortion and medically assisted dying, Conservative Andrew Scheer doesn’t make it easy for people to believe him.

His own unblemished voting record of opposing same-sex marriage and abortion is a stumbling block. So is his promise to allow members of Parliament to speak freely and potentially introduce private members’ bills on these issues.

Continued: https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/daphne-bramham-candidates-views-on-conversion-therapy-abortion-raise-questions-about-scheers-promise-to-leave-social-issues-alone


Abortion in Canada: The election debates, the law and the reality

Abortion in Canada: The election debates, the law and the reality
October 3, 2019

Martha Paynter, PhD Candidate in Nursing, Dalhousie University

This federal election season, abortion is undeniably a campaign issue, with media coverage routinely suggesting abortion rights are tenuous or up for debate.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has declared that he is “personally pro-life,” while insisting that his cabinet will not “reopen the issue.” This does, however, leave the door open for individual MPs to put forward anti-abortion private member bills.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/abortion-in-canada-the-election-debates-the-law-and-the-reality-123904


Northern Ireland’s Abortion Laws Are Archaic – But The Fight Isn’t Over

Northern Ireland’s Abortion Laws Are Archaic – But The Fight Isn’t Over
Today’s ruling is a hard-won victory for women. Now, we need to confine these cruel laws to history, writes BPAS’ Katherine O’Brien.

By Katherine O'Brien
03/10/2019

On Thursday a ruling from the High Court in Belfast has confirmed what campaigners, healthcare providers, and the women of Northern Ireland have known for years – that the country’s archaic, cruel abortion law is in breach of the UK’s human rights commitments.

This is a hard-won victory. Sarah Ewart is a young mother who had to travel to England for an abortion after receiving the devastating diagnosis that her baby would not survive outside the womb. Sarah has spent years in and out of court in order to challenge the near-total abortion ban which does not permit abortion in cases of fatal foetal anomaly. The ruling on Thursday that the current ban is in breach of her human rights is a testament to her bravery and courage.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/northern-ireland-abortion_uk_5d960963e4b0da7f6622ba23?mc_cid=ecd51c5cf2&mc_eid=daef22644f&guccounter=1


USA – Anti-Choice Activists Fighting a Losing Battle Against Medication Abortion

Anti-Choice Activists Fighting a Losing Battle Against Medication Abortion
Medication abortion is a gamechanger for pregnant people, particularly when other forms of abortion are difficult to access or even unavailable.

Oct 1, 2019
Carole Joffe & David S. Cohen

With the recent news that almost 40 percent of the abortions in this country in 2017 were by pill rather than surgical procedure, now is a great time to appreciate the seemingly unstoppable revolution this medical advance has brought about.

Abortion providers all over the country have witnessed this revolution firsthand. As the director of a network of clinics in a large Western state told us, “We’re doing medication abortions with nurse practitioners all over the state, and it’s particularly important in the mountains.” She explained that before medication abortion, in a particularly remote area, “if the doc was there on Tuesday and you came in on Wednesday, you had to wait another week or two.” This pushed some patients too late in pregnancy to have an abortion. But now, patients in the region “can come in on the day the nurse practitioner is there, which is almost every day, and be taken care of.”

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/10/01/medication-abortion-revolution/