She tried to get an abortion during the pandemic. Her state wouldn’t allow it

She tried to get an abortion during the
pandemic. Her state wouldn’t allow it

(Interactive) Photographs by Glenna Gordon

Story by Kyle Almond and Benazir Wehelie, CNN
June 29, 2020

In the early days of the coronavirus
pandemic, many states put a temporary ban on elective surgeries and medical
procedures deemed nonessential. For several states, that included abortion.

It didn’t take long for abortion providers to
challenge the new restrictions. In some states, several judges blocked the
bans. Others were eventually lifted by the states themselves. But for weeks,
many women were left in limbo.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/06/health/abortion-access-coronavirus-cnnphotos/


Europe – Women turn to backstreet abortions during coronavirus

Women turn to backstreet abortions during coronavirus
(7 minute video)

Women across Europe are struggling to get abortions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

June 23, 2020

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-53158162/coronavirus-women-denied-abortions-because-of-the-pandemic


Thai pro-choice activists push for tele-medicine abortion pills during COVID-19 outbreak

Thai pro-choice activists push for tele-medicine abortion pills during COVID-19 outbreak

by Teirra Kamolvattanavith
May 28, 2020

Despite an increase in unplanned pregnancies in Thailand, safe access to legal abortion has diminished amidst the pandemic. The groups believe tele-medicine could be a solution especially for women in remote areas.

On Friday May 15, choose network Thailand, 55 other civil society organizations and 559 petitioners handed in a letter to the Department of Health, to demand for measures to ensure women can access safe abortions during the pandemic and in the future.

In a country where safe and legal abortions are available — most women with unplanned pregnancies resort to unsafe procedures due to many reasons including social stigma, lack of information and access to safe facilities.

Continued: https://thisrupt.co/videos/thai-pro-choice-activists-push-for-tele-medicine-abortion-pills-during-covid-19-outbreak/


IFPA YouTube series to support people who need abortion care during COVID-19

IFPA YouTube series to support people who need abortion care during COVID-19
Videos were created to help those accessing abortion services during the pandemic

Irish Family Planning Association
Published May 7th, 2020

To support people who are experiencing an unintended pregnancy or a pregnancy that has become a crisis during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Irish Family Planning Association has launched a series of videos to assist those who need abortion care.

IFPA COVID-19 abortion care videos
Getting healthcare over the phone is new to most people. The Irish Family Planning Association want those accessing abortion services to be at ease when they speak to the doctor and to be well-prepared and comfortable about managing an abortion at home. To help to do this, they have created additional supports and new information materials.

Continued: https://spunout.ie/news/article/ifpa-youtube-series


USA – “Unconscionable”: Planned Parenthood Pres. Condemns States Using Pandemic to Limit Abortion Access

“Unconscionable”: Planned Parenthood Pres. Condemns States Using Pandemic to Limit Abortion Access

April 27, 2020
(30 min video and transcript)

As much of the U.S. remains on lockdown, abortion rights are under attack nationwide. We get an update on the fight for abortion access with Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Our bodies have literally been deemed essential,” she says, “and yet the control of our bodies and the right to control our own bodies has not.”

Transcript - This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/27/coronavirus_us_abortion_access_texas_alabama


USA – How Down Syndrome Became a New Front in the Abortion Wars

How Down Syndrome Became a New Front in the Abortion Wars
Families are being caught in the crossfire as states enact laws to ban Down syndrome-related abortions.

by Carter Sherman and Dan Ming
Feb 11 2020 (12 minute video)

When Ben and Marissa O’Donnell found out that their child would be born with Down syndrome, both of them knew that abortion was an option.

“In a moment like that, you go through mentally many dark hallways,” said Marissa O’Donnell, who lives in suburban Massachusetts about an hour outside Boston. “I didn't get so far down that hallway to a place of — where I felt like I didn't think that we could handle it. But I did sort of fall into a deep place of feeling like my life would be so different.”

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/y3mbvj/how-down-syndrome-became-a-new-front-in-the-abortion-wars


Ruth Bader Ginsburg says US abortion law hits poor women

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says US abortion law hits poor women

Dec 17, 2019

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has told the BBC that restrictive abortion laws affect poor women in society.

Several states have passed highly restrictive abortion laws this year - and dozens more have proposed similar bills in their legislatures - though none have gone into effect thus far.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-50831154/ruth-bader-ginsburg-says-us-abortion-law-hits-poor-women


USA – How many steps it takes to get an abortion in each state

How many steps it takes to get an abortion in each state

Orion Rummler, Aïda Amer
Aug 24, 2019
Data: Guttmacher Institute; Aïda Amer, Andrew Witherspoon

The most restrictive abortion laws in generations are working through the courts across America's red states, confusing some on whether abortion is legal where they live.

Where it stands: Women and transgender men must take 5-8 steps to get an abortion in the most heavily regulated states. They often have to wait at least 24 hours after seeking an abortion, attend counseling against the decision and take at least 2 trips to a facility — and in 6 states, only 1 such facility is available.

Continued: https://www.axios.com/steps-abortion-state-170f0083-a117-438c-9b90-da9105ce4683.html


Canada/USA – The female game designers fighting back on abortion rights

The female game designers fighting back on abortion rights
Through video games, live-action role-playing games and interactive documentaries, developers are challenging the conversation around reproductive rights

Laura Hudson
Fri 28 Jun 2019

The year is 1972. You’re part of an underground network of feminists in Chicago that provide illegal (at the time) abortion services to vulnerable, pregnant people with few options. Despite the risk of imprisonment, and the ways that your personal experiences may not always perfectly align with your activism, you persist.

It’s emotionally complicated. It’s politically fraught. It’s a live-action roleplaying game by Jon Cole and Kelley Vanda called The Abortionists, which requires three players, one facilitator, six hours and a willingness to dig deep into the painful history of reproductive rights in the United States. That history has terrifying relevance in 2019, as numerous states pass laws that put their residents in a reality where abortion is functionally illegal. Based on the real-life work of a 1970s activist group called Jane, it challenges its participants to think about the “internal landscapes” of its players, and how they deal with the larger political and personal landscape of their world.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/jun/28/the-women-game-designers-fighting-back-on-abortion-rights


Global Lessons on Abortion: 9 Pieces from Women Journalists Offer Cautionary Tales for the U.S.

Global Lessons on Abortion: 9 Pieces from Women Journalists Offer Cautionary Tales for the U.S.

IWMF
May 30, 2019

America is grappling with a recent surge of restrictive reproductive rights bills in states across the country. The culling of abortion and reproductive care may seem like a new challenge for the U.S., but the impact of these laws in other countries is well known.

Women journalists continue to cover different perspectives on anti-abortion legislation, and its ramifications, around the world. Their coverage creates a cautionary tale of how restriction impacts women, girls, and the communities they inhabit.

Continued: https://medium.com/@IWMF/global-lessons-on-abortion-from-women-journos-a0f4c2e51ee1