Saudi Arabia’s abortion laws are more forgiving than Alabama’s

Saudi Arabia’s abortion laws are more forgiving than Alabama’s

By Ephrat Livni
May 25, 2019

The United States prides itself on being the land of the free and the home of the brave, a place that protects individual liberty and prizes privacy. Yet the freedom of women in the US is increasingly being threatened by highly restrictive abortion bans, passed at the state level, which violate the US Constitution. These laws make the legal codes of many Muslim-majority societies in the Middle East and North Africa seem more free, a fact that may surprise freedom-prizing Americans.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported this week (paywall) that the abortion bans just passed in Alabama and Georgia are more restrictive than prohibitions in about half of the Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East.

Continued: https://qz.com/1628427/saudi-arabias-abortion-laws-are-more-forgiving-than-alabamas/

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Abortion law ‘harsher in Northern Ireland than in Alabama’

Abortion law ‘harsher in Northern Ireland than in Alabama’

May 25, 2019
Brinkwire

Campaigners say women can face jail sentences up to life in UK owing to 1861 legislation

Alabama’s near total ban on abortion mirrors the situation in one corner of the UK: Northern Ireland.

But pro-choice campaigners in the region say Northern Irish anti-abortion laws are actually stricter than the legislation Republican senators have introduced in the southern US state.

Continued: http://www.brinkwire.com/canada/abortion-law-harsher-in-northern-ireland-than-in-alabama/

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ACLU, Planned Parenthood bring lawsuit against Alabama abortion law

ACLU, Planned Parenthood bring lawsuit against Alabama abortion law

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
Fri May 24, 2019

Washington (CNN)The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Friday against Alabama's abortion law, the latest in legal challenges to state legislation that place restrictions on abortions.

Alabama's near-total ban -- the most restrictive abortion law in the country -- would punish doctors who perform the procedure with up to 99 years in prison and does not include exceptions for cases of rape and incest. Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill into law last Wednesday, but it does not take effect until November.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/24/politics/alabama-abortion-ban-aclu-lawsuit/index.html

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U.S. anti-abortion activists once ‘chipped away’ at Roe vs. Wade — now they’ve picked up a sledgehammer

U.S. anti-abortion activists once 'chipped away' at Roe vs. Wade — now they've picked up a sledgehammer
Some fear future of 1973 ruling on abortion could be in doubt under a conservative-leaning Supreme Court

Matt Kwong · CBC News
Posted: May 22, 2019

The anti-abortion movement is hitting an aggressive new stride in the United States. Whether it breaks into a sprint toward the Supreme Court is worrying reproductive rights activists amid a renewed push to reverse the long-standing precedent that legalized abortions.

As part of a frenzy of recent legislative activity, Alabama and Missouri last week sought to criminalize nearly all abortions in a bid to dismantle Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized a woman's right to have the procedure.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/anti-abortion-roe-v-wade-us-law-analysis-1.5144110

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Poll: Most Americans disapprove of the Alabama abortion ban

Poll: Most Americans disapprove of the Alabama abortion ban

Most also support upholding Roe v. Wade.
By Li Zhou
May 22, 2019

Poll after poll is now showing the same national reaction to Alabama’s near-total ban on abortion: Most Americans don’t support it.

According to a Morning Consult/Politico poll out this week, 56 percent of Americans do not approve of other states passing a law similar to the one in Alabama that bars abortion in almost all cases except when a mother’s life is in danger. In a HuffPost/YouGov poll, a very similar proportion — 57 percent — also disapproved of the law.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2019/5/22/18635563/poll-alabama-abortion-ban-law-democrats-republicans-2020

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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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Connecting the dots on the Alabama abortion story

Connecting the dots on the Alabama abortion story
[A roundup of notable news stories on the new Alabama law]

By Jon Allsop, CJR
May 20, 2019

“It’s time to hear Alabama’s women.” That was the headline on identical front pages published yesterday by The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and the Mobile Press-Register, three titles within the Alabama Media Group. Last week, after lawmakers in the state pushed through a near-total ban on abortion, the three papers invited readers to weigh in on what it’s like to be a woman in Alabama; within 24 hours, more than 200 had responded. Yesterday, the papers published many of the essays they received. “Alabama was the talk of the nation last week as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country became law,” Kelly Ann Scott, who edits the three titles, wrote in an introduction to the package. “But, missing from many of those conversations were the voices of women from this state.”

Continued: https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/alabama_abortion_ban_law.php

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It’s time to hear Alabama’s women

It’s time to hear Alabama’s women
The voices of women in Alabama are no longer missing from the conversation.

May 19, 2019
By Kelly Scott

Alabama was the talk of the nation last week as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country became law. But, missing from many of those conversations were the voices of women from this state.

So, we asked them to share their opinions on being a woman in Alabama. And more than 200 of them responded within less than 24 hours.

Continued: https://www.al.com/opinion/2019/05/its-time-to-hear-alabamas-women.html

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Letter: Access to abortion is a basic human right

Access to abortion is a basic human right

Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, condemns abortion laws in Alabama and Northern Ireland, and Nik Wood supports Gaby Hinsliff’s call for pro-choice men to speak up

Sun 19 May 2019

Last week the state of Alabama signed into law a bill that prevents women accessing safe abortion services, even in cases of rape and incest (Report, 16 May). Doctors who perform abortion will face up to 99 years in jail. We expect our government to condemn this law in the harshest possible terms and to uphold the determination by the UN that access to abortion is a human right. We expect our government to stand strong with those who will tirelessly fight this injustice by raising this issue at the highest possible levels.

We know that sanctions do not deter women from seeking abortion, but drive them to unsafe treatments or force them to travel to other places. But the voice of the UK is diminished and its authority undermined by the even more draconian abortion laws in Northern Ireland, which criminalise women as well as doctors.

It is time for this government to act, to legislate for safe abortion services in Northern Ireland and to denounce this unjust movement, spreading across America, which will cost women and girls their lives.

Professor Lesley Regan
President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/19/access-to-abortion-is-a-basic-human-right

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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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