Finland – Foreign Minister Soini riles fellow politicians with anti-abortion comments

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Foreign Minister Soini riles fellow politicians with anti-abortion comments
Timo Soini has again made public comments about his opposition to abortion; a move that many of his colleagues in Finnish politics believe is inappropriate.

Aug 11, 2018

Finland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini has once again set off a storm of indignation in Finland after writing a blog entry on Thursday praising Argentina for its decision to keep abortion illegal.

"Argentina is a lovely country. The Pope is an Argentinean who is widely listened to and respected. Words have weight," he wrote in his popular online journal on August 9.

Continued: https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/foreign_minister_soini_riles_fellow_politicians_with_anti-abortion_comments/10348539

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Canada – Misleading billboard fuels false information about abortion

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Misleading billboard fuels false information about abortion
Research lawyer Jennifer Taylor was “fired up and frustrated” when she saw the sign on Windmill Road.

Posted By Maggie Rahr
Fri, Aug 10, 2018

A Dartmouth billboard reading ‘Canada has no abortion laws’ is turning heads and raising ire.

The sign on Windmill Road is rented on a four-week contract and paid for by We Need A Law—a religious advocacy group based in Vancouver and Ottawa.

Continued: https://www.thecoast.ca/RealityBites/archives/2018/08/10/misleading-billboard-fuels-false-information-about-abortion

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Toronto pizza shop owner confronts anti-abortion protesters

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Toronto pizza shop owner confronts anti-abortion protesters

Jonathan Forani, CTVNews.ca Writer
Friday, July 27, 2018

Warning: Video contains images and language that some readers may find offensive

When a group of anti-abortion protesters brandishing graphic posters gathered outside Jennifer Bundock’s vegan pizza shop, she knew what she had to do.

In an expletive-laden video that has been shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook, Bundock films her angry encounter with those holding the signs, eventually forcing them to leave the block.

Continued: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/toronto-pizza-shop-owner-confronts-anti-abortion-protesters-1.4031254

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How the handmaid became an international protest symbol

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How the handmaid became an international protest symbol

By Chris Bell BBC News
27 July 2018

Dozens of women march in silence through a rainy cityscape. Heads bowed, dressed in red cloaks and white bonnets, it looks like a scene from Gilead, the theocratic patriarchy Margaret Atwood created in dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale.

But this is Buenos Aires. It is Wednesday, and the women involved are calling for abortion to be decriminalised in a country where complications arising from illegal abortion are a leading cause of maternal death.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-44965210

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ march for Argentine abortion rights

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ march for Argentine abortion rights

by Debora Rey
AP July 25 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Dozens of demonstrators wearing red cloaks and white bonnets like the characters from the novel-turned-TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” demonstrated Wednesday in Argentina in favor of legalizing abortion.

The demonstrators marched in silence with their heads bowed through the streets of the Argentine capital until they reached the Congress building. Under a heavy rain, one of them read a letter by “Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood, who supports the effort led by Argentine feminist groups.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/handmaids-tale-march-for-argentine-abortion-rights/2018/07/25/5029a4fc-9042-11e8-ae59-01880eac5f1d_story.html?utm_term=.c4d867b85164

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Why, unlike some people, Canadians don’t lose their minds over Supreme Court appointments

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Why, unlike some people, Canadians don’t lose their minds over Supreme Court appointments
Canada's top court is way less politicized than in the United States, and it's not just because our Constitution is only 36 years old

Tristin Hopper
Updated: July 9, 2018

The United States is currently mired in political chaos following the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring. It’s a bizarre spectacle from Canada, where new Supreme Court appointments are barely noticed. While U.S. Supreme Court justices are household names, most Canadians cannot name a single sitting member of their highest court (and Beverley McLachlin doesn’t count anymore; she just retired). So what gives? The National Post called up some very smart law experts to figure out why Canada’s Supreme Court isn’t the partisan hockey puck it is down south.

Abortion isn’t a major wedge issue here.

Continued: https://windsorstar.com/news/canada/why-unlike-some-people-canadians-dont-lose-their-minds-over-supreme-court-appointments/wcm/44c54d8d-2008-4a9e-ba09-98a66fbaedaf

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Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under ‘conscientious objection’

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Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under 'conscientious objection'

Joyce Arthur
July 5, 2018

For the first time ever, an expert group has arrived at a majority consensus that the practice of so-called "conscientious objection" by health-care professionals should not be allowed. The experts agreed that the practice of refusing to provide legal and essential health care due to a doctor's personal or religious beliefs is a violation of medical ethics and of patients' right to health care. Abortion and other reproductive health care are the most commonly refused services.

Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care is the title of the expert group's just-released report with recommendations. It is a product of the first global meeting on the topic of "conscientious objection," which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay in August 2017 because the refusal to treat is a major barrier to abortion access in many Latin American countries.

Continued: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/07/expert-group-denounces-refusal-treat-under-conscientious-objection

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Author Margaret Atwood tells Argentina’s VP: ‘Give women the right to choose abortion’

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Author Margaret Atwood tells Argentina's VP: 'Give women the right to choose abortion'
Atwood addressed Gabriella Michetti following accusations last week that the vice-president was trying to hinder a vote in the Senate on the bill to decriminalise elective abortion.

June 26, 2018

Beloved Canadian writer Margaret Atwood has expressed her support for the ongoing campaign in Argentina to decriminalise elective abortion, with a personal message for Vice-President Gabriela Michetti.

“Vicepresident of Argentina @gabimichetti: don’t look away from the thousands of deaths every year from ilegal abortions. Give argentinian women the right to choose!”, Atwood wrote on Twitter, citing the hashtags of the #NiUnaMenos movement and those in favour of abortion like #AbortoLegalYa #QueElAbortoSeaLey and #AbortoEnSenadoYa.

Continued: http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/author-margaret-atwood-tells-argentinas-vp-give-women-the-right-to-choose-abortion.phtml

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What it was like to fight at an illegal abortion clinic in Toronto during the 1980s

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What it was like to fight at an illegal abortion clinic in Toronto during the 1980s
Excerpted from Judy Rebick's new book, Heroes in my Head

June 13, 2018
Judy Rebick

On June 15, 1983, Dr. Henry Morgentaler opened an illegal abortion clinic in Toronto. The Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics (OCAC) had chosen a spot on the second floor of a lovely Victorian house on Harbord Street, a quiet downtown thoroughfare lined with bookstores and cafés near the University of Toronto. With the Toronto Women’s Bookstore on the ground floor, we were assured of supportive neighbours. The interior staircase up to the clinic was useful for security purposes—if anyone broke in, it gave the nurses and doctors time to secure the patients—and there was a front stoop, perfect for rallies. The plan was to hold a symbolic opening for the media at 10 a.m. Dr. Morgentaler, who lived in Montreal, would arrive at 3 p.m., say a few words, and then go inside.

Continued: https://this.org/2018/06/13/what-it-was-like-to-fight-at-an-illegal-abortion-clinic-in-toronto-during-the-1980s/

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Canada – Safe-access zones at abortion clinics are constitutional

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Opinion: Safe-access zones at abortion clinics are constitutional

Joyce Arthur
Updated: May 31, 2018

There’s been much misinformation in the debate over Bill 9, the proposed safe-access zone law to protect Alberta’s abortion clinics. Surprisingly, those who oppose the bill seem unaware that British Columbia has enforced a very similar law since 1995 and it’s been held to be constitutional.

Since the Alberta law was closely adapted from B.C.’s law, we can be confident it will also meet Charter scrutiny. In fact, based on the legal soundness of the B.C. law, similar laws have recently been passed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, and Ontario. Alberta is simply following in their footsteps.

Continued: http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-safe-access-zones-at-abortion-clinics-are-constitutional

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