Ireland – Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place

Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place
The HSE has said that “service demand remains within the predicted limits” in relation to abortion services.

Apr 20, 2019

THERE ARE 10 maternity units providing abortion services out of a total of 19 units across the country, over three months after Ireland’s abortion laws have been legalised.

The HSE has said that nine maternity units had provided abortion services from the start of this year, and that one additional maternity unit had since begun to offer the service.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/rotunda-hospital-abortion-4578751-Apr2019/

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European Parliament endorses strong position on family planning, sexual and reproductive health and rights

EUROPEAN UNION MULTI-ANNUAL FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK – EP endorses strong position on family planning, sexual and reproductive health and rights

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
April 19, 2019

The European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual & Reproductive Rights (EPF) reports that a sizable majority of Members of the European Parliament voted to support sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and the empowerment of women as key aspects of the European Union’s next seven-year budget plan for external relations. This position was adopted by 420 to 145 votes on the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument, which determines the EU’s funding priorities for its development cooperation between 2021-2027.

The final report, drafted by MEPs Pier Antonio Panzeri, Cristian Dan Preda, Frank Engel and Charles Goerens was adopted in plenary session by the European Parliament. The MEPs want the EU to promote SRHR as part of a rights-based approach to its development assistance. They call for EU support to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and sexuality education, and the promotion of research into new and improved tools for sexual and reproductive healthcare and family planning.

The MEPs are therefore asking for €93.154 billion in current prices to be allocated to the 2021-2027 Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument. Speaking after the vote, MEP Heidi Hautala and MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld, co-chairs of MEPs for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) highlighted:

“Universal and comprehensive access to SRHR will save lives, help realise human rights, achieve gender equality and contribute to sustainable development. The EU has committed in its European Consensus on Development to proactively promote the realisation of SRHR. This includes the right of every individual to have full control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexual and reproductive health, free from discrimination, coercion and violence,” said MEP Heidi Hautala.“The European Parliament has given a strong signal today that we are determined to make the EU live up to its international and European commitments and obligations on sexual and reproductive health and rights. We hope that EU member states will not dilute this position in the upcoming trialogue negotiations. Together, we need to take up global leadership on this issue,” stressed MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld.

Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/european-union-multi-annual-financial-framework-ep-endorses-strong-position-on-family-planning-srhr/

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UK – Women will have faster and easier access to abortions under new national guidelines

ABORTION OVERHAUL Women will have faster and easier access to abortions under new national guidelines
Clinics will have to offer a consultation by phone or video within a week of a request as officials warn that long waits are distressing and increase health risks

By Shaun Wooller
12th April 2019

WOMEN will be given quicker and easier access to abortions under new national guidelines.

Clinics will have to offer patients a consultation in person, on the phone or via video call within one week of them requesting one.

Continued: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8846582/abortion-national-guidelines-faster-easier/

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Penny Mordaunt says UK will defend abortion rights amid global pushback

Penny Mordaunt says UK will defend abortion rights amid global pushback
Development secretary vows government will ‘hold a strong line’, after attempts by Trump administration to weaken commitments

Liz Ford
Tue 9 Apr 2019

Britain’s international development secretary has promised to stand firm in her support for abortion rights in the face of growing opposition.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Canadian embassy on Monday, Penny Mordaunt said: “Leadership means not shying away from issues like safe abortion when the evidence shows us these services will save women’s lives.”

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/apr/09/penny-mordaunt-says-uk-will-defend-abortion-rights-amid-global-pushback-trump

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UK intervention on global abortion rights ‘welcome’ but urgent need for Northern Ireland law reform remains

UK intervention on global abortion rights 'welcome' but urgent need for Northern Ireland law reform remains

April 9, 2019

Responding to a speech by International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt at an event hosted by the Canadian High Commission yesterday, Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Campaign Manager, said:

“We very much welcome the Development Secretary championing abortion rights on a global scale and speaking out in support of women’s right to freedom and choice over their own bodies. The roll-back on reproductive rights in some places around the world is deeply concerning and must be addressed.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/uk-intervention-global-abortion-rights-welcome-urgent-need-northern-ireland-law

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Anti-abortion activists harassing women at UK clinics during Lent

Anti-abortion activists harassing women at UK clinics during Lent
Clinic staff say protesters are calling women ‘murderers’ and giving out misleading leaflets

Simon Murphy
Mon 8 Apr 2019

Anti-abortion protesters are harassing vulnerable women at UK clinics as they ramp up demonstrations for Lent and are giving out leaflets suggesting that having a termination is harder to deal with than being raped, it has been claimed.

Hardline religious activists, some of whom are part of a so-called “40 Days for Life” campaign, have been targeting women in increasing numbers at 10 clinics across the country in the run-up to Easter, the Guardian has been told.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/08/anti-abortion-activists-harassing-women-at-uk-clinics-during-lent

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Midwife Means “With Woman”: ‘Call the Midwife’ and the History of Abortion in England

Midwife Means "With Woman": 'Call the Midwife' and the History of Abortion in England

4/4/2019
in History, by Janet Mullany

It’s 1964 and things are changing in Poplar on Call the Midwife.

A dad actually asks to be at the, ah, interesting end of his child’s birth and is firmly put in his place, and more women want to give birth in hospitals. Hemlines are rising as Britain becomes a fashion powerhouse. Yet some things just don’t change. As now, an obsession with royal births rules (and if you really want to know, apparently bets are now at 1:2 that Meghan and Harry’s baby will be a girl, with the top name predicted to be Diana. Yes, British bookies do big business during royal pregnancies). And sadly, not every birth is joyfully anticipated, and many women, particularly poor women in an area like Poplar, have few options for help.

Continued: https://blogs.weta.org/tellyvisions/2019/04/04/midwife-means-woman-call-midwife-and-history-abortion-england

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Impossible to possible-abortion provision in Ireland | Dr Mary Favier

Impossible to possible-abortion provision in Ireland | Dr Mary Favier

April 3, 2019

In this 17-minute video, Dr Mary Favier, Cork based GP and founding member of Doctors For Choice, describes how she campaigned for many years to remove the Eighth Amendment as it was harmful to Irish women's health. Dr Favier takes us on a moving journey from Ireland’s past, present, and future showcasing the devastating struggles Irish women have faced in relation to abortions in Ireland in the past and the hope which we live in now as a result of the successful repeal of the eight amendment.

Dr Mary Favier is a specialist in family medicine and is in practice in Cork city. She is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is a guest teacher on the UCC post graduate general practitioner training scheme. She has been Chair of Education in the ICGP and is currently president elect of the ICGP. She advocated improving clinical care by introducing early medical abortion provision in a primary care setting in Ireland.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Continued: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5x3lG89ypU&app=desktop&fbclid=IwAR1X5DpcJu_pB2X9n65rWK8cGGQO5YbLA8u_e7yn2d7aC_zD4YWVm4sLEqk

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On Abortion in the Context of Malta: a Medical Doctor’s Perspective

On Abortion in the Context of Malta: a Medical Doctor’s Perspective

April 3, 2019
Gilbert Gravino
Illustrations by the author

It is extremely important to differentiate between being anti-abortion at an individual level and being anti-legalising-abortion (anti-choice), a distinction that is often overlooked. It is perfectly reasonable and respectable for individuals who would never have an abortion themselves to be pro-choice.

At the heart of every debate on abortion are its scientific, moral, social, psychological and medical aspects. They all play a crucial role in formulating an opinion and taking a stance on the issue.

Continued: https://www.islesoftheleft.org/on-abortion-in-the-context-of-malta-a-medical-doctors-perspective/

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Italy: Thousands protest against anti-abortion conference

Italy: Thousands protest against anti-abortion conference
Pro-choice activists took to the streets of Verona to protest an anti-abortion conference attended by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. His coalition partner Luigi Di Maio described anti-abortion rhetoric as medieval.

31.03.2019

Tens of thousands of people marched through the northern Italian city of Verona on Saturday to protest an international anti-abortion conference.

The three-day meeting organized by the US-based World Congress of Families (WCF) started on Friday and featured Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as Saturday's key speaker.

Continued: https://www.dw.com/en/italy-thousands-protest-against-anti-abortion-conference/a-48131965

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