UK – Woman kept waiting two months for abortion after clinic cancellations

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Woman kept waiting two months for abortion after clinic cancellations

Kate Buck
Monday 6 Aug 2018

A woman has been kept waiting for an abortion for two months due to a botched procedure, staff illness and cancelled terminations.

Heidi Buckman, 43, is 15 weeks pregnant but has been trying to get an abortion for eight weeks.

Heidi has two daughters, ten and 13, with her ex-husband, and has been with her partner, 38, for seven years.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/06/woman-kept-waiting-two-months-for-abortion-after-clinic-cancellations-7805705/

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Russia – Officials Impose Short-Term Abortion Ban During Pro-Life Campaign

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Officials Impose Short-Term Abortion Ban During Pro-Life Campaign

Aug. 06 2018

Hospitals in several Russian regions had imposed a de facto moratorium on abortions during an annual pro-life campaign run by the prime minister’s wife this summer.

Faced with the lowest birth rate in a decade, the Russian government seeks to reverse the demographic crisis with a $8.6 billion plan to encourage Russians to have more babies by offering mortgage subsidies and other social programs.

Continued: https://themoscowtimes.com/news/officials-impose-short-term-abortion-ban-during-pro-life-campaign-62447

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Ireland – TDs and Senators call on Argentina to legalise abortion

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TDs and Senators call on Argentina to legalise abortion
Argentine senate to vote on August 8th on abortion decriminalisation

Fri, Aug 3, 2018
Sorcha Pollak

More than sixty TDs and Senators have signed a letter calling on the Argentinian senate to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The letter, which was was organised by Amnesty International, will be sent to Argentina’s senate ahead of a vote on August 8th to decide whether a bill legalising abortion for the first 14 weeks becomes law. The bill narrowly passed the lower house of Argentina’s congress in June.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/tds-and-senators-call-on-argentina-to-legalise-abortion-1.3585414

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UK – Abortion pills are safe and simple

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Abortion pills are safe and simple
So why won’t the government let women in England take them at home?

Ann Furedi, Chief executive, BPAS
1 August 2018

The government may claim its health service has a commitment to evidence-based treatment, but it is shamefully blind to the evidence when it comes to abortion.

Britain was among the very first countries to allow early medical abortion in hospitals and clinics when it became available more than two decades ago. It now trails behind almost every other country in allowing women to use abortion pills in a sensible, safe and evidence-based way.

Continued: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/abortion-pills-are-safe-and-simple/21643

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Ireland – Appeal Court rejects attempt to test abortion referendum result

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Appeal Court rejects attempt to test abortion referendum result
Application allowing challenge to Yes vote rejected by three judges of Court of Appeal

July 31, 2018
Mary Carolan

A Co Leitrim man has lost his appeal aimed at allowing him challenge the Yes result of the abortion referendum. It was rejected by three judges of the Court of Appeal.

A conditional stay on the result being formally certified applies until August 17th to facilitate any further appeal to the Supreme Court by Diarmuid McConville.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/appeal-court-rejects-attempt-to-test-abortion-referendum-result-1.3582323

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UK – Women ‘illegally taking abortion pill at home’

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Women 'illegally taking abortion pill at home'

By Jean Mackenzie
Victoria Derbyshire programme
31 July 2018

Women are illegally taking abortion pills, which they have bought online, at home to avoid enduring abortions on public transport. In England, abortion pills must be administered in a clinic or hospital. For some this means the pill can take effect on their journey home.

Campaigners say women should be able to take the second pill at home, as buying pills online can be dangerous. The Department of Health said it was monitoring the evidence on home use.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45007707

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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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EUROPE – An app which advises young women whether they can avoid pregnancy based on daily body temperature leads to… young women GETTING PREGNANT!

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EUROPE – An app which advises young women whether they can avoid pregnancy based on daily body temperature leads to… young women GETTING PREGNANT!

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 27, 2018

A fancy app which was certified as a contraceptive method in Europe by the German medicines agency Tüv Süd, based on its claim to be 93% effective, has been found to be leading to many unintended pregnancies. In January 2018, it was reported for investigation to the Swedish Medical Products Agency after one hospital found 37 cases of pregnancies in women using it among 668 women seeking abortions in a three-month period in late 2017. Described in the 17 January 2018 Guardian in as a “smartphone application that marries hi-tech algorithms with the old-fashioned rhythm method”, these pregnancies should be no surprise. The fact is, no matter how you dress up the rhythm method, it fails – and it fails a lot. That’s why safe, effective contraceptive methods were developed in the second half of the 20th century.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/europe-an-app-which-advises-young-women-whether-they-can-avoid-pregnancy-based-on-daily-body-temperature-leads-to-young-women-getting-pregnant

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Scotland – Anti-abortion protests face crackdown by Holyrood

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Anti-abortion protests face crackdown by Holyrood

Mark McLaughlin
July 26 2018

Protesters outside Scottish abortion clinics are being monitored by police with a view to a possible crackdown.

Aileen Campbell, the public health minister, said that pro-life protests could be distressing for women and action may be required.

Some councils want “buffer zones” to keep demonstrators away from patients and staff after a surge in pro-life vigils.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-protests-face-crackdown-by-holyrood-038tcxsdg

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Ireland – Catholic hospitals set to ban abortion

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Catholic hospitals set to ban abortion
Terminations will be refused under bishops’ ethics code

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
July 25 2018

Catholic hospitals could break the law and refuse to offer abortions in all circumstances, a “code of ethics” drafted by the Irish Catholic Bishops suggests. Guidelines for up to 20 main hospitals connected with religious orders include a ban on most assisted reproduction procedures. The few allowed are not to be given to unmarried women or LGBT couples.

The Code of Ethical Standards for Healthcare, which sets out what can be expected from Catholic healthcare services, bans contraception; gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, crisis pregnancy counselling with information on abortion and counselling for families going through a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis that lists termination as an option.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/catholic-hospitals-set-to-ban-abortion-v9zwkd2qk

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