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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Glasgow Council’s abortion protest buffer zone report overdue

Glasgow Council's abortion protest buffer zone report overdue

By Tamsin Selbie, BBC Scotland
23 March 2019

A pledge to look at how to implement "buffer zones" outside abortion clinics at Glasgow hospitals has missed its deadline, BBC Scotland has learned.

Glasgow City Council passed a motion in June last year backing the safe spaces "to protect women from obstruction or harassment when accessing services".

The move gained cross-party support and a report on how it could be done was promised by the end of last year.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-47567943

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Revealed: US anti-LGBT ‘hate group’ dramatically increases UK spending

Revealed: US anti-LGBT 'hate group' dramatically increases UK spending
Big spending Christian right ‘legal army’, whose influence has soared in America under Trump, is now linked to campaigns against assisted dying in the UK.

Peter Geoghegan and Claire Provost
20 March 2019

An American anti-LGBT ‘hate group’ with close ties to the Trump administration has spent more than £410,000 in the UK since 2017, openDemocracy can reveal.

ADF International – which opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage equality – is also connected to a small number of British campaigners behind supposedly ‘grassroots’ movements against assisted dying, new research has found.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/revealed-us-anti-lgbt-hate-group-dramatically-increases-uk-spending/

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Born Alive Abortion Survivors: Parsing Fact from Fiction

Born Alive Abortion Survivors: Parsing Fact from Fiction

March 11, 2019
by Libby Anne

Last week, a friend sent me an article bearing the headline They Are Real: Meet Born-Alive Abortion Survivors. Could I maybe blog about it, she asked? This article led me down to a rabbit hole with numbers that kept getting bigger. When I reached an article that argued that there are 44,000 abortion survivors living in the U.S. today, I knew we had a definitional problem. What is really going on here?

The article my friend sent me profiled five individuals it labeled “abortion survivors.” These individuals are real people. The first one profiled Gianna Jesson, whose mother had a saline abortion at 30 weeks in 1977, and Gianna survived. When she was born alive, she was provided with care and given up for adoption. Melissa Ohden’s biological mother had a saline abortion at 31 weeks in 1977; she, too, survived and was provided care.

Continued: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2019/03/born-alive-abortion-survivors-parsing-fact-from-fiction.html

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UK – Call The Midwife viewers in tears as finale deals with illegal abortion story

Call The Midwife viewers in tears as finale deals with illegal abortion story
The series has raised awareness of the issue of backstreet abortions.

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Correspondent
March 3 2019

Call The Midwife’s eighth series came to an end with a tear-jerking close to the illegal abortion storyline.

The latest series of the BBC drama about midwives in the East End in the 1960s has shone a light on the issue.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/ca/entertainment/call-the-midwife-viewers-in-tears-as-finale-deals-with-illegal-abortion-story-37874326.html

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UK – Can An Abortion Ever Be Ancient History?

Can An Abortion Ever Be Ancient History?

by Sophie Ratcliffe
Mar 2, 2019

Despite being pro-choice, Sophie Ratcliffe never thought she’d have an abortion. Seven years after she did, she became pregnant again – and now she wants to end the silence around termination

‘I had an abortion a while ago. And a miscarriage last year.' My voice echoed in the darkness as the sonographer passed a probe over my abdomen. I was answering her question. She had just asked if this was my first pregnancy. Her hand paused and she leant towards me. ‘You do know,’ she said kindly, ‘that those two things aren’t related?’

Continued: https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/real-life/abortion-miscarriage-uk-silence/

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