No abortion providers on Guam

No abortion providers on Guam

Jasmine Stole Weiss, Pacific Daily News
Published June 30, 2018

For years there were two doctors who performed abortions on Guam. One retired in 2016; the second doctor retired last month, leaving the island without any physicians who will perform abortions.

The lack of abortion providers on island may force women to go to great lengths or go through great risk to terminate unwanted pregnancies, according to attorney Anita Arriola, a longtime advocate for abortion rights.


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Guam – AG opinion: Recent abortion bill is unconstitutional

AG opinion: Recent abortion bill is unconstitutional

Jasmine Stole Weiss, Pacific Daily News
Published June 29, 2018

The Attorney General of Guam issued an opinion this week, informing lawmakers that an abortion bill introduced earlier this year, if enacted, would be unconstitutional.

Bill 232-34 proposes banning abortions after 20 weeks of fertilization.

The bill was introduced in January by Sens. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., D-Dededo, Joe S. San Agustin, D-Yigo, Telena Nelson, D-Dededo, Frank Aguon, Jr., D-Yona, and Tommy Morrison, R-Umatac.


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Guam – Clinic no longer provides abortion services

Clinic no longer provides abortion services

Jamie Ward | The Guam Daily
June 23, 2018

The Guam Women's Clinic is no longer performing abortions, and apparently that leaves Guam with nobody who will perform one.

While the website for the Guam Women's Clinic still operates, and comes up as the first listing when "abortion services Guam" is Googled, a call to the number listed confirmed that Dr. William Freeman has retired and that Dr. Jeffrey Gabel, who's taken over the clinic, does not provide those services as Freeman did.


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Looking at Guam’s abortion laws


(Photo: PDN file)

A key question for us on Guam is whether our current abortion laws meet the terms and conditions set down by the U.S. Supreme Court in cases such as Roe v. Wade and the recent decision of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

My guess is that they do, but the road to compliance has been bumpy, to say the least.

In 1978, the Guam Legislature enacted a criminal law that regulated abortions. The apparent goal was to bring Guam’s abortion laws into compliance with the Roe v. Wade decision.  Tracking the Supreme Court’s trimester approach to regulating abortions, the law provided that an abortion on Guam could be performed within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.  Between the 14th and 26th weeks, an abortion was permitted if the unborn child faced a “grave physical or mental defect,” or if the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. The law also permitted an abortion at any time during the pregnancy if there was substantial risk to the mother’s health.

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