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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USA – ‘Dead Fetus’ Story Coverage Co-opts Language of Anti-Abortion Movement

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‘Dead Fetus’ Story Coverage Co-opts Language of Anti-Abortion Movement
After a second-term fetus was found on an airplane in New York, coverage has focused on its “age” and features — playing into the hands of the anti-abortion movement

By Amelia McDonell-Parry
Aug 8, 2018

On Tuesday, an American Airlines cleaning crew at LaGuardia Airport in New York City made what was undoubtedly an unpleasant discovery while cleaning a passenger jet that had flown in the night before from Charlotte, North Carolina: a “wrapped up” “dead fetus” in the toilet of one of the aircraft’s lavatories.

“One of the attendants noticed a large amount of toilet paper in one of the plane’s lavatory toilets,” described a CBS affiliate in Raleigh. “While removing the toilet paper, the cleaner discovered the foot of what appeared to be a fetus, in the toilet.”

Continued: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/dead-fetus-story-coverage-co-opts-language-of-anti-abortion-movement-708219/

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Telemedicine Could Help Fill the Gaps in America’s Abortion Care

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Telemedicine Could Help Fill the Gaps in America's Abortion Care

Author: Garnet Henderson
Aug 7, 2018

Imagine a woman in Lubbock, Texas, who just found out that she's pregnant. She wants an abortion, but Lubbock is one of 27 abortion deserts in the US: The nearest clinic is 308 miles away in Fort Worth, forcing her to take time off from work, pay for travel, and likely arrange childcare to get there. She’s less than 10 weeks along, so she’s a candidate for medication abortion—which could, theoretically, be completed in the privacy of her home. But Texas requires that the FDA protocol for medication abortion be followed to the letter. She’ll have to return to the clinic within one to two weeks for a follow-up visit, despite evidence that an in-person follow-up is unnecessary.

What if, instead, she could video chat with a doctor, pick up a prescription from her regular pharmacy, and manage her own abortion with on-call medical support—a telemedicine abortion?

Continued: https://www.wired.com/story/telemedicine-could-help-fill-the-gaps-in-americas-abortion-care/

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USA – What You Need to Know About Abortion Doulas and Their Vital Work

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What You Need to Know About Abortion Doulas and Their Vital Work

Sezin Koehler
Aug 6, 2018

While most people have heard of birth doulas and generally understand their support role during pregnancy, labor, and after, very few have heard of abortion doulas and know even less about what they do to support people terminating pregnancies.

Gina Martinez Valentín first heard about abortion doulas from Hip Mama magazine 20 years ago: “There was an article about a young single queer mom who was showing up and helping her friends when they were having an abortion, to offer support. For unrelated reasons the mom ended up dying, and that’s when I knew I was going to do this.”

Continued: https://wearyourvoicemag.com/health/abortion-doulas

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USA – Nowhere to “Hyde”: Congressional Democrats target restriction on federal abortion funding

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Nowhere to “Hyde”: Congressional Democrats target restriction on federal abortion funding

By Gabriela Resto-Montero
Aug. 4, 2018

For over 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has barred any federal money from being used to pay for abortions, except for in some cases involving rape, incest or instances where the mother may lose her life. Although the amendment is just a rider on the annual appropriation bill to fund the Health and Human Services Department, in every year since 1976, Congress has approved the measure. Those days may now be over.

In response to President Donald Trump endorsing making the Hyde Amendment a permanent law during his campaign, Democratic Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and former New York representative Louise Slaughter, who has since died, introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, or EACH Woman Act, in January 2017 to allow any woman who has health insurance through the federal government to have access to all reproductive care services, including abortion.

Continued: https://mic.com/articles/190582/nowhere-to-hyde-congressional-democrats-target-restriction-on-federal-abortion-funding#.onUZKQx0V

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7 maps and charts show the state of abortion access in America

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7 maps and charts show the state of abortion access in America

Grace Panetta and Samantha Lee
Aug. 4, 2018

The landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade and subsequent rulings upholding it have granted Americans the right to abortion since 1973, but the reality of that right varies dramatically from state to state.

Since Roe became the law of the land, individual states have found dozens of ways to make it as difficult as possible for patients to actually access the procedure.

Continued: https://www.businessinsider.com/abortion-access-in-america-maps-charts-if-roe-falls-2018-8

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The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

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The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

By QUOCTRUNG BUI and CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
AUG. 4, 2018

Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a new analysis of four decades of births shows that the age that women become mothers varies significantly by geography and education. The result is that children are born into very different family lives, heading for diverging economic futures.

First-time mothers are older in big cities and on the coasts, and younger in rural areas and in the Great Plains and the South. In New York and San Francisco, their average age is 31 and 32. In Todd County, S.D., and Zapata County, Tex., it’s half a generation earlier, at 20 and 21, according to the analysis, which was of all birth certificates in the United States since 1985 and nearly all for the five years prior. It was conducted for The New York Times by Caitlin Myers, an economist who studies reproductive policy at Middlebury College, using data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/04/upshot/up-birth-age-gap.html

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USA – Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories

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Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories
Even though abortion is technically legal, it can still come with shame, stigma, and fear.

By Katha Pollitt
Aug 3, 2018

Vats of ink have been spilled trying to figure out whether the coming right-wing majority on the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. The truth is, we just don’t know; it will all come down to what’s in the hearts and minds of five anti-abortion, very conservative men. If I were one of them, I would definitely opt for keeping Roe and letting it dangle in the wind. Upending the precedent could awaken the majority of Americans who want to keep abortion legal. Right now a lot of pro-choicers still don’t pay attention to restrictions on abortion, no matter how stringent they are, as long as the procedure is technically lawful and available to them personally.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-women-are-sharing-their-abortion-stories/

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USA – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wishes This Case Had Legalized Abortion Instead of Roe v. Wade

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wishes This Case Had Legalized Abortion Instead of Roe v. Wade

By Olivia B. Waxman
August 2, 2018

When the U.S. Senate confirmed President Bill Clinton’s nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the U.S. Supreme Court by a 96-3 vote on Aug. 3, 1993 — precisely 25 years ago Friday — that decision set Ginsburg on the path to legal (and viral) history. That process was also noteworthy for her decision to take “the unprecedented step of strongly endorsing abortion rights” in a Supreme Court confirmation hearing, as TIME reported back then.

“It is essential to woman’s equality with man that she be the decisionmaker, that her choice be controlling,” Ginsburg told Senators during her four days of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “If you impose restraints that impede her choice, you are disadvantaging her because of her sex.”

Continued: http://time.com/5354490/ruth-bader-ginsburg-roe-v-wade/

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