New Zealand – Should our law override a woman’s right to decide about her own body – the abortion debate

Should our law override a woman's right to decide about her own body - the abortion debate

Apr 22 2019

OPINION: The Government is considering law changes to remove abortion from the Crimes Act,

Any move on abortion laws soon becomes a polarising issue.

The current potential change has seen marches by both pro-choice and pro-life groups. Some women have also been sharing their personal experiences. Journalist Paula Penfold decided to tell her own story on Stuff recently

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/112037462/should-our-law-override-a-womans-right-to-decide-about-her-own-body--the-abortion-debate

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Kiwi women are getting abortions earlier in their pregnancies, study finds

Kiwi women are getting abortions earlier in their pregnancies, study finds

Brittney Deguara
Apr 10 2019

New Zealand women who undergo an abortion are having the procedure earlier in their pregnancies, according to a new study.

The proportion of terminations that happen in the first 9 weeks of pregnancy has risen by 20 per cent in the last 10 years according to the study, published in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/111917883/kiwi-women-are-getting-abortions-earlier-in-their-pregnancies-study-finds

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Abortion And Were Too Afraid To Ask. Especially in Tasmania.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Abortion And Were Too Afraid To Ask. Especially in Tasmania.

By Bonnie Mary Liston
on April 10, 2019

Abortion never really used to be a ‘thing’. Then the Catholic Church came along. Bonnie Mary Liston explores the history, particularly in Tasmania, where it’s legal, but not practiced.

You may have seen protests about abortion in the news lately – both for and against. Tasmania has no currently active surgical abortion clinics and some people believe there should be even less. It can be a bit confusing. What does that mean? Is abortion legal or not? Why is everybody so upset all the time?

Continued: https://newmatilda.com/2019/04/10/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-abortion-and-were-too-afraid-to-ask-especially-in-tasmania/

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Australia – Abortion win in High Court

Abortion win in High Court
April 10, 2019

Laws that promote the safety, dignity and privacy of women seeking reproductive healthcare have been upheld by the High Court of Australia.

The High Court today rejected a challenge by two anti-abortionists to the validity of Victoria and Tasmania’s safe access zone laws. The laws put an end to the harmful and distressing harassment and intimidation of women outside reproductive health clinics.

Continued: https://www.hrlc.org.au/news/2019/4/10/abortion-win-in-high-court

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Australia – Anti-abortion activists lose bid to overturn clinic safe access zones in two states

Anti-abortion activists lose bid to overturn clinic safe access zones in two states
High court throws out cases from anti-abortion campaigners in Victoria and Tasmania

Melissa Davey
Wed 10 Apr 2019

Safe access zone laws in Victoria and Tasmania preventing anti-abortion protesters from harassing women seeking medical treatment will stay, following a judgment delivered by the high court on Wednesday.

The court threw out the cases brought by anti-abortion campaigners Kathleen Clubb and Graham Preston in a comprehensive, 200-page decision.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/10/anti-abortion-activists-lose-bid-to-overturn-clinic-safe-access-zones-in-two-states

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Sydney commuter Malcolm Frawley reveals why he took on anti-abortion evangelist Phillip Blair

Sydney commuter Malcolm Frawley reveals why he took on anti-abortion evangelist Phillip Blair

Phoebe Loomes
April 8, 2019

A passenger who told a Christian anti-abortion preacher to “shut up” on a packed Sydney train has revealed why he felt the need to stand up to the religious fundamentalist.

Malcolm Frawley, dubbed “book man” because he was reading when he confronted American evangelist Phillip Blair, told The Project on Sunday he felt compelled to address the “intrusion”.

“I think the trigger for me was hearing this loud voice start to talk about our unborn children. And I wondered whether there might be some women in that carriage who might not be interested in a conversation about unborn children that was being conducted by a man,” Mr Frawley said.

continued: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/sydney-commuter-malcolm-frawley-reveals-why-he-took-on-antiabortion-evangelist-phillip-blair/news-story/d77c41a761a0d3e255b85bf9dc4238d9

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New Zealand – Despair and Contempt: What it’s like to seek an abortion

Despair and Contempt: What it’s like to seek an abortion

By Paula Penfold
Apr 6, 2019

It’s such a ridiculously innocuous, unobtrusive looking thing, this piece of plastic with a felt-like tip. Years later when you want them, those two blue lines will make you smile.

But this is not then. This is too soon. Too terrifying.

I’m 21, fresh out of journalism school, starting my first job - a junior reporter in a radio newsroom in a small New Zealand town, still wearing my university op-shop clothes, earning less than $20,000 a year but eager, excited for what my career might hold.

Continued: https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2019/circuit/seeking-an-abortion/

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It’s time to lift the restrictions on medical abortion in Australia

It's time to lift the restrictions on medical abortion in Australia

by Caroline De Costa, The Conversation
April 1, 2019

Over the past thirteen years, many Australian women have used the drug mifepristone (RU486) to bring about a medical abortion.

Rather than undergoing a surgical abortion in a clinic or hospital operating theatre, a medical abortion is induced by taking drugs prescribed by a doctor.

continued: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-04-restrictions-medical-abortion-australia.html

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‘Dire consequences’ as Trump extends aid ban for organisations engaging in abortion-related care

'Dire consequences' as Trump extends aid ban for organisations engaging in abortion-related care
There is concern the Trump administration’s expansion of a ban on US aid to groups promoting access to abortion-related services will harm women in developing nations.

Mar 28, 2019
By Evan Young

Reproductive rights advocates are concerned the “unprecedented” expansion of a US ban on foreign aid to groups encouraging abortion-related services will cause a “chilling effect” in developing nations.

The latest iteration of the Mexico City Policy (MCP) extends to groups that already comply with the ban but give money to other organisations which do not.

Continued: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/dire-consequences-as-trump-extends-aid-ban-for-organisations-engaging-in-abortion-related-care

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Australia – A Postal Abortion Service That Sent RU486 To Thousands Of Women Is Shutting Down

A Postal Abortion Service That Sent RU486 To Thousands Of Women Is Shutting Down
Exclusive: the service named after former prime minister Tony Abbott is no longer financially viable.

Posted on March 20, 2019

A national postal abortion service has shut down after almost four years, leaving women across the country with fewer options to terminate a pregnancy using abortion drugs RU486.

The Tabbot Foundation was founded in Sept. 2015 by Dr Paul Hyland, who said his service had provided medical terminations to around 6,000 Australian women living "as far east as Lord Howe Island and as far west as Rottnest Island".

Continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/tabbot-foundation-abortion-ru486

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