Australia – Here’s Why Mamamia Just Deleted An Article About Abortion

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Here's Why Mamamia Just Deleted An Article About Abortion
The article does not quote a single medical professional or psychologist.

April 22, 2018
Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Australian opinion and lifestyle website Mamamia this morning deleted an article about post-abortion syndrome (PAS), a condition that is oft-cited by anti-choice groups and church-backed "crisis pregnancy centres", but one which is widely discredited by scientific research and medical professionals.

"Mamamia has always been well known for its pro-choice stance and we have an 11-year history of content and advocacy in this area," managing editor Leigh Campbell told BuzzFeed News on Monday morning. "We have made the decision to remove this story while we further investigate its provenance."

Continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/mamamia-just-deleted-this-article?utm_term=.xwzY5jRyV#.bnlYXZgbG

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New Zealand – Terry Bellamak: Law commission has its work cut out on abortion

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Terry Bellamak: Law commission has its work cut out on abortion
6 Apr, 2018
NZ Herald
By: Terry Bellamak

In February the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, asked the Law Commission to undertake a review of New Zealand's abortion laws in order to transform abortion from a criminal matter to a health matter. It's a big job. It amounts to nothing less than reconceptualising abortion in the eyes of the law.

It is also a huge opportunity to bring relief to pregnant people who will be consumers of this service in the future.

Continued: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12026649

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New Zealand: Abortion Rights Aotearoa releases diagram that shows complexity of accessing an abortion

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Abortion Rights Aotearoa releases diagram that shows complexity of accessing an abortion
22 Mar, 2018

A woman seeking an abortion in New Zealand has to jump through around a dozen hoops to get the procedure.

This is compared to some states in America where it is a one-step process.

The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand has published two diagrams of the processes side by side to show how difficult it is for Kiwi women.

Continued: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12018139

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Australia – Greens put forward bill to allow abortion drugs by prescription in Canberra

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Greens put forward bill to allow abortion drugs by prescription in Canberra
Katie Burgess
March 19 2018

The ACT Greens will move to make abortions more accessible and affordable, with a bill to make it legal for doctors to prescribe RU486 in the territory.

Abortions have been legal and regulated in the ACT since 2002, however only a registered medical practitioner can carry out the procedure in an approved facility.

Continued: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/greens-put-forward-bill-to-allow-abortion-drugs-by-prescription-in-canberra-20180315-h0xigw.html

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Australia – Greens push for legal at-home abortions for Canberra women

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Greens push for legal at-home abortions for Canberra women

By Elise Scott
Updated Sun

The ACT Greens are pushing for women in Canberra to be able to order the abortion pill over the phone or through their GP to have at-home medical abortions.

It is a service available to women in most of the country, but in the ACT abortions can only be carried out at the territory's abortion clinic or the Canberra Hospital.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-19/greens-to-bring-legislation-for-at-home-abortions/9561748

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Australia – George Christensen attacks own government over abortion services funding

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George Christensen attacks own government over abortion services funding
Liberal National party MP says he will ask Scott Morrison to divert funding away from planned parenthood agency

Australian Associated Press
Sun 18 Mar 2018

The outspoken Liberal National party MP George Christensen has hit out at his own government for its funding of abortion services in Australia and around the world.

The federal member for Dawson was joined by the incoming Queensland senator Amanda Stoker on Sunday as they addressed hundreds of pro-lifers at a rally outside state parliament in Brisbane.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/18/george-christensen-attacks-own-government-over-abortion-services-funding

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An Irish abortion referendum raises questions on why NZ is still waiting

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An Irish abortion referendum raises questions on why NZ is still waiting

BRAD FLAHIVE
March 14 2018

As Ireland presses on with a referendum that could modernise abortion laws in a predominantly Catholic country, it raises questions about how progressive New Zealand is with feticide laws.

Last week, the Irish government agreed the wording of its referendum. Voters will be asked if they want to repeal article 40.3.3 – a law that gives unborn foetuses and pregnant women an equal right to life.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/102130614/an-irish-abortion-referendum-raises-questions-why-nz-is-still-waiting

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Australia – Here’s How The Tassie Premier’s Abortion Promise Was Exposed By A Former Staffer

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Here's How The Tassie Premier's Abortion Promise Was Exposed By A Former Staffer
She watched her ex-boss claim there was access to a procedure she had just flown interstate to have.

Posted on March 13, 2018
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

A former staffer to Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman spent weeks trying to access a termination before spending $4,500 to have the procedure interstate, a week after the premier promised his state that abortion was accessible.

Bianca* spoke to BuzzFeed News this week about how she spent thousands of dollars going from GP to hospital to private provider to try to access the procedure before ultimately catching a plane to Melbourne for the surgery.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/surgical-abortion-access-in-tasmania?utm_term=.lpRoDwgv8#.svVYA50JK

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FactCheck: do women in Tasmania have access to safe abortions?

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FactCheck: do women in Tasmania have access to safe abortions?

February 28, 2018
Angela Dawson

"People are absolutely appalled that in one of our states women are not getting access to safe terminations, and what I know is that in any decent society we ensure that all women have access to those choices and right now people in Tasmania are being deprived of that." – Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale, speaking at the Tasmanian Greens election launch in Hobart, February 21, 2018

Access to elective abortions has become a key point of policy difference between the Tasmanian Liberal and Labor parties in the state election to be held this Saturday.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/factcheck-do-women-in-tasmania-have-access-to-safe-abortions-92173

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New Zealand – It’s okay to be uncomfortable about abortion

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It’s okay to be uncomfortable about abortion

Nicole Skews-Poole | Guest writer
Feb 24, 2018

With the announcement that Labour is moving towards abortion law reform, New Zealand is gearing up to talk about a topic that makes a lot of people uncomfortable. So how can we acknowledge and move past the discomfort towards a law that works?

In case you didn’t realise, abortion is still in the Crimes Act. Provision is available through technicalities and regulated by a set of outdated laws. Patients and healthcare providers are required to jump through hoops and sometimes even lie to obtain permission from two certifying consultants.

Continued: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/24-02-2018/its-okay-to-be-uncomfortable-about-abortion/

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