‘Young and terrified’: the Queensland women forced to go interstate for abortions

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'Young and terrified': the Queensland women forced to go interstate for abortions
Exclusive: An 1899 criminal code has required many women who need the procedure to travel interstate

Ben Smee
Sat 14 Jul 2018

More than 60 women from far north Queensland have been forced to go interstate to have abortions, often to Sydney, in the first six months of 2018.

Other women from regional parts of Queensland, where abortion remains a criminal offence under the 1899 criminal code, have taken round trips of up to 2,600km to undergo procedures, health professionals and support workers have told Guardian Australia.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/14/young-and-terrified-the-queensland-women-forced-to-go-interstate-for-abortions

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New Zealand – Simon Bridges abortion views questioned by beauty pageant winner

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Simon Bridges abortion views questioned by beauty pageant winner

Robert Steven
July 6, 2018

An aspiring beauty queen didn't hesitate to raise the issue of abortion law reform with Simon Bridges at a public meeting in Taupō on Thursday.

The National Party leader is visiting 70 towns across the North Island. Thursday's tour took him to public meetings in Rotorua, Kawerau, Whakatane and Taupō.

Emily Sullivan, 21, won the Miss Five Crowns South Island title last October. She will represent Oceania at the World Supermodel Production competition in Vietnam in September.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/105305776/simon-bridges-abortion-views-questioned-by-beauty-pageant-winner

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No abortion providers on Guam

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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.

Continued: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/06/30/no-abortion-providers-guam/744847002/

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Guam – AG opinion: Recent abortion bill is unconstitutional

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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.

Continued: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/06/29/ag-opinion-recent-guam-abortion-bill-unconstitutional/744792002/

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Abortion law change expected from Queensland Law Reform Commission review

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Abortion law change expected from Queensland Law Reform Commission review

By Kirrin McKechnie
Thu Jun 28, 2018

A highly anticipated Queensland Law Reform Commission (LRC) report examining whether abortion should be decriminalised will be handed to the State Government by tomorrow, amid strong expectations within the ALP that change will come.

Under laws written in 1899, abortion is still a criminal offence in Queensland.

The State Government charged the LRC with investigating ways to modernise abortion laws and requested it include draft legislation based on its recommendations.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-29/abortion-queensland-change-law-reform-commission-report/9859910

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New Zealand: Still pregnant after my abortion

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Still pregnant after my abortion

NAME WITHHELD
June 27 2018

When I fell pregnant, it was something I'd always longed for. I'd met someone I wanted to be with forever. When I found out I was pregnant, I said to him that I'd only have this child if he was part of their life no matter if we were together or not.

We both eventually agreed to go through with the pregnancy and my excitement was uncontrollable. But as soon as we agreed to keep the precious baby, it all got taken away from me. I found out he wasn't who I thought he was.

Continued: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/105002035/still-pregnant-after-my-abortion

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Australia – Senator’s ‘cruel’ abortion motion defeated

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Senator's 'cruel' abortion motion defeated

Jun 25, 2018

A crossbench senator has been labelled cruel and insensitive over his push to condemn abortion safe zones in NSW.

Katter's Australian Party senator Fraser Anning said NSW had followed the "socialist state" of Victoria by passing laws to provide 150 metre safe zones outside abortion clinics to prevent abuse and harassment.

His Senate motion condemning NSW parliament for passing the bill was defeated 34-17, with government senators given a conscience vote.

Continued: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/25/16/35/senator-s-cruel-abortion-motion-defeated

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Guam – Clinic no longer provides abortion services

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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.

continued: https://www.postguam.com/news/local/clinic-no-longer-provides-abortion-services/article_1d126d96-6eb5-11e8-8cdc-2b1558689ff8.html

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Evangelical Christians step up abortion clinic protests in Queenslan

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Evangelical Christians step up abortion clinic protests in Queensland
Pro-choice groups send volunteers to escort women as state prepares to decriminalise

Ben Smee
Mon 18 Jun 2018

An evangelical group has ramped up demonstrations outside several Brisbane abortion clinics as Queensland prepares to reform its 1899 laws that make abortion a criminal offence.

Guardian Australia is aware of several recent verbal clashes between members of the anti-abortion group “Project 139” and clinic patients. The group has sought and received permits to conduct protests at four Brisbane clinics until at least August.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/19/evangelical-christians-step-up-abortion-clinic-protests-in-queensland

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New Zealand – Big Read: Abortion law reform – what’s at stake?

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Big Read: Abortion law reform - what's at stake?
17 Jun, 2018
20 minutes to read
By: Dawn Picken

Abortion is in the spotlight again, after voters in Ireland voted overwhelmingly late last month to overturn the largely Catholic country's ban by 66.4 per cent to 33.6 per cent. The Emerald Isle's referendum comes as a law commission in New Zealand considers removing abortion from the Crimes Act. Bay of Plenty Times Weekend reporter Dawn Picken spoke with advocates, activists and women who've had or considered abortions about what decriminalising the procedure means to them.

*note: names of women who've had abortions have been changed to protect privacy.
Heartbreaking Pregnancy

Tania and Scott were thrilled when they learned they were pregnant with their second child. Everything was going well when the couple went for their 20-week ultrasound to learn the baby's sex. It was a boy, says Tania.

Continued: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12070558

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