The News in Motherhood: the Good, the Bad, the WTF

The News in Motherhood: the Good, the Bad, the WTF
All around the world, mothers and pregnant women are undervalued, discriminated against, and punished.

By Katha Pollitt
August 20, 2018

If women stopped conceiving, birthing, and raising children, the human race would die out. And just in case you think that’s a good idea, consider that long before the end, countries would age and wither and old people would have no one to talk to but cats and robots, as in Japan. You would think sensible societies would make everything connected with reproduction rewarding and safe for women. But no, when it comes to childbearing around the world, there’s way more stick than carrot. Consider:

In Argentina, as in the United States, most women who have abortions are low-income mothers trying to do right by the kids they already have. Despite a huge grassroots feminist movement, a vigorous campaign, and victory in the Chamber of Deputies, the Argentine Senate (42 men and 30 women) voted 37-31 in July against legalizing abortion, currently a crime except for rape and to save the woman’s life.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/the-news-in-motherhood-the-good-the-bad-the-wtf/

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Argentines urged to quit Catholic church after it helps defeat abortion law

Argentines urged to quit Catholic church after it helps defeat abortion law

By Paul Byrne and Leo La Valle
Associated Press
August 19, 2018

BUENOS AIRES — Hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires on Saturday to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions.

The event, called ‘‘Collective Apostasy,’’ centered on a signature drive for Argentines wanting to renounce their affiliation to the church through a form that will later be given to the Episcopal Conference in the homeland of Pope Francis.

Continued: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2018/08/19/argentine-protesters-speak-out-against-catholic-church-influence/eHUXohHsnnkqXCjyMorF0O/story.html

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ARGENTINA – Two women have died from complications of a clandestine abortion since 8 August

STOP PRESS: ARGENTINA – Two women have died from complications of a clandestine abortion since 8 August

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 17, 2018

Two women have died in Buenos Aires province since the Senate vote on 8 August. One report has just arrived of a woman who had five children, as we go to press, with no other details. The other was reported on 14 August – a 34-year-old woman who had two children. She had been admitted to Manuel Belgrano Hospital the night before in poor condition, with a stalk of parsley in her cervix. Doctors carried out an emergency hysterectomy and transferred her to the intensive care unit at Magdalena Villegas de Martínez Hospital in Pacheco. She died less than 24 hours later.

Parsley is promoted in online forums as a ‘natural’ way to induce miscarriage, either ingested as a tea or as a supplement but most dangerously, by inserting a bunch of parsley into the uterus through the vagina twice a day, and keeping it there for at least 12 hours. Because the uterus is sterile, germs on the parsley (even if washed) can cause infection which grows rapidly, spreads throughout the body, and is rapidly life-threatening.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/stop-press-argentina-two-women-have-died-from-complications-of-a-clandestine-abortion-since-8-august/

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Argentina Approves Abortion Drug After Rejecting Abortion Bill

Argentina Approves Abortion Drug After Rejecting Abortion Bill

Published 16 August 2018

Argentina's National Authority of Medicine, Food and Technology (ANMAT) has authorized Laboratorio Dominguez to produce the drug under the name MISOP 200 (200µg).

Argentina has green-lighted production of an abortion drug for institutional and hospital use, despite the government's recent rejection of a bill that would have legalized abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The drug, known as Misoprostol, is currently available by prescription in pharmacies and hospitals mixed with diclofenac and used for gastric purposes. Imported and pricey, it's beyond the reach of much of the population, even on the black market.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentina-Approves-Abortion-Drug-Despite-Rejection-of-Bill-20180816-0023.html

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Argentina Is Persecuting Abortion Rights Activists

Argentina Is Persecuting Abortion Rights Activists

Published 16 August 2018

Three police raids took place Wednesday in the small city of Rio Grande, in Argentina, against feminist activists.

The justice system of the city of Rio Grande, in the southernmost province of Tierra del Fuego, ordered the provincial police to raid the homes of feminist activists in search of evidence related to their activism for the legalization of abortion.

“It was intimidating. Members of the forensic police entered my house, read the search warrant and started going through everything. They made me go to the bathroom with a policewoman to search me, they removed my shoes and my parents’ shoes, and they took my computer, my cell phone, and my green bandanas. They also wanted to take the book that explained how to abort using pills,” Gala, a member of Colectiva Feminista (or Feminist Collective) explained.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentina-Is-Persecuting-Abortion-Rights-Activists-20180816-0006.html

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A Woman Dies Using Parsley to Induce Abortion. Protesters Are Blaming Argentina’s Senate

A Woman Dies Using Parsley to Induce Abortion. Protesters Are Blaming Argentina's Senate
#ElSenadoEsResponsable

CARLY CASSELLA
16 AUG 2018

A 34-year-old woman has died in Argentina from trying to induce a miscarriage with parsley shortly after the nation's Senate rejected a monumental abortion bill. The news has caused angry protests from abortion rights activists, who are holding the Senate responsible for the tragic event.

Doctors say that the woman was admitted to hospital on Sunday after inserting parsley into her vagina, a common but dangerous at-home abortion treatment that stimulates blood flow in the uterus and can lead to massive internal bleeding and convulsions.

Continued: https://www.sciencealert.com/a-woman-has-died-from-self-inducing-miscarriage-after-argentina-fails-to-pass-legal-abortion

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The arc of moral progress may be long, but Argentina’s women will prevail

The arc of moral progress may be long, but Argentina’s women will prevail

By Jon O'Brien, opinion contributor
08/16/18

Last week’s vote in Argentina’s Senate — which struck down the chance to legalize abortion — was a disappointment for millions of Argentinians and reproductive rights advocates around the world.

But it was also an outcome that is not easily explained away. As we saw in Chile, my native Ireland and Argentina, many Catholic majority countries are opening up about their faith, the ethics of choice and what it means to trust women like never before. Argentina’s unprecedented debate has emboldened a movement for women’s equality and dignity in the country, and the hemisphere, that is unstoppable.

Continued: http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/402176-the-arc-of-moral-progress-may-be-long-but-argentinas-women-will-prevail

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Unsafe Abortion In Latin America Is A Health Emergency & It’s Time To Treat It Like One

Unsafe Abortion In Latin America Is A Health Emergency & It's Time To Treat It Like One

By Nicole Froio
Aug 16, 2018

Women are dying every year in Latin America because those in power treat abortion as a moral, religious issue rather than what it is: a health crisis. There is nothing moral about letting women die year after year. Decriminalizing abortion in Latin America is an immediate emergency — you cannot forbid abortion, you can only force women to die trying.

Elizabeth was only 24 years old when she died from septic shock and inflammation in her uterus after attempting to terminate a pregnancy with parsley. The mother of two was rushed to the hospital in Buenos Aires. Her uterus was removed, but the attempt to save her life failed.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/unsafe-abortion-in-latin-america-is-a-health-emergency-its-time-to-treat-it-like-one-10136754

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Ipas’s Bia Galli attended Brazil’s historic Supreme Court hearing on abortion

Ipas’s Bia Galli attended Brazil’s historic Supreme Court hearing on abortion
In this Q&A, she shares why it was so important and what comes next

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In an historic two-day hearing before Brazil’s Supreme Court last week, experts presented arguments and evidence regarding the question of whether abortion should be made legal up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Currently abortion is a crime in Brazil—except after rape, if a woman’s life is in danger, or if the fetus has a fatal brain condition called anencephaly. As a result, thousands of women and girls each year resort to clandestine, often unsafe abortions that risk their health and lives.

Bia Galli, Ipas’s senior policy and advocacy consultant based in Brazil, attended the two-day hearing. Here she talks about its historic significance, the rise of the conservative opposition movement in Brazil, and what’s next for abortion rights advocates.

Continued: http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2018/August/Ipas-s-Bia-Galli-attended-Brazil-s-historic-Supreme-Court-hearing-on-abortion.aspx

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Argentina’s Rejection Of Abortion Bill Claims First Victim

Argentina's Rejection Of Abortion Bill Claims First Victim
The woman – identified only as Elizabeth – went to hospital suffering from septic shock and a generalized infection after a botched abortion, and later died.

Published 14 August 2018

A 24-year-old Argentine woman has died following an illegal abortion less than a week after the Senate voted to reject the Pregnancy Voluntary Interruption (IVE) bill, which would have legalized abortion up to 14 weeks and helped prevent such tragedies.

On Sunday, the woman – identified only as Elizabeth – went to Belgrano Hospital in San Martin suffering from septic shock and a generalized infection after a botched abortion procedure.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Rejection-Abortion-Bill-Argentina-Takes-First-Victim-20180814-0027.html

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