USA – Here’s how most people actually feel about abortion, according to a national survey

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Here’s how most people actually feel about abortion, according to a national survey

Karen Fratti
April 24, 2018

The controversy surrounding abortion rights often makes it seem like the country is seriously split right down the middle about whether or not women should have the right to choose to terminate their own pregnancies. The issue is emotional and controversial for anti-choicers, but a new survey delved into how people really feel about abortion, and it turns out that attitudes are shifting about legal abortion, especially among young people.

Although this hasn’t always been the case, the new survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, or PRRI, shows that the more people are educated about abortion, the more they believe that women should have the right to do what they want or need for their bodies and lives. Respondents to the survey between the ages of 18 and 29 years old were more likely to have changed their views on abortion in recent years in favor of abortion rights. In that same group, 25 percent of the survey respondents said that they had become more supportive of a woman’s right to choose, while only 9 percent had become less supportive.

Continued: https://hellogiggles.com/news/heres-how-most-people-actually-feel-about-abortion-according-to-a-national-survey/

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Trump’s State Department Erases Reproductive Rights From Human Rights Report

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Trump’s State Department Erases Reproductive Rights From Human Rights Report

Apr 23, 2018
Ally Boguhn

The U.S. State Department’s annual human rights report this year omitted reproductive rights, sparking outcry from advocates.

The report, titled “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017,” is meant to “document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories” and is “used by a variety of actors, including the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and the judicial branch as a factual resource for decision making in matters ranging from assistance to asylum.”

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/04/23/trumps-state-department-erases-reproductive-rights-human-rights-report/

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USA – Inez Burns’ Abortion Clinic Was One Of San Francisco’s Worst Kept Secrets

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Inez Burns' Abortion Clinic Was One Of San Francisco's Worst Kept Secrets

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April 22, 20187
Chloe Veltman

Inez Burns performed illegal abortions in California in the early 1900s. She was a shrewd real estate entrepreneur, and eventually became the target of a politician who ruined her.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/2018/04/22/604702064/inez-burns-abortion-clinic-was-one-of-san-franciscos-worst-kept-secrets

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Aborted Fetus And Pill Bottle In 19th Century New York Outhouse Reveal History Of Family Planning

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Aborted Fetus And Pill Bottle In 19th Century New York Outhouse Reveal History Of Family Planning

April 20, 2018
Kristina Killgrove , Contributor

The archaeological discovery of presumably aborted fetuses in outhouses in New York along with pill bottles and historical records have led researchers to conclude that many 19th century American women had family-planning concerns similar to those of 21st century women.

Writing in this month's Historical Archaeology journal, archaeologist Andrea Zlotucha Kozub of the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University details her discovery of fetal remains and associated artifacts in two upstate New York domestic outhouses. Although potential aborted fetuses have been previously found in an outhouse associated with a 19th century brothel in Manhattan, Zlotucha Kozub's study is the first to find this sort of evidence from middle-class houses.

Continued: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/20/aborted-fetus-and-pill-bottle-in-19th-century-new-york-outhouse-reveal-history-of-family-planning/#3c1d063c75a1

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USA – State Department strikes reproductive rights, ‘Occupied Territories’ from human rights report

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State Department strikes reproductive rights, ‘Occupied Territories’ from human rights report

by Carol Morello
April 20, 2018

The State Department’s annual human rights report released Friday drops references to reproductive rights for women and stops using the phrase “Occupied Territories” to describe Israel’s presence in Gaza and the West Bank.

The report, which covers 2017, focuses less on societal attitudes and discrimination than in previous years and more on governmental actions that encourage or reward violence and bigotry. It is the first human rights report to reflect the Trump administration’s views and priorities.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/state-department-strikes-reproductive-rights-occupied-territories-from-annual-report/2018/04/20/46ef0874-44a6-11e8-ad8f-27a8c409298b_story.html

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In Closed-Door UN Meetings, Trump Administration Officials Pushed Abstinence For International Women’s Health Programs

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In Closed-Door UN Meetings, Trump Administration Officials Pushed Abstinence For International Women’s Health Programs

Members of HHS, USAID, and the US Mission to the UN asked for references to contraception, abortion, and comprehensive sex education to be struck from a document on international gender equality, calling the US a "pro-life nation."

April 17, 2018
Ema O'Connor, BuzzFeed News Reporter

In closed-door meetings at the United Nations in March, Trump administration officials pushed socially conservative views on women’s rights issues — including abstinence-based policies over information about contraception — that were further to the right than those expressed by most other countries present, including Russia and the representative for the Arab states, UN officials who attended the meetings told BuzzFeed News.

The Trump officials’ approach at the UN meeting makes it clear that the administration intends to extend its views on abortion, contraception, and sexual education beyond US borders to an extent that is unusual even for Republican administrations.

continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/un-meeting-trump-administration-abstinence?utm_term=.nyJLW2dpq#.qy9Yw78QE

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Abortion Is Not Murder

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Abortion Is Not Murder

Even if we granted the most generous possible terms to the anti-abortion camp, even if we pretended the fetus was fully rational and contemplating Shakespeare in the womb, abortion would still not be murder.
By Jennifer Wright
Apr 13, 2018

It is not surprising that Kevin Williamson, who called for women who had abortions to be hanged (because they are, to his mind, murderers), was recently fired from The Atlantic.

It ought to surprise us that he was hired at all.

Continued: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a19748134/what-is-abortion/

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The Only Honest Right Wing Pundit Is a Violent One

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The Only Honest Right Wing Pundit Is a Violent One

Nona Willis Aronowitz
April 9, 2018

Personally, I am glad that female staffers who have had abortions at the Atlantic will not have to sit next to a man who wants them dead. But philosophically, the recent firing of Kevin D. Williamson says more about liberals’ inability to face the truth about their own country than one man’s lack of empathy for women.

Amid uproar over the announcement that Williamson had been hired as the Atlantic’s new staff writer, editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in a memo that his publication should be a “big tent for ideas and argument” and “ideologically diverse...We have to host people who actually disagree with, and sometimes offend, the other side.” But then Goldberg was faced with that pesky 2014 podcast, dug up by Media Matters, that made it hard to dismiss his new employee’s ideology as just an “objectionable tweet.” Like those tweets, Williamson’s podcast argument took anti-abortion talking points out of theoretical debate-land and instead to their tangible, logical conclusion.

Continued: https://splinternews.com/the-only-honest-right-wing-pundit-is-a-violent-one-1825112538

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Irish novelist warns of Brexit-style revolt against elite on abortion vote

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Irish novelist warns of Brexit-style revolt against elite on abortion vote
As referendum day nears, Patrick McCabe says Dublin media liberals could pay for snobbery towards rural Ireland

Henry McDonald
Sun 8 Apr 2018

One of Ireland’s most critically acclaimed novelists has warned that the country’s referendum on abortion in May could be a “Brexit/Trump” moment for Ireland, exposing similar divisions between rural voters and city-dwellers.

Patrick McCabe, the author of bestsellers The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, both made into feature films, said there was a danger that sections of the “metropolitan media in Dublin” could alienate voters in rural constituencies and help usher in a no vote against abortion reform.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/07/ireland-abortion-vote-trump-style-backlash-liberal-elite-patrick-mccabe

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USA – Restricting Abortion Access Is Class Warfare

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Restricting Abortion Access Is Class Warfare
Onerous anti-abortion laws are designed to make abortion inaccessible — and by design they harm poor women and marginalized populations the most.

Jex Blackmore
Apr 5 2018

Imagine that you’re a 24-year-old woman living in Lubbock County, Texas, and you've just discovered that you’re six weeks pregnant. You know you can’t afford to carry a pregnancy to term at this point in your life, so you decide to get an abortion. However, you make an hourly wage of $13.20—which is 82 percent of what your male counterpart earns—and you’re uninsured, without credit or savings. Like 60 percent of women seeking an abortion, you are also a young mother. The nearest abortion provider is 300 miles away (one way), and you’ll have to visit the clinic twice to comply with Texas’ 24-hour waiting period law.

The clinic tells you that your procedure will cost $600. This is in addition to the cost of gas ($42), hotel accommodations ($160), lost wages ($316), medication and maxi-pads ($50), and childcare ($200), which adds up to a total of $1,368—or 65 percent of your monthly income. Depending on your current financial situation, this may be an inconceivable expense for you, especially if you lack support from a partner or family members, you’ve recently had car trouble, your child is sick, or you’re experiencing any number of hardships that women in poverty face.

Continued: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/9kgddp/restricting-abortion-access-is-class-warfare

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