It may still be legal, but women’s access to abortion is under attack in America

It may still be legal, but women's access to abortion is under attack in America

The restrictive measures put on clinics under the Trap laws are designed to make access to abortion not only more complicated, but also more traumatic, in order to make women think again about their reproductive choices

Reena Aggarwal
June 3, 2018

In the US, the pivotal legal case of Roe v Wade in 1973 legalised abortion, establishing that the decision to terminate a pregnancy was between a woman and her doctor, and was protected under the constitutional right to privacy. Since its inception, there have been over 1000 restrictive state laws to limit these rights afforded to women to make the process of acquiring an abortion more painful, challenging, and in some cases, impossible. There is no murkiness here – women have a right to have an abortion if they wish. Yet, in the US, a woman’s access to abortion is very much decided by where she lives alongside her financial resources and physical capacity.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abortion-america-planned-parenthood-title-x-donald-trump-arkansas-roe-vs-wade-a8381181.html

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Thirty years after Morgentaler ruling on abortion rights, Canada ‘still dealing with the same issues’

Thirty years after Morgentaler ruling on abortion rights, Canada ‘still dealing with the same issues’
Only one in six hospitals in Canada performs abortions and some provinces have no standalone abortion clinics at all. New Brunswick, meanwhile, continues to refuse to fund abortions at the province’s only clinic.

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

It’s 1979. A 20-year-old student misses her period.

“I was in my third year of university. I used oral contraceptives but I got pregnant,” the woman, now in her late 50s, said in a recent interview from Montreal. “I hadn’t finished my degree. I wasn’t ready for a family.”

She avoided the French-language Catholic hospital where she lived in Moncton, N.B., and instead booked an appointment with a gynecologist at the city’s English-language hospital.

Continued at source: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/12/20/thirty-years-after-morgentaler-ruling-on-abortion-rights-canada-still-dealing-with-the-same-issues.html

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Canada: Ontario midwives say there’s growing interest in letting them perform abortions

Ontario midwives say there’s growing interest in letting them perform abortions

By Daniela Blot on 4 November 2017
Midwives say move would improve access in rural areas, but minister says no plan to expand midwifery services

The association representing more than 800 midwives in Ontario says there is a “burgeoning interest” in allowing them to offer abortion services.

The idea was floated in recent months during discussions with the Ministry of the Attorney General and Health Ministry officials while the Association of Ontario Midwives was offering advice on the recently passed Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, which prohibits protests within 50 metres of abortion clinics.

Continued at source: http://gearsofbiz.com/ontario-midwives-say-theres-growing-interest-in-letting-them-perform-abortions/173395

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Netherlands: Waiting times for abortion increase at Casa clinics

Waiting times for abortion increase at Casa clinics

September 26, 2017

Hundreds of Dutch women need to wait more time than usual for an abortion at Casa abortion clinics, reports the Volkskrant on Tuesday.

There is especial demand among women who are more than 18 weeks’ pregnant and seeking a ‘late’ abortion, since one of three specialised Casa clinics offering this procedure has closed.

Due to a reorganisation and the partial bankruptcy of Casa, there is reportedly more pressure on its two clinics offering late abortions, as well as its seven clinics offering other procedures.

continued at source: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/09/waiting-times-for-abortion-increase-at-casa-clinics/

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New Zealand: Surely it’s time for a grown-up conversation about abortion?

Surely it’s time for a grown-up conversation about abortion?
By Jessica Hammond Doube | Guest writer
August 24, 2017

More than 13,000 abortions were performed in New Zealand last year. Despite this, abortion in this country is enshrined in the Crimes Act. Jessica Hammond Doube doesn’t think it should be, and she’s doing her best to do something about it.

When I was about 10 years old, my parents took me to an anti-abortion protest. As a good Catholic schoolgirl, I enthusiastically took up my placard, believing it was obvious that abortion was murder.

And then a few months ago I became a political candidate. One of my priorities: getting abortion removed from the Crimes Act.

Continued at source: The Spinoff: https://thespinoff.co.nz/parenting/24-08-2017/surely-its-time-for-a-grown-up-conversation-about-abortion/

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How much do abortions cost across Australia? – explainer

How much do abortions cost across Australia? – explainer

In some areas women can pay as much as $800 for a first trimester termination. Guardian Australia looks at how prohibitive expenses interact with legal restrictions to limit access

Anna Livsey
@annalivsey_
Tuesday 22 August 2017

Campaigns for easier access to abortion in Australia have largely focused on changes to the law but in a speech last week the Labor deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, highlighted another crucial factor: cost.

“For many women abortions are unaffordable and unattainable,” she said. “The legal right to access a termination isn’t much use to a homeless teenager when the upfront cost of an abortion is more than $500.”

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2017/aug/22/how-much-do-abortions-cost-across-australia-explainer

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U.S. Reproductive Health and Rights: Beyond the Global Gag Rule

U.S. Reproductive Health and Rights: Beyond the Global Gag Rule

Rachel Benson Gold, Guttmacher Institute
Ann M. Starrs, Guttmacher Institute
First published on The Lancet Public Health: March 7, 2017

As one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump imposed and expanded the global gag rule, a sweeping policy that will cripple highly successful US family planning programmes in developing countries and seriously damage broader US global health efforts. This callous policy—ostensibly meant to counter abortion—might shock observers abroad, but is only the opening salvo in what is expected to be a broad-based assault on sexual and reproductive health and rights. President Trump has vowed to “put America first”; however, his policies would put the health of women last, around the world and most certainly in the USA.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2017/03/us-reproductive-health-and-rights-beyond-global-gag-rule

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South Africa: Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions – Amnesty International

Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions - Amnesty International
14 Feb 2017
Ina Skosana

In some provinces, safe, free abortions may only be provided at about 260 public facilities.

Less than 7% of the country's 3 880 health facilities provide abortions, according to recent research by the global human rights organisation, Amnesty International.

The health department has a human rights obligation to guarantee women access to abortion services, but isn’t doing enough to implement the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, found a briefing report released in February.

Continued at source: Bhekisisa: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-02-14-00-only-260-health-facilities-nationwide-offer-abortions-amnesty-international

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Never mind America, access to abortion is a ‘nightmare’ for many Australians

Never mind America, access to abortion is a 'nightmare' for many Australians
by Van Badham
Monday 30 January 2017

Despite widespread popular support, legislation around abortion in Australia remains subject to political deal-making, leaving access for regional women shamefully limited.

It was unsurprising to American women that their new president moved so swiftly to limit women’s access to reproductive autonomy. Less than a week into his regime, President Trump has reinstated a Ronald Reagan policy known as the “global gag rule”.

Abortion wars are, of course, a visible hallmark of American politics, where denying a woman’s right to choose has long been used as a wedge by Republicans to chip white voters away from supporting Democrat candidates. But while a thumping majority of Australians support women’s abortion rights – around 80%, according to reliable polls – the gap between what we say we believe in here and what we legislate is larger than many would imagine.

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Source, The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/30/never-mind-america-access-to-abortion-is-a-nightmare-for-many-australians

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Australia: Fears for abortion services seven years after Victorian law reform

December 6 2016, The Age
by Julia Medew

Women seeking abortions at Melbourne's leading women's hospital are being turned away amid concerns there is a shortage of doctors willing to carry out the procedure.

Seven years after Victoria decriminalised abortion, there are fears publicly funded services have deteriorated across the state, causing women to travel long distances for private care that can cost hundreds of dollars.

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Source: The Age

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