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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Argentina – Focus shifts to Senate after historic abortion vote

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Focus shifts to Senate after historic abortion vote
After marathon 23-hour session, lawmakers vote to in favour of legislation that would allow elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate.

June 16, 2018

As the final tally of the vote became known, the sea of green erupted outside of Congress in celebration.

In a historic vote closely watched by millions across the country, the lower house of Congress on Thursday approved a bill that would legalise elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate.

Continued: http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/focus-shifts-to-senate-after-historic-abortion-vote.phtml

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Ireland – Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws

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Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws
Party backs motion to support reform following historic referendum vote in Republic

Tom Barnes
June 16 2018

Sinn Fein has voted “decisively” to support the liberalisation of abortion law across the island of Ireland following the historic vote to legalise the procedure in the Republic.

Party members overwhelmingly backed a motion calling to terminations to be provided through a GP-led service for a “limited gestational period”.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sinn-fein-abortion-policy-legalisation-laws-northern-ireland-republic-a8402706.html

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Argentina’s lower house of Congress approves bill liberalizing abortion laws

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Argentina's lower house of Congress approves bill liberalizing abortion laws

By Daniel Politi and Ralph Ellis, CNN
Thu June 14, 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNN)The Argentine Chamber of Deputies voted Thursday morning to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
The bill now goes to the more conservative Senate for consideration. President Mauricio Macri has said he won't veto the bill if Congress approves it, even though he opposes abortion.

"We have been able to settle our differences with respect, tolerance and listening to each other; understanding that dialogue is the road that will strengthen our future," Macri said. "My congratulations to everyone, knowing that this debate now continues in the Senate."

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/14/americas/argentina-abortion-bill-passes/index.html

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Argentina – Women In This Country Face 4 Years In Prison For Getting An Abortion

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Women In This Country Face 4 Years In Prison For Getting An Abortion
The law could finally be about to change however.

Charlotte Willis
June 15, 2018

The lower house of Argentina's congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Photo: AFP / Eitan Abramovich

For weeks, Argentina has been in a state of contention surrounding a bill that proposes to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Abortion is currently illegal in the South American nation in all situations except in cases of rape or when the life or health of the woman is at risk. Women seeking terminations also have to apply to a judge for permission, which critics argue can unnecessarily delay the procedure.

Continued: https://www.whimn.com.au/talk/think/women-in-this-country-face-4-years-in-prison-for-abortion/news-story/0df02123cb4eb52002c3fa99b05300d9

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Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

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Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

14 June 2018

Catholic Argentina's lower house has backed a bill legalising abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

After a divisive debate lasting more than 22 hours, 129 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour and 125 against while one abstained.

The bill will now have to go to the Senate.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44486190

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The vote in Argentina: WE’VE WON !!!

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The vote in Argentina: WE'VE WON !!!
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14 June 2018
ARGENTINA

The photos above are of a few of the Deputies in the Argentinian Congress supporting safe, legal, free abortion in the day-long marathon debate on 13 June, with the green scarves of the movement around their necks and on their desks.

The debate started at 11:30am on 13 June, and at that point several of the undecided deputies announced their positions, but it was not yet clear who had the majority of votes. Just after midnight, El Comercio reported that of the 275 deputies, 124 were thought to be against the bill and 126 in favour. Importantly, the report notes, the deputies’ positions for or against the bill, from the first day, were independent of their political affiliations. The bill needs 129 votes of the 257 total to be approved.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/the-vote-in-argentina-weve-won-14-june-2018?e=372dd34034

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Argentina congress takes historic step towards legalising abortion

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Argentina congress takes historic step towards legalising abortion

Lower house votes 129-123 to allow abortion in first 14 weeks
If senate approves bill President Macri has said he will sign it

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Thu 14 Jun 2018

The lower house of Argentina’s congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, in a historic victory for the country’s growing women’s movement.

Tens of thousands of women – many wearing the green headscarfs which have become a symbol of the movement – braved a freezing winter night to stand vigil outside the congress building in Buenos Aires during the marathon 20-hour debate.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/14/argentina-congress-vote-legalise-abortion

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Argentina’s historic vote on legalising abortion

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Argentina's historic vote on legalising abortion
Activists managed to convince legislators that legalising abortion is an urgently needed matter to be addressed.

Teresa Boby Teresa Bo
June 14, 2018

"Legal abortion in a hospital" sang hundreds of people outside Congress. It was a long and tense debate that lasted for 23 hours.

At times rumours took over the crowds who feared the vote would maintain the status quo.

But when the vote came, there was pure joy among those who have been fighting for months to shed light on one of the most covered-up issues in Argentina.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/argentina-vote-legalising-abortion-laws-180614181011136.html

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Argentina – CFK, Senate colleagues to vote in favour of abortion bill

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CFK, Senate colleagues to vote in favour of abortion bill
Despite significant social reforms like same-sex marriage and the gender identity law, Fernández de Kirchner refused to address abortion during her two-term presidency ending in 2015.

Thursday 14 June, 2018

Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, along with all members of her Victory Front-PJ voting bloc in the Upper House, will support legislation to decriminalise abortion in Argentina.

Argentina’s Lower House passed a bill on Thursday morning to decriminalise elective abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Continued: http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/cfk-senate-colleagues-to-vote-in-favour-of-abortion-bill.phtml

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