What’s Really At Stake In The Irish Abortion Referendum

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What's Really At Stake In The Irish Abortion Referendum
For Irish women, abortion remains both illegal and taboo. As the country faces a historic referendum, Lynn Enright reflects on a nation’s changing mood, and a past decision of her own.

By Lynn Enright
Tuesday 24 April 2018

I was 31 and living in London when I had an abortion. On a grey morning, I took the Tube to the hospital and afterwards, I got an Uber home. My then boyfriend (who is now my husband) gave me a hot-water bottle and my flatmate brought me a cup of tea. My best friend texted me. “I love you,” she said. It was an everyday abortion but it hadn’t been an easy decision. I’d always wanted children and I’d hoped to be in a situation to have them at 31. But I wasn’t. The website I worked at had shut down the previous month and I was broke. I lived in a rented flat, sharing with two others. And my relationship was young and unsteady on its feet. So I had an abortion. Because it wasn’t the right time. Because it felt impossible to be pregnant, impossible to be a mother.

Continued: http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/the-story-of-us

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How abortion stigma is exposing medical students to risky behaviors in Uganda

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How abortion stigma is exposing medical students to risky behaviors in Uganda

20th April, 2018

Sex is a reality, and we are proud to be sex-positive. As long as people are engaging in consensual experiences, safe2choose encourages and supports it. We do so by sharing accurate and stigma-free information, as well as facilitating access to safe abortion methods.

True autonomy comes with deep understanding of your options, your risks and your benefits. Therefore, one can never be autonomous without education on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Sadly, that’s exactly what we have witnessed among medical students from Uganda.

Continued: https://safe2choose.org/medical-students-uganda-abortion-stigma/

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Busting Abortion Stigma with inroads

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Busting Abortion Stigma with inroads

Mar 30, 2018
By Camila, YouAct member

Last week I entered a beautiful, stigma-free world: where people have access to legal, safe, and free abortions, where your economic situation, nationality, gender, disability, race, religion or age don’t limit your access to healthcare, where you don’t have to justify your decision to continue or end a pregnancy, where having the right to make your own decisions over your body is a given, where your emotions and feelings are taken seriously, and where diversity is celebrated. This world was the inroads Global Gathering, which took place in Zagreb from the 12th to 16th of March 2018.

I was invited to the inroads Global Gathering to present YouAct’s work on stigma busting through the ‘Speak My Language’ Project: two toolkits that explain abortion stigma with a focus on Eastern Europe and show how storytelling can be an incredibly empowering and effective tool to bust stigma.

Continued: http://youact.org/2018/03/30/busting-abortion-stigma-with-inroads/

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Ireland – Women feel need for abortion ‘cover stories’ for work, survey author says

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Women feel need for abortion ‘cover stories’ for work, survey author says
Four in five respondents say women’s health should be priority in reform of abortion law

March 23, 2018
Olivia Kelleher

Irish women undergoing abortions feel under pressure to create a “cover story” for the workplace which is adding to their burden and stigma, an author of a survey on abortion has said.

Fiona Bloomer of the University of Ulster said the research, carried out on behalf of the Alliance for Choice, found that women in Ireland feel they have to come up with an excuse for their absence from work when they are taking time off to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/women-feel-need-for-abortion-cover-stories-for-work-survey-author-says-1.3437162

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Internalized shame and stigma-related isolation predict worse health for women who get an abortion

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Internalized shame and stigma-related isolation predict worse health for women who get an abortion

By Eric W. Dolan
March 11, 2018

New research from Ireland has found that the stigmatization of abortion is linked to psychological distress and negative health outcomes for women who terminate their pregnancy. The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, found that internalized shame about abortion and deliberate isolation from others were associated with impaired mental and physical well-being.

“I started off interested in stigmatized identities, and their impact on psychological and physical well-being. I had done some earlier research on the stigma and unemployment, so I knew that most stigma research focuses on psychological well-being only,” said Aisling T. O’Donnell of the University of Limerick, the study’s corresponding author.

Continued: http://www.psypost.org/2018/03/internalized-shame-stigma-related-isolation-predict-worse-health-women-get-abortion-50858

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South Africa: 9 Things That Will Change the Way You Look At Abortion

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Africa: 9 Things That Will Change the Way You Look At Abortion

March 1, 2018

Everyone's got an opinion on it but can we say the same about the facts?

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 20 years. So why do women continue to flock to illegal abortionists and put their lives in their hands? The answer is probably more complex than you've been led to believe because even in the 21st century, we're still not talking about terminations

Continued: http://allafrica.com/stories/201803010153.html

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Irish university study discusses distress and physical health symptoms post-abortion

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Irish university study discusses distress and physical health symptoms post-abortion

BY Jessica Marie Ruxton
February 05, 2018

Researchers at the University of Limerick have conducted a study that looks at the women who have had an abortion and those who feel stigmatised afterwards.

The study found that women who feel stigmatised after an abortion experience ''increased psychological distress and physical health symptoms''.

Continued: https://www.buzz.ie/life-style/researchers-irish-university-reveal-abortion-study-looks-distress-physical-health-symptoms-271614

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Ghana: Unsafe Abortion, An Unforgettable Dilemma

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Unsafe Abortion, An Unforgettable Dilemma
Dennis Peprah
Dec 5, 2017

Yaa Serwaa was 15 years old when she had an unsafe abortion. She became pregnant after two years in a relationship that she "did not take seriously".

Serwaa confides: "I relied on natural contraception, using the calendar method but it was ineffective”.

With the help of a friend Serwaa said she prepared and applied some herbs to terminate the pregnancy. "I drank the concoction behind closed doors, in a small room that no one could see me, not even my biological mother”, she said.

Continued at source: https://www.modernghana.com/news/820735/unsafe-abortion-an-unforgettable-dilemma.html

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Kenya: Health providers must be protected by the law adequately

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Health providers must be protected by the law adequately
By Evelyne Opondo
Published Sat, November 4th 2017

On October 19, the Court of Appeal put an end to Jackson Namunya Tali’s nearly nine years in prison. In the momentous decision, the three-judge bench ruled that mere suspicion, however strong, is not probative of an offence in the criminal justice system.

Tali, a trained nurse who operated a clinic in the outskirts of Nairobi, was arrested in 2009 and accused of assisting a woman procure an unsafe abortion that consequently led to her death. Rather than being charged with the offence of unlawful abortion, he was charged with murder, convicted and imprisoned at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

Continued at source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001259242/health-providers-must-be-protected-by-the-law-adequately

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UK: Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories To Try To Tackle The Stigma Of Ending A Pregnancy

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Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories To Try To Tackle The Stigma Of Ending A Pregnancy
A new exhibition aims to show the wide range of reasons women have abortions. "Sometimes life is complicated," its creator said.

Posted on November 04, 2017
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter

Women have been sharing their stories about why they chose to have abortions in the hope that a greater understanding of their reasons might help to tackle stigma around the procedure.

Last year almost 200,000 women in England and Wales chose to terminate a pregnancy, and one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, but the topic still remains relatively taboo.

In a new exhibition, My Body, My Life, opening at The Old Fire Station in Oxford on 7 November, clothing printed with women's abortion stories will be displayed to help demonstrate the complexities of those women's decisions.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/women-sharing-their-abortion-stories-hope-to-tackle-the

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