Ireland – Abortion: Women nine weeks pregnant may be referred to obstetrician

Abortion: Women nine weeks pregnant may be referred to obstetrician
Minister appeals for colleagues to continue to be ‘constructive not obstructive’ in abortion debate

Thu, Oct 4, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Women between nine and 12 weeks pregnant seeking an abortion may be referred to a consultant obstetrician, Minister for Health Simon Harris has indicated.

Mr Harris was introducing the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill, which gives effect to the outcome of the abortion referendum when 66 per cent of voters supported abortion. He said TDs were making history in bringing the legislation forward to allow for abortion services in Ireland and repealing the Eighth Amendment after 35 years in the Constitution.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/abortion-women-nine-weeks-pregnant-may-be-referred-to-obstetrician-1.3651724

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Ghana – ‘Stigmatisation causes women to seek unsafe abortion services’

‘Stigmatisation causes women to seek unsafe abortion services’

Date: Oct 04 , 2018
BY: Salomey Appiah-Adjei

Women with unwanted pregnancy who intend to access safe abortion services in Ghana suffer stigmatization and that deters them from seeking such services. They, therefore, resort to unsafe abortion, which can lead to complications such as severe infections, infertility and even death.

The Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), Mrs Abena Adubea Amoah Acheampong, who made the observation, however, pointed out that the law allowed for safe abortion by a registered professional at a registered facility if the pregnancy had the tendency to affect the woman physically, psychologically or financially.

Continued: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/health/stigmatisation-causes-women-to-seek-unsafe-abortion-services.html

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India – Opinion | Looking beyond the legality of abortion

Opinion | Looking beyond the legality of abortion
Even five decades after legalization, abortions in India lack basic safety standards

Last Published: Mon, Oct 01 2018
Vinoj Manning

Despite abortion being legal in India for almost five decades, unsafe abortion continues to be the third largest cause of maternal mortality and accounts for 8% of all maternal deaths in India. Ten women die every day, and thousands more face serious and permanent injuries annually due to unsafe abortion-related causes. Most deaths caused by unsafe abortion are, however, preventable. With the advent of newer and simpler technologies, induced abortion is now a very safe and simple medical procedure, which can save the lives of millions of women.

Continued: https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/yCN9cRSjS4a6r5FKjcGoTM/Opinion--Looking-beyond-the-legality-of-abortion.html

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Australia – Why abortion should not be a crime

Why abortion should not be a crime

By Philip Goldstone
27 September 2018

As a doctor who has worked in the field of reproductive healthcare for many years, I could list so many evidence-based and peer-researched studies and reasons on why abortion should be decriminalised. But the most profound and overriding reason for me is to end the shame and stigma that we heap onto women accessing this health service each and every day.

Shame and stigma is something that I am familiar with; I have worked in the mental health sector and I have worked in the women’s health sector. Both of these areas share the dark burden of shame and stigma. And as a doctor I have seen what happens when that shame and stigma becomes too much. It results in crippling guilt, psychological trauma and sometimes self-harm.

Continued: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/why-abortion-should-not-be-a-crime-20180926-p50665.html

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Why More Nigerian Girls Are Getting Pregnant, Aborting It

Why More Nigerian Girls Are Getting Pregnant, Aborting It

By Ating Enwongo
On Sep 25, 2018

Due to religious and cultural sensitivities, Nigerians live in denial of just how common teenage sex is, which has led to high rate of pregnancy among girls between ages 15 and 18 years.

The families of these teenagers are stigmatized by friends and family members with insinuations that they are unable to raise their female children with proper moral and religious standards.

This stigmatization most often leads to unsafe abortion as the teens cannot absorb the heat from the society.

Continued: https://thewhistler.ng/story/why-more-nigerian-girls-are-getting-pregnant-aborting-it/

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India – ‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

Swagata Yadavar
August 7, 2018

New Delhi: Abortion was legalised in India almost half a century ago, yet unsafe abortions – performed in unhygienic conditions by untrained providers – are the third largest cause of maternal death. Nearly 78% of the more than 15 million abortions conducted annually in India are outside of health facilities, giving rise to safety concerns. There is only one licensed provider for 224,000 women in rural areas.

India allows medical termination of a pregnancy of up to 20 weeks’ gestation to be conducted by a registered medical practitioner. There have been attempts to amend the act to expand the provider base to include nurses and non-allopathic medicine practitioners, and extend the deadline to 24 weeks from the current 20.

Continued: http://www.indiaspend.com/indiaspend-interviews/reduce-stigma-to-make-women-comfortable-accessing-safe-abortions-88950

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Argentine sex workers are fighting for legal abortion and the right to work

Argentine sex workers are fighting for legal abortion and the right to work
We hear the harrowing stories of women championing reproductive rights in Argentina as a crucial vote takes place

7 August 2018
Text Elizabeth Sulis Kim
Photography Michael Vince Kim

Tomorrow (August 8), the Argentine Senate will vote on an abortion bill that was narrowly passed by the Chamber of Deputies in June. If passed, it would allow women to have a legal abortion up until the 14th week of pregnancy.

Sex workers in Argentina’s capital have expressed solidarity with the pro-choice movement, which they say aligns with their own wish for body autonomy and integrity.

Continued: http://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/40917/1/argentina-buenos-aires-sex-workers-abortion-law-vote

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USA – Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories

Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories
Even though abortion is technically legal, it can still come with shame, stigma, and fear.

By Katha Pollitt
Aug 3, 2018

Vats of ink have been spilled trying to figure out whether the coming right-wing majority on the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. The truth is, we just don’t know; it will all come down to what’s in the hearts and minds of five anti-abortion, very conservative men. If I were one of them, I would definitely opt for keeping Roe and letting it dangle in the wind. Upending the precedent could awaken the majority of Americans who want to keep abortion legal. Right now a lot of pro-choicers still don’t pay attention to restrictions on abortion, no matter how stringent they are, as long as the procedure is technically lawful and available to them personally.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-women-are-sharing-their-abortion-stories/

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Plenty of people are pro-abortion

Plenty of people are pro-abortion
It is a necessary health care procedure that saves lives.

Kathi Valeii
Aug—01—2018

Since Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement in June, the discussion about reproductive rights has intensified. Amid the social media discussions about the Supreme Court, and the importance of choice, and Roe v. Wade, emerged a common narrative in support of abortion that went: “No one is pro-abortion, but...” The conclusion to such a statement usually rounds out with something like, “...but we should all mind our own business and let people make their own choices about their health.” And while the latter part of this argument is a message we can all get behind, the first part is a problem.

While the pro-choice movement has long been conditioned to talk in metered ways about abortion, saying “no one is pro-abortion” is patently inaccurate. Let’s be straight — many, many people are pro-abortion, simply because we don’t view abortion as anything more than necessary health care.

Continued: https://theoutline.com/post/5636/yes-people-are-pro-abortion?zd=2&zi=4ry3i5go

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Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

By Katha Pollitt
July 10, 2018

President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court is bad news for reproductive rights.

That Judge Kavanaugh’s record on abortion and contraception is slim will be used by his supporters to paint his views as moderate, but let’s get real: The president promised to nominate only justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, and his potential nominees were vetted by a committed abortion opponent, Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society. There is no reason not to take Mr. Trump at his word.

What should the pro-choice movement be doing — right now and in the months and years to come?

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/opinion/abortion-roe-kavanaugh-supreme-court.html

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