Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

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Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

Written by Sophie Cousins
September 12, 2017 Quartz india

Outside, the mid-morning heat is stifling. It’s not humid like the bustling metropolises of Mumbai or Kolkata; here in New Delhi, it’s a dry heat, the type of heat that exhausts you, made worse by a thick layer of dust which sticks to your face and stings your eyes.

At the maternity ward inside the hospital at Jamia Hamdard University, all the metal gurneys are taken, some with sheets, some without.

Continued: https://qz.com/1073136/abortion-contraception-pregnancy-how-womens-bodies-became-a-battlezon/

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Ireland: To understand abortion travel, you have to be there

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To understand abortion travel, you have to be there
The ‘Not At Home’ exhibition is an attempt to recreate the experience of the 170,000 Irish women who have travelled abroad for abortions

Róisín Ingle
Aug 28, 2017

Last year theatre makers Grace Dyas and Emma Fraser came to me with a big idea. They had plans to recreate the experience of the just over 170,000 Irish women who over the past few decades have had to travel out of Ireland for safe abortion services. It would be a “durational art installation” open to the public. It would feature video and live performances. There was talk of “soundscapes”. I did not immediately fall in love with the big idea.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/to-understand-abortion-travel-you-have-to-be-there-1.3198084

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Congo: What It’s Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

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What It's Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

Laura Kasinof
Aug 28 2017

Abortion is banned almost without exception in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but countless women still terminate their pregnancies illegally and dangerously. Fatima was one of them.

Fatima* lives with her two children in a mud brick home on the outskirts of Lubumbashi, a city in the far south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the earth is colored red and mining industries rule the economy. Fatima, 31, used to have a husband, too, but he disappeared last year after she learned that she was pregnant with their third child. Birth control of any variety is not regularly used in the DRC.

Continued at source: Broadly: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/evvq8k/what-its-like-to-risk-death-and-jail-time-to-get-an-illegal-abortion

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I never thought I’d have to get an abortion as a Muslim woman – until the day I did

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I never thought I’d have to get an abortion as a Muslim woman – until the day I did
I stood in my bathroom and stared at the positive pregnancy test. Everything went numb.

By Anonymous on August 25, 2017

I got the pregnancy test on a whim. I couldn’t be pregnant, I told myself. We used a condom. But I hadn’t paid enough attention to sex education in high school to know if we had used it correctly – why, as a young Muslim girl who wore hijab and was a mosque leader, would I? I wasn’t going to have sex until I was married.

I had a plan already. My first time would be with a gentle Muslim prince who would rescue me from my abusive father and my co-dependent mother. He would understand and cherish me and carry me away on his white horse. It would be perfect.

Continued at source: The Tempest: https://thetempest.co/2017/08/25/life-love/love-sex/muslim-had-abortion/

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Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion

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What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017
By JOHN MUCHANGI

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

Continued at source: The Star: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/09/what-it-is-like-to-have-unsafe-abortion_c1610203

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New Zealand: Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

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Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

NAME WITHHELD
July 24 2017

Firstly let me say I’m not 17, I wasn’t drunk or high or promiscuous. I don’t have any STIs, I’m in a loving relationship and I desperately want a baby.

However, eight days ago I was one of 11,000 Kiwis this year who will have an abortion.

I know some people reading this will be appalled knowing what I chose to do. That for some people abortion is simply not an acceptable choice. I accept your viewpoint, I was brought up to share it and I apologise that my choice has hurt someone who could have gone on to be a wonderful human being. Or a horrible one, it’s hard to know. But the fact of the matter is, many of you will be of the opinion that I shouldn’t have had the chance to make that choice.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/95040103/abortion-services-are-failing-vulnerable-kiwi-women

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Zimbabwe: Zim’s Abortion Dilemma – It’s the Women Who Suffer

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Zimbabwe: Zim's Abortion Dilemma - It's the Women Who Suffer

June 20, 2017
By Roselyne Sachiti

"My uterus was also damaged because of the pricking. The doctor had to remove it. I cried and begged him not to. He said I would die if he did not. The hysterectomy was performed when I was only 15."

A small black pot "sits" on a paraffin stove in a poorly ventilated, crowded room at Mbare Flats, in Harare.

Continued at link: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201706200140.html

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Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them

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Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them

By RENEE BRACEY SHERMAN
MAY 20, 2017

When I arrived at the clinic in Washington, I looked for the young woman I was waiting for. Her body was covered with tattoos of birds and stars. She hugged me with a warm smile and introduced me to her boyfriend. He didn’t look at me. In fact, he didn’t look me in the eye for the five hours we sat together in the waiting room.

I assumed it was out of shame until I noticed the white supremacist tattoos on his shaved head, neck, forearms and knuckles. As a black woman, I was scared of him. Yet I felt a bond. They had driven several hours from Virginia to avoid the numerous restrictions on abortions there. He was returning from jail. She already had a child and wasn’t ready for another. I knew the feeling well.

She asked for an abortion doula because she wanted unconditional support, no matter what she decided. She wanted me, a total stranger, to reinforce her trust in herself. After she went to the procedure room, her boyfriend and I went outside, me to make a call, him to smoke. In the elevator down, he finally spoke: “Thank you.”

Continued at source: New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/opinion/sunday/abortion-people-whove-had-them.html?_r=0

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UK: ‘It gutted me’: Five women detail what it was really like to get an abortion

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'It gutted me': Five women detail what it was really like to get an abortion - as all insist they do NOT regret having the procedure, despite the pain of making such a 'gut-wrenching choice'

By Clemence Michallon For Dailymail.com
Published: 18 May 2017

Five women have opened up about their past abortions, in a bid to educate others on what it's really like to undergo the procedure.

The women, three of whom testified anonymously, recounted the circumstances that drove them to terminate their pregnancies, and overall insisted they didn't regret their decisions.

They also opened up candidly to Her Campus about the emotional and physical challenges that sometimes present themselves before and after an abortion.

Continued at source: Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4519982/Five-women-open-abortions.html

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Ireland: “Fianna Fáil TD told us he arranged an abortion for his niece, but he was against abortion”

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'FF TD told us he arranged an abortion for his niece, but he was against abortion'
Face the 50: The X-ile Project's online gallery of women who shared experiences of abortion has grown to 50 photos

May 12, 2017
Rosita Boland

On December 10th, 2015, 11 portraits of women were posted online to a new website. Nothing unusual or remarkable about that entirely routine event. Countless new websites appear every day around the world. But this one went on to be reported by news organisations in the US, Australia, Britain, Poland, Italy, India, Belgium, Germany and France. It was picked up by outlets as diverse as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, The Pool, Mashable, Le Figaro and The Telegraph.

These photographs were of women who, while living in Ireland, had all shared the same experience; of having had an abortion. The gallery of their portraits was the first to go online in the X-ile Project. There were more than 10,000 hits in the first few hours when it went online originally. On May 12th, the photographs of 17 new participants in the project will be added to the ever-growing gallery, bringing the number to 50.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/ff-td-told-us-he-arranged-an-abortion-for-his-niece-but-he-was-against-abortion-1.3077115

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