Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

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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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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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‘My body, my choice’: Argentina moves closer to legal abortion with key vote

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‘My body, my choice’: Argentina moves closer to legal abortion with key vote
The chamber of deputies is voting on a crucial bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy

Elizabeth Sulis Kim
Wed 13 Jun 2018

Even as calls for women in Argentina to be given the legal right to abortion have grown louder on its cities’ streets, a change in the law had seemed unlikely – until now.

But a vote on abortion on Wednesday could transform Pope Francis’s homeland from a country where women can go to jail for having an unlawful termination to one of Latin America’s most progressive countries on reproductive rights.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/13/my-body-my-choice-argentina-moves-closer-to-legal-abortion-with-key-vote

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Ireland – Abortion and Love

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Abortion and Love
Ireland’s wildly successful movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment has given us a new way to frame reproductive rights.

By Katha Pollitt
June 7, 2018

“There must be a way to make abortion rights be about love,” the journalist Anthea McTeirnan said to me when we met in Dublin in 2015, just before Ireland’s referendum on marriage equality. Same-sex marriage was going to win big, she believed, because the campaign was all about love and compassion and inclusion, not just abstract legal rights. People could see that their friends and neighbors and relatives simply wanted to express their commitment to their partners the way straight people do. The campaign reflected that spirit, full of joy and humor; its guiding spirit was the sweet and popular drag queen and bar owner Panti Bliss. And, as it turned out, McTeirnan was right: That May, the referendum won by 62 to 38 percent, making Ireland the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/abortion-and-love/

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Gibraltar government will NOT repeal abortion ban, saying it has ‘already dealt with gay marriage’

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EXCLUSIVE: Gibraltar government will NOT repeal abortion ban, saying it has ‘already dealt with gay marriage’

Gibraltar government says it will not consider revising its anti-abortion laws, despite the results of the recent Irish referendum vote
By Staff Reporter -
6 Jun, 2018

THE Gibraltar government has said it will not reconsider its anti-abortion laws despite Ireland’s recent landslide vote to repeal its ban.

Pro-choice campaigners had hoped it would put pressure on the Rock, but it seems their fight won’t be over any time soon.

Continued: http://www.gibraltarolivepress.com/2018/06/06/exclusive-gibraltar-government-will-not-repeal-abortion-ban-saying-it-has-already-dealt-with-gay-marriage/

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New Zealand – Simon Bridges says NZ’s abortion laws work well. Here’s what you say

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Simon Bridges says NZ's abortion laws work well. Here's what you say
Abortions should be "rare, safe, legal", says National Party leader Simon Bridges. Not everyone agrees with that.

May 29, 2018
National Party leader Simon Bridges says he's opposed to taking abortion out of the Crimes Act.

Abortions should be "rare, safe, legal" - with an emphasis on rare, he said on Monday morning.

"Overall, I think the regime we have for abortions is working well," Bridges told RNZ's Morning Report.

Stuff asked its readers for their opinions on abortion and abortion law. Here's what some of you had to say.

Continued: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104264791/simon-bridges-says-nzs-abortion-laws-work-well-heres-what-you-say

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Ireland – Personal stories are precious things and they made the difference

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Anne Enright: Personal stories are precious things and they made the difference
‘How did we turn ourselves from fallen women into women rising? By telling the truth. It was that simple’

May 27, 2018
Anne Enright

The Eighth Amendment was always a failure - medical, practically, geographically - the only thing it did was make people’s lives worse.

Seventy five per cent of voters knew their mind before the campaign began, according to exit polling on Friday. Some would vote for pragmatic reasons, some for sympathetic ones, more than three quarters said they were influenced by personal stories they had heard in the media or from people they knew.

Personal stories are precious things. To speak can be to suffer twice, especially if you do not know how your story will be heard. People do need to speak, however. They know that if they tell it true, if their story is accurate to the experience, emotionally honest, unafraid of its own contradictions, then something else happens. A story of hurt becomes one of healing.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/anne-enright-personal-stories-are-precious-things-and-they-made-the-difference-1.3510189

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Ireland’s Catholic traditions tested as abortion referendum looms

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Ireland's Catholic traditions tested as abortion referendum looms
Abortion remains such a taboo in Ireland that it's rare for women to speak openly about it. A public admission could result in a 14-year prison sentence.

by Saphora Smith and Ziad Jaber
May.12.2018

DUBLIN — Rita Harrold's decision to end her pregnancy turned her into a criminal in the eyes of the law.

More than four decades after being legalized in the U.S., abortion remains illegal in almost all cases in the Irish Republic.

Five years ago, Harrold took abortion pills that had been smuggled into the country.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ireland-s-catholic-traditions-tested-abortion-referendum-looms-n857671

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Irish Voters Speak Out on Landmark Abortion Referendum

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Irish Voters Speak Out on Landmark Abortion Referendum

By PALKO KARASZ
APRIL 28, 2018

Ireland plans to hold a landmark referendum on abortion at the end of May. Voters will be asked to consider a repeal of Article 40.

The referendum comes as voters in the traditionally Roman Catholic and socially conservative country have shown increasingly liberal attitudes. But the campaign has been highly divisive and accompanied by fears of foreign influence.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/28/world/europe/ireland-abortion-referendum.html

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Fintan O’Toole: How I discovered what I felt about abortion

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Fintan O'Toole: How I discovered what I felt about abortion
I was 18 when asked to help a girl get an abortion. I knew it was not about me, it was about her

April 23, 2018
Fintan O'Toole

When I was 18, I knew nothing about anything and even less about abortion. I had never really thought about it. I suppose I had a vague feeling that it was a bad thing, to be contemplated only in extreme circumstances. And then in summer 1976 I had to discover what I felt about abortion. It took me all of 30 seconds.

Very few people in my part of the world went to university. I was a student in UCD. This lent me an aura of sophistication and knowingness that was laughably distant from the truth. But because of it, a male friend my own age called in and asked me to go with him to his house. His mother and father were in the sitting room with his sister who was, I think, 16. She was pregnant and she had made up her mind that she did not want to have the baby. Did I know how to go about arranging to have an abortion in England?

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fintan-o-toole-how-i-discovered-what-i-felt-about-abortion-1.3471554

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