Canada – Restrictions on safe medical abortions don’t help anybody

Restrictions on safe medical abortions don’t help anybody
Pregnant people deserve options to regulate their own bodies

July 8, 2019
This article discusses abortion. The author has chosen to remain anonymous.

Until the day I needed one, I’d never planned to get an abortion in my life. I was 21 when I called the Women’s Clinic at KGH in tears, asking to make an appointment.

That’s the same age that Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff was when he promised to make abortion “unthinkable in our lifetime” at a March for Life rally alongside fellow Conservative MPPs Christina Mitas and Will Bouma. I was horrified when I saw Premier Doug Ford had responded to Oosterhoff’s comments by saying that he embraced a diversity of views within his caucus.

Continued: https://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2019-07-08/postscript/restrictions-on-safe-medical-abortions-dont-help-anybody/

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Why An Abortion Was The Right Choice For Me: 5 Women Share Their Story

Why An Abortion Was The Right Choice For Me: 5 Women Share Their Story
Vogue speaks to five women around the world – from Northern Ireland to Bolivia – who share their deeply personal experiences of abortion, and explain why they believe the choice is a fundamental human right.

By Emily Chan
Friday 5 July 2019

When Alabama passed its anti-abortion law in May – 46 years after abortion was first legalised in the US, in 1973 – it sparked international outcry. The ban, which prevents abortion in nearly all cases, led to thousands of women sharing their abortion experiences on social media, using #YouKnowMe, a campaign launched by American actress Busy Philipps. “One in four women will have an abortion before age 45,” said Philipps on her late-night show. “Maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion.’ Well, you know me.”

As Philipps highlights, this is a subject relevant to us all; regardless of age, geography or socio-economic context. Crucially, a woman's fundamental right to choose is under attack, as pockets of political discourse seek to control women’s bodies and reproductive rights.

Continued: https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/women-share-their-personal-abortion-stories

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UK – ‘I don’t regret my two abortions’

'I don't regret my two abortions'

By Anna Adams and Pete Walker, BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme
2 July 2019

UK attitudes towards abortion are becoming more liberal, a poll suggests.

Sam says financial worries were a driving force in her choice to terminate her pregnancies.

And several women the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme have spoken to say the same.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48838008

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‘There is a problem here’: advocates sound alarm over abortion access in Canada

‘There is a problem here’: advocates sound alarm over abortion access in Canada

By Heather Yourex-West
June 21, 2019

WATCH: In Canada, abortions are legal but access can be difficult. As Heather Yourex-West explains, it can depend on where you live and how deep your pockets are.

It’s been a few years since a woman — whom we’ll call Joanna — made a 450 km journey across Canada for an abortion. Joanna asked to remain anonymous because she doesn’t feel safe speaking publicly about her abortion, but her ordeal, she believes, is something that needs to be shared.

Joanna was living in Fort McMurray, Alta., when she first learned she was pregnant. Right away, she says she knew she wasn’t prepared to carry the pregnancy to term.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5417539/advocates-abortion-access-canada/

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As thousands of women in U.S. lose abortion access, B.C. women share their stories to lift stigma

As thousands of women in U.S. lose abortion access, B.C. women share their stories to lift stigma

By Tessa Vikander, Star Vancouver
Jenny Peng, Star Vancouver
Thu., June 20, 2019

VANCOUVER—One was a teenage dance student when she got pregnant. Another was about to launch her career and didn’t want children. Yet another compared learning her fetus wouldn’t be viable due to the death of a loved one.

These are the stories of people who decided to have abortions for a variety of reasons. For these women, listening to the recent renewal of the abortion debate has triggered a mix of emotions and memories.

Continued: https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2019/06/20/after-alabama-bc-women-share-abortion-stories-to-lift-stigma-and-push-back-on-ban.html

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The Best Abortion Ever

The Best Abortion Ever
In my rural California county, it used to be impossible to get an abortion. When I was 41, I needed to have two.

By Sarah Miller
June 19, 2019

In the rural California county where I live, there’s a decent chance of a tree falling over onto my house (this has happened to several friends), an even better one of contracting the measles (we have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country), and, until very recently, a zero percent chance of getting an abortion.

The year I was 41, I needed two of them. I was no stranger to abortions; I’d had two before, but never in the same year. In fact, 30 percent of the times I had sex in 2011, I got pregnant. So there I was in November, having already aborted 50 percent of that year’s pregnancies, hoping to make it a nice round 100 percent. I just had to decide how.

Continued: https://www.thecut.com/2019/06/the-best-abortion-ever.html

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Tanzania: Unsafe abortion: The silent killer of young women

Unsafe abortion: The silent killer of young women

Monday June 17 2019
By Salome Gregory

Abortion in Tanzania is illegal. Being the case, it makes it harder for girls and women to get access to safe abortion. But even then, women still find their own ways to terminate unwanted pregnancies.

Have you ever asked yourself, what woman and girls go through when trying to end unwanted pregnancy? A simple survey by Your Health confirms that girls and women go through a lot of pain and suffering that sometimes leads to deaths or permanent reproductive health issues.

Continued: https://www.thecitizen.co.tz/magazine/1840564-5160470-olp0doz/index.html

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USA – My second and third daughters exist because abortion was legal and safe

My second and third daughters exist because abortion was legal and safe
I would not have risked another child with severe fetal defects, as my beloved first daughter had.

By Jana von Stein
May 28, 2019

Many parents-to-be learn at their 20-week ultrasound whether it’s a boy or a girl. We learned that our baby had severe cardiac defects. As my pregnancy progressed, it became more evident that her disorder affected more than just her heart. It would require multiple operations and might be life-defining. In the 23 months she lived, my daughter Sophie endured seven surgeries, became addicted to morphine and Ativan, and suffered more than most people do in decades’-longer lifetimes. Her dad and I tried, along with heroic nurses and doctors in Michigan, Boston and Stanford, to save her life. We failed. We worked tirelessly to give her a good quality of life, but — particularly in the last few months — it was not one worth living.

The doctors weren’t sure whether Sophie’s defects were a result of random bad luck or something hereditary. Her DNA looked normal, but it was clear there was a programming error at some point early in the gestation.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/05/28/my-second-third-daughters-exist-because-abortion-was-legal-safe/?utm_term=.c86f14544923

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It’s time to hear Alabama’s women

It’s time to hear Alabama’s women
The voices of women in Alabama are no longer missing from the conversation.

May 19, 2019
By Kelly Scott

Alabama was the talk of the nation last week as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country became law. But, missing from many of those conversations were the voices of women from this state.

So, we asked them to share their opinions on being a woman in Alabama. And more than 200 of them responded within less than 24 hours.

Continued: https://www.al.com/opinion/2019/05/its-time-to-hear-alabamas-women.html

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Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

By Jamie Samhan
May 18, 2019

Ahead of the premiere of abortion documentary “Let It be Law (Que Sea Ley)” from Argentine director Juan Solanas at Cannes, 60 women gathered to protest the anti-abortion laws across the world.

The women from Argentina waved green flags and signs (green is the colour of the pro-choice movement in Argentina). The protest was against a rejection of a law in Argentina to legalize abortion but is very similar to what the United States is currently facing.

Continued: https://etcanada.com/news/454333/abortion-protests-come-to-cannes/

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