UK: I regret having an abortion, but that doesn’t mean I’m against it

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I regret having an abortion, but that doesn’t mean I’m against it

i Team, Tuesday October 10th 2017
By Rachel*, in her twenties, from the south-east

I had two abortions as a teenager. They were both early on, both with the same abusive boyfriend. One happened in horrible circumstances which I will not repeat here. I consider them to be the most devastating events to have happened in my life.

Sometimes, I can’t sleep thinking about them. My biggest, most all-consuming fear is that I’ll be unable to conceive because of them. I’m too scared to tell my wonderful, loving boyfriend in case the image he has of me changes with the knowledge of what I did.

Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/i-regret-abortion-doesnt-mean-im/

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USA: New podcast episode explores the history of abortion provider Dr. Kenneth Edelin

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New podcast episode explores the history of abortion provider Dr. Kenneth Edelin

Discussion published by Gillian Frank on Monday, October 9, 2017

We are excited to announce the launch of Sexing History, a new podcast that examines how the history of sexuality shapes present day cultures and politics.

Sexing History’s second episode is now live and explores the story of Dr. Kenneth Edelin, an African American physician, convicted of manslaughter by an all-white jury for performing a legal second trimester abortion. His trial transformed the abortion-rights and anti-abortion movements.

https://soundcloud.com/user-197021129/episode-2-abortion-on-trial

The similarities between Dr. Edelin’s case in the 1970s and contemporary abortion discourses are striking, and we share our podcast with you in hopes of illuminating how the histories of race and sexuality continue to shape present-day abortion politics.

Source: https://networks.h-net.org/node/2606/discussions/416731/new-podcast-episode-explores-history-abortion-provider-dr-kenneth

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Australia: A day in the life of an abortion nurse

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A day in the life of an abortion nurse

Saimi Jeong
October 7 2017

When Kitty Grozdich interviews a patient for the first time, they sometimes say things such as "I don't want to do this", and so she'll ask why they're there.

They might say their mum or their boyfriend is making them see her, which is a clear-cut reason to stop the procedure going ahead. But patients who say "maybe I'm making a mistake", Grozdich tells them: If you're saying "maybe", for me that means "no".

Continued at source: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-abortion-nurse-20170922-gyn9f5.html

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UK: Teenage pregnancy: The choice that changed my life

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Teenage pregnancy: The choice that changed my life
Emily-Jane Clark for Metro.co.uk
Thursday 28 Sep 2017

‘I can’t be pregnant,’ I said to the doctor who had just examined me.

‘But you are sexually active,’ he pointed out.

‘I wouldn’t say “active”.’ I explained. ‘I’m not sexing around all the time. Just, you know, when my parents are out or…what I mean is, I have a serious boyfriend and we only have sex sometimes. Well, actually it is more like making love.’

‘Yes… But you’re still pregnant.’

Continued: http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/28/teenage-pregnancy-the-choice-that-changed-my-life-6939562/

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Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Makes Victims the Criminals

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Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Makes Victims the Criminals

September 28, 2017
Janet Walsh, Deputy Director, Women’s Rights Division

For more than six years, Ana’s partner raped her repeatedly in their home several hours from Nicaragua’s capital. He threatened, humiliated, and tormented Ana and their two young children. When she begged him to leave, he refused.

Twice, the rapes resulted in unwanted pregnancies. The first time, Ana told her partner she wanted to get a clandestine abortion. “He said he would kill me,” Ana told me. Afraid for her life, she continued the pregnancy and gave birth to her second child.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/28/nicaraguas-abortion-ban-makes-victims-criminals

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New Zealand: No choice: When a legal abortion is denied

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No choice: When a legal abortion is denied
Monday 18th September 2017

The decision to have a child can be life changing. But Kate* says she didn’t have a choice.

A woman who was denied a second trimester abortion through North Shore Hospital says the ordeal was so traumatising, she contemplated suicide.

Kate, a 28-year-old administrator, was 18-weeks and five days pregnant when she was referred by her GP to the Waitematā District Health Board for a second trimester abortion.

But the day after her referral, she says she was called by a social worker who told her doctors were not comfortable with performing a termination after 18 weeks.

Continued at source: http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/no-choice

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‘Teen Voices’ Series: Barriers To Safe Abortion In Uganda Leading To Unhealthy & Dangerous Outcomes

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‘Teen Voices’ Series: Barriers To Safe Abortion In Uganda Leading To Unhealthy & Dangerous Outcomes
June 23, 2017

This is the third post in our ‘Teen Voices’ series on GTHQ. We partnered with a non-profit organization called Women In Leadership, based out of Uganda, to help promote one of their initiatives. In the Teen Voices Program, they encourage high school girls in the rural town of Busembatia to write article about their lives, and the challenges they face as females in a largely patriarchal society. These stories are then published online, reaching an international audience.

Continued at source: Girl Talk HQ: http://girltalkhq.com/teen-voices-series-barriers-to-safe-abortion-in-uganda-leading-to-unhealthy-dangerous-outcomes/

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Ireland: To the woman who talked me out of having an abortion

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To the woman who talked me out of having an abortion

By Taryn de Vere
May 11, 2017

These raw, powerful experiences were relayed recently to Taryn de Vere by 'Claire' - whose name has been changed to protect her privacy...

"I was a lone parent with one child and no family support. I received €222.80 a week from social welfare to cover the cost of housing, clothing and feeding me and my child.

I already had one abusive man in my life at the point I found out I was pregnant and thanks to you now I have two.

I came to you with a crisis pregnancy and unbeknownst to me you were anti choice. I actually remember you telling me that I “couldn’t possibly” have an abortion, as if the choice was yours to make.

Continued at link: Her: https://www.her.ie/contributor/woman-talked-abortion-346570

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Why I don’t regret my abortion: Dispelling the myths around termination

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Why I don't regret my abortion: Dispelling the myths around termination

Abortion has been in the headlines over the past few months but rarely are the voices of women who have actually had one heard. The Independent speaks to a woman about why she does not regret her choice, contrary to popular assumption

Olivia Blair
Wednesday 10 May 2017

It is estimated that almost one in three women in the UK have had an abortion. However, when you think about the statistics in terms of your family or friends, this might not match up.

This is because although it has been legal in almost all of the UK for 50 years there is still a huge amount of stigma attached to abortion and, with that, a woman’s right to choose.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/abortion-no-regrets-myths-dispel-pregnancy-terminations-women-pro-choice-a7726701.html

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Afghanistan: “No One Knows About My Abortion. I Feel Like a Criminal”

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“No One Knows About My Abortion. I Feel Like a Criminal”
Maija Liuhto
Apr 10, 2017

Soon after leaving my abusive husband, I learned I was pregnant. To remain divorced under Afghanistan law, I had to do something that still makes me feel guilty.
A woman wearing a burqa is silhouetted against the lights illuminating an underpass in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph by Christian Als/Panos

Tarana, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, is a 19-year-old woman living in Kabul, Afghanistan who recently divorced her husband and had an illegal abortion in secret. If authorities were to find out, she would either be fined or arrested.

Abortion is illegal in Afghanistan — even in cases of rape or incest — except if the mother’s life is in danger or there is a risk of the child being born with severe disabilities. The country’s birth rate is 4.8 children per woman, which is the highest in Asia (though is significantly lower than it was under Taliban rule, when girls weren’t allowed to attend school). Birth control is not illegal in the Muslim-majority country, though it is taboo and often difficult to access.

Tarana told her story in Dari through a translator to Maija Liuhto.

Continued at source: The Development Set: https://thedevelopmentset.com/no-one-knows-about-my-abortion-i-feel-like-a-criminal-bfb5b16eefd3

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