South Korea’s nascent feminist movement turns to abortion ban

South Korea's nascent feminist movement turns to abortion ban
Women have continued to access abortion illegally in defiance of 65-year-old law

Benjamin Haas in Seoul
Sun 11 Nov 2018

Kim Soo-jin will never forget the disgusting taste of the pulpy green-brown traditional Korean brew she drank in the hopes of ending her pregnancy, or the night she spent in pain, curled into a ball and unable to move.

The recipe her roommate found on the internet was an attempt to sidestep South Korea’s 65-year ban on abortions, but in the end it did not work and Kim, a 21-year-old student at the time, was forced to go to a clinic a week later for an illegal surgical procedure.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/11/south-koreans-nascent-feminist-movement-turns-to-abortion-ban

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‘Scared teenager’: Why NZ abortion law must change

'Scared teenager': Why NZ abortion law must change

Name Withheld
Nov 01 2018

I was sixteen when I missed a pill. I knew that meant no unprotected sex for a week. But telling a man in a country with some of the highest sexual assault statistics in the OECD that you won't have sex with him doesn't bode well.

We fought, he argued that he'd "just pull out", and we fought some more. Eventually, I broke. I caved, I gave in to his anger at being denied sex he felt, as my boyfriend, he deserved. He didn't pull out. And four weeks later, I knew I was pregnant.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/108114281/scared-teenager-why-nz-abortion-law-must-change

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USA – The women looking outside the law for abortions

The women looking outside the law for abortions

By Jessica Lussenhop BBC News
28 October 2018

Accessing abortion has become increasingly difficult in parts of the US. As a result, a growing number of reproductive rights activists say it is time American women learn the facts about "self-managing abortion" with pills.

Kate could tell something was wrong. She'd been feeling nauseous for days and her body just felt different. The 27-year-old massage school student and her boyfriend were supposed to leave on a short road trip together, but before they hit the highway, she asked him to drive to a local drugstore.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45970356

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Australia – My workplace was supportive after a traumatic abortion. This should be normal

My workplace was supportive after a traumatic abortion. This should be normal
Women are often expected to carry on without recognition for the time it takes to heal - physically and emotionally

Hannah Bambra
Thu 25 Oct 2018

My personal decision to abort was not a straightforward one – I had to consider a whole range of complicated factors. I am decidedly pro-choice, but that stance didn’t make the process itself easier. My abortion was traumatic. A large part of me felt attached to that potential child and I was consumed by grief and crippling depression for months following. There is little to no non-religious space to discuss feeling a sense of loss post-surgery.

A very supportive male colleague of mine approached our CEO to ask if he could pass on some of his sick leave. He knew I was still bleeding and almost out of time for recovery. Not only is this incredibly touching, it illustrates an issue that rarely comes up in this discussion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/25/my-workplace-was-supportive-after-a-traumatic-abortion-this-should-be-normal

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Uganda’s untold abortion story

Uganda’s untold abortion story

October 24, 2018
Written by Zurah Nakabugo

One Margaret, 26, is among many Ugandan women who are at risk of suffering severe complications arising from unsafe abortion.

Margaret, a resident of Kazo Angola zone in Kampala, recently told The Observer that she almost died while terminating her pregnancy using local herbs. She was forced to come to Kawempe General hospital for proper care.

The mother of one says her second pregnancy came about after being raped late one night as she returned home from work. So, she decided to carry out an abortion.

continued: https://observer.ug/news/headlines/59000-uganda-s-untold-abortion-story

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Woman tweets her journey from Northern Ireland to Liverpool to have an abortion after she was told her baby won’t survive

Woman tweets her journey from Northern Ireland to Liverpool to have an abortion after she was told her baby won’t survive

Laura Abernethy
Tuesday 23 Oct 2018

A woman has tweeted the story of her heartbreaking journey from Northern Ireland to get an abortion in Liverpool after doctors told her that her baby has a rare birth defect that means it would die soon after birth.

Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, except when there is a ‘real and serious’ physical or mental health risk to the mother. There are no exceptions for cases of fatal foetal abnormality, meaning mothers must carry their baby to full-term and give birth, even if they know it will not survive.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/23/woman-tweets-her-journey-from-northern-ireland-to-liverpool-to-have-an-abortion-after-she-was-told-her-baby-wont-survive-8059826/

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Australia – I chose to have a late-term abortion so my baby wouldn’t suffer

I chose to have a late-term abortion so my baby wouldn't suffer

By Ashleigh Foley
16 October 2018

My name is Ashleigh Foley and I am a woman who has had an abortion.

I am writing this to tell you about my son, Thomas Andrew, and the heartbreaking choice we made in regards to ending his life before it had the chance to begin.

Continued: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/i-chose-to-have-a-late-term-abortion-so-my-baby-wouldn-t-suffer-20181015-p509tu.html

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‘You were shamed, punished’: Queensland changes its mind on abortion

'You were shamed, punished': Queensland changes its mind on abortion
Next week the state will likely decriminalise pregnancy termination. It’s been a long time coming

by Ben Smee
Sat 13 Oct 2018

“They make me feel like a criminal,” says Brisbane woman Zena Mason. “I’ve been called a murderer for what I did. I have had the most vulgar comments. People seem to think I woke up one day and decided to have an abortion at 20 weeks.”

Next week, Queensland is expected to repeal the 119-year-old section of the state’s criminal code that makes abortion illegal. For more than 40 years, debate about termination of pregnancy in the state has been often emotional and vicious. Women like Mason wrestle with a grim choice, then find out they’re breaking the law.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/14/you-were-shamed-punished-queensland-changes-its-mind-on-abortion

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Women fear for their safety and loss of rights if US abortion laws change

Women fear for their safety and loss of rights if US abortion laws change
One doctor explains that the abortion situation in Oklahoma is already "at the level of a developing country."

Monday 01 October 2018
By Cordelia Lynch, US correspondent

Women are living in fear that their reproductive rights will be overruled if abortion reform laws are revoked in America.

Sky News has spoken to women who have performed their own abortions, driven hundreds of miles to receive safe treatment and who have spent their lives fighting to ensure women retain rights over their own bodies.

Continued: https://news.sky.com/story/women-fear-for-their-safety-and-loss-of-rights-if-us-abortion-laws-change-11514660

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Kenya – Unsafe abortions: Unscrupulous doctors’ goldmine

Unsafe abortions: Unscrupulous doctors' goldmine

By Jeckonia Otieno
Published Fri, September 28th 2018

The country is still grappling with the death of seven month pregnant Sharon Atieno who was gruesomely killed in what has come to be one of the tragic love stories of our time. Atieno, who is said to have been hobnobbing with Migori Governor Okoth Obado is said to have been urged to terminate the pregnancy but refused.

It is reported that her mother against getting an abortion because it could lead to serious health consequences including death.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001297113/unsafe-abortions-unscrupulous-doctors-goldmine

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