USA – The unsentimental abortion scene in ‘Shrill’ isn’t groundbreaking. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

The unsentimental abortion scene in ‘Shrill’ isn’t groundbreaking. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

By Bethonie Butler
March 19, 2019

About 20 minutes into the pilot episode of Hulu’s “Shrill,” the millennial writer at the center of the story has an abortion.

Annie, played by Aidy Bryant of “Saturday Night Live” fame, doesn’t dwell on her decision to terminate her pregnancy. And after a roughly two-minute scene that shows Annie undergoing the procedure with her best friend at her side for support, she barely mentions it again — save for a few passing references and one awkward encounter with her boyfriend’s mother that’s played for laughs.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/03/19/unsentimental-abortion-scene-shrill-isnt-groundbreaking-heres-why-thats-big-deal/

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Ecuador – ‘Big step but not enough’: Ecuador debates easing abortion law in rape cases

'Big step but not enough': Ecuador debates easing abortion law in rape cases

Kimberley Brown
Mar 4, 2019

QUITO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gabriela doesn’t remember when she was raped, because she was passed out when it happened.

The 27-year-old Ecuadorian psychology student had been taking anti-depressants and sleeping pills on a regular basis. One night, when staying at a friend’s house, she took the usual combination that “makes me not feel a thing,” she said.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ecuador-women-abortion/big-step-but-not-enough-ecuador-debates-easing-abortion-law-in-rape-cases-idUSKCN1QM0J9

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UK – Call The Midwife viewers in tears as finale deals with illegal abortion story

Call The Midwife viewers in tears as finale deals with illegal abortion story
The series has raised awareness of the issue of backstreet abortions.

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Correspondent
March 3 2019

Call The Midwife’s eighth series came to an end with a tear-jerking close to the illegal abortion storyline.

The latest series of the BBC drama about midwives in the East End in the 1960s has shone a light on the issue.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/ca/entertainment/call-the-midwife-viewers-in-tears-as-finale-deals-with-illegal-abortion-story-37874326.html

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UK – Can An Abortion Ever Be Ancient History?

Can An Abortion Ever Be Ancient History?

by Sophie Ratcliffe
Mar 2, 2019

Despite being pro-choice, Sophie Ratcliffe never thought she’d have an abortion. Seven years after she did, she became pregnant again – and now she wants to end the silence around termination

‘I had an abortion a while ago. And a miscarriage last year.' My voice echoed in the darkness as the sonographer passed a probe over my abdomen. I was answering her question. She had just asked if this was my first pregnancy. Her hand paused and she leant towards me. ‘You do know,’ she said kindly, ‘that those two things aren’t related?’

Continued: https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/real-life/abortion-miscarriage-uk-silence/

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UK – Woman admits she’s ‘proud’ she had an abortion – and would do it again

Woman admits she's 'proud' she had an abortion - and would do it again
A woman has revealed why she's proud she had an abortion and wishes more women and girls could feel this way

By Courtney Pochin, Audience Writer, and Sophie Halle-Richards
2 MAR 2019

Abigail Sheldon was just 19-years-old when she discovered she was three months pregnant - despite being on the contraceptive pill.

A student at Manchester University at the time, Abigail knew that she and her long-term boyfriend weren't ready to be parents, so she decided to terminate the pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-admits-shes-proud-abortion-14077115

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USA – Rose McGowan Says She Had An Abortion: ‘I Am Not Ashamed, Nor Should You Be’

Rose McGowan Says She Had An Abortion: ‘I Am Not Ashamed, Nor Should You Be’

By Shakiel Mahjouri
Mar 1, 2019

Rose McGowan is standing up for herself and other women who choose to have an abortion.

The “Scream” actress opened up about her difficult decision to have an abortion. She shared the news Friday on Twitter. “I have had an abortion and I support this message,” McGowan tweeted in response to a statement reading, “1 in 4 women has an abortion by age 45.”

Continued: https://etcanada.com/news/426094/rose-mcgowan-says-she-had-an-abortion-i-am-not-ashamed-nor-should-you-be/

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USA – Later Abortion: A Love Story

Later Abortion: A Love Story

Missy Kurzweil
2/21/19

I recently met someone new and we talked for a while. She asked me where I’m from; I asked her what she does for work. She asked me if I have any children.

That last question gave me pause, not because it was too personal but because I wasn’t sure how to answer. If I said no, it would feel like a sad lie. If I said yes, she might ask how old my child is and I would have to say, “He would have been one in March.” Then she might say, “Oh. I’m so sorry,” and we would sit together in a sea of awkwardness rising around us. Maybe she would stop there, or continue with a sympathetic “May I ask what happened?” And I would have to say, “He died.”

Continued: https://jezebel.com/later-abortion-a-love-story-1832631748?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_todayworld

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USA – Maybe the Only Way to Know What’s Wrong With Abortion in America Is to Have One

Maybe the Only Way to Know What’s Wrong With Abortion in America Is to Have One

By Nona Willis Aronowitz
Jan 31, 2019

I knew that the time I was sloppy with protection right before ovulation would put me at risk for getting pregnant. I’m the kind of woman who learns about fertility for fun, who genuinely enjoys reading about cervical fluid, egg freezing, and progesterone spikes. Which is why I knew I should have taken Plan B after that slipup and was hard on myself when I didn’t. But I also knew that if an unplanned pregnancy did occur, I’d have options in New York City.

I knew, too, that the length of my luteal phase — the two weeks or so after ovulation — is identical month to month. So when it was one day longer than normal, I knew I could find a pregnancy test that would measure miniscule levels of hCG hormone in my urine. But despite what felt like an encyclopedic knowledge of the female reproductive system, I didn’t know much about the medical intricacies of abortion by the time I needed to get one.

Continued: https://www.thecut.com/2019/01/whats-wrong-with-abortion-in-america-heartbeat-bills.html

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USA – I Got An Abortion In One Of The Most Restrictive States — This Is What I Went Through

I Got An Abortion In One Of The Most Restrictive States — This Is What I Went Through

ByBridjet Mendyuk
Jan 30, 2019

In this op-ed, writer Bridjet Mendyuk explains the process she went through to get an abortion in Ohio, where laws restrict people's access to the procedure.

I felt the first moment of panic as the word “pregnant” popped up on the ominous stick. I had no health insurance, had just lost my job, and was living at home. It was late November, and I felt better than I had in months: I was sleeping eight hours a night, and I had lost weight. It wasn’t until I told my mom my cycle was later than normal that she bought me a pregnancy test. At 27 years old, I found out I had been pregnant for two months and had no idea.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/i-got-abortion-in-one-of-the-most-restrictive-states-this-is-what-i-went-through-15870247

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Texas made it hard to have my abortion. With Roe at stake, I’m going home to expand access.

Texas made it hard to have my abortion. With Roe at stake, I’m going home to expand access.

Sarah Valliere, Opinion contributor
Published Jan. 22, 2019

That’s the fourth test, my best friend told me in a calm, but stern voice. I was pregnant.

I sat in shock on the toilet seat, staring at all four positive pregnancy tests. How could this be? Taking birth control pills made me feel invincible; there was no way I could be pregnant.

I was 17 years old and in a state of pure instability. With siblings away at college, no longer speaking to my father, and knowing my mother was processing the messy divorce that tore our family apart — I felt alone, lost and with nowhere to turn.

continued: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2019/01/22/abortion-roe-wade-planned-parenthood-texas-column/2636410002/

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