EU lawmakers slam abortion ‘misinformation’ network

EU lawmakers slam abortion 'misinformation' network
Several EU politicians and members of the European Parliament have called for action against abortion "misinformation" clinics. Many of the Christian facilities have been accused of spreading fear among vulnerable women.

Date 11.02.2020
Author Keith Walker

On Tuesday, several abortion-rights advocates called for action against Heartbeat International following the release of a report by the news organization openDemocracy about the anti-abortion network.

Heartbeat International provides anti-abortion pregnancy advice through a network of centers and affiliates. Its policies are consistent with biblical principles and Christian ethics, according to its website.


Exclusive: Trump-linked religious ‘extremists’ target women with disinformation worldwide

Exclusive: Trump-linked religious ‘extremists’ target women with disinformation worldwide
Lawmakers demand action as openDemocracy reveals global spread of false and “manipulative” activities, posing “grave risks” to women and democracy.

Claire Provost and Nandini Archer
10 February 2020

A global network of ‘crisis pregnancy centres’, backed by US anti-abortion groups linked to the Trump White House, has been condemned by lawmakers, doctors and rights advocates for targeting vulnerable women with “disinformation, emotional manipulation and outright deceit”.

There are thousands of such centres in the US. Many have been criticised for posing as neutral health facilities for women with crisis pregnancies while hiding their anti-abortion and religious agendas. But the global scale of these controversial activities has not been mapped until now.


USA – Research on claims of “abortion pill reversal” stopped early

USA – Research on claims of “abortion pill reversal” stopped early

International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Dec 10, 2019
by Marge Berer

Amongst the seemingly endless anti-abortion efforts to destroy the provision of safe, legal abortion in the USA, has been an unproven claim that it is possible to reverse the abortifacient effects of mifepristone by taking progesterone. As the editor of this newsletter, I decided against reporting this up to now because the only “evidence” put forward (by a handful of anti-abortion doctors in the USA) was and has remained too thin to draw any conclusions from it, based literally on a handful of cases and without a control group. Unfortunately, the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care published the study in December 2017, giving it a veneer of scientific respectability that it did not deserve. Some anti-abortion politicians in the USA, who weren’t apparently concerned about the lack of evidence, put laws through the national legislatures of eight US states requiring doctors to offer “abortion pill reversal” to any woman who had taken mifepristone, but not yet taken the misoprostol 24 hours later (if she changed her mind). I wrote a comment criticising the article, which was published in April 2018: Response to “Progesterone for preventing pregnancy termination after initiation of medical abortion with mifepristone”: what’s the real point here? Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care 2018 Apr;23 (2):169. The original article was not removed but “corrected”.


UK – Harassment, Tears & Distress: Inside The Battle For Bournemouth’s Abortion Clinic

Harassment, Tears & Distress: Inside The Battle For Bournemouth’s Abortion Clinic

Vicky Spratt, Poppy Thorpe
Last Updated 27 October 2019
Photographed by Poppy Thorpe.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) abortion clinic in Bournemouth is discreet. Set back on a quiet, leafy residential street sandwiched between a busy main road and a primary school, it’s flanked by two up, two down houses. Unless you had a reason to visit you wouldn’t necessarily know it was here.

But as I approach something immediately seems off. There are three women huddled together under a footbridge, sheltering from the rain and staring at the clinic’s front door. On a dull, grey October day, their presence is eerie. As I near them, I realise that they are each holding rosaries and praying, the beads moving steadily through their fingers.


UK – Women tell us why abortion clinics need buffer zones

Women tell us why abortion clinics need buffer zones

Rebecca Reid
Friday 14 Sep 2018

The first time I went to an abortion clinic, I was in my teens accompanying a friend having a termination.

We talked a lot about what was going to happen. We questioned what you were supposed to wear to go and get abortion pills. We looked up the route from the tube station to the clinic on Google maps.


‘Reckless’ attempt to appeal abortion referendum result dismissed

‘Reckless’ attempt to appeal abortion referendum result dismissed
Court of Appeal says assertions made by Joanna Jordan ‘entirely devoid of substance’

Mon, Aug 27, 2018
Aodhan O'Faolain, Ray Managh

A Dublin woman’s attempt challenge to the result of May’s abortion referendum has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Joanna Jordan, from Upper Glenageary Road, Dún Laoghaire, had appealed a ruling by High Court President Mr Justice Peter Kelly, who last month said she had not met the necessary legal test set by the Referendum Act before a court can permit a petition to be brought.


Ireland – ‘I am absolutely horrified’ – mother’s shock after pro-life group asks schoolgirl for funds

'I am absolutely horrified' - mother's shock after pro-life group asks schoolgirl for funds
Pro-life group asks schoolgirl for funds 'in error'

Denise Calnan and Maeve Sheehan
April 16 2018

A mother has expressed her shock after her 16-year-old daughter received abortion referendum campaign material in the post.

The letter, which requested 'to be opened by the addressee only', arrived last Friday afternoon to the schoolgirl's home in Dublin and requested finances to fund the pro-life group Family and Life's campaign.

According to the girl's mother, the six-page letter contained "propaganda" material about the Eighth Amendment and requests to fund the campaign.


Isle of Man: Roman Catholic leader: ‘Every abortion is an act of desperation’

Roman Catholic leader: 'Every abortion is an act of desperation'

Thursday, 15 February 2018
by Sam Turton

The leader of Roman Catholics in the Isle of Man has spoken out about the proposal to reform abortion laws in the Isle of Man.

Reverend Monsignor John Devine, Dean of the Catholic Church in the Isle of Man, has written to the Chief Minister about his views.

His letter distances himself and the church from the more militant stances taken by some objectors, who used graphic images on placards in their demonstrations against reform.


USA: Catholic Hospital Pressured Women to Bury Their Fetuses—Then Pence Made It Law

Catholic Hospital Pressured Women to Bury Their Fetuses—Then Pence Made It Law

Nov 2, 2017
Amy Littlefield

While many find comfort in fetal burial programs, imposing these practices on everyone who loses or ends a pregnancy can cause profound shame and distress, a Rewire investigation found.

Texas has seen some of the nation’s most regressive abortion restrictions in recent years. This series chronicles the fall-out of those laws, and the litigation that has followed.

Tethered to an IV, naked under her hospital gown, Kate Marshall felt trapped as the chaplain approached her bed. It was 2015, and Marshall was awaiting surgery at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Indiana after losing a much-wanted pregnancy. She had not asked to speak with a chaplain, but the man had nonetheless entered her room and then pressed her to sign a consent form that would allow the Catholic hospital to bury her 11-week fetus in a cemetery plot.

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Ireland: ‘Death threat’ to abortion committee member

‘Death threat’ to abortion committee member

Monday, October 30, 2017
By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

An Oireachtas abortion committee member received an apparent death threat two weeks ago, describing her as a “baby killer” who would be “put in hell where you belong R.I.P.”.

Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger confirmed the correspondence as committee colleagues said they have been inundated with abusive pro-choice and pro-life emails and letters, framed pictures of Judas, and religious figurines since their work began.

Speaking individually to the Irish Examiner, politicians said they have each received hundreds of items of correspondence from the public since their first public meetings in September.

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