Finding post-abortion support in Kingston
Some post-abortion counselling resources have misleading intentions
March 6, 2020
For Queen’s students who access abortion, finding resources might not be their biggest hurdle. However, services touting post-abortion support aren’t always transparent about their motivation.
Sara*, whose name has been protected, is an undergraduate student at Queen’s who recently accessed an abortion after experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. In an interview, she told The Journal that despite not seeking out post-abortion support, she’s seen only one service’s advertisements around town.
Revealed: US-linked anti-abortion centres ‘lie’ and ‘scare women’ across Latin America
Lawmakers in Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina demand action following “truly scandalous” misinformation revealed by openDemocracy..
12 February 2020
“Come on in my love, someone will be with you shortly,” a woman says, welcoming me into a ‘crisis centre’ for women with unwanted pregnancies in a suburb of Mexico City. "I'm going to give you a hug," she adds, with a kiss on the cheek.
The woman’s greeting is warm and it chimes with the centre’s online advertising, on a website called interrumpir-embarazo.com (‘interrupt-pregnancy.com’), as “a group of women who know how difficult it is to face an unwanted pregnancy”, who promise to “accompany you, with security and discretion”.
State-backed abortion advice group is ‘hiding Christian agenda’
September 12, 2018
A state-subsidised organisation that provides support for women who are considering an abortion is ‘not neutral’ and is ‘hiding its Christian agenda’, according to the Groene Amsterdammer.
Siriz, one of two organisations in the Netherlands which help women who are facing an unwanted pregnancy, is trying to dissuade women from having a termination by emphasizing the ‘regret’ they will feel afterwards, the magazine said.
Anti-abortion group targets North via Google
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
June 22 2018
An anti-abortion crisis pregnancy agency is targeting women in Northern Ireland after last month’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
Ask Majella, which is run by Human Life International Ireland, was previously exposed giving misleading “advice”. Activists were secretly recorded by The Times claiming that abortion causes breast cancer and could result in women losing their reproductive organs and that sex could kill.
Life and death in Texas: abortion frontline of America – video
Monday 17 July 2017
Leah Green, Tom Silverstone, Richard Sprenger and Jess Gormley, theguardian.com
New Texan anti-abortion laws are putting women’s lives at risk, according to pro-choice campaigners. But pro-life activists claim they are protecting women from an out-of-control abortion industry. Leah Green visits the state as the battle over women’s bodies intensifies
Source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/jul/17/life-death-texas-abortion-frontline-america-video
How Anti-Abortion Zealots Pose as Medical Professionals to Trick Pregnant Women
May 30 2017
Anti-abortion groups are opening fake clinics near actual reproductive health care providers across the country in an attempt to shame and scare women into staying pregnant.
On an overcast Saturday morning in late May, several protesters had gathered outside of Hartford GYN Center, an abortion clinic in Connecticut. Many of them were clutching rosaries, and some bore signs decorated with images of beatific infants, with the implication that similar infants were in immediate danger of being murdered. They were, by their own description, facing down "the Evil One;" later in the day, a protester would tell me that an acquaintance of hers had once seen the devil himself crouched atop a different clinic and mistaken it for a gargoyle.
Continued at source: Broadly/VICE: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/how-anti-abortion-zealots-pose-as-medical-professionals-to-trick-pregnant-women
Anti-abortion clinic tells women sex and abortion could kill them
April 05, 2017
Unauthorized pregnancy crisis centers in Dublin are misleading expectant women about the risks of sex, abortion and contraception.
An undercover investigation for The Times found that the Ask Majella and Gianna Care advisory services telling women that contraception was a health risk, there was a link between abortion and breast cancer and sometimes sex even lead women to “die”.
Continued at source: Irish Central: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/anti-abortion-clinic-tells-women-sex-and-abortion-could-kill-them
Delay in reforming abortion advice clinics is inexcusable
February 21 2017, 12:01am, The Irish Times
by Brendan Howlin
Those on both sides of the issue can agree that lying to women is abuse. So why won’t Simon Harris update the law?
The abortion debate provokes strong emotions and arguments. We all recognise that and I hope we do our best to respect differences of opinion.
But there are some ground rules I thought we had all agreed on a long time ago.
One is that debate should be based on fact, not fiction. Another is that women in crisis pregnancies are entitled to support, information
and non-judgmental counselling if they want it.
Continued source: Irish Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/delay-in-reforming-abortion-advice-clinics-is-inexcusable-lzklrr0sj
23 Dec 16, Balkan Insight
by Milivoje Pantovic
Serbia’s Demography Minister has denied plans to set up a special body advising women against abortion, but rights activists still suspect a hidden agenda to curb women’s rights.
Serbian civil rights activists have raised their voices against the possible formation of a special body, that could include priests, that would advise women on abortions, after Serbia's Demography Minister, Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, hinted at such a plan in an interview. Later she said she had been misunderstood.
“Activities by which women would be forced to go to consultation, in which even a priests were included, are surely not undertaken for the benefit of the women,” the project coordinator of the Belgrade-based NGO, Women's Autonomous Center, Tanja Ignjatovic, said.
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Source: Balkan Insight