2018: Alarming escalation in anti-abortion trespassing, obstruction, and vandalism
National Abortion Federation Releases 2018 Violence & Disruption Statistics
May 24, 2019
Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) released its 2018 statistics on violence and disruption against abortion providers. As anti-abortion politicians continue to test the U.S. Supreme Court by passing unconstitutional anti-abortion laws and executive rules, those who oppose abortion are testing their local law enforcement. While NAF recorded a decrease in stalking, burglary, and assault and battery in 2018, NAF members reported an alarming escalation in incidences of obstruction, vandalism, and trespassing.
“Anti-choice individuals and groups have been emboldened by the rhetoric of President Trump, Vice President Pence, and other elected officials and we are seeing this play out in more instances of activities meant to intimidate abortion providers and disrupt patient services,” said The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of NAF. “Demonizing health care providers and women who rely on them for abortion care has become one of the go-to tactics for anti-choice politicians. Those lies have consequences and it is not the anti-choice politicians who are facing those consequences; it is those who are denied abortion care and the providers targeted by threats, harassment, and violence who are. It is time for the demonizing of abortion providers and their patients to end.”
How the so-called pro-life movements are attacking women
The city council of Verona has approved a motion supporting local anti-abortion associations, and has declared Verona "a city in favor of life".
Oct 17, 2018
Why this story matters:
"Constitutional democracy was not born out of rights, but out of promises. It was not created containing, for example, the right to divorce, the right to terminate a pregnancy, or equal rights and obligations between spouses, and civil unions. In short, when we denounce the assault on these freedoms, we must keep in mind that these were not granted to us by constitutional democracy, but it is constitutional democracy that gave us the opportunity to pursue them" -- writes political scientist Nadia Urbinati in "La Repubblica" this week.
This means that enjoying those rights necessarily implies a constant struggle to defend them, to never consider them acquired once and for all. There are two reasons for this. The first is that, by definition, freedom is never fully acquired. For example, the laws on divorce and abortion in Italy, despite having represented veritable social revolutions, are nevertheless compromises leaving ample room for improvement.
Anti-abortion group targets hospitals with extreme imagery
Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform linked to US organisation
May 1, 2018
An anti-abortion group that uses extreme imagery as a deliberate shock tactic has targeted Dublin’s three maternity hospitals with banner-style pictures of dismembered foetuses.
One hospital, the Rotunda, called the gardaí. A senior nurse from another, the National Maternity Hospital (NMH), remonstrated with members of the group, telling them: “Go away. You are disgusting.”
BBC defiant at giving voice to anti-abortion activist on Nolan
By Claire McNeilly
October 27 2017
The BBC has defended inviting a controversial anti-abortion activist on to one of its most popular TV shows.
Susan Anne White, who has been heavily criticised in the past for her views on homosexuality, abortion and feminism, appeared on Wednesday night's Nolan Live.
She was discussing news that women in Northern Ireland will be permitted to travel to the UK for abortions.
Continued at source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/bbc-defiant-at-giving-voice-to-antiabortion-activist-on-nolan-36265218.html
The time has come to legalise abortion
Alice Taylor Sunday, 17 September 2017
It has been several months now since the morning-after pill was finally licensed for sale in Malta. I use the word licensed because it was always legal in other forms and dosages, it just wasn't licensed in that specific dose and for that specific purpose. After this milestone, all of us knew that it would only be a matter of time before the highly controversial issue of abortion reared its head.
This week, members of the National Youth Parliament called for an opened dialogue and consultation on the topic of abortion - and about time too.
Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-09-17/blogs-opinions/The-time-has-come-to-legalise-abortion-6736179095
Anti-abortion groups to display graphic images at protests
Displays due to take place on Dame Street in Dublin, and Belfast and Manchester airports
Sat, Jul 29, 2017
Anti-abortion groups plan to display graphic images of aborted babies at events in Dublin, Belfast and Manchester today.
Three groups say they are organising “public education displays” in response to the recent decision of the British government to pay for abortions for Northern Irish women travelling to England.
Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/anti-abortion-groups-to-display-graphic-images-at-protests-1.3171304
Two Years Later, What Has Come of David Daleiden’s Accusation That Planned Parenthood ‘Sells Baby Parts’?
Jul 19, 2017, 12:24pm Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo
It has been two years this week since the anti-choice activist David Daleiden and his front group, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), first burst onto the scene to accuse Planned Parenthood affiliates of illegally profiting from fetal tissue donations—or as Daleiden put it, “baby parts.”
The allegations were, and are, absurd. In fact, they are so absurd—and Daleiden’s conduct in editing and releasing the videos is so egregious—that amidst a flurry of lawsuits, a federal court just ordered him in contempt of court and handed him a bill for more than $130,000.
Continued at source: Rewire: https://rewire.news/ablc/2017/07/19/two-years-later-come-david-daleidens-accusation-planned-parenthood-sells-baby-parts/
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
Charlie Gard and the pro-life lobbyists
The US right has elbowed its way to a British baby’s bedside and it has a troubling agenda
July 12 2017
In February the group Abort67 set up a Facebook live-stream opposite the BPAS abortion clinic in Hastings. Any woman going inside that day, past the protesters waving placards showing magnified photos of bloody foetuses, risked being exposed on social media.
At another BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) clinic, a woman was called by her violent partner who opposed the abortion. He had given both their mobile numbers to the Good Counsel Network, which regularly protested outside. When the protesters saw her going in alone, they let him know and later texted her, demanding she cancel the abortion.
Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/charlie-gard-and-the-pro-life-lobbyists-svsfhtvxv
Anti-abortion protests planned at Dublin and Cork airports told they don't have permission
Pro-choice campaigners have called the plans 'despicable'
Tuesday 27 June 2017
Pro-life campaigners are planning to try and stop Irish women travelling abroad for abortions by protesting at airports with graphic images of aborted foetuses.
However Cork and Dublin airports have said the organisation will not get permission to go ahead.
Continued at source: The INdependent: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/anti-abortion-protests-dublin-airport-cork-no-permission-pro-choice-plan-graphic-icbr-ireland-a7810786.html