USA: National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) Rejects Montana County Prosecutor’s Call to Implement “The Handmaid’s Tale”

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National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) Rejects Montana County Prosecutor's Call to Implement "The Handmaid's Tale"
Jan 12, 2018

NAPW Advises Pregnant Women Not to "Self-Report" and the Public to Reject Incoherent and Inaccurate Claims Regarding Pregnant Women

On January 11, 2018, the Big Horn County Attorney's Office issued an announcement calling for the "immediate crackdown" on pregnant women that is outrageous, irresponsible, and dangerous to women, children, and families. According to this statement, every pregnant woman should be constantly monitored for the use of alcohol or non-medically prescribed drugs, turned in to state authorities by friends, family members, health care providers and strangers, and become subject to court orders of protection that may be enforced through arrest and incarceration to "incapacitate" expecting mothers. Pregnant women are advised to "immediately self-report" to the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid prosecution. The County Attorney also calls on other prosecutors throughout Montana to join him in this reckless call to hunt down pregnant women. NAPW is shocked by this attack on the health, liberty, and basic human rights of women in Big Horn County.

Continued at source: http://advocatesforpregnantwomen.org/blog/2018/01/statement_condemning_call_for.php

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Polish MPs back even tougher restrictions on abortion

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Polish MPs back even tougher restrictions on abortion
If enacted, the ‘stop abortion’ bill would outlaw terminations carried out because of a congenital disorder of the foetus

Christian Davies in Warsaw
Thu 11 Jan ‘18

The Polish parliament has rejected proposed legislation to liberalise abortion laws, voting instead to pass proposals for tough new restrictions to a parliamentary committee for further scrutiny.

Poland already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, with terminations permitted only when the life of the foetus is under threat, when there is a grave threat to the health of the mother, or if the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/11/polish-mps-reject-liberalised-abortion-laws-but-back-new-restrictions

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Malta: PD breathes sigh of relief following anti-abortion assurances

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PD breathes sigh of relief following anti-abortion assurances
hFarrugia says AG should draft opinion to confirm government view

Saturday, January 6, 2018
by Philip Leone Ganado

The Democratic Party welcomed yesterday the government’s clarification that a Bill intended to fight domestic violence would not decriminalise abortion under any circumstances.

Godfrey Farrugia, one of the PD’s two members of Parliament, said the Attorney General should nevertheless draft an opinion to confirm the government’s interpretation of the proposed law.

Continued at source: https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180106/local/pd-breathes-sigh-of-relief-following-anti-abortion-assurances.667121

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Ireland: Archbishop urges Catholics to speak out against abortion

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Archbishop urges Catholics to speak out against abortion
Eamon Martin asks the faithful to become ‘missionaries for life’ ahead of referendum

Sat, Jan 6, 2018
Michael Barry

The Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has urged members of the Church to become “missionaries for the cause of life” in the run-up to the abortion referendum later this year.

In a pastoral message for 2018 released on Saturday, the archbishop said Catholics should ignore the “strong pressures to remain silent” and speak to their relatives, friends, colleagues, and public representatives about the importance of “cherishing the precious gift of life at all times from conception to natural death”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/archbishop-urges-catholics-to-speak-out-against-abortion-1.3347360

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Brazil’s Congress to Vote on Abortion Ban

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Brazil’s Congress to Vote on Abortion Ban

Brazilians March Against Proposed Amendment
Andrea Carvalho
Nov 15, 2017

Erika Kokay was the only member in a special committee of Brazil’s congress to vote against a constitutional amendment last week banning abortion under all circumstances. Eighteen fellow deputies, all men, voted in favor. They celebrated by chanting, “Yes to life, no to abortion!” The amendment, if enacted, would ban abortion even for pregnancies resulting from rape, or when the life of the woman is in danger.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/11/15/brazils-congress-vote-abortion-ban

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UK: BBC defiant at giving voice to anti-abortion activist on Nolan

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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

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USA: Don’t be fooled: the latest abortion bill is about one thing – hurting women

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Don't be fooled: the latest abortion bill is about one thing – hurting women
Jessica Valenti

There is no scientific basis for the proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Rather, it is a naked attempt to challenge Roe v Wade and end all abortions

Thursday 5 October 2017

On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a ban that would criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with punishment that would include fines and up to five years in prison.

The Majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, said that the goal of the bill was “ending suffering and helping people live”, an ironic sentiment just three days after Republicans let a health program expire that could leave millions of children without insurance and two days after a massacre in Las Vegas that the GOP insists has nothing to do with the shocking availability of guns.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/05/us-abortion-bill-20-weeks-criminalize-hurt-women

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USA: Raleigh abortion clinic operator believes job was reason she was raped

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Raleigh abortion clinic operator believes job was reason she was raped

Sep 20, 2017

Raleigh, N.C. — In a growing culture of divisiveness, a 27-year-old Raleigh woman, who now lives in Charlotte, feels like she has put a face on how someone's views can lead to violence.

"Free speech doesn't mean you can run up on someone in the street and punch them randomly because you don't agree with them. It doesn't mean you can mow them down with your car. It doesn't mean that you can drag them into someone's backseat and assault them," said Calla Hales.

Continued: http://www.wral.com/raleigh-abortion-clinic-operator-believes-job-was-reason-she-was-raped/16962195/

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Canada: Province urged to file injunction against ‘horrifying’ anti-abortion images

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Province urged to file injunction against ‘horrifying’ anti-abortion images
Group says it has distributed hundreds of thousands of flyers to mailboxes in order to ‘answer questions and provide information.’

By Scott Wheeler, Staff Reporter
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

A group of Toronto public officials petitioned the provincial government on Thursday to file an injunction to block the “disturbing anti-abortion images” that are increasingly appearing on posters and flyers in the city.

The letter is addressed to attorney general Yasir Naqvi, and backed by Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns, Toronto District School Board trustee Jennifer Story, and city councillors Paula Fletcher and Mary Fragedakis.

In it, the quartet joined city councillor Sarah Doucette in criticizing the use of “horrifying images by an anti-abortion group, the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform.”

Continued at source: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/24/province-urged-to-file-injunction-against-horrifying-anti-abortion-images.html

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Malta issuing International Arrest Warrant for man involved in forced abortion

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Malta issuing International Arrest Warrant for man involved in forced abortion
Julian Bonnici Sunday
20 August 2017

The Maltese police are issuing an International Arrest Warrant for the partner of a woman who had her baby forcibly aborted last April allegedly by him and three accomplices, a police spokesperson has informed this newspaper.

“The police force is doing all that it is legally and physically possible to trace and bring back the partner of the victim to Malta,” the spokesperson said.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-08-20/local-news/Malta-issuing-International-Arrest-Warrant-for-man-involved-in-forced-abortion-6736178012

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