USA – Abortion clinics report ‘alarming’ rise in picketing, vandalism and trespassing

Abortion clinics report 'alarming' rise in picketing, vandalism and trespassing
Last year, trespassing hit highest level since 1999 while vandalism occurred at highest rate since 1990

Julia Carrie Wong
Sat 25 May 2019

US abortion providers reported an “alarming escalation” in incidents of disruption and intimidation in 2018, according to new findings report by their professional association, the National Abortion Federation (NAF).

Trespassing reached the highest level since the NAF began recording such incidents in 1999, while incidents of obstruction of facilities grew 78% from 2017 to 2018. Providers also reported record levels of picketing (99,409 incidents) since recording began in 1977, and the highest number of incidents of vandalism (125) since 1990.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/24/abortion-providers-disruption-intimidation-report

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USA – 2018: Alarming escalation in anti-abortion trespassing, obstruction, and vandalism

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.”

Continued: https://prochoice.org/2018-alarming-escalation-in-anti-abortion-trespassing/

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Nigeria: Police Accused of Raiding Family Planning Clinic

Police Accused of Raiding Family Planning Clinic

May 23, 2019

Activists in Nigeria have accused police officers of raiding a Marie Stopes clinic in Lagos on May 21. The officers reportedly "harassed the health workers and patients and took away confidential client information".

Marie Stopes Nigeria opened its first clinic in 2009, and describes itself as "becoming one of the few providers of long-acting and permanent contraception in the country".

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201905230779.html

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Kenya – Anti-abortion billboards fuel stigma in Kenya, say women’s rights groups

Anti-abortion billboards fuel stigma in Kenya, say women's rights groups

Nita Bhalla
Apr 24, 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women’s rights groups on Wednesday called on Kenyan authorities to remove anti-abortion billboards across the capital saying they were inaccurate and fuelling stigma in the east African nation, where thousands die from backstreet abortions each year.

Sponsored by the Nairobi-based Sozo Church of God, 13 billboards and posters near traffic lights and on electricity poles along Nairobi’s main roads state “Abortion is Murder!” or “Shut down abortion clinics!” under a picture of a fetus.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-women-abortion/anti-abortion-billboards-fuel-stigma-in-kenya-say-womens-rights-groups-idUSKCN1S02YH

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Death sentence for abortion? The hypocrisy of US ‘pro-lifers’ is plain to see

Death sentence for abortion? The hypocrisy of US 'pro-lifers' is plain to see
The Texas state legislature is debating a provision that wouldn’t just outlaw abortion, but legally qualify it as homicide. The repercussions are chilling

Jill Filipovic
Thu 11 Apr 2019

Do “pro-life” advocates care about life or do they care about punishment? The latest abortion debate out of Texas gives a clear answer: the goal is to hurt women, not defend life.

The Texas state legislature is debating a provision that wouldn’t just outlaw abortion, but legally qualify it as homicide. For context of how extreme that is, even in the United States before Roe v Wade made abortion broadly legal, the procedure was outlawed in most states but was not considered murder – abortion was its own crime. Texas in 2019 wants to be even more barbaric than that, and turn women who end their pregnancies into felons, killers, and even death row inmates.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/11/death-sentence-abortion-hypocrisy-pro-life

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Texas bill would make it possible to put women to death for having abortions

A Texas bill would make it possible to put women to death for having abortions

By Isaac Stanley-Becker
April 10, 2019

Men and women, young and old, native Texans and immigrants, they rose to ask lawmakers to protect life, describing a “genocide” and foreseeing the arrival of “God’s wrath.”

The act of public atonement they are seeking is passage of a bill that would criminalize abortion without exception, and make it possible to convict women who undergo the procedure of homicide, which can carry the death penalty in Texas. Though it faces steep odds of becoming law, the measure earned a hearing this week amid a larger legislative push in GOP-controlled states to curtail abortion rights, in a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/10/texas-bill-would-make-it-possible-put-women-death-having-abortions/?utm_term=.f9b0b0b36a0b

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USA – Misogyny Is At The Core Of The Anti-Abortion Movement

Misogyny Is At The Core Of The Anti-Abortion Movement

Ebony Tucker, Shaina Goodman
April 10, 2019

From the White House to the Senate, from courthouses to state legislatures, everywhere you look across the country, men in power are simultaneously dismissing women’s experiences of sexual assault and further restricting access to abortion care.

There’s the cruel irony of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, declaring in one of his first opinions from the bench that he would support upholding an anti-abortion law in Louisiana, only months after he was confirmed despite the protests of women bravely sharing their stories of sexual assault.

Continued: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/04/229437/abortion-rights-sexual-assault-misogyny

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USA – Abortion doctor sues conservative media sites for defamation

Abortion doctor sues conservative media sites for defamation

Associated Press
March 15, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY >> A well-known abortion rights activist from Utah has filed a lawsuit against three conservative media publications for defamation, says that online stories spread misinformation that she cut the throats of fetuses during abortions.

Dr. Leah Torres, a former Salt Lake City obstetrician-gynecologist, says in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that stories written by three conservative outlets in March 2018 painted her as a doctor who conducted unlawful abortions, leading to scourging harassment online and job loss. She says her personal information and the address and phone number of her clinic were released online.

Continued: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/03/15/news/abortion-doctor-sues-conservative-media-sites-for-defamation/

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Canada – (Alberta) Government ponders abortion protest bubble zones for schools

Government ponders abortion protest bubble zones for schools

Emma Graney
Updated: March 15, 2019

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says her government will amend legislation to extend abortion protest bubble zones around K-12 schools in Alberta.

Hoffman’s decision comes on the back of social media footage from Calgary this week which showed anti-abortion protesters confronting students from Queen Elizabeth High School with placards as students entered their school.

Continued: https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/government-ponders-abortion-protest-bubble-zones-for-schools

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GOP state lawmakers approve ‘heartbeat’ abortion bans

GOP state lawmakers approve 'heartbeat' abortion bans

Sanya Mansoor and Ben Nadler, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, March 7, 2019

ATLANTA -- Georgia and Tennessee joined a string of states moving to enact tough abortion restrictions when Republican House lawmakers passed bans on most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

During a tense debate in Atlanta on Thursday, several Democratic lawmakers opposed to the bill turned their backs to its author, Republican Rep. Ed Setzler. Earlier in the day, some Democratic lawmakers brought in wire coat hangers in reference to unsafe home abortions.

Continued: https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/gop-state-lawmakers-approve-heartbeat-abortion-bans-1.4325829

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