Pussy Riot performing in Alabama to protest ‘ridiculous’ abortion ban

Pussy Riot performing in Alabama to protest 'ridiculous' abortion ban

July 7, 2019
By Maggy DONALDSON

The Russian collective Pussy Riot will perform in Alabama on Thursday, a sold-out concert to raise money for women's rights groups in light of state's recent passage of a near-total ban on abortion.

Proceeds from the Birmingham benefit will go to Planned Parenthood and the Yellowhammer Fund, a group that gives assistance to women seeking abortions at one of the southern U.S. state's three clinics

Continued: https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/pussy-riot-performing-in-alabama-to-protest-%27ridiculous%27-abortion-ban

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USA – Leana Wen: My miscarriage has made my commitment to women’s health even stronger

Leana Wen: My miscarriage has made my commitment to women’s health even stronger

By Leana S. Wen
July 6, 2019
Leana S. Wen is an emergency physician and the president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The turkey sandwich I always had for lunch tasted different. My colleague’s perfume was suddenly overpowering. I could hardly keep awake; when I slept, I had leg cramps and vivid dreams.

I knew before I took the test: I was pregnant.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/leana-wen-my-miscarriage-has-made-my-commitment-to-womens-health-even-stronger/2019/07/05/43962668-9f3f-11e9-b27f-ed2942f73d70_story.html

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The American Medical Association Is Taking a More Aggressive Approach on Abortion Legislation

The American Medical Association Is Taking a More Aggressive Approach on Abortion Legislation

By Julie Rovner / Kaiser Health News
July 1, 2019

The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Donald Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion.

The group, which represents all types of physicians in the U.S., has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial social issues, which, until recently, included abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation affecting the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership.

Continued: https://time.com/5617960/ama-abortion-lawsuit/

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USA – Abortion Bans Are Tools of Misogyny and Oppression, Says Planned Parenthood President

Abortion Bans Are Tools of Misogyny and Oppression, Says Planned Parenthood President
"We just have to call it out for what it is."

by Seamus Kirst
Jun 25 2019

Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen, an emergency room physician and former health commissioner of Baltimore, entered her high-profile role with extensive medical experience.

Yet nothing could have prepared her for the range and extremity of assaults waged by anti-choice politicians against reproductive rights that began almost as soon as she started.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/gy4ng9/three-questions-for-leana-wen

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How Margaret Atwood predicted America’s future in The Handmaid’s Tale

How Margaret Atwood predicted America’s future in The Handmaid’s Tale

Posted by Jean Hannah Edelstein
Published Jun 18, 2019

“If you return to your country of origin, would you be persecuted on the basis of you being a woman?”

On the bank of a dark river, a Canadian customs official speaks these words to a woman who is lying on the ground, drenched in freezing river water, clutching a baby. She has just completed a harrowing near-death journey across the border, and this is part of the script that the officer must recite in order for her to seek refuge in Canada. The woman nods, shivering and frantic. “Do you wish to claim asylum?” the guard asks.

Continued: https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/handmaids-tale-margaret-atwood-predicted-us-abortion-law-pro-life-heartbeat-bill/273387

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German court fines two doctors over abortion ‘advertising’

German court fines two doctors over abortion 'advertising'

Date created : 14/06/2019
Berlin (AFP)

A German court Friday fined two gynaecologists for offering information online about their abortion services, rekindling an emotional row over a Nazi-era law banning practitioners from advertising pregnancy terminations.

German law allows abortions but effectively discourages them through various hurdles, including the law in question, Article 219a, which dates to May 1933, shortly after Adolf Hitler took power.

Continued: https://www.france24.com/en/20190614-german-court-fines-two-doctors-over-abortion-advertising-0

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This Ballot Measure Could End Later Abortion Care in Colorado

This Ballot Measure Could End Later Abortion Care in Colorado
Anti-choice activists have targeted Dr. Warren Hern, a later abortion provider in Colorado, with protests and gunshots through his window.

Jun 12, 2019
Jason Salzman

Abortion rights foes in Colorado hope to force an initiative on next year’s ballot that would shut down the state’s only clinic specializing in later abortion care.

The initiative, which has to clear a series of hurdles before it can appear on the 2020 ballot, would make it “unlawful for any person to intentionally or recklessly perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable gestational age of the fetus is at least 22 weeks,” but pro-choice activists say the ballot measure could ban abortion completely.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/06/12/this-ballot-measure-could-end-later-abortion-care-in-colorado/

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Trump administration ends federal foetal tissue research

Trump administration ends federal foetal tissue research

5 June 2019

The Trump administration has ended federal research using human foetal tissue, delivering a victory to anti-abortion advocates.

The move, announced on Wednesday, has been criticised by scientists who say such tissue is essential in researching diseases like HIV and cancer.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48531023

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Women fear strict U.S. laws will increase unsafe abortions and deaths

Women fear strict U.S. laws will increase unsafe abortions and deaths
Nine states have passed strict laws restricting abortion access this year, seen as part of a multistate effort to have the high court reconsider Roe v. Wade ruling

by Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

VANCOUVER, Canada, June 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New laws restricting abortion access in the United States raise the specter of women ending unwanted pregnancies with coat hangers and knitting needles in unsafe, back-alley procedures, reproductive rights experts said on Wednesday.

Women now may get medical abortions using pills, which is considered very safe, and find information online on handling unwanted pregnancies, delegates said this week at Women Deliver, the world's largest conference on gender equality.

Continued: http://news.trust.org/item/20190605212116-boccy/

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USA – The states passing strict abortion bans have some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the country

The states passing strict abortion bans have some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the country

Grace Panetta
June 2, 2019

A surge of new abortion bans and clinic closures has highlighted the recent rise in America's maternal mortality rates that are disproportionately affecting women of color, and have placed the US first in maternal deaths among all developed nations.

In April and May alone, the governors of Louisiana, Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama signed some of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country into law. These bans represent the most aggressive anti-abortion activity from states with Republican-controlled legislatures in decades.

Continued: https://www.businessinsider.com/states-passing-abortion-bans-have-highest-infant-mortality-rates-2019-5

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