‘A Rapist Is Not a Father’: Brazilian Women Protest Proposed Rollback of Abortion Rights

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‘A Rapist Is Not a Father’: Brazilian Women Protest Proposed Rollback of Abortion Rights
November 14, 2017
Michael Fox

Women have taken to the streets by the thousands in Brazil to fight the conservative government’s latest threat to human rights in the country: a proposed total ban on abortion.

“A rapist is not a father,” declared one banner in Monday’s march in Florianopolis, the capital of the Southern state of Santa Catarina. “The rich abort. The poor die,” read another, highlighting the disproportionate impact outlawing abortion would have on poor and marginalized women who can’t access private clinics to seek safe secret abortions.

Continued at source: http://upsidedownworld.org/archives/brazil/rapist-not-father-brazilian-women-protest-proposed-rollback-abortion-rights/

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Brazilian Women Prepare to Protest Full Abortion Ban

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Brazilian Women Prepare to Protest Full Abortion Ban

Published 10 November 2017

The criminalization of abortion disproportionately affects poor and marginalized women, who are facing increasingly restricted access to private services.

Brazilian women's groups will march next week to protest against ongoing threats to reproductive rights posed by President Michel Temer’s right-wing administration.

The announcement follows approval by a lower-chamber commission of an amendment that would outlaw abortion in all cases. Currently, abortion is legal if it threatens the mother's life, and in instances of rape.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Brazilian-Women-Prepare-to-Protest-Full-Abortion-Ban-20171110-0025.html

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Brazilian Congressional Committee Votes to Ban All Abortions

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Brazilian Congressional Committee Votes to Ban All Abortions

Nov. 9, 2017

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Congressional committee led by Evangelical Christians has voted to ban abortion in Brazil in all situations, including cases of rape and where the mother's life is in danger.

The decision was voted 18-1 late on Wednesday by a special committee considering a constitutional amendment to extend maternity leave for mothers of premature babies.

The single vote against the ban was cast by the only woman present during the session, Erika Kokay of the Workers Party, who called the decision a maneuver by the committee's pro-life Evangelical majority.

Continued at source: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-11-09/brazilian-congressional-committee-votes-to-ban-all-abortions

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President says abortion laws are abused in Poland

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President says abortion laws are abused in Poland
Nov 7, 2017
Polish abortion laws, which allow for termination of pregnancies when foetuses are severely damaged, are being abused, Polish President Andrzej Duda has told Catholic broadcaster TV Trwam.

Duda said removing deformed and seriously ill foetuses was “eugenic abortion”, adding that “decidedly tougher legal solutions” needed to be introduced.

A group of pro-life activists in September launched a “Stop Abortions” petition to toughen anti-abortion laws so that it would be forbidden to terminate pregnancies when the foetus is deformed.

Continued at source: http://thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/333989,President-says-abortion-laws-are-abused-in-Poland

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Abortion ban in El Salvador has women fearful of miscarriage

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Abortion ban in El Salvador has women fearful of miscarriage

Published October 14, 2017

In El Salvador, the abortion law is so strict just having a miscarriage can land a woman in jail.

The Central American country has some of the toughest anti-abortion laws in the world. Since 1998 any pregnant woman who loses her unborn child can be accused of homicide.

Abortion is banned under any circumstance in the country and women are petrified of having a problematic pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://america.cgtn.com/2017/10/14/abortion-ban-in-el-salvador-has-women-fearful-of-miscarriage

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USA: Just After Las Vegas, Republicans Are Voting to Restrict … Abortion

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Just After Las Vegas, Republicans Are Voting to Restrict ... Abortion

By Emily Crockett
Oct 3, 2017

On Tuesday, just after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, House Republicans aren't spending the day debating gun legislation to try to save American lives. They aren't scrambling for better solutions to Puerto Rico's ongoing humanitarian crisis, either.

Instead, these "pro-life" lawmakers are voting to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy nationwide. The vote on the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2017 was scheduled by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy early last week, but the attack in Las Vegas that killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 did nothing to change his plan. (The House is expected to delay a vote on a gun silencer bill that had been slated for this week.) The Trump White House even made a point of endorsing the abortion ban on Monday.

Continued at source: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/day-after-las-vegas-gop-is-voting-to-restrict-abortion-w506879

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USA: House Republicans Want To Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

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House Republicans Want To Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks
Andrea González-Ramírez
Sep 28, 2017

In the latest attack on reproductive rights, House Republicans plan to vote next week on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will be brought to the floor for a vote on Tuesday, October 3. The legislation proposes banning abortion procedures after 20 weeks of gestation, except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother's life. At least 17 states already have some kind of 20-week ban, but the House bill would extend it nationwide.

Continued at source: The Refinery: http://www.refinery29.com/2017/09/174028/house-bill-banning-abortion-20-weeks

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Poland to protect unborn babies of drinking mothers?

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Poland to protect unborn babies of drinking mothers?
08.09.2017

To mark Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, Poland's children's rights ombudsman has asked the president to consider legal protection for the unborn children of women who drink or take drugs during pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a range of incurable physical and neurological problems that occur in the womb as the direct result of the mother drinking while pregnant.

Poland's children's rights ombudsman Marek Michalak wants to legally protect such children by having the courts send substance-abusing pregnant women to hospital for treatment.

A bill prepared by Michalak aims to protect both unborn babies and pregnant minors.

If passed, the law would isolate pregnant women for the protection of the fetus and offer medical care, therapy and education.

According to the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA), one percent of newborns suffer from being exposed to alcohol in the womb.

Around the world, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome affects 3-9 in every 1,000 live births. (vb/pk)

Source: PAP
Source: Radio Poland: http://thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/324716,Poland-to-protect-unborn-babies-of-drinking-mothers

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U.S: Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women’s and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States- Volume II

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Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women's and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States- Volume II

August 1, 2017

Anti-abortion politicians have quietly passed 391 laws restricting access to abortion since 2010. The politicians that push these laws often claim that they are necessary to protect the health and well-being of women, their pregnancies, and their children. Ample scientific evidence makes clear that restricting abortion is detrimental to women and families’ health.

This second volume of ‘Evaluating Priorities’ updates the Center for Reproductive Rights’ collaboration with Ibis Reproductive Health to explore anti-abortion politicians’ claims. The findings mirror those from the 2014 report: the more abortion restrictions a state has, the worse women and children fare when it comes to their health outcomes, and the fewer evidence-based supportive policies a state has.

The Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt pushed back on politicians’ claims that abortion restrictions protect women’s health and safety, favoring scientific evidence and women’s real life experiences over unproven or false claims. This report bolsters that message, illustrating that legislators should be taking their cues from data and their constituents’ needs to address the real health concerns in their states, and should stop playing politics with women’s reproductive rights and health.

Source: Center for Reproductive Rights: https://www.reproductiverights.org/EvaluatingPriorities

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Life and death in Texas: abortion frontline of America – video

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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

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