Australia – Revived ‘Zoe’s law’ bill a risk to women’s abortion rights, warn pro-choice groups

Revived ‘Zoe’s law’ bill a risk to women’s abortion rights, warn pro-choice groups
New South Wales MP pushing for bill that would make it a crime to cause serious harm or death to a foetus

Michael McGowan
Fri 16 Nov 2018

A bill before the New South Wales parliament, which would make it a crime to cause serious harm or death to a foetus, would set a “dangerous precedent” and present “a real risk to women’s reproductive rights”, women’s and legal groups have argued.

Five years after it was first introduced, the “Zoe’s law” bill has been revived by the conservative NSW Christian Democrat MP Reverend Fred Nile. But even with pro-choice Nationals MP Trevor Khan seeking a compromise deal, opponents say it could still result in restricted access to abortions in the state.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/17/revived-zoes-law-bill-a-risk-to-womens-abortion-rights-warn-pro-choice-groups

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USA – How these state-level abortion laws could have widespread impact on people across the country

How these state-level abortion laws could have widespread impact on people across the country

By Charlotte West
Nov. 13, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections paved the way for a slew of state-level legislation related to abortion on both sides of the issue. Alabamian and West Virginian voters approved anti-abortion rights amendments to their state constitutions, while Oregonians voted down a similar ballot initiative. With Democrats now in control of the governor’s mansion and both legislative chambers, New York is poised to become the first state to enact legislation that would enshrine Roe v. Wade abortion protections since Brett Kavanaugh was appointed to the Supreme Court.

States across the country are gearing up in case the 1973 landmark decision guaranteeing the constitutional right to an abortion is overturned. If that were to happen, access to abortion would become even more uneven than it already is with the existing patchwork of state legislation.

Continued: https://mic.com/articles/192424/abortion-laws-alabama-west-virginia-roe-v-wade-nationwide-impact#.EKYOE0jky

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A Texas abortion procedure ban is unnecessary, full of theatrics and harmful to women

A Texas abortion procedure ban is unnecessary, full of theatrics and harmful to women

By The Times Editorial Board
Nov 12, 2018

No matter how often a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion is upheld by federal courts, there’s a state legislature somewhere trying to make it impossible for her to have one. The assaults on abortion rights have come in waves, as state legislatures dominated by anti-abortion lawmakers simultaneously pursue the same new legal gambits until blocked by a federal judge, at which point they change tactics and try again.

Most recently, abortion opponents have shifted from seeking restrictions ostensibly designed to protect the health of a pregnant woman — such as requiring abortion clinics to be outfitted like outpatient surgery centers, or requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital — to ones that focus on the fetus. For example, Texas and a number of other states slapped tough new restrictions on the dilation and evacuation procedure, or D&E, the safest and most common second-trimester abortion, calling it a “dismemberment abortion” and describing the procedure in ghoulish detail.

Continued: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-texas-ban-second-trimester-abortion-20181112-story.html

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POLAND – The rapid degradation of the rule of law in Poland: what it means for women’s sexual and reproductive rights

POLAND – The rapid degradation of the rule of law in Poland: what it means for women’s sexual and reproductive rights

Nov 9, 2018
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

All downhill from here. The rapid degradation of the rule of law in Poland: what it means for women’s sexual and reproductive rights, and LGBT+ persons’ rights

by International Federation for Human Rights, November 2018

This report is the result of several months of desk-based research, combined with an international fact-finding mission conducted by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Poland, on LGBT+ persons and women’s sexual and reproductive rights in the context of the degradation of the rule of law these past three years. FIDH was able to conduct approximately 20 interviews, all in Warsaw, of a wide range of actors: civil society organisations, members of the Polish government, members of the Parliament, the office of the Prosecutor, the office of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights, associations of professionals – lawyers, doctors, teachers – and national experts.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/10992-2/

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Ireland – Committee finishes considering abortion legislation

Committee finishes considering abortion legislation

Thursday, 8 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

Consideration of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill at Committee Stage has ended tonight following three days of examination.

The Select Oireachtas Committee on Health spent three days discussing 180 amendments to the legislation.

The Minister for Health did not accept any changes to the legislation.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1108/1009600-abortion-legislation-committee/

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Anti-abortion TDs fail in ‘grotesque’ attempt to force burials

Anti-abortion TDs fail in ‘grotesque’ attempt to force burials

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 8 2018

Up to ten anti-abortion TDs have failed in an attempt to make access to terminations more restrictive after their proposals were dismissed as “grotesque” and offensive to women.

A health committee will today finish examining a new bill to allow legal access to abortion for the first time in Ireland. Yesterday, TDs on the committee overwhelmingly voted against measures designed to make terminations harder to access.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-tds-fail-in-grotesque-attempt-to-force-burials-p7fls8bx0

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Ireland – Health committee rejects abortion legislation amendments by pro-life TDs

Health committee rejects abortion legislation amendments by pro-life TDs

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin
Political Correspondent

Latest: The Health Committee has rejected amendments to abortion legislation put forward by a group of pro-life TDs.

Simon Harris at the Health Commitee today. Photo: Oireachtas TV

The Committee has so far examined almost 130 amendments of 180 tabled in relation to a Bill to allow for abortion in this country.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/health-committee-rejects-abortion-legislation-amendments-by-pro-life-tds-883774.html

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Ireland – Anti-abortion TDs’ push to make foetus burials ‘offensive’

Anti-abortion TDs’ push to make foetus burials ‘offensive’

Jennifer Bray, Ireland Deputy Political Editor
November 5 2018

Simon Harris has criticised attempts by a small number of TDs to make burials or cremations compulsory after a woman has an abortion.

Nine TDs want to amend the abortion bill to make it a criminal offence for a woman not to have a burial or a cremation after a termination, including in cases in which they had taken abortion pills prescribed by a GP at home.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-tds-push-to-make-foetus-burials-offensive-says-simon-harris-rn35kh50f

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Ireland – Nine TDs want law to ensure aborted foetuses are buried or cremated

Nine TDs want law to ensure aborted foetuses are buried or cremated
A number of TDs have put down amendments ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation next week.

Fri Nov 2, 2018

ANTI-ABORTION TDS have proposed that the remains of a foetus be either buried or cremated following termination of pregnancy.

The measure is just one of several amendments put down ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation at the Oireachtas Health Committee next week.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-law-burial-foetus-4319054-Nov2018/

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