Ireland: GPs may be free to issue abortion pills

0

GPs may be free to issue abortion pills
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter

November 29 2017
The Times

The government will review the possibility of GPs offering abortion pills in the event of the law changing next year.

The Department of Health has also confirmed that anti-abortion agencies that refuse to be regulated under new laws could be banned from giving crisis pregnancy advice.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/gps-may-be-free-to-issue-abortion-pills-mwmbmsq7t

Read more

Ireland: Claims of bias at abortion committee ‘utter nonsense’

0

Claims of bias at abortion committee ‘utter nonsense’
Senator Rónán Mullan says chair Catherine Noone had ‘failed to procure objectivity’

Nov 22, 2017
Colm Keena

Members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have criticised colleagues who alleged its work displays bias or who have attacked the committee chair.

Earlier, Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said a lot of the contributions to the committee had been factual rather than biased, and the claim that the committee was operating in a biased manner was “utter nonsense”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/claims-of-bias-at-abortion-committee-utter-nonsense-1.3301054

Read more

Ireland: Katie Ascough to campaign in abortion referendum

0

Katie Ascough to campaign in abortion referendum
Former UCD student union president removed after students voted to impeach her

Nov 11, 2017
Seán Dunne

Former University College Dublin (UCD) Student Union president Katie Ascough said that she intends to campaign for the anti-abortion campaign in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment governing Ireland’s abortion laws next year.

Ms Ascough who is a prominent anti-abortion activist, and the daughter of Tom Ascough, who sits of the Iona Institute board of directors, was impeached by UCD students last month.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/katie-ascough-to-campaign-in-abortion-referendum-1.3288718

Read more

USA: Facebook Is Ignoring Anti-Abortion Fake News

0

Facebook Is Ignoring Anti-Abortion Fake News

By ROSSALYN WARREN
NOV. 10, 2017

Last year, just weeks before the election, an article from a site called Mad World News began circulating around Facebook. The headline read “Before Applauding Hillary’s Abortion Remarks, Know the One Fact She Ignored.”

In the article, the writer says she wants to expose Hillary Clinton’s lies about late-term abortions. She argues that a baby never needs to be aborted to save a mother’s life but doesn’t cite any sources or studies, and presents anecdotes and opinion as fact. Midway through the story, she shares an illustration of what she calls a “Partial-Birth Procedure” — a procedure banned in the United States. In it, she describes how a doctor “jams scissors into the baby’s skull” and how “the child’s brains are sucked out.”

Continued at source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/opinion/facebook-fake-news-abortion.html

Read more

New Zealand: ASA rules Facebook ad implying Ardern would end child poverty with abortion misleading

0

ASA rules Facebook ad implying Ardern would end child poverty with abortion misleading
9 Nov, 2017
By: Tess Nichol
Reporter, NZ Herald

A complaint against a sponsored Facebook post making it appear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would end child poverty by having children aborted has been upheld.

It followed Ardern's pre-election promise that a Labour Government would take abortion out of the Crimes Act.

The Make New Zealand great Again Party posted a picture of Ardern on the social media website with the statement "My Labour Party will end child poverty through abortion. No children. No poverty".

Continued at source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11942332

Read more

USA: The House just passed a 20-week abortion ban. Opponents say it’s “basically relying on junk science.”

0

The House just passed a 20-week abortion ban. Opponents say it's “basically relying on junk science.”
The bill is based on claims about fetal pain that aren’t supported by research.
Updated by Anna North Oct 3, 2017

The House voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make abortion after 20 weeks illegal in every state in the country. Called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, it’s based on the idea that a fetus at 20 weeks’ gestation can feel pain.

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will protect the voiceless, the vulnerable, and the marginalized," said Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House majority leader, in a statement last month. "It will protect those children who science has proven can feel pain.” President Donald Trump has promised to sign the bill if it passes; during the campaign, he said such a bill “would end painful late-term abortions nationwide.”

Continued at source: https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/10/3/16401826/abortion-ban-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act

Read more

On the warpath: the young women leading Ireland’s campaign against abortion

0

On the warpath: the young women leading Ireland’s campaign against abortion
Lara Whyte, 27 September 2017

Next year Ireland will hold a referendum on its controversial eighth amendment. Articulate, millennial “pro-life feminists” are leading the charge against reproductive rights.

Irish politicians have been deaf to the clamour of women’s voices calling for abortion rights for decades. Despite being the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote (in 2015), the republic of Ireland still maintains an abortion regime stricter than Saudi Arabia’s.

Abortion is legal in Ireland only when the mother’s life is at risk. The country’s constitutional misogyny has baffled fellow European states and earned it the censure of international groups including the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and Amnesty International.

Continued at source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/lara-whyte/young-women-leading-ireland-campaign-against-abortion

Read more

Australia: Women considering abortion are being dissuaded by supposedly objective counselling groups

0

Women considering abortion are being dissuaded by supposedly objective counselling groups
Cathy O’Leary, Medical Editor
Monday, 18 September 2017

The WA Government is reviewing its advice on abortions amid claims some counselling services claiming to be objective are actually trying to talk women out of terminations.

WA Labor is also considering banning protests near clinics to prevent pro-life groups harassing or pressuring women considering an abortion.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the Women and Newborn Health Service was using an expert clinical advisory group to ensure it was providing evidence-based, accurate information about terminations.

Continued at source: https://thewest.com.au/news/health/women-considering-abortion-are-being-dissuaded-by-supposedly-objective-counselling-groups-ng-b88598792z

Read more

USA – Abortion ‘reversal’: the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women’s rights

0

USA – Abortion ‘reversal’: the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women’s rights

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 18, 2017

For years, the US anti-abortion movement has promoted various falsehoods, e.g. that women regret their abortions. Now, some of them are claiming that an unproven treatment can counter the effect of mifepristone, the first pill used in the two-drug regimen of medical abortion, thereby giving women a “second chance” to keep their baby. Despite the hype, there is no evidence that flooding the body with progesterone – a hormone pregnant patients already have a lot of – increases the chance of continuing the pregnancy. In fact, in the extremely rare case that a patient changes their mind before taking the second pill, watchful waiting and inaction appears to be just as effective.

Use of medical abortion pills has steadily risen in the US, now representing almost half of all abortions. Medical abortion has the potential to radically transform the way patients access and experience abortion by moving it out of a clinic and more directly into the hands of the user. It also challenges the anti-abortion movement’s long-standing strategy of demonizing clinicians who do surgical abortions and the instruments they use.

In an independent clinic in North Carolina, a woman who counsels 20-40 patients a week on medical abortion, said that over the past five years since she has been working at the clinic, she has seen only one patient express remorse immediately after swallowing the mifepristone pill. She and the clinic staff helped the young woman to vomit the medication and counselled her on what to do if she began to abort. They did hear from the woman again: one week later when she came back to the clinic for a surgical abortion.

This article  was written in response to an article in the New York Times about so-called abortion pill reversal. The NY Times article is a long, detailed history of the changes in anti-abortion tactics in the USA over a long period of time, opening with the story of a very religious woman who got pregnant with someone who was not the partner she wanted, sought an abortion though it was against her beliefs, and after taking mifepristone, decided it was a mistake. Through a web search she came across an anti-abortion group who oppose the use of medical abortion pills and claimed the effect can be cancelled out by taking progesterone. This claim is based on the experience of only four women whose pregnancies might well have continued anyway. But that has not stopped several anti-abortion state legislatures in the US from passing laws requiring that women be told that “reversal” is possible.

Women who take the mifepristone pill, regret the decision and seek “reversal” are in fact very few and far between. But the anti-abortion view, as explained by Mary Ziegler, a law professor at Florida State University, is that peddling “reversal” is worth it “even if the laws are eventually struck down or the protocol turns out to be ineffective. Just raising the question of uncertainty and regret affects the abortion pill’s reputation. You’re changing… what people think about this kind of abortion. You can do that regardless of what the research ultimately shows.’’

In other words, if you tell people the same lie often enough, they may believe you.

SOURCES: The Guardian, by Renee Bracey Sherman, Daniel Grossman, 2 August 2017 ; New York Times, by Ruth Graham, 18 July 2017 ; VISUAL

----------------------------

Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/usa-abortion-reversal-the-latest-sham-from-anti-choice/

Read more

US: Abortion ‘reversal’: the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women’s rights

0

Abortion 'reversal': the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women's rights

Talking about abortion reversal, which is not evidence-based, could sow more confusion – exactly the intended effect by anti-abortion forces

Renee Bracey Sherman and Daniel Grossman
Wednesday 2 August 2017

For years, the anti-abortion movement has popularized the myth that patients regret their abortion, or are somehow coerced into having the procedure before they are ready. This falsehood forms the foundation for many restrictive laws that states have enacted in recent years, including requirements to make an extra visit to the clinic before the procedure, or wait up to 72 hours after receiving counseling before the abortion can be performed.

The latest tactic to advance this argument is the so-called abortion reversal – an unproven treatment that supposedly counters the effect of mifepristone, the first pill used in the two-drug regimen of medication abortion. “Reversal” advocates claim this therapy can give patients a “second chance” to keep their baby.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/02/abortion-pill-reversal-anti-choice-activism

Read more