BRAZIL – Online newspaper AzMina, run by women journalists, attacked and threatened online

BRAZIL – Online newspaper AzMina, run by women journalists, attacked and threatened online

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 11, 2019

AzMina is a feminist journalists’ collective that campaigns for gender equality, covers women’s rights and provides extensive and critical reporting on all kinds of violence against women in Brazil. They also provide training and organise debates throughout the country.

On 18 September 2019 AzMina published a report online entitled “How to abort safely”. The report used World Health Organization recommendations to advise women how to have a safe abortion using medical abortion pills.

Continued: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/brazil-online-newspaper-azmina-attacked-and-threatened-online/


UK – Police investigate ‘extremist’ targeting of Stella Creasy by anti-abortion group

Police investigate ‘extremist’ targeting of Stella Creasy by anti-abortion group
Pregnant, pro-choice Labour MP subject to intense campaigning in her London constituency

Mark Townsend, Observer home affairs editor
Sun 6 Oct 2019

Scotland Yard is investigating the intimidation and harassment of Stella Creasy following the “extremist” targeting of the Labour MP by anti-abortion protesters over the past week.

Metropolitan police officers said they had taken a detailed statement from Creasy, the MP for Walthamstow in north-east London, and were examining evidence to ascertain whether the campaign against the pregnant, pro-choice politician had crossed the line.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/06/stella-creasy-anti-abortion-group-police-investigate-extremist-targeting


UK – This week has proved that the fight for abortion rights is far from over

This week has proved that the fight for abortion rights is far from over

Kerry Abel, Chair of the Abortion Rights campaign
Sunday 6 Oct 2019

As the Chair of Abortion Rights, I am often asked why my organisation is still needed in 2019.

This week has been proof of why.

We’ve seen the High Court ruling that Northern Ireland’s archaic abortion laws breach the UK’s human right commitments, while also witnessing the disgusting harassment of Stella Creasy in her constituency, with anti-choice bullies putting up billboards with vile, misleading images they claim to be of foetuses.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/06/this-week-has-proved-why-the-fight-for-abortion-rights-is-far-from-over-10860091/


INDONESIA – Proposed new criminal code related to sexual relations and much more leads to protest demonstrations

INDONESIA – Proposed new criminal code related to sexual relations and much more leads to protest demonstrations

Oct 4, 2019
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

There is bad news from Indonesia. The government has apparently finalised a new criminal code with over 600 clauses that has been in the drafting stage for decades. Clauses related to sexual relations, adultery, sex work, abortion, contraception, blasphemy, and much more are very restrictive and criminalise many new behaviours and people. Abortion would be illegal unless it is a medical emergency or due to rape and would carry a four-year prison sentence. Sex before marriage would be criminalised and could result in a one-year prison term. Living together outside marriage could lead to a six-month prison sentence. Extra-marital sex would be punishable by up to one year in prison. The bill also stipulates new laws on discussions of sex education and contraception. Insulting the president, vice president, religion, state institutions and symbols such as the flag and national anthem would be illegal. The definition of blasphemy is also altered. The bill recognises any “living law”, potentially including hundreds of local sharia or customary laws that discriminate against women, LGBT people and religious minorities. And there is more such as concerns about press freedom, serious problems in West Papua, and the environment.

Continued: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/indonesia-proposed-new-criminal-code-sexual-relations-lead-to-protest/


Abortion: Protesters’ campaign ‘harassing’ Labour MP

Abortion: Protesters' campaign 'harassing' Labour MP

By Mark Devenport, BBC News NI Political Editor
2 October 2019

A Labour MP has complained in the House of Commons about a campaign of "intimidation and harassment" against her by an anti-abortion group.

Stella Creasy spoke after images of her with a foetus and the caption "your MP is working hard to take away my human rights" went up in her constituency.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49910276


UK – Anti-abortion posters targeting Stella Creasy to be pulled

Anti-abortion posters targeting Stella Creasy to be pulled

Sep 30, 2019

An anti-abortion billboard campaign targeted at pregnant MP Stella Creasy is being pulled down amid claims the posters were a form of harassment.

The Walthamstow MP said she was being targeted by anti-abortion group CBRUK because of her pro-choice stance.

Clear Chanel, which owned the billboards, apologised and said it was taking immediate action to remove them.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-49875980


UK – Stella Creasy Hits Out At ‘Vile’ Anti-Abortion Billboards In Walthamstow

Stella Creasy Hits Out At 'Vile' Anti-Abortion Billboards In Walthamstow
The Labour MP, who is pregnant, has become the target of radical campaigners who posted a graphic billboard in her constituency.

30/09/2019
By Sarah Turnnidge

Labour MP Stella Creasy has condemned “vile” anti-abortion campaigners after they posted graphic advertisements featuring an unborn foetus around her constituency, including on a billboard.

Creasy, who is pregnant, said she has been subjected to a campaign of “harassment” by activists from the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK (CBR UK), which included a protest at the weekend and adverts being posted on a billboard, bus stops, and a phone box around Walthamstow.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/stella-creasy-abortion-billboard_uk_5d91eface4b0e9e760500216


UK – Police called after Stella Creasy targeted by anti-abortion group

Police called after Stella Creasy targeted by anti-abortion group
MP ‘physically sick’ at poster claiming to show aborted remains beside her image

Sarah Marsh
Sat 28 Sep 2019

The Labour MP Stella Creasy has contacted the police and said she feels “physically sick” after being targeted by an anti-abortion group.

Creasy, who represents Walthamstow in parliament, expressed her concern as protesters entered her constituency and put a poster of her next to a picture of what it claimed was “a 24-week-old aborted baby girl”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/28/labour-mp-stella-creasy-targeted-by-anti-abortion-group


A Miscarrying Woman Nearly Died After a Catholic Hospital Sent Her Home Three Times

A Miscarrying Woman Nearly Died After a Catholic Hospital Sent Her Home Three Times
Washington lawmakers have enacted some of the country’s most progressive policies to protect reproductive health care. But these measures have run up against the state’s high concentration of religious facilities.

Sep 25, 2019
Amy Littlefield

There’s a single hospital in Bellingham, a picturesque coastal city 20 miles from the Canadian border in Washington. So when a Bellingham mental health counselor named Alison started bleeding three months into her pregnancy in 2013, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center was her only option.

Alison had first gone to her OB-GYN’s private practice, where her doctor, C. Shayne Mora, diagnosed her with a possible case of placenta previa, a serious condition where the placenta blocks the cervix. He told her to go to the hospital if she started bleeding again. When that happened the next day, Alison went to the St. Joseph emergency room. After an ultrasound showed the fetus was viable, the hospital discharged her. Providers recorded a clinical impression of “threatened abortion,” meaning Alison was at risk of miscarrying. They told her to return if she bled more heavily or ran a fever.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/09/25/miscarriage-catholic-hospital/


America’s abortion debate is being defined by Fox News

America’s abortion debate is being defined by Fox News
A new study shows how the network dominates coverage of abortion — and sets the agenda other networks follow.

By Anna North
Sep 23, 2019

Something strange happened to the abortion debate earlier this year.

Politicians, media outlets, and ordinary people began talking about “post-birth” or “fourth-trimester” abortion, claiming that doctors in America are killing babies after they’re born. This would be murder, not abortion, and it’s already illegal in every state. No abortion-rights group supports this.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2019/9/23/20875531/fox-news-abortion-cnn-msnbc-virginia