UK: Anti-abortion group Abort67 stage demonstration in Canterbury city centre

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Anti-abortion group Abort67 stage demonstration in Canterbury city centre

By Emma Grafton-Williams

Published: 16 June 2017

Graphic images of aborted foetuses shocked passers by in a busy shopping centre this afternoon.

The image boards were displayed in Rose Lane in Canterbury by campaign group Abort67 - whose members say they are trying to educate the public to make abortion "unthinkable" and to see the law "give full protection to the unborn."

Continued at source: Kent Online: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/anti-abortion-campaign-shocks-passers-by-127385/

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U.S.: How Trumpcare Will Hurt Women’s Health

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How Trumpcare Will Hurt Women’s Health
Posted by Angela Liu on 06/14/2017

May was not a good month for women’s health care. On May 4, a Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which proposes to tighten existing regulations on contraceptive access and maternity care and to cut Planned Parenthood from the federal budget. On the same day, Trump signed a “religious liberty” executive order that allows organizations to limit their employees’ access to contraception and abortion based on the organization’s faith. Then, on May 23, the administration released its 2018 budget proposal, which Dawn Leguens, the vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the “worst budget for women and women’s health in a generation.”

Continued at source: The F Bomb: http://thefbomb.org/2017/06/how-trumpcare-will-hurt-womens-health/

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U.S.: Witness The Trauma Of Abortion Clinic Harassment In Virtual Reality

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Witness The Trauma Of Abortion Clinic Harassment In Virtual Reality
The Planned Parenthood project shows just how difficult accessing abortion can be.

By Jenavieve Hatch
May 24, 2017

As abortion access continues to come under threat in Congress, women who are trying to access the procedure are regularly confronted with anti-abortion harassment and vitriol outside of clinics nationwide. Planned Parenthood’s new virtual reality video, “Across the Line,” aims to show just how intense that experience can be.

The 8-minute video opens with a patient meeting her doctor, and recovering from the harassment she was victim to on the sidewalk.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/witness-the-trauma-of-abortion-clinic-harassment-in-virtual-reality_us_59258870e4b0650cc020a068

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Chilean Senators try to alter the text of the abortion bill for and against safe abortion

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Chilean Senators try to alter the text of the abortion bill for and against safe abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
April 19, 2017

A news report on 1 April revealed that several anti-abortion Senators have sought to modify the ground of risk of the woman’s life, to say that “all legitimate medical practice to save the life of the mother that, as a result, ends the life of the fetus is not abortion”. However, although they claim that this rewording is “with nuances of grammar, but similar in its intention”, in fact this is an anti-abortion substitute for making abortion legal if there is a risk to the woman’s life. This is the language of the Dublin Declaration on Maternal Healthcare of 2012, which states unequivocally that abortion is never medically necessary, even to save the life of a pregnant woman. It is a kind of double-speak that led to the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland, where the Declaration was published just before her death. Abortion rights advocates should oppose it, if they are not doing so already.

The Government, for its part, reintroduced a number of grounds that had been rejected in the Chamber of Deputies; among them, the right to decide on abortion at the age of 14 years and the elimination of the requirement to report any woman who has an abortion to the police, which is currently required of clinicians.

The deadline for Senators to propose any further changes has passed. The next step in the process began on 4 April, in the Senate Health Committee, chaired by Senator PPD Guido Girardi, the new President of the Commission. He assured the Committee that they will hold no more hearings, and that now was the time to legislate and that they were going to discuss all the grounds. In total, there were 120 amendments to the bill, which they began to review during the week of 10 April.

In line with the Government’s views, Senator and presidential candidate Alejandro Guillier is supporting permitting abortion in cases of rape up to 18 weeks of pregnancy and restrictions on the exercise of conscientious objection, requiring prior written notification, a rationale and the approval of the director of the health facility concerned.

Other changes proposed by anti-abortion Senator Andres Zaldivar are to lower the “intensity” of the criminal prosecution of women having abortion, i.e. reducing but not eliminating prison sentences, as a “more humane approach to the problem”. This point has generated one of the largest debates in the DC party and with independent senators, who are opposed to women who have abortions ending up in jail. He has also proposed that if a fetal anomaly has been diagnosed, the pregnancy should not be aborted but the hospital should wait and “induce labour” at 22 weeks in order to deliver a live but very premature baby that will need intensive treatment to stay alive, as has been imposed in several cases, e.g. Paraguay, on young girls. This is not abortion, but it is international anti-abortion ideology and language.

In contrast, a number of pro-choice Senators have proposed to extend the grounds of risk to the woman’s life by adding the concept of “serious harm to health” as well as life. Senator Girardi was going to add that this can apply to the “present or future” but it seems he has not done so. Another proposal has been to extend the types of fetal anomaly incompatible with life to “congenital malformation, genetic alteration or acquired pathology”.

These proposals, representing the different sides on this issue, are a sign that support for this bill’s intention to permit abortion in limited circumstances is far from being secured.

SOURCE: EMOL, 1 April 2017 ; biobiochile, 5 April 2017 ; PHOTO, Agencia UNO ;

Thanks to Lidia Casas Becerra for checking this text, 18 April 2017

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/chilean-senators-try-to-alter-the-text-of-the-abortion-bill-for-and-against-safe-abortion/

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UK: Abortion Rights Campaigners Say It’s “Extremely Worrying” That Anti-Abortion Protesters Used Facebook Live Outside A Clinic

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Abortion Rights Campaigners Say It’s "Extremely Worrying" That Anti-Abortion Protesters Used Facebook Live Outside A Clinic

Anti-abortion group Abort67 used Facebook Live to stream its demonstration near a BPAS abortion clinic in Hastings.
posted on Feb. 13, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Abortion rights campaigners have expressed concern that livestreaming could be used to publicly shame people seeking abortions, after an anti-abortion group used Facebook Live to broadcast a recent demonstration outside a clinic.

Abort67, which regularly uses graphic images of aborted foetuses in its protests, held a demonstration outside Hastings railway station on Friday to launch a new local branch of the group. The station is situated directly opposite a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) clinic, a leading provider of abortion services.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/pro-choice-campaigners-say-its-extremely-worrying-that-anti?utm_term=.hf5ao9g6Oq#.tcaEDq5vx9

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N.Ireland: Suicide risk to woman accused of using poison to have abortion, court hears

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By Alan Erwin
Published 11/01/2017, Belfast Telegraph

A vulnerable woman accused of taking drugs to secure an abortion will be at heightened risk of suicide if she is identified, a court in Belfast has heard.

Lawyers for the 21-year-old argued that a medical expert has concluded publicity would increase the threat of self-harm.

Details emerged at a bid to secure reporting restrictions to protect her anonymity during criminal proceedings.

The woman has been charged along with a 22-year-old man.

She is accused with using a poison to procure her own abortion.

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Source: Belfast Telegraph

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Anti-Abortion Ideology is On the Rise in Europe

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January 2, 2017 by Daria Sukharchuk, Ms. Magazine

As the right-wing parties are on the rise in Europe, one can see a certain turn towards more conservative politics in all spheres of life—including reproductive rights.

To date, Europe has put forth some of the most pro-choice legislation in the world. In most European countries—with the exclusion on Poland, Malta, Northern Ireland and the Vatican—abortion is allowed, without restriction, for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and in some countries even longer than that. The procedure is usually carried out in a normal hospital—not a dedicated abortion clinic—and the shouting crowds with harrowing pictures are not as common a sight as they are in the United States.

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Source: Ms. Magazine

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