Canada – Pro-choice group calls Sask. minister’s speech at anti-abortion rally unacceptable

Pro-choice group calls Sask. minister's speech at anti-abortion rally unacceptable

Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, April 12, 2019

REGINA -- A spokeswoman for a national organization that promotes abortion rights says it's unacceptable that a Saskatchewan health minister spoke at an anti-abortion rally.

Darrah Teitel of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights said the appearance by Greg Ottenbreit, responsible for rural and remote health, erodes public trust. She said it also raises questions about his intentions with the abortion drug Mifegymiso.

Continued: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/pro-choice-group-calls-sask-minister-s-speech-at-anti-abortion-rally-unacceptable-1.4378323

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Finland – Soini’s views on abortion are medieval, slams Halla-aho

Soini’s views on abortion are medieval, slams Halla-aho

Created: 14 August 2018

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini’s (BR) views on abortion are medieval, states Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party.

“I think it’s slightly disconcerting if your thoughts revolve too much around questions like this. I think there should also be other themes in politics,” Halla-aho stated in a news conference held in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August.

Continued: http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/politics/15748-soini-s-views-on-abortion-are-medieval-slams-halla-aho.html

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Finland – Soini’s anti-abortion views rejected again by fellow cabinet members

Soini’s anti-abortion views rejected again by fellow cabinet members

Created: 13 August 2018

Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has once again raised eyebrows by declaring his opposition to abortion.

Soini on Friday commended the Argentine Senate for rejecting a bill that would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. “Long live life! Stronger than death,” he wrote in his personal blog.

Continued: http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/politics/15744-soini-s-anti-abortion-views-rejected-again-by-fellow-cabinet-members.html

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Finland – Foreign Minister Soini riles fellow politicians with anti-abortion comments

Foreign Minister Soini riles fellow politicians with anti-abortion comments
Timo Soini has again made public comments about his opposition to abortion; a move that many of his colleagues in Finnish politics believe is inappropriate.

Aug 11, 2018

Finland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini has once again set off a storm of indignation in Finland after writing a blog entry on Thursday praising Argentina for its decision to keep abortion illegal.

"Argentina is a lovely country. The Pope is an Argentinean who is widely listened to and respected. Words have weight," he wrote in his popular online journal on August 9.

Continued: https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/foreign_minister_soini_riles_fellow_politicians_with_anti-abortion_comments/10348539

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Ireland: Fianna Fáil delegates reject calls to change the Constitution on abortion

Fianna Fáil delegates reject calls to change the Constitution on abortion

Saturday 14 October 2017
John Downing

Fianna Fáil members have overwhelmingly backed a motion urging opposition to changing the Eight Amendment to the Constitution which bans abortion.

Delegates at the party’s Ard Fheis voted by three to one to back a motion from Kildare North constituency urging the party “to oppose any attempt to diminish the constitutional rights of the unborn”.

A second motion from the party’s London branch – backing a “woman’s right to choose” was also heavily defeated.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fianna-fil-delegates-reject-calls-to-change-the-constitution-on-abortion-36227113.html

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UK: Jacob Rees Mogg defends his anti-abortion stance

Jacob Rees Mogg defends his anti-abortion stance

Pascale Hughes
Saturday September 9th 2017

The Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg who this week ignited a row when he said he was opposed to abortion all circumstances, including rape and incest, has defended his views.

The MP for North East Somerset said he was “allowed to say what I think and people are absolutely entitled to say back what they think”.

“I believe in free speech – and protecting it – is very important,” he said.

Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/politics/jacob-rees-mogg-defends-anti-abortion-stance/

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Poland to protect unborn babies of drinking mothers?

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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UK: Tory MPs line up to disagree with Jacob Rees-Mogg’s ‘utterly abhorrent’ views on abortion

Tory MPs line up to disagree with Jacob Rees-Mogg's 'utterly abhorrent' views on abortion

Helena Horton
7 September 2017

A number of Conservative MPs have criticised Jacob Rees-Mogg's views on abortion, some expressing vehement disagreement while others have gently espoused their more liberal stances.

On Wednesday, Mr Rees-Mogg, who is tipped to one day take over from Theresa May and become Tory leader, said he disagreed with abortion in every circumstance, including in cases of incest and rape. He also said that because he is a Catholic, he disagrees with same-sex marriage.

Continued at source: The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/07/tory-mps-line-disagree-jacob-rees-moggs-utterly-abhorrent-views/

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UK: Jacob Rees-Mogg opposed to gay marriage and abortion – even after rape

Jacob Rees-Mogg opposed to gay marriage and abortion – even after rape
Conservative MP tipped to succeed Theresa May says he is against same-sex marriage and abortion in all circumstances

Jessica Elgot
Wednesday 6 September 2017

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative grassroots’ favoured candidate to succeed Theresa May, has said he is against same-sex marriage and opposes abortion even in cases of rape.

The Tory Eurosceptic MP, whose growing profile has seen him tipped for a ministerial role in the prime minister’s next reshuffle, said he was a practising Catholic and opposed abortion in all circumstances.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/06/jacob-rees-mogg-opposed-to-gay-marriage-and-abortion-even-after

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