USA – How Abortion Rights Will Die a Death by 1,000 Cuts

How Abortion Rights Will Die a Death by 1,000 Cuts
Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court would mean the demise of not just abortion rights but also a century of progressive reforms.

By Serena Mayeri
Aug. 30, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s voluminous record, his opinion of the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion ruling, Roe v. Wade, and his views on legal precedent have deservedly been scrutinized in the lead-up to his confirmation hearings next week. But the Supreme Court’s 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, more than Roe, holds the key to understanding the stakes of Judge Kavanaugh’s potential confirmation.

It is Casey that now protects women’s access to reproductive health care in states whose restrictions on health care providers and patients threaten to close clinics or ban abortions outright. And the political lesson conservatives learned from Casey all but guarantees that a vote for Judge Kavanaugh is a vote not only to endanger abortion rights but to turn back the clock on a century of progressive reforms.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/opinion/brett-kavanaugh-abortion-rights-roe-casey.html

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This British overseas territory has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe – welcome to Gibraltar

This British overseas territory has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe - welcome to Gibraltar

Molly McElwee
20 August 2018

Last week, Argentina's senate blocked a bill to legalise abortion up to 14 weeks. In a year marked by progress for women's rights campaigners - including the Ireland referendum victory to repeal its outdated abortion laws - it has come as a huge setback.

Not even stories of 500,000 illegal abortions, leading to 100 unnecessary deaths every year - including one in the days since the bill was blocked - could break through the staunchly Catholic country's status quo.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/british-overseas-territory-has-strictest-abortion-laws-europe/

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Tensions flare in Brazil as supreme court considers loosening abortion restrictions

Tensions flare in Brazil as supreme court considers loosening abortion restrictions

by Marina Lopes
August 6 2018

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s supreme court is considering decriminalizing abortion through the 12th week of pregnancy, stoking activists' hopes that the country could follow other Latin American nations in loosening abortion restrictions.

Hearings on the issue, which began Friday and continued on Monday, included testimony from dozens of doctors, specialists and religious leaders. Tensions flared in the days leading up to the hearings, with activists on both sides speaking out. Outside the supreme court on Friday, women donned red robes resembling those worn on the hit TV show, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in favor of decriminalization. Meanwhile, #AbortionisaCrime trended on Twitter, and churches sounded their bells in protest.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/08/06/tensions-flare-brazil-supreme-court-considers-loosening-abortion-restrictions/?utm_term=.b55e1952e7f8

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USA – Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories

Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories
Even though abortion is technically legal, it can still come with shame, stigma, and fear.

By Katha Pollitt
Aug 3, 2018

Vats of ink have been spilled trying to figure out whether the coming right-wing majority on the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. The truth is, we just don’t know; it will all come down to what’s in the hearts and minds of five anti-abortion, very conservative men. If I were one of them, I would definitely opt for keeping Roe and letting it dangle in the wind. Upending the precedent could awaken the majority of Americans who want to keep abortion legal. Right now a lot of pro-choicers still don’t pay attention to restrictions on abortion, no matter how stringent they are, as long as the procedure is technically lawful and available to them personally.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-women-are-sharing-their-abortion-stories/

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USA – The Struggle to Save Abortion Care

The Struggle to Save Abortion Care

Carole Joffe
First Published August 1, 2018
https://doi.org/10.1177/1536504218792522

Abstract: Resisting both physical attacks and widespread policy proscriptions, mission-driven abortion care providers continue working to help their patients.

“Some will rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen.” This line from an old Woody Guthrie song is an apt description of the vulnerability of abortion providers in the United States. Clinics have long been subject to physical attacks: eleven individuals have been murdered by anti-abortion extremists, thousands more have been terrorized at their homes and offices, and numerous clinics have been vandalized, even destroyed by fire-bombings. More recently, a harsh new regulatory regime—Guthrie’s “pen”—comprising onerous restrictions passed by state legislatures and hostile inspections by health departments threaten the ability of providers to keep their facilities open and to sustain their vision of “woman-centered” care. As a longtime abortion clinic administrator told me, “Regulatory interference is the new frontier of the anti-abortion movement.”

Continued: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1536504218792522

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It’s Not Just Roe: How the Future Supreme Court Could Gut Abortion Rights

It’s Not Just Roe: How the Future Supreme Court Could Gut Abortion Rights

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project
July 10, 2018

Now that President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, it will be up to the Senate to fully vet him so that the American people can determine whether he will uphold the basic civil rights and liberties relied on by everyone in this country. This is particularly true when it comes to abortion rights, where Kavanaugh’s prior opinions on the subject, coupled with the fact that Donald Trump vowed to only nominate justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, give rise to serious concern about women’s continued ability to access abortion if Kavanaugh is confirmed.

Continued: https://www.aclu.org/blog/reproductive-freedom/abortion/its-not-just-roe-how-future-supreme-court-could-gut-abortion

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Hundreds protest plan to further restrict abortion in Poland

Hundreds protest plan to further restrict abortion in Poland

By The Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland — Jul 2, 2018

Hundreds of abortion-rights activists in Poland held a protest Monday against a proposed law that would ban abortions in cases involving irreparably damaged fetuses.

The activists who assembled outside Poland's parliament chanted "We want choice, not terror" as a special commission of legislators reviewed the proposal.

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/hundreds-protest-plan-restrict-abortion-poland-56319222

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Poland – ‘We feel like second category citizens,’ say abortion campaigners

'We feel like second category citizens,' say abortion campaigners

By Damon Embling
02/07/2018

Protesters have been venting their opposition against planned changes to Poland's abortion laws, in Brussels.

They think moves to ban terminations in cases involving irreparably damaged fetuses is wrong. This, as a special Polish commission of legislators examined the proposal.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/02/-we-feel-like-second-category-citizens-say-abortion-campaigners

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Guam – AG opinion: Recent abortion bill is unconstitutional

AG opinion: Recent abortion bill is unconstitutional

Jasmine Stole Weiss, Pacific Daily News
Published June 29, 2018

The Attorney General of Guam issued an opinion this week, informing lawmakers that an abortion bill introduced earlier this year, if enacted, would be unconstitutional.

Bill 232-34 proposes banning abortions after 20 weeks of fertilization.

The bill was introduced in January by Sens. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., D-Dededo, Joe S. San Agustin, D-Yigo, Telena Nelson, D-Dededo, Frank Aguon, Jr., D-Yona, and Tommy Morrison, R-Umatac.

Continued: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/06/29/ag-opinion-recent-guam-abortion-bill-unconstitutional/744792002/

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USA – Abortion foes play down possibility of immediately overturning Roe v. Wade

Abortion foes play down possibility of immediately overturning Roe v. Wade

June 29, 2018
by Amy Gardner June 28

Leaders of the antiabortion movement said Thursday that they are in no hurry to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, saying they plan to stick with their long-standing strategy of pushing for incremental restrictions despite the tantalizing prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court.

Even with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s announced retirement, these activists said they are not sure the time is ripe for a wholesale reconsideration of the 1973 ruling.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/abortion-foes-play-down-possibility-of-immediately-overturning-roe-v-wade/2018/06/28/d37fb2d8-7adf-11e8-93cc-6d3beccdd7a3_story.html?utm_term=.a17edd3e0c0d&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

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