Europe’s patchwork of abortion laws is absurd. Rights must be made universal

Europe’s patchwork of abortion laws is absurd. Rights must be made universal

By Brinkwire on July 24, 2019

When I was 30, in 2011, I had an abortion. I was living in Berlin, a city known, since the fall of the Wall, for championing freedom. Or at least it was until attention turned to my womb. Born in France in the 1980s, and brought up on the internet, the Erasmus European studies programme and love without borders, I was under the happy illusion that everything relating to women’s bodies – from abortion to assisted reproduction – was covered by rights secured after long, hard struggles.

I blithely assumed that the milestones on the road to liberating French women – the May 1968 uprising, the 1971 “Manifesto of the 343” signed by women admitting to having had an abortion, Simone Veil, the health minister who legalised abortion, and the first test-tube babies – were all sufficiently European to be taken for granted, whatever the language.

Continued: https://en.brinkwire.com/canada/europes-patchwork-of-abortion-laws-is-absurd-rights-must-be-made-universal/


Abortion-pill obstacles: How doctors’ reluctance and long-distance travel stop many Canadians from getting Mifegymiso

Abortion-pill obstacles: How doctors’ reluctance and long-distance travel stop many Canadians from getting Mifegymiso

Two years ago, Canada was one of the last developed countries to make available a drug hailed as a safe alternative to surgical abortion. But it’s still out of reach for many beyond the major cities, a Globe analysis has found

Carly Weeks Health Reporter
July 13, 2019
The Globe and Mail

Doctors across Canada are refusing to write prescriptions for the abortion pill, forcing many women to travel to out-of-town clinics to get a prescription, according to a Globe and Mail analysis that reveals provincial access barriers and widespread reluctance on the part of medical professionals to provide abortion care.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-abortion-pill-obstacles-how-doctors-reluctance-and-long-distance/


USA – The Road to Abortion Is Paved With Bad Bus Routes

The Road to Abortion Is Paved With Bad Bus Routes

July 1, 2019
Robin Marty

According to the Guttmacher Institute, roughly 75 percent of those who get abortions are poor or low-income — not necessarily a surprise, given the lack of access to affordable preventative health care and contraception. Unlike most medical procedures, the majority of states don’t cover terminating a pregnancy through Medicaid (with very narrow exceptions), leaving patients to pay for the procedure out of pocket. But for low-income patients — especially in rural areas across the country — finding the funds to pay for an abortion out of pocket is quite literally only half the battle.

The other half? Paying to get to the procedure itself — a task that can cost hundreds of dollars on its own and eat up hours, if not days, of travel time in states that lack usable local public transit systems or mass transportation between rural and urban areas.

Continued: https://talkpoverty.org/2019/07/01/abortion-transit-access-cost/


USA – What to Consider If You Have to Travel for an Abortion

What to Consider If You Have to Travel for an Abortion
It’s a lot to think about. Here’s where to start.

June 21, 2019
By Carolyn L. Todd

Getting an abortion is a safe and legal procedure in this country, but it’s becoming harder and harder to access one. If you’re reading this, you’re probably very aware of the many obstacles that can stand in the way of someone getting an abortion. And those barriers just keep piling up.

At least 378 abortion restrictions were introduced in the first half of 2019 alone, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The intention behind these restrictions is clear: to effectively ban abortion by outlawing the procedures after six weeks of gestation (the time since your last period), which is usually before most people even find out they’re pregnant. Lawmakers in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Louisiana, and Missouri voted in favor of such six-week bans. Alabama intends to outlaw abortion unless the life or health of the pregnant person is endangered.

Continued: https://www.self.com/story/travel-for-abortion-considerations


USA – Even if Roe is upheld, abortion opponents are winning

Even if Roe is upheld, abortion opponents are winning
A drip, drip, drip of state restrictions has made abortion harder to obtain.

By RACHANA PRADHAN, RENUKA RAYASAM and MOHANA RAVINDRANATH
05/30/2019

Abortion is still legal in the United States, but for women in vast swaths of the country it’s a right in name only.

Six states are down to only one abortion clinic; a court stepped in Friday to stop Missouri’s sole clinic from closing, at least for now. Some women seeking abortions have to travel long distances, and face mandatory waiting periods or examinations. On top of that, a new wave of restrictive laws, or outright bans, is rippling across GOP-led states like Alabama and Georgia.

Continued: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/30/abortion-opponents-winning-roe-vs-wade-1488818


Nepal – Eliminate unsafe abortion

Eliminate unsafe abortion
In Nepal, abortion is legal and provided free of cost in government health centres.

Dr Bal Krishna Shah
Apr 23, 2019

An abortion is the ending of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion of the embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus. Nepali women were granted abortion rights in 2002; and in 2004, abortion service was expanded throughout the country. In 2009, medical abortion service was introduced. There were 1,124 government and non-government hospitals and health institutions providing safe abortion services as of 2016-17. Both manual vacuum aspiration and medical abortion services are used for safe abortions in Nepal. All legal provisions need to be fulfilled in order to perform abortions, and the health institution should have the logo of safe abortion service.

Continued: https://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-04-23/eliminate-unsafe-abortion.html


My Life As An Abortion Provider: ‘It’s Actually one of the Safest Medical Procedures That We Can Perform’

My Life As An Abortion Provider: 'It's Actually one of the Safest Medical Procedures That We Can Perform'

By Kashmira Gander
On 4/20/19

As state legislatures across the U.S. debate bills restricting access to abortions, people like Dr Meera Shah are on the ground providing reproductive healthcare which she describes as a “basic human right.”

So what is it like to be an abortion provider at a time when, according to research by the National Abortion Federation published last year, anti-abortion campaigners have been emboldened by the current political climate to ramp up attacks against providers?

Continued: https://www.newsweek.com/abortion-1400011


South Africa’s Liberal Abortion Laws Affected by Public Disapproval

South Africa’s Liberal Abortion Laws Affected by Public Disapproval

March 31, 2019

“Precious” is 26-years-old and 16 weeks pregnant. She asked VOA to call her by that name to protect her identity.

Her best friend is also pregnant by the same man – a man Precious once considered her boyfriend. This information led her to the difficult decision to seek an abortion

Continued: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/south-africa-liberal-abortion-laws-affected-by-widespread-stigma/4849052.html


Abortion care in Georgia: women face big disparity between law and reality

Abortion care in Georgia: women face big disparity between law and reality

8 March 2019
By IPPF

Georgia, a low-middle income country located at the crossroads between western Asia and eastern Europe, has come a long way since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Back then, violent civil unrest against the authoritarian government caused war on the streets of the capital, Tbilisi, and sent the government fleeing to Armenia. A three-year-long civil war created political instability and crippled the economy. Severe, countrywide corruption marred public and private institutions for decades, and issues like healthcare and social welfare were sent to the very bottom of the priority pile.

Since then, democratic reforms have been implemented and much of the country now dreams of joining the European Union. The iconic blue flags with a circle of gold stars hang everywhere – in youth centres, schools, hospitals and even people’s homes. To this day however, Georgia still faces major issues. Parts of the country are disputed and large chunks are under Russian control. Unemployment is high - currently 12.6% of the population are out of work, and this figure increases in rural regions.

Continued: https://www.ippfen.org/blogs/abortion-care-georgia-women-face-big-disparity-between-law-and-reality


USA – The New Abortion Underground Starts With Information

The New Abortion Underground Starts With Information
The threats against safe abortions are changing—where women once feared the coat hanger, the symbol of the handcuff is now more ominous. Is arming activists with information the first step in keeping abortion accessible?

By Meghan Racklin
January 22, 2019

A papaya, it turns out, is a good model of a uterus in the early stages of pregnancy. Well—the papaya is a bit bigger, actually. And the average uterus has more of a tilt. But overall, the fruit is a close replica.

That’s what I’m told during a training session hosted by the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP). Under the guidance of our instructor, a doctor and RHAP fellow, I insert a thin metal instrument into the top of my papaya to create an opening before inserting a small suction device called an aspirator. There’s a slight slurping sound as the papaya seeds are sucked into the aspirator’s main chamber. Slurp. Slurp. Slurp. And then it’s done.

Continued: https://www.glamour.com/story/the-new-abortion-underground-starts-with-information