Decoder: Why abortion is more than a political debate

Decoder: Why abortion is more than a political debate
Abortion is wrapped up in politics in many nations including the U.S. But one in four pregnancies ends in abortion, making it a global health issue.

July 3, 2019
By Maggie Fox

Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures globally.

It is grist for a raging political debate in the United States, nearly half a century after the highest court in the country ruled that women have the right to choose whether or not to end a pregnancy.

Continued: https://news-decoder.com/2019/07/03/decoder-abortion/

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The American Medical Association Is Taking a More Aggressive Approach on Abortion Legislation

The American Medical Association Is Taking a More Aggressive Approach on Abortion Legislation

By Julie Rovner / Kaiser Health News
July 1, 2019

The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Donald Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion.

The group, which represents all types of physicians in the U.S., has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial social issues, which, until recently, included abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation affecting the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership.

Continued: https://time.com/5617960/ama-abortion-lawsuit/

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USA – Inside The Dangerous Rise Of ‘Abortion Reversal’ Bills

Inside The Dangerous Rise Of ‘Abortion Reversal’ Bills
This year, five states have passed laws mandating that physicians tell patients their abortions can be reversed — even though evidence says otherwise.

By Melissa Jeltsen, HuffPost US
June 29, 2019

The number of states that require doctors to tell patients their abortions can be reversed with an experimental treatment doubled this year.

The rise of so-called “abortion reversal” bills has alarmed leading medical groups that say such legislation forces physicians to give misleading, unscientific and potentially dangerous advice to women, undermining the trusted doctor-patient relationship.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/abortion-reversal-bills_n_5d164c6ee4b07f6ca57cc6fc

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Kenya restores standards and guidelines for comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion

Kenya restores standards and guidelines for comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion

IPAS
News | Friday, June 21, 2019

Earlier this month, Kenya made progress toward advancing women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights: The High Court ruled to restore the standards and guidelines for comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion. The S&Gs were originally instated in 2012 but withdrawn the following year. The reinstatement will allow providers to offer safe abortion care when the health or life of a woman is in danger, in cases of emergency and for survivors of sexual violence. Ipas Africa Alliance partnered with the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on a case in 2015 challenging the withdrawal. CRR filed the case on behalf of an adolescent who died after suffering from complications from an unsafe abortion. The Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya and human rights activists were also part of the coalition supporting the challenge.

“I am glad that Ipas was able to join other partners in Kenya to support the litigation strategy initiated by CRR,” said Judith Okal, Ipas Africa Alliance senior policy advisor. Okal was an advocate for the petitioner when CRR filed the case and joined Ipas after it was filed.

The court found that the Director of Medical Services and the Ministry of Health had violated the rights of Kenyan women and girls by arbitrarily withdrawing the guidelines, creating uncertainty about the status of legal abortion and discouraging medical providers from performing abortions for fear of criminal prosecution.

For more information, contact media@ipas.org.

Source: https://www.ipas.org/news/2019/June/kenya-restores-standards-and-guidelines-for-comprehensive-reproductive-health-including-abortion

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A New Ruling Could Leave Thousands Of Low-Income Americans Without Family Planning Services

A New Ruling Could Leave Thousands Of Low-Income Americans Without Family Planning Services
"It's really dire and is going to cause harm to a lot of people," an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights said.

Brianna Sacks, BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on June 20, 2019

The Trump administration can deny critical federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations that also provide abortions or referrals for them, a federal court ruled Thursday.

Abortion rights advocates fear that could mean thousands of low-income Americans will lose access to reproductive health care, and already, Planned Parenthood has said it plans to fight the ruling. Abortion rights groups can also still challenge the ruling in other circuit courts.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/briannasacks/title-x-gag-rule-abortion

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KENYA – Victory in Landmark Ruling Challenging the Withdrawal of ‘The Standards & Guidelines’

KENYA - Victory in Landmark Ruling Challenging the Withdrawal of 'The Standards & Guidelines'

13 June 2019

On 12 June 2019, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a landmark case challenging the Kenyan government’s withdrawal of the “Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya” (Standards & Guidelines). The Center filed the case on behalf of an adolescent (JMM)—who died last year after suffering from complications that resulted from an unsafe abortion—as well as the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya and two community human rights advocates. The case was presided over by a five-judge bench at the Nairobi High Court.

In this ground-breaking decision, the Court found that the Director of Medical Services and the Ministry of Health had violated the rights of Kenyan women and girls by arbitrarily withdrawing the guidelines, thereby creating uncertainty as to the status of legal abortion and discouraging medical providers from performing abortions for fear of criminal prosecution. It provided a comprehensive ruling which:

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/kenya-victory-in-landmark-ruling-challenging-the-withdrawal-of-the-standards-guidelines?e=372dd34034

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The Center wins a major victory for abortion rights in Africa

The Center wins a major victory for abortion rights in Africa

06.12.2019

In a groundbreaking decision, the High Court of Kenya ruled that the Ministry of Health’s 2014 withdrawal of the “Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya” (Standards & Guidelines), and its subsequent ban on abortion trainings for health care professionals, were arbitrary and unlawful. The Standards & Guidelines was an important policy document that guided health care providers on when and how they could provide safe and legal abortion and post-abortion services.

With this ruling, the five-judge bench has resoundingly reaffirmed the constitutional protections for legal abortions in Kenya when the life and health of the pregnant woman is threatened, including for survivors of sexual violence, or in cases of emergency.

Continued: https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-wins-major-victory-abortion-rights-africa

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USA – Abortion restrictions hurt business, 180 CEOs say in open letter

Abortion restrictions hurt business, 180 CEOs say in open letter
States that limit reproductive rights undermine efforts to build a diverse workforce and attract talent, the leaders say.

By Rachel Siegel
June 10, 2019

More than 180 CEOs signed an open letter opposing state efforts to restrict reproductive rights, as business leaders weigh how to most effectively exert pressure against abortion bans.

Square chief executive and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey as well as fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg and others wrote that restrictions on abortion access threaten the economic stability of their employees and customers and make it harder to build a diverse workforce and recruit talent.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/06/10/more-than-ceos-sign-letter-opposing-state-restrictions-abortion/?utm_term=.c8b14aee3cb0

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Women fear strict U.S. laws will increase unsafe abortions and deaths

Women fear strict U.S. laws will increase unsafe abortions and deaths
Nine states have passed strict laws restricting abortion access this year, seen as part of a multistate effort to have the high court reconsider Roe v. Wade ruling

by Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

VANCOUVER, Canada, June 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New laws restricting abortion access in the United States raise the specter of women ending unwanted pregnancies with coat hangers and knitting needles in unsafe, back-alley procedures, reproductive rights experts said on Wednesday.

Women now may get medical abortions using pills, which is considered very safe, and find information online on handling unwanted pregnancies, delegates said this week at Women Deliver, the world's largest conference on gender equality.

Continued: http://news.trust.org/item/20190605212116-boccy/

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Denied abortions, Latin American child rape survivors petition UN

Denied abortions, Latin American child rape survivors petition UN
Groups on behalf of young rape survivors from Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua call on region to provide abortion access.

30 May 2019

Reproductive rights groups petitioned a United Nations agency on Wednesday on behalf of four young pregnant rape survivors in Latin America, calling on the region to ease up on its restrictive abortion laws.

Due to the laws, the girls were forced to carry their unwanted pregnancies to term and became "mothers against their will", said the petition by the US-based Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Global and other rights groups in Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/denied-abortions-latin-american-child-rape-survivors-petition-190530172120887.html

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