USA – Abortion foes seek Trump’s help to offset midterm setback

Abortion foes seek Trump's help to offset midterm setback

The Associated Press
David Crary
November 29, 2018

NEW YORK — Anti-abortion leaders are seeking help from the Trump administration as they shift their political strategies now that the U.S. House will be controlled by Democrats who support abortion rights.

Under Republican control, the House tried repeatedly, though unsuccessfully, to halt federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and it passed a bill that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Democratic-led House that takes office in January is likely to push legislation that would expand access to abortion, even if such measures die in the GOP-controlled Senate.


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The American Taliban

The American Taliban
Our equally extreme evangelical vice president Mike Pence also believes our laws should be based on the bible.

Published on Sunday, October 28, 2018
by Common Dreams
by Bob Topper

If you believe in the separation of church and state, then you probably think that evangelicals exert far too much influence on American life, our politics, and culture. When I remarked to a friend that evangelicals are the America’s answer to the Taliban, he thought the comparison was too harsh. After all, he said, “Evangelicals don’t go around killing people.”

Maybe not, but the beliefs they hold and the positions they take can have deadly consequences. Take the evangelical position on abortion, which has had a major effect on national foreign policy. The Helms Amendment, first enacted in 1973, provides that no US funds “may be used to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.”


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USA – Hundreds of Lawmakers and Organizations Demand State Dept. Stop Excluding Women’s Rights From Human Rights Reports

Hundreds of Lawmakers and Organizations Demand State Dept. Stop Excluding Women's Rights From Human Rights Reports
Nearly 100 civil society organizations, 129 members of Congress sent letters to Secretary of State Pompeo this week

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams
Friday, October 05, 2018

Trump's State Department this week is facing backlash and calls to reverse course on its decision to omit from its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices the entire reproductive rights section and to weaken its reporting on gender-based violence—a decision critics said amounted to showing that women and girls' "rights don't matter" to the current administration.

With their eyes on preventing the upcoming 2018 reports from containing the same "highly problematic" omissions as the 2017 ones, nearly 100 civil society organizations (pdf) and 129 members of Congress (pdf) sent letters to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding the inclusion of information on denials of these fundamental human rights, including lack of access to contraception, unsafe abortion, and violence in accessing healthcare services.


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Prime Minister & Trump urged to discuss sexual healthcare by RCOG & FSRH

Prime Minister & Trump urged to discuss sexual healthcare by RCOG & FSRH

By Hannah Alderton
July 13, 2018

Presidents of key organisations supporting the rights of women and girls across the world are calling on Theresa May to raise the crucial issue of sexual and reproductive health with the US President Donald Trump during their bilateral talks.

In a joint letter, Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and Dr Asha Kasliwal, President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), write:


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Trump visit to the UK: How about working together on women’s rights?

Trump visit to the UK: How about working together on women’s rights?
by Katherine Nightingale
12th Jul 2018

When Theresa May welcomes Trump this week it seems like she won’t be short of conversation: there’s the World Cup, Brexit, and NATO before we even start. But with hundreds of thousands of people from all over the UK coming to join the Women’s March this Friday, a clear message is that women’s rights should be on the agenda.

Chances are, time will be short. So if that means there is only one issue Theresa May can champion with Donald Trump, we think it should be to look together at how the UK and US governments could support sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for women and families worldwide, especially in emergencies. So whilst some might think there is no common ground, here is my take on the key messages:


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USA – State Department report will trim language on women’s rights, discrimination

State Department report will trim language on women's rights, discrimination


State Department officials have been ordered to pare back passages in a soon-to-be-released annual report on global human rights that traditionally discuss women’s reproductive rights and discrimination, according to five former and current department officials.

The directive calls for stripping passages that describe societal views on family planning, including how much access women have to contraceptives and abortion.


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U.S.: What the Anti-Abortion Movement Has Won

What the Anti-Abortion Movement Has Won
By Nora Caplan-Bricker
January 28, 2017

The anti-abortion-rights March for Life rally has occurred every January since 1974—the year after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade established the right to abortion. The first march, according to organizers, ended on the western steps of the U.S. Capitol, and attracted a crowd of roughly twenty thousand. This year, the group had reportedly hoped that their rally on Friday would draw numbers to compete with last weekend’s Women’s March on Washington, which attracted at least half a million protesters. Instead, attendance at the March for Life was estimated in the thousands—a fairly typical turnout, as some attendees told the Washington Post. The Washington, D.C., Metro recorded normal ridership for a Friday. The rally did not ripple the daily rhythms of the city—and, just as Donald Trump has painted a picture of liberal journalists hell-bent on minimizing the size of his Inauguration Day crowd, some conservatives are blaming the media.

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Canada: Trump’s Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
Posted: 12/07/2016
Huffington Post

I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block.

His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are all outspoken anti-choicers, he has made comments about punishing women who have abortions, has vowed to appoint anti-choice justices to the U.S. Supreme Court -- specifically hoping the Court will overturn Roe v. Wade -- and has suggested defunding Planned Parenthood and banning abortions after 20 weeks.

Many have since stood up against Trump's anti-choice promises, including thousands of donations to Planned Parenthood under Mike Pence's name.

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Source: Huffington Post

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U.S.: This election, don’t forget that Roe v. Wade is on the ballot

David S. Cohen
Nov 7, 2016

Abortion’s future legality is not just a hypothetical issue in this election.

With the presidential election only one day away, the national conversation has turned from a rigged election to email security practices to early voting numbers. But with the polls showing a tightening of the race, it’s time to face one of the impending realities of the choice tomorrow — who is elected will determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned or whether abortion remains legal in all 50 states in the country.

This issue was briefly discussed during the third presidential debate where the candidates presented starkly contrasting views of abortion’s legality. Hillary Clinton said clearly that she would appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would uphold Roe v. Wade and recognize the importance of women’s bodily autonomy. Donald Trump tried to dodge the question, but ultimately admitted that he would appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would reverse Roe and send the issue of abortion’s legality to the states to decide.

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Source: Think Progress

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U.S.: Donald Trump’s Abortion Policies Would Kill Women

Trump's ignorance when it comes to women's health, as demonstrated at the final debate, would be literally deadly
By Jesse Berney, Rolling Stone
Oct 20, 2016

Dana Weinstein was pregnant with her third child, 29 weeks in, less than three months to go. She and her husband wanted this child. Then, terrible news: a routine sonogram revealed a brain anomaly that meant their baby almost certainly wouldn't survive, and whatever life it had would be full of suffering.

Imagine making the decision that faced Dana and her husband.

Now imagine Donald Trump making that decision for them.

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Source: Rolling Stone

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