USA: National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) Rejects Montana County Prosecutor’s Call to Implement “The Handmaid’s Tale”

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National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) Rejects Montana County Prosecutor's Call to Implement "The Handmaid's Tale"
Jan 12, 2018

NAPW Advises Pregnant Women Not to "Self-Report" and the Public to Reject Incoherent and Inaccurate Claims Regarding Pregnant Women

On January 11, 2018, the Big Horn County Attorney's Office issued an announcement calling for the "immediate crackdown" on pregnant women that is outrageous, irresponsible, and dangerous to women, children, and families. According to this statement, every pregnant woman should be constantly monitored for the use of alcohol or non-medically prescribed drugs, turned in to state authorities by friends, family members, health care providers and strangers, and become subject to court orders of protection that may be enforced through arrest and incarceration to "incapacitate" expecting mothers. Pregnant women are advised to "immediately self-report" to the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid prosecution. The County Attorney also calls on other prosecutors throughout Montana to join him in this reckless call to hunt down pregnant women. NAPW is shocked by this attack on the health, liberty, and basic human rights of women in Big Horn County.

Continued at source: http://advocatesforpregnantwomen.org/blog/2018/01/statement_condemning_call_for.php

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USA: CHOICE/LESS – Marching Toward Gilead: The Rise of American Theocracy, Part I

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CHOICE/LESS – Marching Toward Gilead: The Rise of American Theocracy, Part I
Dec 13, 2017
Jenn Stanley and Sofia Resnick

Roy Moore lost, but barely. And his theocratic vision for the country lives on through Operation Save America (OSA), an organization committed to a United States in which abortion, homosexuality, Islam, and anything else its leadership considers “ungodly” is a criminal offense. In this two-part audio documentary, CHOICE/LESS host Jenn Stanley and Rewire investigative reporter Sofia Resnick team up to reveal the alarming ways OSA’s far-right ideology is worming its way into state and federal government. While often dismissed as a group of fringe extremists, OSA has a path to power–and even after Roy Moore’s loss, it’s farther along that path than you think.

This is Part I.
Click here for Part II.

Continued at source: https://rewire.news/multimedia/podcast/choiceless-marching-toward-gilead-the-rise-of-american-theocracy-part-i/

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1 In 2 Queenslanders Would Change Their Vote If Candidate Opposed Abortion

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1 In 2 Queenslanders Would Change Their Vote If Candidate Opposed Abortion
Abortion remains a criminal offence in QLD.
Nov 20, 2017

Josh Butler, Associate Editor, HuffPost Australia

One in two Queenslanders would change their vote in the upcoming election if their candidate backed keeping abortion a criminal offence, according to new polling.

Community group Fair Agenda, which has been working to make abortion a key issue during the state election, revealed figures on Monday showing 50 percent of voters would be unwilling to vote for their preferred candidate if that candidate wanted accessing abortion to remain a criminal offence.

Continued at source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/11/19/1-in-2-queenslanders-would-change-their-vote-if-candidate-opposed-abortion_a_23282463/

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Ireland: Handmaid’s Tales at abortion committee

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Handmaid’s Tales at abortion committee

Justine McCarthy
November 19 2017

Forget science fiction — the eighth amendment debates are truly dystopian

Tammy Wynette was right — sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. Ever more so, these days, when 21 parliamentarians gather in Leinster House each Wednesday to discuss abortion. It’s a topic guaranteed to elicit deeply held grievances, frustration, feelings of victimhood, accusations of prejudice and spittle-licking outrage at perceived injustices, and it does — from men.

Women are in a majority of one on the joint committee on the eighth amendment to the constitution. When its work is done, all of them ought to be awarded a medal, regardless of their personal views on abortion, for their sheer endurance and dignity. For to sit in that room with a womb — or the memory of having had one — is to be subjected to a sort of medieval torture.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/handmaids-tales-at-abortion-committee-f5fsw3rgq

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Australia: Women Dressed As Handmaids Are Protesting To Get Politicians To Take A Pro-Choice Pledge

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Women Dressed As Handmaids Are Protesting To Get Politicians To Take A Pro-Choice Pledge

"The person you vote for could determine whether or not abortion remains in the Criminal Code in Queensland."
Posted on November 18, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia
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Women dressed in striking red robes and white winged bonnets will protest around Queensland ahead of the state election next Saturday, to remind voters that whether or not abortion remains a crime under state law will be decided by whoever wins at the polls.

The protesters are dressed like the handmaids in TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, an adaptation of the Margaret Atwood classic in which fertile women are denied bodily autonomy and forced to carry pregnancies against their will.

They will call for those running in the election to join more than 140 candidates who have signed a pro-choice pledge, which is run by independent lobby group Fair Agenda and backed by The Human Rights Law Centre, Women’s Legal Service Queensland, White Ribbon and the Queensland Council of Unions.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/women-dressed-as-handmaids-are-protesting-queenslands?utm_term=.wwNV5eMXAv#.mnJ3pMqxwo

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The last taboo – is TV finally ready to discuss abortion?

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The last taboo – is TV finally ready to discuss abortion?

Its depiction on the small screen has historically been problematic but shows like Scandal, Girls and Jane The Virgin indicate that could be changing

by Ellen E Jones
Monday 13 March 2017

That dreaded blue line on the little plastic stick. A pair of jeans that no longer zips up. Retching into the nearest bin at work. Unplanned pregnancy has been fertile fodder for TV drama, yet always within curiously coy limits. But now that there’s a new administration in the US that has made dismantling reproductive rights a first-week-in-office priority, is TV finally ready to talk abortion?

Shows such as Scandal, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Girls have already featured major storylines in which unhappily up-the-duff women explore all their options, but this spring a new 10-part series promises to be TV’s most prescient depiction of women’s reproductive rights to date.

Continued at source: The Guardian:
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/mar/13/the-handmaids-tale-scandal-girls-jane-the-virgin-is-tv-ready-to-discuss-abortion

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Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump

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Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump

By MARGARET ATWOOD
MARCH 10, 2017

In the spring of 1984 I began to write a novel that was not initially called “The Handmaid’s Tale.” I wrote in longhand, mostly on yellow legal notepads, then transcribed my almost illegible scrawlings using a huge German-keyboard manual typewriter I’d rented.

The keyboard was German because I was living in West Berlin, which was still encircled by the Berlin Wall: The Soviet empire was still strongly in place, and was not to crumble for another five years. Every Sunday the East German Air Force made sonic booms to remind us of how close they were. During my visits to several countries behind the Iron Curtain — Czechoslovakia, East Germany — I experienced the wariness, the feeling of being spied on, the silences, the changes of subject, the oblique ways in which people might convey information, and these had an influence on what I was writing. So did the repurposed buildings. “This used to belong to . . . but then they disappeared.” I heard such stories many times.

Continued at source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/books/review/margaret-atwood-handmaids-tale-age-of-trump.html?_r=2

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Norway joins Dutch international abortion fund to combat Donald Trump’s aid ban

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Norway joins Dutch international abortion fund to combat Donald Trump's aid ban

Prime Minister Erna Solberg says 'a joint effort is particularly important' in the face of pro-life pressure

by Jon Sharman
Tuesday 21 February 2017

Norway has pledged millions of dollars to a global fund designed to help women access abortion services after Donald Trump cut support for health clinics across the world.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norway-international-abortion-fund-fight-donald-trump-aid-ban-mexico-city-policy-netherlands-a7590896.html

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