UK – The government is wrong to dismiss abortion clinic buffer zones

The government is wrong to dismiss abortion clinic buffer zones
Protests outside abortion clinics are a form of harassment which undermine the free choices of women

By Sophie Kilminster
September 22, 2018

Last week, Home Secretary Sajid Javid rejected calls for buffer zones outside abortion clinics by saying that protest-free areas around clinics “would not be a proportionate response” to the harassment from protestors. Now perhaps it’s the English student in me, but the suggestion of a “proportionate response” seems to imply that the Home Secretary feels we should wait for a ‘proportionate’ number of women to be harassed before any action is taken to stop this harassment.

Abortion is a contentious issue, but I believe wrongly so; abortion should be personal and the business of only the woman who needs it, like any medical procedure. Protestors have attempted to undermine women’s choices through tactics such as physically blocking the patient’s path, assault and displaying distressing images.

Continued: http://cherwell.org/2018/09/22/the-government-is-wrong-to-dismiss-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones/

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Australia – More choice for women seeking abortion in the ACT

More choice for women seeking abortion in the ACT

Released 19/09/2018 - Joint media release

Women will have more choice for abortion services in the ACT under the Health (Improving Abortion Access) Amendment Bill 2018, which was passed today in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

The legislation, introduced by the ACT Greens, allows medical abortions to be accessed through a local GP or telehealth provider for the first time in the ACT.

Continued: http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/yvette-berry-mla-media-releases/2018/More-choice-for-women-seeking-abortion-in-the-ACT

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Kenya – Medic backs safe abortion as film board bans advert

Medic backs safe abortion as film board bans advert

Sep. 13, 2018,
By NANCY AGUTU

Educating women on safe abortions is the right thing to do, a doctors network said yesterday barely hours after the Film Classification Board banned an advert by Marie Stopes.

Marie Stopes is running a campaign that seeks to educate young girls about safe abortion. The promotion runs on Radio Africa Group platforms.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/09/13/medic-backs-safe-abortion-as-film-board-bans-advert_c1817749

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“It was a bad experience” – Emeka Nwankwo explores the struggle to get a safe abortion in Nigeria

“It was a bad experience” – Emeka Nwankwo explores the struggle to get a safe abortion in Nigeria

September 12, 2018
by Mazi Emeka

Editor’s Note:

When Emeka Nwankwo approached us with his investigation into abortions in Lagos, he expressed some worry that as a male journalist, there would be glaring realities he would miss in his coverage of how abortion laws in Nigeria affect the country’s most disenfranchised. But it was a reality that needed to be explored, and the sobering conclusions we reach in the end of our investigation is worth the leap of faith. We hope it gives every reader a little more nuance on an incredibly complex subject.

WHO BEARS THE PAIN OF AN ABORTION?

Pain is a raging flame that consumes the entire body. It spreads, like fireworks, from the point of origin to every other place. And if you are a young woman, with no one to hold your hands as you lie on a gurney in an illegal clinic somewhere in Oshodi, legs spread apart and knees bent, handled by a female doctor, probing within you via your genitals, then the pain is as physical as it is emotional.

Continued: https://ynaija.com/it-was-a-bad-experience-emeka-nwanko-explores-the-struggle-to-get-a-safe-abortion-in-nigeria/

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MPs step up pressure for Northern Ireland abortion reform

MPs step up pressure for Northern Ireland abortion reform
Cross-party calls for backing on plan to force May to intervene

Michael Savage
Sat 2 Jun 2018

MPs are being canvassed to back a plan to force through measures liberalising abortion in Northern Ireland, it has emerged.

A cross-party coalition has drawn up a proposal that would force Theresa May into taking action. Some of the most senior women in the Tory party are said to be supportive of the campaign following the landslide result in Ireland’s referendum in favour of ending its near total ban on abortion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/02/mps-urged-back-forced-liberalisation-abortion-northern-ireland

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MPs call for exclusion zones around abortion clinics to stop protests

MPs call for exclusion zones around abortion clinics to stop protests
Home secretary urged to follow lead of Ealing council in effort to prevent harassment

Dan Sabbagh
Thu 31 May 2018

Dozens of MPs are demanding Sajid Javid introduce exclusion zones outside abortion clinics in England and Wales to prevent protesters from harassing women, ahead of a court case that could see the sole existing safety area scrapped.

Rupa Huq, who represents Ealing Central and Acton, accused the home secretary of sitting on a review started by his predecessor Amber Rudd, which she and 160 other MPs and peers from all parties believe could halt emotive anti-abortion protests that take place outside an estimated 42 clinics.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/31/mps-call-for-exclusion-zones-around-abortion-clinics-protests-harassment

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The only Northern Irish woman with a choice about abortion? Arlene Foster

The only Northern Irish woman with a choice about abortion? Arlene Foster
In Northern Ireland a rape victim seeking to end a pregnancy risks a longer sentence than her attacker. This has to change

Stella Creasy
Tue 29 May 2018

The jubilation at the result of the referendum on abortion in Ireland quickly gave way to rage as focus turned to Northern Ireland, where women are treated as second-class citizens when it comes to their reproductive rights.

Abortion is only legal in that part of the UK if the mother’s life is at immediate risk – as the law stands, a victim of rape who sought to end an unwanted pregnancy would risk a longer prison sentence than her attacker. Women whose babies will not live outside the womb are forced to carry them to term.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/29/northern-ireland-abortion-choice-arlene-foster-dup-rape-pregnancy

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Number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions rises fivefold

Number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions rises fivefold
Marie Stopes chief executive says the state needs abortion care funding reform

Calla Wahlquist
Fri 27 Apr 2018

The number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions has increased fivefold since the state’s only dedicated abortion clinic shut in January, Marie Stopes Australia has said.

The chief executive of Marie Stopes, Michelle Thompson, said the number of women from Tasmania who were visiting the Melbourne clinic had increased from about two a month to 10 or 12 a month since the closure of the Hobart clinic, which offered surgical terminations of pregnancies up to 12 weeks.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/27/number-of-tasmanians-travelling-interstate-for-abortions-rises-fivefold

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Britain enforces first abortion clinic exclusion zone

Britain enforces first abortion clinic exclusion zone

Apr 23, 2018

LONDON (AFP) - A ban on pro-life protests outside an abortion clinic in London came into force on Monday (April 23) in a first that pro-choice campaigners hope will set a precedent for the country.

The local authority in Ealing, west London, imposed an exclusion zone after claims that women and staff at the Marie Stopes clinic were being intimidated and harassed by vigils that have been held outside the building for more than 20 years.

Continued: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/britain-enforces-first-abortion-clinic-exclusion-zone

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GREAT BRITAIN – Documenting the harassment of anti-abortion protests

GREAT BRITAIN – Documenting the harassment of anti-abortion protests
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Mar 2, 2018

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) is a charity that offers abortion care, contraception, STI testing, miscarriage management, and pregnancy counselling to nearly 80,000 women each year via clinics in England, Wales, and Scotland. As part of their advocacy work, they have been running the Back Off campaign to introduce legal buffer zones around abortion clinics and pregnancy advisory bureaux since 2014, based on evidence collected from their clients that protests outside clinics are distressing and intimidating. Their work with Rupa Huq, a Member of Parliament, led to the establishment of a government review into protests outside abortion clinics, to which they wrote an in-depth response.

In the last 12 months, 18 of their 70 clinics have been affected by anti-abortion protests, including:

Continued:http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/great-britain-documenting-the-harassment-of-anti-abortion-protests/

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