USA: Google search results for abortion services promote anti-abortion centers

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Google search results for abortion services promote anti-abortion centers
When users seek facilities for the procedure, Google Maps often presents ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that discourage abortions

Sam Levin in San Francisco
Tue 13 Feb 2018

Google searches for abortion services direct users to anti-abortion centers across the US, according to a new report that has sparked concerns from reproductive rights’ groups.

In response to the question “Where can I get an abortion near me?”, Google Maps frequently suggests “crisis pregnancy centers”, which are often non-medical facilities that provide counseling meant to discourage women from having abortions.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/13/abortions-near-me-google-search-results-anti-pro-life-groups-promote

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USA: Senate Rejects Measure to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

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Senate Rejects Measure to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
JAN. 29, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected a bill on Monday to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a largely symbolic vote aimed at forcing vulnerable Democrats to take a stand that could hurt their prospects for re-election in states won by President Trump.

By a vote of 51 to 46, the measure fell well short of the 60-vote threshold required for the Senate to break a Democratic filibuster. The outcome was not a surprise, and the vote fell mostly along party lines.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/us/politics/senate-abortion-ban-20-weeks.html

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Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

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Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

Written by Sophie Cousins
September 12, 2017 Quartz india

Outside, the mid-morning heat is stifling. It’s not humid like the bustling metropolises of Mumbai or Kolkata; here in New Delhi, it’s a dry heat, the type of heat that exhausts you, made worse by a thick layer of dust which sticks to your face and stings your eyes.

At the maternity ward inside the hospital at Jamia Hamdard University, all the metal gurneys are taken, some with sheets, some without.

Continued: https://qz.com/1073136/abortion-contraception-pregnancy-how-womens-bodies-became-a-battlezon/

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U.S.: How Anti-Abortion Groups Are Educating The Public — And Exhausting The Opposition

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How Anti-Abortion Groups Are Educating The Public — And Exhausting The Opposition

Anti-abortion advocates and lobbyists draft and distribute repetitive abortion-restricting legislation to “educate” or to “exhaust” the public, depending on who you ask.

Posted on July 02, 2017,
Ema O'Connor, BuzzFeed News Reporter

Nearly identical abortion laws are being considered or contested in state legislatures all over the country, and that is entirely by design.

It is one of the central strategies used by anti-abortion lobbying organizations who draft model laws and then distribute them to anti-abortion state lawmakers across the country, and even federally. Aside from being a fast and reliable way of putting new limits on abortion rights and familiarizing the public with their ideas, the repetitiveness and volume of these laws serves another purpose — exhausting their opposition.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/how-anti-abortion-groups-are-educating-the-public-and

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U.S.: Warning – Abortion’s Deadly DIY Past Could Soon Become Its Future

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By Rebecca Traister

January 10, 2017, New Yorker Magazine

On Election Day, the most-searched issue on Google was abortion. According to the Washington Post, searches for “Trump on abortion” rose by more than 4,000 percent in the late afternoon of November 8. Perhaps these searchers were unclear on the position of the candidate who in his pre-political life had supported Planned Parenthood but during the campaign suggested that women should be punished for having illegal abortions and in the final debate talked about abortion providers who “rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.” Or perhaps the frantic last-minute searching was a manifestation of collective anxiety about what would become an early flash point in the Trump administration—and a first test of whether much of the social progress of the past 40 years can be undone over the next four.

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Source: New Yorker Magazine

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U.S.: Abortion Foes, Emboldened by Trump, Promise ‘Onslaught’ of Tough Restrictions

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By SABRINA TAVERNISE and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
DEC. 11, 2016, NYT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Christina Hagan, the youngest woman in the Ohio Legislature, received a surprise last week. The toughest piece of abortion legislation in the country — a bill she had championed for years — suddenly passed.

The measure, which would ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks, was long presumed dead. But now that Donald J. Trump is headed to the White House, the political winds have changed, and it passed with overwhelming majorities.

So did a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. Neither contains exceptions for rape and incest. Now Gov. John Kasich — a Republican who is an ardent abortion opponent and onetime challenger to Mr. Trump — is weighing whether to sign one or both.

“President-elect Trump has drastically shifted the dynamics,” said Ms. Hagan, 28, a Republican who has served in the State House since 2011. “I honestly could not have foreseen this victory a week or a month ago.”

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Source: New York Times

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