El Salvador: What women’s lives are like when abortion is a crime

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What women's lives are like when abortion is a crime

By Alice Driver
Thu October 5, 2017

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Alice Driver: Passage of a recent bill in the House of Representatives shows that for some Republicans, criminalizing abortion is a priority. If Americans want to know what women's lives are like in a country where abortion is a crime, they should listen to women in El Salvador, she writes

(CNN)During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump famously said that there should be "some form of punishment" for abortion. Although he later tried to walk these remarks back, he and his mostly male fellow Republicans have quietly been making headway since he took office on an agenda to make sure women have as few options as possible for reproductive choice and education, including limited access to birth control and the preventative care offered by Planned Parenthood.

Continued at source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/05/opinions/united-states-el-salvador-abortion-prison-driver-opinion/index.html

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USA: The House just passed a 20-week abortion ban. Opponents say it’s “basically relying on junk science.”

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The House just passed a 20-week abortion ban. Opponents say it's “basically relying on junk science.”
The bill is based on claims about fetal pain that aren’t supported by research.
Updated by Anna North Oct 3, 2017

The House voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make abortion after 20 weeks illegal in every state in the country. Called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, it’s based on the idea that a fetus at 20 weeks’ gestation can feel pain.

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will protect the voiceless, the vulnerable, and the marginalized," said Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House majority leader, in a statement last month. "It will protect those children who science has proven can feel pain.” President Donald Trump has promised to sign the bill if it passes; during the campaign, he said such a bill “would end painful late-term abortions nationwide.”

Continued at source: https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/10/3/16401826/abortion-ban-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act

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USA: Pro-Choice Groups Raise Alarm Ahead of House Vote to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

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Pro-Choice Groups Raise Alarm Ahead of House Vote to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

Published on Monday, October 02, 2017
by Common Dreams

"Republicans in Congress failed to take healthcare from millions — so they're trying to ban abortion and take away bodily autonomy"
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer

As the Republican-controlled U.S. House prepares to vote Tuesday on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy nationwide, reproductive rights advocates are urging Americans to contact their congressional representatives and pressure them to oppose the measure.

Continued at source: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/02/pro-choice-groups-raise-alarm-ahead-house-vote-ban-abortion-after-20-weeks

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USA: What It’s Like to Get an Abortion When You’re Six Months Pregnant

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What It's Like to Get an Abortion When You're Six Months Pregnant
Callie Beusman

Oct 2 2017
Rachel was 25 weeks pregnant when she learned her fetus had a severe, likely lethal abnormality that also put her health at risk. She had to drive 12 hours and pay $10,000 to get a potentially life-saving abortion.

In the fall of 2015, Rachel Goldberg was pregnant with her first child. She and her husband, who live in rural Missouri, were ecstatic about the prospect of starting a family, and she recalls eagerly anticipating her routine 20-week ultrasound check-up. She was excited to find out the sex—male, she would later learn—and she was hoping to get some photos to show her family and friends.

Continued at source: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/8x8kzk/what-its-like-to-get-an-abortion-when-youre-six-months-pregnant?wpisrc=nl_todayworld&wpmm=1

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