Podcast: Roe V Wade

Roe V Wade

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Sunday 2 June 2019
Radio National Australia, Rear Vision

States across America are passing heartbeat laws, which aim to outlaw abortions at any stage of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest.

They are reigniting debate in the US around abortion and threatening to overturn the famous 1973 Roe V Wade decision.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/roe-v-wade/11160438

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Abortion demonstrations draw thousands across Norway after prime minister proposes tightening laws

Abortion demonstrations draw thousands across Norway after prime minister proposes tightening laws
Thousands joined demonstrations in cities around the country over politicians suggestion that abortion laws could be tightened

Alex Matthews-King, Health Correspondent
Nov 17, 2018

Thousands of Norwegians joined nationwide protests on Saturday as part of a backlash against proposals by the leader of the ruling coalition government which would tighten the country’s abortion laws.

Prime minister Erna Solberg, has suggested amending a key paragraph of existing legislation which allows abortions after 12 weeks where the child will have a “serious illness” like Down’s syndrome, or in some cases for multiple births.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/abortion-norway-protest-oslo-storting-womens-erna-solberg-christian-democrats-march-a8638966.html

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Thousands protest in Norway against restricting abortion

Thousands protest in Norway against restricting abortion
Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Norwegian cities on Saturday against restricting women's access to abortion, the subject of talks between the ruling minority coalition and a small party seeking to join the government.

17 Nov 2018

OSLO: Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Norwegian cities on Saturday against restricting women's access to abortion, the subject of talks between the ruling minority coalition and a small party seeking to join the government.

In Norway's capital Oslo, the demonstrators, some pushing children in strollers, marched through the city centre carrying banners with slogans such as "My body my right" and "Defend abortion".

Continued: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/thousands-protest-in-norway-against-restricting-abortion-10941850

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Demonstrations in Argentina: Anti-femicide, Pro-abortion

Demonstrations in Argentina: Anti-femicide, Pro-abortion

Published 4 June 2018

Thousands of gender and abortion rights supporters in Argentina took to the streets of Buenos Aires again under the hashtag banner #notonelessXclandestineabortions (#NiUnaMenosXAbortoClandestino) demanding an "end to femicides" and access to legal abortions.

The activists marched from the Plaza de Mayo to Congress, with a renewed force against femicides and for legislation that would allow free, safe and legal abortions up to the 14th week of inception. Since April congress has held several public hearing regarding a pro-abortion bill that senators are expected to decide upon later this month.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Demonstrations-in-Argentina-Anti-femicide-Pro-abortion-20180604-0020.html

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Argentina president urges Congress to start abortion debate

Argentina president urges Congress to start abortion debate
By: LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press
Mar 01, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentina's conservative President Mauricio Macri said Thursday that Congress should launch a debate on broader legalization of abortion, though he said he opposes it.

Macri told lawmakers that he favors "mature, responsible debates," and his government believes that Congress should include the issue in its 2018 agenda.

Continued: http://www.wtrf.com/news/argentina-president-urges-congress-to-start-abortion-debate/1001171115

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Poland abortion ban: Thousands of women take to streets across country to demand reproductive rights

Poland abortion ban: Thousands of women take to streets across country to demand reproductive rights
Wave of demonstrations follow proposal to ban termination of sick foetuses

Lydia Smith
Jan 17, 2018

Women across Poland are set to protest against attempts by the government to further restrict access to abortion.

Demonstrations across at least 50 cities have been organised by Polish Women’s Strike, a coalition of women’s rights groups.

Pro-choice demonstrators plan to wear black as a sign of mourning for their reproductive rights, which have come under threat under the ruling conservative Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc, or PiS).

Continued: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/poland-women-abortion-ban-march-strike-protest-reproductive-rights-polish-government-latest-a8163281.html

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Reproductive rights activists counteract the “Walk for Life” in Croatia

Reproductive rights activists counteract the "Walk for Life" in Croatia
May 21, 2017

Croatian’s Platform for women’s reproductive rights organized a series of actions in order to highlight the real intension of the so-called “Walk for life”

Zagreb, Croatia: Platform for women's reproductive rights warns that the so-called "Walk for life" is a political gathering that has nothing to do with the preservation of life but has an agenda to restrict abortion accessibility and to make it illegal. In other words, to take away a women's right to decide if she wants to, when and with whom to have children.

Continued at source: Astra: http://www.astra.org.pl/repronews/500-reproductive-rights-activists-counteract-the-walk-for-life-in-croatia.html

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“Black Protest” against abortion ban take the streets of Poland

Published September 26, 2016
By Giacomo Galardini

Thousands of participants across Poland took to the streets Sunday against the new law advanced recently by the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) which would ban all abortions.

The gatherings took place in Poland’s ten biggest cities and also in other major cities worldwide under the slogan #CzarnyProtest (Black Protest), put forward and organized by Dziewuchy dziewuchom (Wenches to Wenches), a feminist organization which opposes the strengthening of the current abortion regulations.

The demonstrations also gained support from a variety of anti-PiS political groups such as The Committee for Defense of Democracy (Komitet Obrony Demokracji, KOD) and the left-wing political party Razem (Together). The feminist organization has put together similar protests since the bill was brought to the table earlier this year by a citizens’ initiative backed by the Catholic Church.

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Source: New Europe

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Photos of Last-Minute Protests Against a Harsh Abortion Law in Poland

September 24, 2016

Photos by Karol Gryforuk, Words by Katarzyna Stupnicka

"We want to love, not die!" was one of the protest's slogans.

This article originally appeared on VICE Poland.

Thousands protested in front of the Poland's parliament on Thursday night against a near-total ban on abortion, while inside the building, members debated on three draft laws. The pro-choice coalition Save Women and the left-wing political party Razem organized the demonstration. A smaller counter-demonstration also occurred at the same place, at the same time. A police cordon separated the two groups.

[Story and photos at link]
Source: Vice.com

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Campaigners on both sides of abortion debate protest in Belfast

Thousands of campaigners from both sides of Ireland’s abortion debate paraded through the streets of Belfast to highlight their opposing positions on the issue. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Over 3,000 people take to streets to highlight opposing views on abortion legislation

Sat, Jul 2, 2016, 15:53

Thousands of campaigners from both sides of Ireland’s emotive abortion debate have paraded through the streets of Belfast to highlight their opposing positions on the issue.

More than 1,000 people took party in the Rally for Choice, organised by pro-choice campaigners, and held aloft banners saying ‘I love Marie Stopes’, ‘Repeal the eighth’ and ‘abortion rights now’.

The theme for the 10th annual All-Ireland Rally for Life, which took place after and attracted more than 2,000 people, was ‘personhood begins at conception’.

Currently, an abortion is only permitted in the Republic of Ireland when a woman’s life is at risk and in Northern Ireland in the same circumstances, plus if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health.

Women can face jail time if they access an abortion, something Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty International says makes laws on both parts of the island some of the most “restrictive and punitive in Europe”.

Emma Gallen from the Belfast Feminist Network and Alliance for Choice was on the organising committee for the Rally for Choice which assembled at Buoy Park in the Cathedral Quarter of the city.

“We are here to point out there is a large amount of people across Northern Ireland who think the abortion laws need to be changed and that when the UN tells the Republic of Ireland and the UK that the laws across the island of Ireland are unjust and inhumane and breaches human rights, we should probably listen to that,” she said.

‘A civilised society’

Green Party MLA Clare Bailey said: “We can no longer criminalise women for health care services and call ourselves a civilised society”.

Emma Waszak from the Abortion Rights Campaign in Dublin travelled to Belfast to “show solidarity with people in the North”.

She added: “We are calling on abortion legislation in the North and repealing the eighth in the south. We want abortion to be free, safe and legal.”

Workers’ Party spokeswoman for north Belfast, Gemma Weir, said: “The law is so outdated. It is so anti-women. Women should have the right to make choices over their own bodies no matter what that decision is.”

As the pro-choice demonstration was making its way along Royal Avenue to City Hall Julie Tweed from Ballymena, Co Antrim was shouting “scumbags” at the marchers because she says “that’s what they are”.

“I think it is disgusting,” she said.

“Women in crisis pregnancy don’t need to be directed to somewhere where they are going to kill their child.”

At the anti-abortion rally at Custom House Square Bernadette Smyth, the director of Belfast-based Precious Life, said there is mounting pressure on Stormont and the Dáil to extend abortion rights and campaigners will resist any such moves.

“This is a springboard for campaigns we will take forward over the next two months to do everything in our power through our government representatives here in Northern Ireland to ensure that abortion is never legalised in any circumstances,” she said.

“No compromise. Personhood begins at conception.”

Activists from the Republic travelled up by coach from places including Dublin, Wexford, Donegal, Westmeath and Cavan to show support for the anti-abortion movement in the North.

Mary Kelly from Longford said she was “pushed into having an abortion years ago but I didn’t do it and today I have an engineer because of it”.

She added: “No baby ever killed a mother. Every baby is precious. Every life is precious from the moment of conception and that has to be recognised.”

Marian Murphy from Co Kildare said: “There is a fundamental right to life. Nowadays we are dehumanising the womb and also the fact that legal abortion is covering up sexual abuse and rape is a scandal. It is not the ideologies of the flower power 60s have painted it out to be.”

Fr Damian McCann from Glengormley, Co Antrim was in attendance to “show solidarity with all those supporting pro-life causes”.

On abortion in the cases of pregnancy as a result of rape he said: “Life is sacred and we have to do what we can to support it. I don’t see how destroying the life of a child is going to make that situation any better.”

Source: Irish Times

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