Moroccan court jails journalist on abortion charge that she denies

Moroccan court jails journalist on abortion charge that she denies

Ahmed Eljechtimi
September 30, 2019

RABAT (Reuters) - A Moroccan court on Monday sentenced a journalist to a year in prison for sex outside marriage and having an abortion, both of which she denied, in a case that has outraged rights activists, who say the charges are politically motivated.

Police arrested Hajar Raissouni, 28, on Aug. 31 along with her fiancé as they were leaving a gynecologists clinic in Rabat.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-morocco-trial/moroccan-court-jails-journalist-on-abortion-charge-that-she-denies-idUSKBN1WF22T


Moroccan journalist jailed for abortion that she says never happened

Moroccan journalist jailed for abortion that she says never happened
Critics say Hajar Raissouni’s one-year sentence is a crackdown on criticism government

Ruth Michaelson
Mon 30 Sep 2019

A Moroccan journalist has been sentenced to a year in prison on charges of having an illegal abortion and premarital sex, in a trial observers say was concocted to crack down on criticism of the government.

A Rabat court sentenced journalist Hajar Raissouni to one year in prison, on charges of “having an illegal abortion and sexual relations outside marriage”. Her fiancee, Prof Rifaat al-Amin was given a one-year sentence for alleged complicity.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/30/moroccan-journalist-hajar-raissouni-jailed-abortion


USA – Medication Abortion and the Changing Abortion Landscape

Medication Abortion and the Changing Abortion Landscape

by Megan K. Donovan
Sept 26, 2019

Medication abortion is a safe and effective method of abortion that can be completed outside of a medical setting—for example, in the comfort and privacy of one’s home. Now, new data from the Guttmacher Institute reveal that even as overall abortion numbers continue to decline, the use of medication abortion in the United States continues to grow. In 2017, the number of early medication abortions provided in clinical settings rose to approximately 340,000, an overall increase of 25% from 2014.

Medication abortion has been transforming the provision of care since it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000, and the latest data confirm that it continues to represent an increasingly significant proportion of all U.S. abortions, accounting for 39% in 2017. In fact, it is now the most common method used for abortions up to 10 weeks’ gestation, accounting for 60% of all such abortions in 2017.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/09/medication-abortion-and-changing-abortion-landscape


Abortion bill faces resistance in Australia’s New South Wales

Abortion bill faces resistance in Australia's New South Wales
State's upper house drags feet in passing law legalising abortion despite an overwhelming 75-percent support by voters.

by Kate Walton
Sep 17, 2019

Canberra, Australia - Debate has begun in the upper house of the state of New South Wales (NSW) to decriminalise abortion, but what was expected to be a straightforward legislative process has triggered a furious backlash from conservative politicians and religious groups.

The Reproductive Health Care Act 2019, which seeks to bring the state in line with the rest of Australia, would allow abortion up to 22 weeks. It was passed by the state lower house in August, with 59 votes in favour and 31 against.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/abortion-bill-faces-resistance-australia-south-wales-190917075212482.html


Protest held outside trial of Moroccan journalist accused of illegal abortion

Protest held outside trial of Moroccan journalist accused of illegal abortion
Hajar Raissouni says charges are fabricated and motivated by her work, which is critical of government

Ruth Michaelson in Cairo
Mon 16 Sep 2019

Demonstrators have staged a protest outside a court in Rabat to coincide with the latest hearing in the trial of a Moroccan journalist accused of undergoing an illegal abortion and having sex before marriage.

In a letter written from prison, Hajar Raissouni said the charges were fabricated and motivated by her work, which had been critical of the government.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/16/protest-moroccan-journalist-trial-hajar-raissouni


Moroccan journalist arrested on abortion charges

Moroccan journalist arrested on abortion charges
Rights groups urge authorities to release Hajar Raissouni

Sep 6, 2019
AFP

Rights groups urged Moroccan authorities on Friday to immediately release a journalist arrested on charges of having an "illegal abortion" -- an act her lawyers deny.

Hajar Raissouni writes for the Arabic-language daily Akhbar Al-Yaoum, which has a history of run-ins with the authorities.

Continued; https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/moroccan-journalist-arrested-on-abortion-charges.733657


Northern Irish doctors’ group to fight abortion pill prosecutions

Northern Irish doctors’ group to fight abortion pill prosecutions
Pro-choice organisation opposes medics being forced to report women to the police

Henry McDonald
Sun 11 Aug 2019

A new pro-choice doctors’ organisation has been established in Northern Ireland to defend physician-patient confidentiality over the use of banned abortion pills.

Doctors for Choice Northern Ireland said they were opposed to healthcare professionals in the region being forced to report women and girls to the police if they procured abortion pills.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/11/northern-irish-doctors-defend-confidentiality-of-patients-seeking-abortion


New York Woman Faces Up to Eight Years Behind Bars for Selling Abortion Pills Online

New York Woman Faces Up to Eight Years Behind Bars for Selling Abortion Pills Online
In February, FDA agents showed up at Ursula Wing’s door with an arrest warrant and seized her computer and phones, her daughter’s iPad, boxes of medication abortion pills, and a dozen packages that she was set to mail.

Aug 9, 2019
Imani Gandy

A New York City woman who sold medication abortion pills to more than 2,000 people over two years has been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. If convicted, she could face up to eight years in prison.

In 2012, the woman, Ursula Wing, posted on her blog the Macrobiotic Stoner about her experience terminating her pregnancy using pills that she had bought online. Four years later, she found herself running a business providing medication abortion pills to customers who needed them, including a teenager who was afraid to tell her parents that she was pregnant, and a woman who hid her abortion from her abusive partner.

Continued: https://rewire.news/ablc/2019/08/09/new-york-woman-faces-up-to-eight-years-behind-bars-for-selling-abortion-pills-online/


NSW – Gladys Berejiklian’s missed opportunity in abortion debate

Gladys Berejiklian’s missed opportunity in abortion debate

Peter van Onselen
August 9, 2019

Having listened intently to the abortion debate in New South Wales state parliament this past week, two things stand out: it is mostly men opposing removing terminations from the criminal code, and few if any of those advocating it remain a crime to have an abortion seem willing to argue that the law should be enforced.

How weird is that? So they want a law not enforced to remain on the statute books? I have heard senior politicians piously claim they are “on the side of life” when arguing against abortions. But how are they on the side of life if they won’t ensure the current law criminalising abortions is enforced? In short, they aren’t. It’s vacuous posturing at best.

Continued: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/gladys-berejiklians-missed-opportunity-in-abortion-debate/news-story/79447bd9b27d1060f9bd2dbb471e8188


Missouri and the Fight for Abortion Rights: How Past Became Prologue

Missouri and the Fight for Abortion Rights: How Past Became Prologue
Missouri’s historic battle for abortion rights presaged in important ways where we are today, and what will be required of reproductive rights advocates in the future.

Aug 1, 2019
Angela Bonavoglia

The time, the late 1960s; the place, St. Louis, Missouri. Judy Widdicombe, a twenty-something self-described supermom, was raising two boys with her husband, working as a labor and delivery nurse in a Catholic hospital, and volunteering one night a week as a counselor on a suicide prevention hotline.

“In those days, there was no official place a woman with an unwanted pregnancy could go for help,” she told me when I interviewed her for my book, The Choices We Made: 25 Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/08/01/missouri-and-the-fight-for-abortion-rights-how-past-became-prologue/