USA – They Pushed Hard This Year to Curtail Abortion. Wait for 2020.

They Pushed Hard This Year to Curtail Abortion. Wait for 2020.
Another surge of stringent abortion limits is expected in state legislatures next year, highlighting a rift among conservatives about political strategy.

By Timothy Williams
Dec. 4, 2019

Months after state lawmakers around the country approved some of the most restrictive limits on abortion seen in decades, some states want to push still further.

Leading the way is Ohio, where Republicans are contemplating banning nearly all abortions from the time of conception, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and the highly unusual step of allowing women who have abortions to be prosecuted for murder.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/us/abortion-bills-ohio-ectopic-pregnancy.html


Mexico moves toward legal abortion, but women still face jail

Mexico moves toward legal abortion, but women still face jail

30 Nov 2019

GUANAJUATO, Mexico: Martha Mendez and Susana Duenas were both teenagers when they committed their "crime": suffering a miscarriage.

Accused of having an abortion - which is illegal in all but two states in Mexico - Mendez was forced to ask her fetus for forgiveness. Duenas was jailed for seven years.

Continued; https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/mexico-moves-toward-legal-abortion--but-women-still-face-jail-12140018


N. Ireland – Mum who bought abortion pills for daughter acquitted after landmark law reform

Mum who bought abortion pills for daughter acquitted after landmark law reform

Zoe Drewett
Wednesday 23 Oct 2019

A mother who has faced prosecution for six years for buying online abortion pills for her teenage daughter has been formally acquitted after landmark reform in Northern Ireland.

A judge directed a jury at Belfast Crown Court today to find the woman not guilty. The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been facing two counts of procuring and supplying the abortion drugs with the intent to procure a miscarriage, contrary to the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/23/mum-bought-abortion-pills-daughter-acquitted-landmark-law-reform-10968698/


Woman in Northern Ireland abortion pills case formally acquitted

Woman in Northern Ireland abortion pills case formally acquitted
Judge instructs jury to find woman not guilty after legal changes come into force

Rory Carroll, Ireland correspondent
Wed 23 Oct 2019

A court in Northern Ireland has acquitted a woman who was prosecuted for buying online abortion pills for her daughter, after the decriminalisation of abortion in the region.

The judge, David McFarland, directed a jury at Belfast crown court on Wednesday to find the woman not guilty a day after Northern Ireland’s Victorian-era abortion laws were liberalised. The prosecution offered no evidence.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/23/woman-northern-ireland-abortion-pills-case-formally-acquitted-legal-reforms


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