When religious ideology drives abortion policy, poor women suffer the consequences

When religious ideology drives abortion policy, poor women suffer the consequences

by Gretchen E. Ely, The Conversation
Sept 2, 2019

In Northern Ireland, Catholics and Protestants are frequently segregated, with some neighborhoods divided by barbed wire fences, reflecting deep historical conflicts between the faiths.

Ninety percent of Northern Ireland's 1.87 million people are Christian, with Protestants, once the solid majority there, now slightly outnumbering Catholics. But members of these faiths remain divided decades after a 1997 peace agreement meant to end sectarian violence in the region.

Continued: https://phys.org/news/2019-09-religious-ideology-abortion-policy-poor.html


How Margaret Atwood predicted America’s future in The Handmaid’s Tale

How Margaret Atwood predicted America’s future in The Handmaid’s Tale

Posted by Jean Hannah Edelstein
Published Jun 18, 2019

“If you return to your country of origin, would you be persecuted on the basis of you being a woman?”

On the bank of a dark river, a Canadian customs official speaks these words to a woman who is lying on the ground, drenched in freezing river water, clutching a baby. She has just completed a harrowing near-death journey across the border, and this is part of the script that the officer must recite in order for her to seek refuge in Canada. The woman nods, shivering and frantic. “Do you wish to claim asylum?” the guard asks.

Continued: https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/handmaids-tale-margaret-atwood-predicted-us-abortion-law-pro-life-heartbeat-bill/273387


U.S. state restrictions on abortion are anti-secular

Stuart Chambers: U.S. state restrictions on abortion are anti-secular
Pro-choice supporters better be ready to stand up for secularism because anti-abortion forces have already decided that belief trumps truth.

Stuart Chambers
Updated: June 2, 2019

The U.S. is a nation that prides itself on separating church and state — that is, unless the issue is abortion. A recent rash of state restrictions on abortion procedures clearly demonstrates two fundamental truths: first, the Christian right dismisses evidence-based inquiry; second, it seeks to make religion operative within secular law.

When lobbying for abortion restrictions, anti-abortion lobbyists and politicians tend to ignore empirical studies that counter their narrative that abortion is dangerous. One myth surrounds the alleged psychological harm to women who have had abortions. The data, however, contradicts this claim.

Continued: https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/stuart-chambers-u-s-state-restrictions-on-abortion-are-anti-secular


Jamaica – Church condemning women to unsafe abortions

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Church condemning women to unsafe abortions

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Dear Editor,

Like clockwork, the far right radicals of the church have sought to turn another conversation about progressive law reform into something which it is not. They have come, guns blazing to “defend the life of the unborn child”.

For them, millions of lives are at stake if the laws were to change so as to allow women to safely access services which they are already accessing (with no significant decline in the population as a result), often times in less than optimal conditions

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE_READERS_COMMENT:_Church_condemning_women_to_unsafe_abortions?profile=1228


Irish abortion referendum will bring out the fanatics

Irish abortion referendum will bring out the fanatics

Cahir O'Doherty
January 14, 2018

The 1983 abortion referendum in Ireland was a circus.

I wasn't old enough to vote in the last major abortion referendum in Ireland in 1983, but I remember it well. It would be impossible not to, it was so toxic and shameful.

In particular I remember the atmosphere of undeclared civil war that had erupted by that summer, filling the airwaves with enraged fanatics. Whisper campaigns and innuendo flourished everywhere, insane conspiracy theories were being presented as fact.

Continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/cahirodoherty/irish-abortion-referendum-brings-out-the-fanatics