USA – She Wanted An Abortion. Feds Say Her Ex Threatened to Bomb the Clinic.

She Wanted An Abortion. Feds Say Her Ex Threatened to Bomb the Clinic.
Court documents show a South Carolina man has been hit with federal charges for interfering with reproductive health care.

by Marie Solis
Oct 7 2019

A South Carolina man named Rodney Allen has been arrested and charged with calling in a fake bomb threat to a Jacksonville, Florida, health clinic in order to prevent a woman he was formerly in a relationship with from obtaining an abortion.

According to a sworn affidavit submitted in federal court last month by FBI Special Agent Robert W. Blythe, these events took place after Allen allegedly sexually assaulted the woman—identified in the affidavit only as A.S.—which resulted in her becoming pregnant. A.S. also alleged that Allen was physically abusive, and had threatened to kill multiple members of her family. The case, USA v Allen, is still in process in a Florida district court. (Blythe did not respond to VICE’s request for comment.)


USA – Abortion Is Our Right To Strike

Abortion Is Our Right To Strike
Abortion isn’t a “cultural” issue. The production of children, and who will pay for it, is a key economic battlefront.

By Jenny Brown

For decades, we’ve been told that abortion is merely a wedge issue used by Republicans to split working-class Catholics from the Democratic Party and excite a Protestant evangelical base. “Starting in the 1970s,” feminist law professor Joan C. Williams writes, “Republicans have offered support for working-class anti-abortion views in exchange for working-class support for pro-business positions.”

According to this view, politicians and the one percent really don’t care one way or the other about abortion — they’re just using the issue to get votes. This reading of US politics is so common that if you ask a group of feminists today why abortion is under attack, someone will explain that it is a political ploy to capture the support of conservative “values” voters. Thomas Frank even argues that banning abortion would be against the interests of these political forces because they would lose an issue to mobilize around.


Let’s talk about the stigma of multiple abortions

Let's talk about the stigma of multiple abortions

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Women Help Women

The longer a person can get pregnant is alive, the more likely they are to have an abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 45 percent of folks who have had abortions have had more than one. Multiple abortions are common, and we know that more than one safe abortion doesn't threaten a person's ability to have children in the future, nor does it have a negative impact their health.

You've probably heard the sentiment "I don't believe in using abortion as birth control," referring to folks who have more than one abortion. Aside from the fact that abortion is literally birth control - it stops you from giving birth - let's remember that birth control can fail (even when it's taken correctly), emergency contraception can be often difficult/impossible to obtain, and the information that people get about sex, consent, and birth control is often incorrect and fear-based.


Reproductive Choice is About Much More than Abortion

Reproductive Choice is About Much More than Abortion

Posted on November 27, 2018
by Valerie Tarico

When it comes to freely-chosen parenthood, we sometimes miss the big picture.

Imperfect people and imperfect birth control and imperfect pregnancy processes fail; and when they do, access to abortion is a moral good. Like health knowledge and reliable contraceptive options, the power to end an ill-conceived pregnancy helps young people to form the families of their choosing with the best timing and circumstances available to them—improving health and wellbeing for kids and families and whole communities.


‘They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion’: A Chinese Woman’s Ordeal In Xinjiang

'They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion': A Chinese Woman's Ordeal In Xinjiang

November 23, 2018
Rob Schmitz

When the 37-year-old Chinese woman stepped over China's border into Kazakhstan last July, she felt free.

The woman — who doesn't want NPR to use her name for fear of retaliation by Chinese authorities — says after her husband died in 2015, she was left with two children, a tiny house in the countryside of China's Xinjiang region, and little else. She despaired of her future.


‘Scared teenager’: Why NZ abortion law must change

'Scared teenager': Why NZ abortion law must change

Name Withheld
Nov 01 2018

I was sixteen when I missed a pill. I knew that meant no unprotected sex for a week. But telling a man in a country with some of the highest sexual assault statistics in the OECD that you won't have sex with him doesn't bode well.

We fought, he argued that he'd "just pull out", and we fought some more. Eventually, I broke. I caved, I gave in to his anger at being denied sex he felt, as my boyfriend, he deserved. He didn't pull out. And four weeks later, I knew I was pregnant.


New Zealand – Abortion law change at last in sight

Abortion law change at last in sight

by Liz Beddoe
Oct 30, 2018

In her second opinion piece on the need for change to New Zealand’s abortion law, Associate Professor Liz Beddoe talks through the options proposed in the Law Commission’s briefing paper, Alternative Approaches to Abortion Law, released last Friday.

After many decades of calls for reform of our outdated abortion law, change is finally in our sights. The Law Commission’s briefing paper Alternative Approaches to Abortion Law, commissioned by Justice Minister Andrew Little in February, provides three alternative legal models for consideration.


Kenya – Abortion: Who’s pushing the numbers?

Abortion: Who’s pushing the numbers?

By Gatonye Gathura
Published Sat, October 13th 2018

A group of women receiving post abortion care at two public hospitals say they were pushed to abort by the men in their lives.

One woman told researchers she was tricked by her partner into an illegal and risky abortion. The man suggested some drugs she could use during the pregnancy and how to administer them.


UK – The ethical case against sex-selective abortion isn’t simple

The ethical case against sex-selective abortion isn’t simple

September 25, 2018
Jeremy Williams

A key theme in public debate over abortion in many countries over the last few years has been the morality and legality of sex-selective terminations. Now the use of an early prenatal testing technique in the UK has led to further concerns.

The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is being fully introduced on the NHS this year, as a safe method of detecting Down’s Syndrome and other genetic conditions. But it has been internationally available from private providers for a number of years, and, as a 2017 report noted, is often offered as a sex-determination test. This has raised concerns that the test may be used to facilitate sex-selective abortion – particularly within communities where women can be subject to strong cultural and familial pressure not to have girls. The current legal status of this practice in the UK is a matter of some controversy.


USA: Coercion Is at the Heart of Social Conservatives’ Reproductive Health Agenda

Coercion Is at the Heart of Social Conservatives’ Reproductive Health Agenda
Joerg Dreweke, Guttmacher Institute
First published online: February 7, 2018


Coercive intent and practices are at the core of social conservatives’ reproductive health agenda, including virtually every reproductive health–related initiative from the Trump administration and social conservatives in Congress over the past year.
Coercion can take many forms, including withholding information, obstructing access to health services or providers, attempting to ban services outright and empowering third parties to impose their views on others.
Such coercive measures particularly target people who are in vulnerable positions, for instance because of their immigration status, youth or lack of financial resources.