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

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

HIGHLIGHTS

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.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2018/02/coercion-heart-social-conservatives-reproductive-health-agenda

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Ireland: ‘Husband forced woman to have abortion’

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‘Husband forced woman to have abortion’
Saturday, August 19, 2017
By Ray Managh

A Mauritian woman who became pregnant after marrying an Irishman was forced by her “violent and abusive” husband to have the baby aborted in a Manchester clinic, the High Court was told yesterday.

Barrister Shannon Michael Haynes told the court the 30-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, was now under threat of deportation and was seeking leave to challenge the legality of a decision by the Minister for Justice to refuse her permission to remain in Ireland.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/husband-forced-woman-to-have-abortion-457334.html

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Abortion Is Health Care – End of Story

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Abortion Is Health Care — End of Story

June 27, 2017|
By Leah Torres, M.D.

Abortion legislation is reproductive coercion.

Pregnancy is a medical condition. Call it what you will—miracle, blessing, burden, number one fear—it’s a health condition for which people seek medical and/or health care. But people, and our government, treat it like some special exception. People often say to me, “It’s not a disease, it’s a natural part of life.” Yes, well, so are bacteria, yet we call having an infection a “disease.” We cannot ignore that pregnancy alters one’s physiology and puts one’s health and life at risk due to these changes. We must accept this truth to be self evident, that pregnancy, while natural, is a condition that requires medical attention.

To say otherwise is to engage in reproductive coercion.

Continued at source: Self: http://www.self.com/story/abortion-is-health-care-end-of-story

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