USA: Janet Benshoof, lawyer who pursued abortion rights for women, dies at 70


Janet Benshoof, lawyer who pursued abortion rights for women, dies at 70

By Harrison Smith
December 19, 2017

Janet Benshoof, a human rights lawyer who campaigned to expand access to contraceptives and abortion, leading organizations that advocated on behalf of women from the mainland United States to Burma, Iraq and Guam, where she was once arrested for protesting the most restrictive abortion law in America, died Dec. 18 at her home in Manhattan. She was 70.

She was diagnosed in November with uterine serous carcinoma, an endometrial cancer, said her son David Benshoof Klein.

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USA: Immigrant Minor Held ‘Hostage’ by Texas Because She Wants Abortion Care


Immigrant Minor Held ‘Hostage’ by Texas Because She Wants Abortion Care

Oct 11, 2017
Tina Vasquez

"The government is basically trying to argue that undocumented immigrants have zero rights, including the right to abortion."

An unaccompanied immigrant minor at a Texas shelter is being prevented from accessing abortion care by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the federal agency overseeing migrant youth crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without a guardian.

Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Reproductive Freedom Project, is seeking a temporary restraining order today to allow Jane Doe to access abortion. The teen was granted a judicial bypass from a Texas judge, allowing her to receive an abortion because her parents were not willing or able to provide consent. However, the 17-year-old has had to cancel two abortion appointments because officials are both refusing her transportation to the medical facility and refusing to allow her to leave the shelter with her guardian for the purpose of obtaining an abortion. ORR is supposed to provide transportation to minors when they need to go to court or see a doctor.

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U.S.: Donald Trump will abolish women’s right to abortion, warns expert US doctor


Donald Trump will abolish women's right to abortion, warns expert US doctor

Exclusive: 'It was criminal once before, and it is their intent to make it criminal again,' says Dr Willie Parker

Maya Oppenheim
Thursday 27 April 2017

A leading abortion doctor has warned the legal right to have an abortion will be abolished across America under Donald Trump.

Dr Willie Parker, a prominent abortion advocate in the deep south of America, said he expected the Trump presidency to succeed in overturning Roe v Wade. President Trump has already pledged to do all he can to overturn the landmark Supreme Court decision which legalised abortion nationwide in 1973.

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U.S.: Abortion behind bars


Abortion behind bars
Terminating a pregnancy in prison can be next to impossible
Rebecca Grant, March 16, 2017

In March 2004, a 19-year-old Arizona woman was sentenced to four months in Maricopa County jail for a DUI, shortly after discovering she was pregnant.

She asked for a delay in her sentencing hearing so she could obtain an abortion, but the prosecutor refused, saying she could obtain an abortion while on work furlough. Upon arrival at Tent City Jail, the woman, referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, immediately and repeatedly informed the jail’s health staff that she wished to terminate the pregnancy. But her request was denied. When she persisted in asking for an abortion, Doe was transferred to a facility where work furlough was not allowed and telephone access was restricted. Since county policy did not consider abortion a “medically necessary procedure,” inmates seeking an abortion had to secure a court order that allowed for transport off-site. Inmates were also required to cover the costs of security and transportation up front, as well as the cost of the procedure itself. It took Doe seven weeks to obtain a court order before she could undergo the procedure.

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Looking at Guam’s abortion laws


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A key question for us on Guam is whether our current abortion laws meet the terms and conditions set down by the U.S. Supreme Court in cases such as Roe v. Wade and the recent decision of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

My guess is that they do, but the road to compliance has been bumpy, to say the least.

In 1978, the Guam Legislature enacted a criminal law that regulated abortions. The apparent goal was to bring Guam’s abortion laws into compliance with the Roe v. Wade decision.  Tracking the Supreme Court’s trimester approach to regulating abortions, the law provided that an abortion on Guam could be performed within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.  Between the 14th and 26th weeks, an abortion was permitted if the unborn child faced a “grave physical or mental defect,” or if the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. The law also permitted an abortion at any time during the pregnancy if there was substantial risk to the mother’s health.

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