USA – In Mass. and beyond, an effort to bolster access to abortion

In Mass. and beyond, an effort to bolster access to abortion

By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff
January 28, 2019

Reproductive rights advocates in Massachusetts and across the country are launching aggressive campaigns for the new year to bolster access to abortion services in left-leaning states, in anticipation of further restrictions in conservative ones.

The effort is part of a nationwide strategy by groups, including Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, to create safe havens for women seeking abortion services at a time when a newly conservative Supreme Court could overturn the 46-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling that made abortion legal.

Continued: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/01/27/mass-and-beyond-effort-bolster-access-abortion/xwQ6A4WVimznyGypWHkOXK/story.html

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USA – The Abortion Wars Have Become a Fight Over Science

The Abortion Wars Have Become a Fight Over Science
Forty-six years after Roe, the two camps increasingly disagree on basic facts about abortion — and who has the authority to determine them.

By Mary Ziegler
Jan. 22, 2019

It was perhaps, at first glance, an unusual feature of the 2019 March for Life that it downplayed what many have come to think of as the central claim of the anti-abortion movement: that the unborn have a constitutional right to life.

Instead, march organizers focused on proclaiming that science was on their side. They circulated material on “when human life begins,” whether abortions are ever medically necessary and when fetal life becomes viable. They praised legal restrictions based on what science supposedly says about fetal pain.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/opinion/abortion-roe-science.html

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New Zealand – Treating abortion as a health issue

Treating abortion as a health issue

Vanessa Blackwood
23 November 2018

The Law Commission last month released its briefing to the Minister of Justice providing advice on abortion law reform.

In February, the Minister asked the Law Commission to provide advice on how best to ensure New Zealand’s abortion laws are consistent with treating abortion as a health issue, and what alternative approaches could be taken in New Zealand’s legal framework.

Continued: https://privacy.org.nz/blog/treating-abortion-as-a-health-issue/

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USA – How Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy could make it easier to gut abortion rights

How Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy could make it easier to gut abortion rights
Her most influential abortion decision may contain the seeds of Roe v. Wade’s destruction.

By Anna North
Oct 26, 2018

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court, announced on Tuesday that she will step back from public life after a diagnosis of dementia.

O’Connor’s announcement coincides with a turning point on the Supreme Court. Some of her most influential opinions in her 25 years on the Court had to do with abortion rights. A moderate on a Court that moved to the right during her tenure, she cast a crucial vote to uphold Roe v. Wade in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and she’s often seen today as a defender of abortion rights.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2018/10/26/18015604/sandra-day-oconnor-justice-supreme-court-kavanaugh

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How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion

How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion

AUG. 14, 2018

President Trump has pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was a cautious supporter of abortion rights. With his departure and the addition of a second Trump appointee, the Supreme Court would have a conservative majority that would most likely sustain sharp restrictions on access to abortion in the United States.

But if the court does hear a case that brings up the issue, it is hardly clear that it would take the drastic step of overruling Roe. The court could instead opt for a more incremental strategy, upholding increasingly severe restrictions in much of the country but stopping short of saying that the Constitution has nothing to say about a right to abortion.

Assuming that there are five justices ready to limit abortion rights, how could that happen? Here are some of the possible scenarios, each of which entails a different degree of legal upheaval.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/14/us/roe-v-wade-explainer.html

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USA – Roe isn’t just about women’s rights. It’s about everyone’s personal liberty.

Roe isn’t just about women’s rights. It’s about everyone’s personal liberty.

by Nancy Northup July 8, 2018
The writer is president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

On Monday, President Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Given the president’s promise to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, it’s widely understood that his nominee will pose a clear danger to women’s reproductive rights. What most don’t realize is that everyone’s personal-liberty rights are on the line.

The constitutional framework of Roe is about far more than abortion. It’s about rearing our children without unwarranted government interference. It’s about choosing whom we want to marry. It’s about deciding with whom we want to create a home. It’s about the right to use contraception. It’s about what the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey explained is the “promise of the Constitution that there is a realm of personal liberty which the government may not enter.”

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/roe-isnt-just-about-womens-rights-its-about-everyones-personal-liberty/2018/07/08/527d8548-8160-11e8-b658-4f4d2a1aeef1_story.html?utm_term=.75815dc9eed1

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USA – Roe v. Wade might not be doomed after all

Roe v. Wade might not be doomed after all

by David Von Drehle, Columnist
July 3, 2018

Roe v. Wade is doomed. So says Washington’s latest conventional wisdom. Given the likelihood that President Trump will complete the most conservative Supreme Court majority in generations with his choice to succeed retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the forecast makes sense.

But conventional wisdom is so frequently wrong (remember Election Day 2016?) that every eruption is worth a second look. As usual, there’s plenty to see.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/roe-v-wade-might-not-be-doomed-after-all/2018/07/03/5049cb80-7eed-11e8-b0ef-fffcabeff946_story.html

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America Will Lose More Than Abortion Rights If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

America Will Lose More Than Abortion Rights If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

By Jill Filipovic
June 28, 2018

In just a few years, scores of American women could lose their right to safe, legal abortion.

President Donald Trump can now choose a nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat of outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy, a crucial defender of Roe v. Wade. Since being nominated to the Court by President Reagan in 1988, Kennedy served as an inconsistent but important bulwark against some of the court’s greater right-wing excesses. In 1992, when a case that could have overturned Roe v. Wade went to the Court, Kennedy signed on to a majority opinion upholding abortion rights. It became widely understood that he wouldn’t sign onto an opinion overturning Roe. He became a firewall — one that prompted anti-abortion activists to set about chipping away at access to abortion, instead of mounting a direct legal challenge.

Continued: http://time.com/5324828/kennedy-retirement-roe-wade-abortion-rights/

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