India – Opinion | Looking beyond the legality of abortion

Opinion | Looking beyond the legality of abortion
Even five decades after legalization, abortions in India lack basic safety standards

Last Published: Mon, Oct 01 2018
Vinoj Manning

Despite abortion being legal in India for almost five decades, unsafe abortion continues to be the third largest cause of maternal mortality and accounts for 8% of all maternal deaths in India. Ten women die every day, and thousands more face serious and permanent injuries annually due to unsafe abortion-related causes. Most deaths caused by unsafe abortion are, however, preventable. With the advent of newer and simpler technologies, induced abortion is now a very safe and simple medical procedure, which can save the lives of millions of women.

Continued: https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/yCN9cRSjS4a6r5FKjcGoTM/Opinion--Looking-beyond-the-legality-of-abortion.html

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Emma Watson’s Pro-Abortion Letter Is The Most Moving Message You’ll Read Today

Emma Watson's Pro-Abortion Letter Is The Most Moving Message You'll Read Today

By Megan C. Hills
Oct 1, 2018

Earlier this May, in a truly historic moment, the Republic of Ireland’s eighth amendment, which made abortion illegal, was overturned after a landmark referendum. Many people came together to show support for the repeal, and arguably, none harder than the family of Dr. Savita Halappanavar — a woman who tragically died from a septic miscarriage after she was denied a life-saving abortion. Touched by her heartbreaking story, campaigner Emma Watson has written a pro abortion letter to pay tribute to Dr. Halappanavar, and honestly, it is probably the most moving message you'll read today.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/emma-watsons-pro-abortion-letter-is-the-most-moving-message-youll-read-today-12104463

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Ireland – Thousands attend March for Choice as Harris calls for TDs to ‘get on’ with abortion legislation

Thousands attend March for Choice as Harris calls for TDs to ‘get on’ with abortion legislation
Over 1,500 Irish women have accessed terminations since referendum, Minister says

Sat, Sep 29, 2018
Colm Keena

All members of the Oireachas regardless of their personal views should engage constructively with the abortion legislation that is to be introduced this Thursday, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has said.

“Women have waited far too long already,” he said to reporters in Dublin at the outset of the seventh annual “march for choice”, which was attended by approximately 2,000 people, the majority of whom were young women.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/thousands-attend-march-for-choice-as-harris-calls-for-tds-to-get-on-with-abortion-legislation-1.3646284

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Emma Watson on the global fight for reproductive justice

Emma Watson on the global fight for reproductive justice

Incredible Women
29 Sep '18

Emma Watson Writes A Letter To Savita Halappanavar

Although she made her name as an actor, Emma Watson has also been making a sizeable impact this year as an activist and agent of change, building on her record as an outspoken feminist who famously launched the ‘HeForShe’ campaign at the UN in 2014.

An advocate on issues ranging from violence against women to sustainability, she guest-edited the first-ever issue of Vogue (Australia) completely dedicated to sustainability, and catalyzed the UK Time’s Up network and the Justice and Equality Fund.

Continued: https://www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/porter/article-37c38cba6b8816cc

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Abortion – Where is Sri Lanka On The Spectrum?

Abortion – Where is Sri Lanka On The Spectrum?
“If you are not in favour of legal abortion, then you are in favour of illegal abortion” - Prof. Arulkumaran

Saira Meyler
on 09/02/2018

On October 28, 2012, Savita Halappanavar, a young Indian dentist, died in Ireland due to a septic miscarriage. This created major uproar in Ireland because she had requested an abortion at an earlier stage in the pregnancy but was denied her request because the medical team did not judge her life to be in danger (the law in Ireland was that an abortion could only be granted if the mother’s life was at risk). The campaign that followed culminated in a referendum in Ireland earlier this year, where nearly two in three Irish voters opted to change the current law. The referendum also saw the highest turnout for a ballot on social issues. The amendment that is currently being discussed will allow for terminations in the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy, and up to 24 weeks for exceptional circumstances.

In November 2012, former President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, was appointed by the Ireland Health Services as the Chair of a panel inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar. Arulkumaran recently visited Sri Lanka, and on August 9 spoke at a discussion on unsafe abortions, organised by the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka.

Continued: http://groundviews.org/2018/09/02/abortion-where-is-sri-lanka-on-the-spectrum/

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The News in Motherhood: the Good, the Bad, the WTF

The News in Motherhood: the Good, the Bad, the WTF
All around the world, mothers and pregnant women are undervalued, discriminated against, and punished.

By Katha Pollitt
August 20, 2018

If women stopped conceiving, birthing, and raising children, the human race would die out. And just in case you think that’s a good idea, consider that long before the end, countries would age and wither and old people would have no one to talk to but cats and robots, as in Japan. You would think sensible societies would make everything connected with reproduction rewarding and safe for women. But no, when it comes to childbearing around the world, there’s way more stick than carrot. Consider:

In Argentina, as in the United States, most women who have abortions are low-income mothers trying to do right by the kids they already have. Despite a huge grassroots feminist movement, a vigorous campaign, and victory in the Chamber of Deputies, the Argentine Senate (42 men and 30 women) voted 37-31 in July against legalizing abortion, currently a crime except for rape and to save the woman’s life.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/the-news-in-motherhood-the-good-the-bad-the-wtf/

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Pro-Abortion-Rights Activists Won in Ireland, But Not Argentina

Pro-Abortion-Rights Activists Won in Ireland, But Not Argentina
Efforts to loosen restrictive laws in the two Catholic-majority countries resulted in two very different outcomes.

Yasmeen Serhan
Aug 10, 2018

When Ireland voted in its historic referendum in May to overturn its decades-old ban on abortion, it looked as if more change could follow. If Ireland voted to liberalize abortion access, maybe Northern Ireland would be next. And after that, who knows? The Irish referendum proved that even a Catholic-majority country was ready to have the debate. Perhaps it wouldn’t be long before others would do the same.

Another vote on abortion did come three months later, this time to Argentina. But this Catholic-majority country decided differently. On Thursday, Argentina’s Senate voted down a bill to decriminalize abortion access in the country, where terminations are legal only in cases of rape or if the pregnancy poses a risk to the life of the woman. The proposed legislation, which would have allowed women to seek an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, was supported by 31 lawmakers but rejected by 38. Two abstained.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/abortion-vote-argentina-ireland/567200/

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Removing shackles of abortion restrictions in Ireland

Removing shackles of abortion restrictions in Ireland

July 18, 2018

The landslide victory of the Yes campaign in the May 2018 referendum paves the way for an end to decades of harms caused by the abortion ban (the 8th amendment) of the Irish Constitution.

Inserted in 1983, this provision prevented legal abortion in all cases except risk to a pregnant woman’s life. It has forced thousands of women and girls to leave Ireland to access care, to undergo illegal abortions or to continue pregnancy against their will.

Continued: https://www.figo.org/news/removing-shackles-abortion-restrictions-ireland

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Etching Irish abortion referendum into history

Etching Irish abortion referendum into history

By Christina McSorley
BBC News NI
16 July 2018

The Republic of Ireland's referendum to liberalise abortion laws in May was one of the most visual campaigns in the country's history.

It was another sign of massive societal change coming just three years after the country's same-sex marriage referendum.

Now artists, archivists and historians in Ireland have come together to capture the visual history of the pivotal campaign.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44821433

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Why the fight for legal abortion is only half the battle

Why the fight for legal abortion is only half the battle

July 13, 2018
By Shannon Kowalski and Susan Wood

For years, Irish women have been forced to travel abroad or seek underground abortion services. But, a historic vote in May delivered a landslide rebuke that rescinded the country’s constitutional provision recognizing the equal rights to life of both a woman and a fetus, opening the door to expanded reproductive autonomy. The euphoria over this victory has barely settled, and already steps are being taken to curb Irish women’s hard-won right. The new front of resistance to women’s rights emerges from those who seek to allow medical professionals to deny women abortion services based on their own religious or moral beliefs. It would be a mistake for Ireland’s legislators to allow such refusals, which ultimately endanger and discriminate against women.

Since 2000, 28 countries have liberalized their abortion laws. In response to this progress, anti-choice advocates and policy makers have mounted a deliberate campaign to undermine women’s access to legal abortion services. A primary tactic has been establishing laws and policies that allow doctors to opt out of fulfilling their professional obligation to provide health care services on the basis of their personal beliefs. The use of these so-called “conscience” claims is on the rise worldwide.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/13/why-the-fight-for-legal-abortion-is-only-half-the-battle-view

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