Lenny Abrahamson says Eighth Amendment is ‘national disgrace’

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Lenny Abrahamson says Eighth Amendment is ‘national disgrace’
Oscar-nominated film maker says amendment is a symptom of the ‘old darkness’

Sat, Apr 14, 2018
Mark Hilliard

Oscar-nominated film maker Lenny Abrahamson has described the Eighth Amendment as a “national disgrace”, allowing for policy by an “impulse to control” rather than compassion.

Mr Abrahamson, who was speaking at a rally in support of the Repeal campaign in Dublin on Saturday, said the legal framework was indicative of the attempt of “old Ireland” to cling on and to deny a movement of change.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/lenny-abrahamson-says-eighth-amendment-is-national-disgrace-1.3462272

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The doctor who brought abortion out of the shadows in Ireland

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The doctor who brought abortion out of the shadows in Ireland
Rebecca Gomperts helps women who can’t terminate pregnancies under the law.

by Jillian Deutsch
3/20/18

AMSTERDAM — Abortion may be illegal in Ireland, but it is already a reality for thousands of women in the country because of packets of pills openly smuggled in by a Dutch doctor and activist called Rebecca Gomperts.

So as Ireland gets ready to hold a referendum on May 25 on whether to legalize the termination of pregnancies in one of the last European countries to ban it, there is already broad consensus among the country’s politicians that it’s time to bring abortion out of the shadows.

Continued: https://www.politico.eu/article/ireland-referendum-abortion-rebecca-gomperts-a-hard-pill-to-swallow-in-ireland/

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YouTube Censorship: safe2choose account is suspended for promoting safe abortion information and access

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YouTube Censorship: safe2choose account is suspended for promoting safe abortion information and access

23rd February, 2018

One month since YouTube arbitrarily suspended the accounts of leading pro-choice organizations (only to go back on its decision a few days later), the social media platform has targeted another reproductive rights advocate: safe2choose, a social enterprise that connects women all around the world to accurate information and quality, affordable safe abortion pills.

YouTube claims that safe2choose is violating their guidelines by generating content that allegedly “encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death” (read more about YouTube policies here). And they’ve already denied our appeal.

Continued: https://safe2choose.org/youtube-censorship-safe2choose/

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YouTube censors lifesaving abortion information

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YouTube censors lifesaving abortion information
January 15th, 2018

YouTube removed the video channels from Women on Waves and Women on Web. Both channels contained animations with lifesaving information about safe and effective ways to do an abortion with medicines. Some of the animations can also be seen the the documentary Vessel (see https://www.netflix.com/title/80027371)

By censoring information on safe abortion, YouTube may contribute to the morbidity and mortality of unsafe abortion in a manner inconsistent with human rights under international law. By removing the video channels, YouTube violates Article 19 of the Universal declaration of Human rights, the right to freedom of information as well as Article 10 of the European convention of human rights, the freedom of expression.

Both organisations filed a complaint with YouTube and will consider legal steps if Youtube does not put the information back online.
Continued: https://www.womenonwaves.org/en/page/7044/youtube-censors-lifesaving-abortion-information

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What will Pinera’s win mean for Chile’s abortion law?

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What will Pinera's win mean for Chile's abortion law?
by Charlotte Mitchell
Jan 5, 2017

Women's rights groups in Chile are expressing concern over what the election of conservative billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera as president will mean for a landmark abortion bill passed last year.

The bill, approved by Chile's Constitutional Court in August 2017, legalises abortion in exception circumstances.

Continued at source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/pinera-win-chile-abortion-law-171229153202068.html

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How Poland’s far-right government is pushing abortion underground

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How Poland’s far-right government is pushing abortion underground
A year ago, mass protests in Poland defeated a new abortion ban. But the ruling party, supported by the church, continues to cut reproductive rights – leaving people at the mercy of the black market.

By Alex Cocotas
Thursday 30 November 2017

Barbara Nowacka first had an inkling that something exceptional was happening on the morning of the protests. It was October 2016, and a journalist she knew, a conservative, called to ask how it was looking. She told him she had no idea what was going to happen. The journalist told her that his two daughters had gone to school that morning dressed in black. Perhaps, Nowacka thought, this could be big.

A ban on abortion in Poland had been put forward in parliament six months earlier, and Nowacka, a leftwing politician and long-time social activist, was a leading figure in the movement to oppose it. Nationwide protests had been scheduled for 3 October, but like most people, she had little hope that they would succeed. Perhaps they would get a nice crowd, a little media coverage; but it would ultimately be a gesture. The law would pass.

continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/30/how-polands-far-right-government-is-pushing-abortion-underground

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As PiS turns topic taboo, feminists get Poland talking sex

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As PiS turns topic taboo, feminists get Poland talking sex
As Poland shifts sharply to the right on sex education and women's reproductive rights, a feminist organization is fighting back with a campaign to get women talking. It's a start, one of SexEdPl's leaders tells DW.

Date 18.11.2017
Author Jo Harper

Barbara Baran, one of the main organizers of Poland's largest feminist Facebook group, recently launched SexEdPl, an educational campaign to explain safe sex to young Poles.

As the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) government plans to take Poland out of the Istanbul Convention on violence against women and education reforms shunt sex education off the curriculum, Baran believes that the time is ripe for a conversation about matters sexual in the deeply Catholic country.

Continued at source: http://www.dw.com/en/as-pis-turns-topic-taboo-feminists-get-poland-talking-sex/a-37643331

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Inside the Philippines’ women-run crime ring selling abortion elixirs

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Inside the Philippines’ women-run crime ring selling abortion elixirs
For poor Filipinas with unwanted pregnancies, this is what reproductive care looks like.

Patrick Winn
Aug 23, 2017

The drug deal takes place in the back of a sedan, parked near one of Manila’s most exalted cathedrals.

The dealer, Elsa — not her real name — has brought her wares in a plastic shopping bag. At my request, she dumps the illicit inventory on the backseat for inspection.

Continued at source: Global Post Investigations: https://gpinvestigations.pri.org/inside-the-philippines-women-run-crime-ring-selling-abortion-elixirs-51cd2de6cb8b

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Free electronic prescriptions for emergency contraceptives for Poland!

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Free electronic prescriptions for emergency contraceptives for Poland!

May 26, 2017

Yesterday, May 25 th, the Polish Government voted in favour of limiting access to all emergency contraception by requiring a doctor’s prescription. Emergency contraceptive is available over the counter in almost all European countries. In response to this violation of women’s rights, Women on Web will provide all women with free prescriptions from a European doctor from now on.

According to European regulations[1], pharmacies in any European country should fill the prescriptions from a European doctor. After you print the prescription, you can go to a polish pharmacy to get the morning after pills.

Women who need a prescription should fulfill a online consultation for morning after pill.

Continued at source: Women on Waves: https://www.womenonwaves.org/en/page/6991/free-electronic-prescriptions-for-emergency-contraceptives-for-poland

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Online Abortion Service Women on Web: a vital alternative

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Online Abortion Service Women on Web: a vital alternative

May 17th, 2017
A new scientific study published today in the BMJ shows that telemedical abortions are highly effective.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Texas in Austin, Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh. They looked at the data of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland who used the service of Women on Web. Women on Web is an online service of telemedicine initiated ten years ago by Women on Waves. Women living in countries where access to safe abortions is restricted can use it to access information and be referred to a medical doctor to receive a medical abortion.
For more information about Women on Web: +31624195506 or info@womenonwaves.org

Press release by BMJ:

Online abortion service offers vital alternative to unsafe methods to end pregnancy

Results support growing calls for reform of highly restrictive abortion laws

Early medical abortion using online telemedicine offers a highly effective alternative to unsafe methods to end a pregnancy for women in countries where access to safe abortion is restricted, finds a study published by The BMJ today.
The findings, based on reports from women living in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland where abortion laws are among the most restrictive in the world, show that rates of adverse events are low and that women are able to identify potentially serious complications and seek medical attention when advised.
The results provide the best safety evidence to date for self sourced medical abortion through telemedicine - and have important implications for millions of women worldwide, say the researchers.
About a quarter of the world's population lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws. Globally, each year an estimated 43,000 women die as a result of lack of access to safe legal abortion services through their countries' formal healthcare systems. Millions more have complications.
Yet little is known about the safety and effectiveness of medical abortion provided through online clinics.
So a team of international researchers led by Abigail Aiken at the University of Texas, analysed self reported outcome data submitted to a telemedicine clinic by 1,000 women four weeks after receiving and using the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to end an early pregnancy.
Almost 95% reported successfully ending their pregnancy. Seven women (0.7%) reported receiving a blood transfusion and 26 (2.6%) reported receiving antibiotics. No deaths were reported.
Ninety three women (9.3%) reported experiencing any symptom for which they were advised to seek medical attention and, of these 87 (95%) sought attention.
None of the five women who did not seek medical attention reported experiencing an adverse outcome.
The researchers highlight some study limitations that could have introduced bias and say their results might not be generalisable to all settings. However, key strengths include the large sample size and high follow-up rate.
"For the millions of women worldwide living in areas where access to abortion is restricted, the findings show the vital role played by self sourced medical abortion in providing an option with high effectiveness rates and few reported adverse outcomes," they conclude.
In a linked editorial, researchers in Canada say, while findings from self reported data must always be treated with some degree of caution, these "reassuring study data support growing calls for reform."
They point out that repeal of legal restrictions "would support the safest and most equitable abortion care for women in Irish jurisdictions.
Until then, for the first time in history, women of all social classes in a legally restricted yet high resource setting have equitable access to a reasonable alternative: medical abortion guided by physicians through telemedicine," they conclude.
Note to Editors:
 
Journal: The BMJ

For more information, please contact:

Abigail R A Aiken, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA - Research

Email: araa2@utexas.edu

Wendy V Norman, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada - Editorial

Email: wendy.norman@ubc.ca

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Source: Women on Waves: https://www.womenonwaves.org/en/page/6985/online-abortion-service-women-on-web--a-vital-alternative

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