USA – The future of DIY abortions is the internet, not a back-alley doctor

The future of DIY abortions is the internet, not a back-alley doctor
No need for a clinic at all

by Lux Alptraum
Sep 22, 2018

For many people, the phrase “illegal abortion” calls to mind images of back alley clinics, medical providers with questionable credentials, and, of course, the dreaded coat hanger — an object so evocative it’s often been used as a protest symbol. But those images are outdated, belonging to a pre-Roe era. These days, the real action in abortion is now online, as a group of reproductive rights activists use the internet to spread the word about how to use abortion pills. They hope to give pregnant people living in places where abortion is nearly inaccessible, or outright illegal, access to safe and effective ways to take charge of their own fertility.

Thanks to the introduction of abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol — which, in combination, effectively induce abortion 95 percent to 98 percent of the time — it’s become possible to terminate an unwanted pregnancy without an invasive medical procedure. More to the point, it’s possible for women to take these pills to induce an abortion on their own, without the assistance of a doctor. Those pills can be bought online — so for many people, it’s possible to avoid the clinic entirely.

Continued: https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/22/17807550/diy-abortion-sass-pills-plan-c-repro-action-safe2choose-mifeprostone-misoprostol-online

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Illegal abortion in Lebanon: ‘I couldn’t comprehend how painful it was’

Illegal abortion in Lebanon: 'I couldn't comprehend how painful it was'
Despite the risks, thousands of women in Lebanon undergo the banned procedure every year

Virginie Le Borgne
Thursday 20 September

BEIRUT - Farah has morbid memories of the abortion she had three years ago, but she cannot recall exactly how long the procedure took.

“I just felt like it lasted a whole day, the longest day of my life,” the 26-year-old tells Middle East Eye. “I vividly remember the unbearable wait before the operation. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop talking about it...It was gruelling.”

Continued: https://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/illegal-abortion-in-lebanon-I-couldn%27t-comprehend-how-painful-it-was-1067232849

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Abortion Pill Protest in Seoul, South Korea

Abortion Pill Protest in Seoul, South Korea

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26-8-2018: Today 125 women swallowed the abortion pill in defiance of the restrictive abortion laws in South Korea. Even though abortion is illegal, every hour 125 women have an abortion in South Korea. The protest took place in front of Boshingak in the center of Seoul. It was organised by the Korean feminist organisations Femidangdang and Baumealame, in collaboration with Women on Waves and Women on Web. The facebook post announcing the action and calling for mobilisation was censored by Facebook and removed.

Continued: https://www.womenonwaves.org/en/page/7462/abortion-pill-protest-in-seoul--south-korea

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USA – Self-Managed Abortion Care Becomes Urgent as Threats to Roe v. Wade Mount

Self-Managed Abortion Care Becomes Urgent as Threats to Roe v. Wade Mount

by Katie Klabusich, Truthout
Published August 19, 2018

When President Trump took office just over a year and a half ago, activists could only make educated guesses about whether his promised onslaught against reproductive health care would truly come to pass. The current picture is worse than expected due to attacks from rogue agency heads throughout the Trump-Pence administration who are collaborating to deny access to care to people across the country.

These agency heads include Betsy Devos at the Department of Education, who is working in tandem with the new division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights to reduce access to contraception; Scott Lloyd, who has directed the Office of Refugee Resettlement to deny abortion care to immigrant minors; and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has announced a “religious liberty task force” to shore up already existing “conscience clauses” allowing employees to refuse care.

Continued: https://truthout.org/articles/self-managed-abortion-care-becomes-urgent-as-threats-to-roe-v-wade-mount/

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UK – Women ‘illegally taking abortion pill at home’

Women 'illegally taking abortion pill at home'

By Jean Mackenzie
Victoria Derbyshire programme
31 July 2018

Women are illegally taking abortion pills, which they have bought online, at home to avoid enduring abortions on public transport. In England, abortion pills must be administered in a clinic or hospital. For some this means the pill can take effect on their journey home.

Campaigners say women should be able to take the second pill at home, as buying pills online can be dangerous. The Department of Health said it was monitoring the evidence on home use.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45007707

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USA – Cut The Bullshit: How Online Pharmacies Can Help People Have Safe And Private Abortions

Cut The Bullshit: How Online Pharmacies Can Help People Have Safe And Private Abortions

July 30, 2018
BY Plan C Team

“That’s a bunch of bullshit,” was Tami’s comment about the hoops she would have to jump through to get an abortion. When the 32 year-old mother of three from Louisiana sought services, she discovered that “every clinic but three have been shut down.” After learning about the numerous appointments required, waiting times, and counseling—“they are gonna make me listen to the heartbeat”—she commented, “I know what I want, but the laws in the state make it so hard.”

Barriers to abortion care are common; 90% of US counties have no abortion provider, creating vast “abortion deserts.”

Continued: https://bust.com/feminism/194908-plan-c-pharmacies.html

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USA – Illegal Abortion Will Mean Abortion By Mail

Illegal Abortion Will Mean Abortion By Mail
What to expect when you’re expecting your abortifacient pill delivery

Olga Khazan
July 18, 2018

With the prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court on the horizon, some progressive women have begun to fear what will happen if Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion, is overturned. Some of these prophecies have centered on a popular meme in the pro-choice community: The coat hanger.

During a recent rally, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon held up a wire coat hanger as a warning that we should not return to the previous generation’s means of obtaining illicit abortions. And Representative Lois Frankel, a Democrat from Florida, banged a coat hanger on the table at a briefing while discussing the latest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/07/after-abortion-is-illegal/565430/

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FEATURE: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion in Malaysia

FEATURE: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion in Malaysia
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11 July 2018

By Nandini Archer
Edited by Marge Berer

Introduction

In spite of sustained advocacy from sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and human rights advocates, and penal code amendments in 1971 and 1989, which opened up more grounds for abortion, access to safe, legal abortion remains heavily restricted in Malaysia. Before these changes, several prosecutions were taken against medical professionals. Since them, only one woman has been prosecuted for abortion – a Nepali migrant worker named Nirmala in 2014, who spent four months in prison and was acquitted on appeal.

This report looks at the abortion law and access to abortion in Malaysia and reviews calls to change the law and access by SRH and human rights advocates. The report ends with a discussion of the cases against medical professionals, prosecutions of women for infanticide and the case of Nirmala.[1]

continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-the-law-trials-and-imprisonment-for-abortion-in-malaysia-11-july-2018?e=372dd34034

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‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion

‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion

By Josephine Sedgwick
July 9, 2018

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Even in places where the practice is legal, abortion can still be hard to talk about. When we invited readers to share their own stories, more than 1,300 responded from over 30 countries, showing the vast range of reasons, means and outcomes for abortion.

We selected the 13 stories below from distant pockets of the globe. They reflect the spectrum of abortion laws and the important roles of money, technology, information and culture in dictating the safety and aftermath of the procedure. These accounts have been condensed and edited for clarity, and to protect the identities of those involved.

continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/09/reader-center/abortion-around-the-world.html

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NORTHERN IRELAND – “The North is next” – proposals put forward to try and make this happen

NORTHERN IRELAND – “The North is next” – proposals put forward to try and make this happen

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 1, 2018

As in Ireland up to now, it is almost impossible to get an abortion in Northern Ireland. The most immediate fallout of the Irish referendum results on 26 May was the call from many quarters for Northern Ireland to be next. However, there are complex political realities that will get in the way. The first and most important is that policy on abortion was devolved by the UK Parliament to Northern Ireland and Scotland some years back, as part of changes introduced by the then Labour government to give Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland more local control over a range of issues.

The problem now is that Northern Ireland hasn’t had a functioning government for more than a year, so there is no way it can act. Secondly, there is no guarantee its government would reform the abortion law even if it suddenly got back on its feet. One of the strongest and most reactionary Northern Irish parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), is dead set against legalising abortion. Moreover, they currently have a controlling say in the politics of the UK overall, because the Conservative Party does not have a parliamentary majority, and they made a deal with the DUP last year after the election to support them to get unpopular legislation through.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/northern-ireland-the-north-is-next-proposals-put-forward-to-try-and-make-this-happen/

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