USA – I’ll Never Be Ashamed of My Abortion

I’ll Never Be Ashamed of My Abortion
I want my daughters to have the same agency over their bodies as I did. I’m worried they won’t.

By Ylonda Gault
Jan. 22, 2020

I am medium-brown-skinned — neither rich dark chocolate nor creamy cafe au lait. I am a B cup and have, for a black girl, a barely there butt. I have flat feet and oily skin. And like so many American women of reproductive age, I’ve had an abortion.

I, and I alone, made the decision to terminate a pregnancy more than a decade ago so that I could be the best mother I could be to the two children I already had.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/opinion/roe-v-wade-anniversary.html


USA – 39 Abortion Stories Show Just How Important Abortion Access Is

39 Abortion Stories Show Just How Important Abortion Access Is
There's one story for each of the 39 Senators who asked the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v Wade.

By Danielle Campoamor
January 9, 2020

On January 2, 39 GOP Senators signed an AMICUS brief urging the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that secured the legal right to abortion. In the brief, these senators, along with 168 Republican members of the House, asked the sitting Supreme Court Justices to revisit and overturn Roe v Wade when they consider a case based on a Louisiana law that could severely limit access to abortion in the state.

For each of these 39 Senators, most of whom are cis men who will never know what it’s like to be pregnant when you do not want to be, I wanted to talk to 39 people who do know that feeling.

Continued: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/abortion-stories


Tanzania: It is time to act: Deaths and morbidity from unsafe abortion

It is time to act: Deaths and morbidity from unsafe abortion

Kenneth Simbaya
Dec 30, 2019

Reports have it that, despite family planning being mentioned as one of the most life-saving, empowering, and poverty fighter in families and nation at large; contraceptive prevalence in the country has remained low with statistics showing that only 38 percent of married women are using the services.

According to the Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey 2010, less than one in 10 (nine percent) of sexually active youth who want to avoid pregnancy use modern contraceptives. Worryingly, 22.8 per cent of young women between the ages of 15 and 19 are mothers.

Continued: https://www.ippmedia.com/en/features/it-time-act-deaths-and-morbidity-unsafe-abortion


What It’s Like to Get an Abortion in North Carolina

What It’s Like to Get an Abortion in North Carolina
In recent years, North Carolina has “gone to town on abortion restrictions.” This is one person's story.

by Kimberly Lawson
Dec 5 2019

In recent years, North Carolina has, as one researcher put it, “gone to town on abortion restrictions.” State lawmakers in 2013 famously reworked a bill about motorcycle safety to include several provisions intended to make it harder for abortion clinics to stay open, among other things. Although courts have overturned a number of other state restrictions—including a forced narrated ultrasound law and a previously unenforced 20-week ban—North Carolinians still face several barriers to accessing abortion care.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/8xwwgb/what-its-like-to-get-an-abortion-in-north-carolina


Ireland – Amy Dunne on her lonely, harrowing abortion fight: ‘I was told I would be done for murder’

Amy Dunne on her lonely, harrowing abortion fight: 'I was told I would be done for murder'
At 17, Dunne was pregnant with a baby who had a fatal abnormality. She was given a pseudonym and became the focus of a landmark Irish legal case – but now she is reclaiming her story

Rory Carroll
Thu 5 Dec 2019

The week Amy Dunne turned 17, she was several months pregnant and made two discoveries – one devastating and the other incomprehensible. A hospital scan showed something badly wrong in her womb. The foetus had anencephaly, a fatal abnormality. Doctors said the baby, a girl, would die soon after birth.

Although she was living in foster care and still a child herself, Dunne had looked forward to becoming a mother and building a new life with her boyfriend. Distraught, she shared the news with her social workers and said she needed to travel to Britain from Ireland for an abortion. That’s when Dunne discovered something badly wrong in her country.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/05/amy-dunne-miss-d-abortion-told-would-be-done-for


Over 350 lawyers, legal professionals who had abortions file brief in landmark Supreme Court case

Over 350 lawyers, legal professionals who had abortions file brief in landmark Supreme Court case

By alexandra svokos
Dec 2, 2019

More than 350 lawyers and legal professionals who had abortions filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court Monday as part of the latest landmark abortion case.

"My hope is that my classmate on the Supreme Court will not want to demonize me," Claudia Hammerman, a partner at the prestigious law firm Paul, Weiss, told ABC News. Hammerman is also the lead signer of the brief and a Harvard Law School alumnae. "I was smart and I deserved my career and I deserved to be able to give it my all and to become a mother when I was fully, emotionally, psychologically, and in terms of resources prepared to become the best mother I could be."

Continued: https://abcnews.go.com/US/350-lawyers-legal-professionals-abortions-file-supreme-court/story?id=67441723


USA – What’s It Like to Get an Abortion in Georgia

What’s It Like to Get an Abortion in Georgia

by Kimberly Lawson
Nov 25 2019

Georgia made national headlines in May when Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a bill that would ban abortion after 6 weeks and define fetuses as people. While the law has been blocked as legal challenges proceed against it, the reality is that it's already difficult to get an abortion in the state.

What Georgia state law says about abortion:

People seeking abortions in Georgia face a number of restrictions. Abortions are prohibited after 20 weeks unless the pregnant person's life is in danger, their physical health will be severely compromised, or there's a lethal fetal anomaly.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/8xwyqg/whats-it-like-to-get-an-abortion-in-georgia


Indian Women Are Fighting Stigma by Sharing Their Personal Abortion Stories

Indian Women Are Fighting Stigma by Sharing Their Personal Abortion Stories
The My Body My Choice campaign is creating a safe space through which abortion can be discussed and understood openly by women in India.

by Meera Navlakha
20 November 2019

“I had just turned 26, my partner was without a job [and] I was struggling to figure out life,” said one anonymous woman in a post released on Instagram by the My Body My Choice campaign. She explains how she found out she was pregnant, after days of feeling dizzy. “What began after that was an excruciating process of figuring out how, when and where to seek an abortion.”

“My stomach would cramp all of a sudden and I’d feel the deepest sense of loss,” said another woman, describing her abortion story.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/vb5aaj/indian-women-are-fighting-stigma-by-sharing-their-personal-abortion-stories


Tanzania – Stigma a factor in unsafe abortions in Lake Zone

Stigma a factor in unsafe abortions in Lake Zone

by Lusekelo Philemon
Nov 19, 2019

At the time, Epiphania was only in Form Three. Things became more complicated when she thought of how to break the news of the pregnancy, taking into account that her father was a senior and respected church member.

She thought of the community and her colleagues—she was one of the choir members in the church. Worse still, Epiphania was also confused when she came to realize that the man behind the pregnancy was nowhere to be seen.

Continued: https://www.ippmedia.com/en/node/71488


Abortion: What does the change in the law mean for NI women?

Abortion: What does the change in the law mean for NI women?

By Hannah Gay, BBC News NI
Oct 22, 2019

A new chapter has been written in the political and social history of Northern Ireland, centred on one of the most sensitive issues and one which continues to divide opinion.

As the clock passed midnight and Monday became Tuesday, abortion was decriminalised in line with Westminster legislation, which said the law would change unless Northern Ireland's devolved government was restored by 21 October.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-50129880