Ireland’s abortion debate proves how deeply the country trades on shame

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Ireland's abortion debate proves how deeply the country trades on shame

Una Mullally
5 April 2018

It's impossible to describe Ireland's abortion debate as anything but just sad. While politicians and religious fundamentalists wring their hands over matters of legislation and dogma, it’s the personal stories of Irish women and girls travelling out of the country to terminate their pregnancies that linger in the background; stories that, until a few years ago, largely went untold.

Occasionally, an Irish woman would talk about an abortion. But silence begets silence, and Ireland’s national sport is sweeping things under the carpet.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/irelands-abortion-debate-proves-deeply-country-trades-shame/

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Ireland- We felt so alone, says woman whose baby had a fatal foetal abnormality

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We felt so alone, says woman whose baby had a fatal foetal abnormality
Couple felt they had no option but to travel to Liverpool to have her longed-for daughter Grace induced, Sligo meeting told

Thu, Apr 5, 2018
Marese McDonagh in Sligo

Tracey Smith says she’ll never forget the plane journey to Liverpool on St Patrick’s Day 2014, four weeks after she discovered that the baby she was carrying had a fatal foetal abnormality.

“We went Ryanair from Knock – you can imagine the revellers,” she says recalling the journey and the loneliness she and her husband Kieran felt.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/we-felt-so-alone-says-woman-whose-baby-had-a-fatal-foetal-abnormality-1.3452074

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I’m a Catholic obstetrician who had an abortion. This is not politics or religion. It’s life.

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I'm a Catholic obstetrician who had an abortion. This is not politics or religion. It's life.

Rebecca Luckett, Opinion contributor
March 27, 2018

My job is to take care of women. As an obstetrician-gynecologist working in Botswana, I see women through the highs and lows of their reproductive lives. Until last year, I personally had only experienced the highs. In 2015, I gave birth to a perfect baby at the right time in my life given my values and goals. A few years later, when I was ready, I got pregnant with my second child.

Last August, I went for my 20-week ultrasound, expecting to find out if number two was a boy or a girl. Instead, I looked to the monitor and found a fetus struggling to survive in my womb. I’m used to being on the other side of that ultrasound probe, so I knew what was next. I would have said the same thing: “The baby can’t survive. And you can get very sick.”

Continued: https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/416614002

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ARROW – #OurStoriesOurselves!

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ARROW – #OurStoriesOurselves!

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
March 22, 2018

On International Women’s Day, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) launched the online version of their publication #OurStoriesOurselves!, which contains stories of women’s experiences of pregnancy, abortion, the consequences of sex, child marriage and more. In addition to the stories of women themselves, the webpage includes podcasts, a photo gallery and images of hand-written journals by women that form the basis of the publication. Here is an excerpt from one of those stories from a Moroccan woman:

Fatima’s story
Five years ago, Fatima (then aged 16 years) was raped in her home by her uncle. Initially, she kept the incident to herself. “Shocked and afraid, I could not talk about it to my family or anyone I knew,” she narrated.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/arrow-ourstoriesourselves/

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Uganda – Misuse of Misoclear driving abortion rates

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Misuse of Misoclear driving abortion rates
March 10, 2018

“One morning, in December last year, as the taxi I was travelling in came to a halt on Nakivubo Road, my eyes landed on a poster on the wall of BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Temple (Biwologoma). Someone was advertising legal abortion services. This seems interesting, I thought to myself.

When I called the telephone number provided on the poster, a man answered. He was cordial, and when I told him I wanted to have an abortion, he asked, Is this your first time to call this number? When I answered in the affirmative, he promised to send me a price list so that I would go to the clinic near Nakasero Market with an informed view.

Continued: http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/Misoclear-abortion-rates-Drugs-cost-women-/689842-4334624-13gn1dpz/index.html

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Abortion rights in Ireland, north and south of the border

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Abortion rights in Ireland, north and south of the border
Readers respond to Suzanne Moore’s piece about the ongoing fight for the right to legal abortion

Letters
Thu 8 Mar 2018

Irish women have been travelling to Britain for abortions for decades. In 1975, when I was a young English woman working as a union officer in Dublin, a desperate male friend asked how his wife’s 15-year-old sister could get an abortion (We must never stop fighting for the right to legal abortion, 8 March). Without knowledge of or access to contraception, her first sexual foray had left her pregnant. As a Brit, it was assumed I knew how to use my own country’s still new abortion law.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/abortion-rights-in-ireland-north-and-south-of-the-border

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Global Gag Rule: Implications For Women In Nigeria

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Global Gag Rule: Implications For Women In Nigeria

By Ijeoma Ukazu
On Mar 7, 2018

March of each year is set aside to celebrate women worldwide as pillars who despite gender disparity strife to make headway in life.

A common saying, “educate a woman or girl child, you educate a nation” resonates strongly, but sadly, most issues concerning the girl-child is relegated to the background as she is believed in some parts of the world to be seen and not heard.

Continued: https://thewhistler.ng/story/global-gag-rule-implications-women-nigeria/

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Ireland – Sean Moncrieff: ‘My girlfriend listed all the reasons to have an abortion’

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Sean Moncrieff: ‘My girlfriend listed all the reasons to have an abortion’
Sometimes the best we can do is to be kind, if anything that’s what being human means

Feb 24, 2018
Sean Moncrieff

Back in the early 1980s, access to contraception involved visiting a GP, whose job it was to adjudicate if you wanted them for bone fide family planning reasons; whatever they were. But not any GP: people quickly learned that some would be sympathetic, and some would run you out the door.

Then there would be a prescription and a visit to a pharmacy. But not any pharmacy; such was Ireland’s horror at the thought of sex, of talking about it, that many refused to co-operate. There were entire counties free from the diabolic poison of synthetic oestrogen or latex.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/sean-moncrieff-my-girlfriend-listed-all-the-reasons-to-have-an-abortion-1.3393628

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Why You Need To Watch BBC Two’s New Programme On Abortion This Weekend

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Why You Need To Watch BBC Two's New Programme On Abortion This Weekend
This weekend, the BBC welcomes a live performance using real-life testimonies from 50 women around the world on the subject of abortion. Here's why it's a must-see.

By Katie O'Malley
Jan 19, 2018

If it's not you it was your mum, sister, best friend or colleague.

According to the UK's leading abortion care service BPAS, one in three women will have an abortion by the time they are 45-years-old.

However, for a procedure that's statistically provided to more women than caesarean sections, abortion remains a taboo subject in society, with some women choosing to keep their terminations a secret for fear of vilification and deep-rooted shame.

Continued: http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/news/a41037/why-you-need-to-watch-bbc-twos-new-programme-on-abortion-this-weekend/

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This woman has recorded almost 300 abortion stories so others don’t have to feel alone

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This woman has recorded almost 300 abortion stories so others don’t have to feel alone
Erin Corbett
2017-12-14

The ‘Abortion Diary’ podcast is the support resource we need in the era of Trump.

Melissa Madera was 17 years old when she found out she was pregnant. It was the summer of 1997, right before she was about to go off to college. She decided to have an abortion.

The process was lonely, she tells the Daily Dot, because she didn’t think she knew anyone else who had been through the procedure. Unfortunately, many who decide to terminate a pregnancy report isolation, in part because of the stigmas associated with abortion—women are supposed to be ashamed to have sex and not want to raise a child—that keep them silent.

Continued at source: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/abortion-diary/

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