Life or Death Choices for Women Living Under Honduras’ Abortion Ban

Life or Death Choices for Women Living Under Honduras’ Abortion Ban
Women Tell Their Stories

Amy Braunschweiger, Senior Web Communications Manager
Margaret Wurth, Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division
June 6, 2019

Lorena (a pseudonym) was arrested after having a miscarriage on suspicion of having an abortion. She’s facing criminal charges. © 2019 Amy Braunschweiger for Human Rights Watch

The calls to La Línea almost always came from panicked women, often crying. “Please answer me!” they begged. “Don’t keep me waiting!” Many said they were calling for a “friend.” All were desperate to know the same thing, forbidden by law in Honduras: how to end an unwanted pregnancy safely.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/06/life-or-death-choices-women-living-under-honduras-abortion-ban

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USA – My second and third daughters exist because abortion was legal and safe

My second and third daughters exist because abortion was legal and safe
I would not have risked another child with severe fetal defects, as my beloved first daughter had.

By Jana von Stein
May 28, 2019

Many parents-to-be learn at their 20-week ultrasound whether it’s a boy or a girl. We learned that our baby had severe cardiac defects. As my pregnancy progressed, it became more evident that her disorder affected more than just her heart. It would require multiple operations and might be life-defining. In the 23 months she lived, my daughter Sophie endured seven surgeries, became addicted to morphine and Ativan, and suffered more than most people do in decades’-longer lifetimes. Her dad and I tried, along with heroic nurses and doctors in Michigan, Boston and Stanford, to save her life. We failed. We worked tirelessly to give her a good quality of life, but — particularly in the last few months — it was not one worth living.

The doctors weren’t sure whether Sophie’s defects were a result of random bad luck or something hereditary. Her DNA looked normal, but it was clear there was a programming error at some point early in the gestation.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/05/28/my-second-third-daughters-exist-because-abortion-was-legal-safe/?utm_term=.c86f14544923

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It’s time to hear Alabama’s women

It’s time to hear Alabama’s women
The voices of women in Alabama are no longer missing from the conversation.

May 19, 2019
By Kelly Scott

Alabama was the talk of the nation last week as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country became law. But, missing from many of those conversations were the voices of women from this state.

So, we asked them to share their opinions on being a woman in Alabama. And more than 200 of them responded within less than 24 hours.

Continued: https://www.al.com/opinion/2019/05/its-time-to-hear-alabamas-women.html

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Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

By Jamie Samhan
May 18, 2019

Ahead of the premiere of abortion documentary “Let It be Law (Que Sea Ley)” from Argentine director Juan Solanas at Cannes, 60 women gathered to protest the anti-abortion laws across the world.

The women from Argentina waved green flags and signs (green is the colour of the pro-choice movement in Argentina). The protest was against a rejection of a law in Argentina to legalize abortion but is very similar to what the United States is currently facing.

Continued: https://etcanada.com/news/454333/abortion-protests-come-to-cannes/

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Jameela Jamil reveals her abortion was the ‘best decision ever’

Jameela Jamil reveals her abortion was the ‘best decision ever’

May 14, 2019
by Aoife Loughnane

Jameela Jamil has opened up about having an abortion when she was younger.

The Good Life actor took to social media to reveal that she underwent the procedure after falling pregnant at a young age.

Continued: https://www.shemazing.net/jameela-jamil-reveals-her-abortion-was-the-best-decision-ever/

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UK – My abortion politicised me, says WEP leader Mandu Reid

My abortion politicised me, says WEP leader Mandu Reid
Women’s Equality party head says her decision would have been different if UK parenting policies had been more progressive

Nosheen Iqbal
Sat 27 Apr 2019

Mandu Reid, the new leader of the Women’s Equality party (WEP), has spoken publicly about the impact of her abortion and why it compelled her to enter politics.

In an interview with the Observer, Reid said her decision to have a termination at 33 had not been “an easy choice” but one made because she “couldn’t balance being a single mother and hold on to my career aspirations”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/27/mandu-reid-wep-abortion-politicised-me

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USA – ‘Abortion Regret’ Shows the Long History of a Favorite Anti-Choice Talking Point

‘Abortion Regret’ Shows the Long History of a Favorite Anti-Choice Talking Point

Apr 19, 2019
Dr. Cynthia Greenlee

Abortion rights supporters tout relief as the signature emotion that most abortion seekers experience after their procedures. Anti-choicers have their own frequently publicized post-abortion feeling: regret.

As the recent book Abortion Regret: The New Attack on Reproductive Freedom by scholars Shoshanna Erlich and Alesha Doan argues, emotions don’t occur in a vacuum. As individual and in-the-moment as emotions appear, their meanings—and how they are expressed—are socially and politically constructed, sometimes in complex ways and sometimes in simplistic binaries that say “men punch walls when they get angry” and “women cry.”

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/04/19/abortion-regret-shows-the-long-history-of-a-favorite-anti-choice-talking-point/

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USA – Ashley Judd Reveals She Had An Abortion After Being Raped — Because She Didn’t Want ‘To Co-Parent With A Rapist’

Ashley Judd Reveals She Had An Abortion After Being Raped — Because She Didn’t Want ‘To Co-Parent With A Rapist’

By Brent Furdyk
Apr 11, 2019

Ashley Judd has long been one of Hollywood’s most outspoken actresses, and now she’s disclosing an abortion she underwent when she became pregnant after being raped.

Judd, 50, spoke on Thursday at Tina Brown’s 10th annual Women in the World Summit in New York, discussing the state of Georgia’s recent legislation banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur before a woman realizes she’s pregnant.

Continued: https://etcanada.com/news/440694/ashley-judd-reveals-she-had-an-abortion-after-being-raped-because-she-didnt-want-to-co-parent-with-a-rapist/

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South Korean women hope for change to abortion laws

South Korean women hope for change to abortion laws

April 9, 2019

More than a quarter of a century after the first of her three abortions—illegal in South Korea—Lim is still haunted by her sense of shame.

She was 24 and had a boyfriend, but neither was ready to wed. And it was 1993, when sex before marriage was still very much a taboo in the conservative country.

Continued: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-04-south-korean-women-abortion-laws.html

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New Zealand – Despair and Contempt: What it’s like to seek an abortion

Despair and Contempt: What it’s like to seek an abortion

By Paula Penfold
Apr 6, 2019

It’s such a ridiculously innocuous, unobtrusive looking thing, this piece of plastic with a felt-like tip. Years later when you want them, those two blue lines will make you smile.

But this is not then. This is too soon. Too terrifying.

I’m 21, fresh out of journalism school, starting my first job - a junior reporter in a radio newsroom in a small New Zealand town, still wearing my university op-shop clothes, earning less than $20,000 a year but eager, excited for what my career might hold.

Continued: https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2019/circuit/seeking-an-abortion/

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