USA – 4 Women on Their Abortions After 20 Weeks

4 Women on Their Abortions After 20 Weeks

By Callie Beusman
Feb 8, 2019

In recent weeks, the anti-abortion movement has seized upon one of its favorite subjects with even more fervor than usual: abortion after 20 weeks. People purporting to be “pro-life” spent days deluging Virginia delegate Kathy Tran with death threats, wrongly accusing her of supporting infanticide after she introduced a bill that would make it slightly easier for women in the state to get later abortions. Trump seized upon this vicious momentum in his State of the Union address, expressing his disgust at the Virginia bill, as well as with “lawmakers in New York” who recently voted to legalize abortion after 24 weeks in cases where the fetus isn’t viable or the mother’s health is at risk. According to Trump, the latter group “cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.”

This isn’t true, of course, but that doesn’t matter to those using it to incite outrage. The point is to demonize procedures after 20 weeks, depicting them as barbaric and tantamount to murder as a means of demonizing abortion in general.

Continued: https://www.thecut.com/2019/02/abortion-after-20-weeks-womens-stories.html

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USA – We are later abortion patients

We are later abortion patients.

Feb 4, 2019

Recent legislation regulating abortion in New York and the fervor around a similar proposed bill in Virginia have ignited a national conversation around later abortion. We understand the president may include the issue in his State of the Union remarks and the debate is raging on cable news shows, in opinion pieces and social media posts. But this proxy war is not about the later abortions actually happening in the country.

We know because we are the families who have gotten them.

Continued: https://www.abortionpatients.com/

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USA – Maybe the Only Way to Know What’s Wrong With Abortion in America Is to Have One

Maybe the Only Way to Know What’s Wrong With Abortion in America Is to Have One

By Nona Willis Aronowitz
Jan 31, 2019

I knew that the time I was sloppy with protection right before ovulation would put me at risk for getting pregnant. I’m the kind of woman who learns about fertility for fun, who genuinely enjoys reading about cervical fluid, egg freezing, and progesterone spikes. Which is why I knew I should have taken Plan B after that slipup and was hard on myself when I didn’t. But I also knew that if an unplanned pregnancy did occur, I’d have options in New York City.

I knew, too, that the length of my luteal phase — the two weeks or so after ovulation — is identical month to month. So when it was one day longer than normal, I knew I could find a pregnancy test that would measure miniscule levels of hCG hormone in my urine. But despite what felt like an encyclopedic knowledge of the female reproductive system, I didn’t know much about the medical intricacies of abortion by the time I needed to get one.

Continued: https://www.thecut.com/2019/01/whats-wrong-with-abortion-in-america-heartbeat-bills.html

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USA – I Got An Abortion In One Of The Most Restrictive States — This Is What I Went Through

I Got An Abortion In One Of The Most Restrictive States — This Is What I Went Through

ByBridjet Mendyuk
Jan 30, 2019

In this op-ed, writer Bridjet Mendyuk explains the process she went through to get an abortion in Ohio, where laws restrict people's access to the procedure.

I felt the first moment of panic as the word “pregnant” popped up on the ominous stick. I had no health insurance, had just lost my job, and was living at home. It was late November, and I felt better than I had in months: I was sleeping eight hours a night, and I had lost weight. It wasn’t until I told my mom my cycle was later than normal that she bought me a pregnancy test. At 27 years old, I found out I had been pregnant for two months and had no idea.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/i-got-abortion-in-one-of-the-most-restrictive-states-this-is-what-i-went-through-15870247

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Texas made it hard to have my abortion. With Roe at stake, I’m going home to expand access.

Texas made it hard to have my abortion. With Roe at stake, I’m going home to expand access.

Sarah Valliere, Opinion contributor
Published Jan. 22, 2019

That’s the fourth test, my best friend told me in a calm, but stern voice. I was pregnant.

I sat in shock on the toilet seat, staring at all four positive pregnancy tests. How could this be? Taking birth control pills made me feel invincible; there was no way I could be pregnant.

I was 17 years old and in a state of pure instability. With siblings away at college, no longer speaking to my father, and knowing my mother was processing the messy divorce that tore our family apart — I felt alone, lost and with nowhere to turn.

continued: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2019/01/22/abortion-roe-wade-planned-parenthood-texas-column/2636410002/

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USA – On The Anniversary Of Roe V. Wade, I Remember My Grandmother’s Experience

On The Anniversary Of Roe V. Wade, I Remember My Grandmother's Experience

ByNikki Madsen
Jan 17, 2019

My grandmother was a strong Midwestern woman with a laugh that would fill the room. She escaped a violent childhood home and later raised five children after losing her husband in a car accident. She also had an abortion prior to 1973, the year when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion with the historic Roe v. Wade decision. Her abortion left her hospitalized in a place where the staff refused to care for her due to her abortion — with the exception of one nurse who saved her life. Although she died 12 years ago, I carry my grandmother’s experience with me every day in my work supporting independent abortion care providers, facilities which provide the compassionate quality care that my grandmother deserved but was unable to get because abortion was illegal in her home state of Minnesota and she couldn’t afford to travel.

Continued: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/on-the-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade-i-remember-my-grandmothers-experience-15831243

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UK – I don’t regret my abortion – even though I’ve never become a mother

I don’t regret my abortion – even though I’ve never become a mother

Jody Day
12 January 2019

When I was 21, I got pregnant. I was absolutely terrified. The message I’d got was that having children when you are young ruins your life. I’d also had a tough upbringing including domestic abuse. So, for me, family life was something I wanted to escape.

I spoke to my lovely boyfriend about it and he was happy to support me whatever I decided. And I decided to have an abortion. He and my mum came with me. The overriding emotion I remember was terror. But at the time, it was the right answer, and looking back, now 53 and in a relationship, I don’t regret it at all. I would have been an appalling mother at 21. But I never conceived again.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/dont-regret-abortion-even-though-never-become-mother/

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Abortion is Illegal in Lebanon, But That Hasn’t Stopped Abortions

Abortion is Illegal in Lebanon, But That Hasn't Stopped Abortions.
The global pushback against abortion rights won't end them. They've always been necessary, and always will.

by Ghadi Ghosn and Virginie Le Borgne
Jan 8, 2019

Continued: https://thenib.com/abortion-in-lebanon

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How ‘Shout Your Abortion’ grew from a Seattle hashtag into a book

How ‘Shout Your Abortion’ grew from a Seattle hashtag into a book
Amelia Bonow was recently in Seattle to talk about the book, "Shout Your Abortion."

Originally published December 12, 2018
By Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times columnist

Amelia Bonow was in a Lyft, headed to Seattle’s Neptune Theatre, when she told the driver what awaited her there: She had co-founded a movement called “Shout Your Abortion,” aimed at humanizing, normalizing and de-stigmatizing the procedure. It had spread from Seattle across the nation, and resulted in a book of personal essays by abortion clients, and providers, that was being launched before a crowd of supporters that night.

The driver had a story of his own, apparently, because at some point during the ride, Bonow posted on Facebook: ” … having my one thousandth conversation with a male Lyft driver who knocked somebody up who had an abortion and hasn’t ever talked about it …”

Continued: https://www.seattletimes.com/life/how-shout-your-abortion-grew-from-a-seattle-hashtag-into-a-book/

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BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Dec 6, 2018

Despite the restrictions imposed by the law and a socio-cultural context where it remains a taboo subject, abortion is common in Benin where many girls and women practice it in hiding, risking their lives.

Solange, 32, remembers it as if it were yesterday. Pregnant a little over a month while she lives an adventure “without promises” with a man, she does not wish to keep the pregnancy. Already the father of a daughter whom his mother helps him to raise, this man is not ready to take on a second paternity. He cannot afford it, either. Very soon, they come into contact with a young man who puts them in contact with the “doctor” of a private care practice located in Akpakpa, a district of Cotonou. Against 30,000 FCFA, about US$51, the “doctor” helps Solange get rid of the pregnancy. “I do not even know if he was a doctor or not. My only concern at the time was to end this pregnancy,” says Solange today, who has done rather well. “He gave me an injection before “scraping” inside. It did not hurt. We were in a very dimly lit room.”

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/benin-alerte-sur-les-avortements-sauvages-alert-on-unsafe-abortions/

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