I tried (and failed) to get a safe and legal abortion in Brazil

I tried (and failed) to get a safe and legal abortion in Brazil

By Rebeca Mendes
Feb 09, 2018

I'm a 30-year-old Brazilian with two young children, temporary employment and hopes for an eventual legal career. When I sought permission to terminate my pregnancy, I was thinking about my family, my finances and my future. In the process I found myself at the center of a political story, becoming the first woman in our country to fight for an abortion in court based on personal, nonmedical needs.

Last month, the United States marked the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade — a landmark decision that secured the right of American women to have an abortion. It remains the law of the land, despite repeated attempts to reverse the decision. Since filing my petition with Brazil's Supreme Court last year, many people have compared my suit to Jane Roe's. But there is one crucial difference: She won. The court denied my plea and women in Brazil continue to risk their health and lives if they decide to terminate a pregnancy.

Continued: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mendes-brazil-abortion-20180209-story.html

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‘Quacks are killing our women’: Nigeria’s abortion ban pushes women to drastic measures

'Quacks are killing our women': Nigeria's abortion ban pushes women to drastic measures
By Declan Cooley

Posted Fri Feb 9, 2018

Blessing grew up in a dusty but bustling city in Nigeria's forgotten east, but while she was at school and in love with her boyfriend, she fell pregnant.

Somehow Blessing's mother, and the rest of her neighbourhood, found out she was pregnant and tried to insist she marry her boyfriend and keep the baby.

"Knowing full well I couldn't keep the child I took the risk myself to have an abortion on my own," she says.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-10/nigerias-abortion-ban-pushes-women-to-drastic-measures/9416164

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Ireland: The Women’s Podcast: ‘Everyday Stories’ of abortion

The Women’s Podcast: ‘Everyday Stories’ of abortion
Caoimhe Anglin talks to Róisín Ingle about the project aiming to get people talking about the Eighth Amendment

Jan 8, 2018
Jennifer Ryan

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about abortion, but didn’t know how to go about it?

The Everyday Stories project is about facilitating those conversations through workshops in towns and villages across the country ahead of a referendum on the Eighth Amendment in the coming months.

The project is gathering the personal accounts of women who have experienced abortion and allowing them to be used to aid group discussions on the topic, organised in association with the campaign.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/the-women-s-podcast-everyday-stories-of-abortion-1.3348536

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Brazilian women break taboo to talk about illegal abortions

Brazilian women break taboo to talk about illegal abortions

By Renata Brit, Sarah DiLorenzo
The Associated Press on January 4, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO — The doctor was late. So the women sat quietly in the waiting area of a clinic in an upscale neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro until they were overcome by thoughts of what they were about to do and what might happen to them. They began to talk.

One woman said she was in a relationship with a drug lord and knew he would force her to have “his” baby if he found out she was pregnant. Another was a successful businesswoman who had separated from her children’s father and become pregnant accidentally by another man. A third just cried.

continued at source: http://www.canadianinquirer.net/2018/01/04/brazilian-women-break-taboo-to-talk-about-illegal-abortions/

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UK: ‘They called me a silly girl’: Abortion stories from real women, aged 24 to 86

'They called me a silly girl': Abortion stories from real women, aged 24 to 86

Radhika Sanghani
27 October 2017

Exactly 50 years ago today, the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. It meant that for the first time in Britain, a woman could legally have an abortion without facing life imprisonment in jail.

Millions of women have been able to have abortions since then, with one in three women today expected to have a termination in their lifetime. Last year, 190,406 abortions were carried out in England and Wales - a relatively constant figure over the last few years - on women aged 15-44.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/called-silly-girl-abortion-stories-real-women-aged-24-86/

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UK: New exhibition challenges abortion stigma through clothing

New exhibition challenges abortion stigma through clothing
26 Oct 2017

Oxford University researchers have teamed up with peers at the Open University to create an innovative exhibition that will challenge abortion stigma through clothing and stimulate conversation around the Abortion Act, fifty years after it was passed.

My Body My Life, a new research-based exhibition, that challenges abortion stigma through clothing, will run next month at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, from 7-11 November 2017.

Designed to look like a fashion boutique, the unique exhibition uses clothing to bring a range of abortion experiences to life, representing just some of the nearly 200,000 abortions that take place in the UK every year.

Continued at source: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-10-26-new-exhibition-challenges-abortion-stigma-through-clothing

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UK: Abortion on Trial review – Anne Robinson succeeds in getting viewers to consider the wider issues

Abortion on Trial review – Anne Robinson succeeds in getting viewers to consider the wider issues

Isabel Mohan
16 October 2017

Anne Robinson’s country pile was the unlikely venue for a weekend of heated debates on pregnancy termination in Abortion on Trial (BBC Two). Robinson, who it transpired had an abortion in 1968, just a few months after they were partially legalised, invited eight women and one man to lounge around in her lovely Gloucestershire home while discussing their strong views on the subject.

At the more extreme end of the scale was Rachel, a vehemently pro-life 47 year old teacher – vehemently pro-life, it turned out, as a result of her regrets over her own two terminations. “I murdered my children” she said, although later backtracked on her use of the word “murder”.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/10/16/abortion-trial-review-anne-robinson-succeeds-getting-viewers/

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Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion

What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

Continued at source: The Star: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/09/what-it-is-like-to-have-unsafe-abortion_c1610203

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Why I don’t regret my abortion: Dispelling the myths around termination

Why I don't regret my abortion: Dispelling the myths around termination

Abortion has been in the headlines over the past few months but rarely are the voices of women who have actually had one heard. The Independent speaks to a woman about why she does not regret her choice, contrary to popular assumption

Olivia Blair
Wednesday 10 May 2017

It is estimated that almost one in three women in the UK have had an abortion. However, when you think about the statistics in terms of your family or friends, this might not match up.

This is because although it has been legal in almost all of the UK for 50 years there is still a huge amount of stigma attached to abortion and, with that, a woman’s right to choose.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/abortion-no-regrets-myths-dispel-pregnancy-terminations-women-pro-choice-a7726701.html

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Project: On Abortion by Laia Abril

Project: On Abortion by Laia Abril

Written by Izabela Radwanska Zhang
Published on 4 May 2017

Every year, some 47,000 women die from backstreet abortions because of a lack of legal or free access: in her project, Abril shows the after-effects of this experience. This article was first published in the May issue of BJP

Laia Abril is no stranger to themes of distress. Bulimia, coping with the death of a child, the asexual community, virtual sex-performer couples – these are all topics that the Barcelona-based photographer has explored and attempted to demystify with her multi-layered, story-based practice. The subjects she tackles are complex and provocative, but ones she is able to connect with by way of female empathy, “where I can be involved emotionally”, she says.

Continued at source: http://www.bjp-online.com/2017/05/project-on-abortion-by-laia-abril/

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