USA – I Have A New Challenge As A CEO: Protecting My Staff In Anti-Abortion States

Opinion: I Have A New Challenge As A CEO: Protecting My Staff In Anti-Abortion States
Anti-abortion laws are forcing businesses to consider how we would operate in places where women’s health services are made illegal.

Amy Nelson, BuzzFeed Contributor
Posted on June 14, 2019

I have a newborn in my lap as I write this. I’m on parental leave from the company I founded, having welcomed my fourth daughter to the world just last week. But I don’t consider writing this to be “working” — this is something larger. It’s my obligation to my future, my business and colleagues, my daughters, and my country.

I recently signed my company onto a campaign for reproductive justice, along with leaders from more than 180 other companies. I want to talk more about why I did that, and how the rising tide of anti-abortion politics is forcing CEOs like me to think long and hard about how our businesses can operate in places where essential women’s health services are being made illegal.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/amynelson/ceo-protecting-our-staff-from-state-abortion-bans

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USA – Abortion restrictions hurt business, 180 CEOs say in open letter

Abortion restrictions hurt business, 180 CEOs say in open letter
States that limit reproductive rights undermine efforts to build a diverse workforce and attract talent, the leaders say.

By Rachel Siegel
June 10, 2019

More than 180 CEOs signed an open letter opposing state efforts to restrict reproductive rights, as business leaders weigh how to most effectively exert pressure against abortion bans.

Square chief executive and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey as well as fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg and others wrote that restrictions on abortion access threaten the economic stability of their employees and customers and make it harder to build a diverse workforce and recruit talent.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/06/10/more-than-ceos-sign-letter-opposing-state-restrictions-abortion/?utm_term=.c8b14aee3cb0

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USA – Men Aren’t Quite Sure How to Be Abortion-Rights Activists

Men Aren’t Quite Sure How to Be Abortion-Rights Activists
Does a movement that proclaims a deep belief in women’s autonomy have a place for male voices?

Ashley Fetters
Jun 10, 2019

On a Wednesday night in late May, 44-year-old Matt Garbett of Atlanta attended a meeting held by NARAL Pro-Choice America, a prominent abortion-rights group, at the urging of a female friend who is active in the local chapter. A few weeks earlier, both Georgia and Alabama had taken measures to restrict access to abortion.

Garbett had always believed that Americans should have the right to get an abortion, and he’d always voted that way—and until that night, he said, he’d thought that was enough. But what Garbett saw at that meeting startled him. In a “completely packed” room, full of what he estimated to be 80 people, only three were men. Garbett didn’t feel out of place, however; instead, he was “absolutely embraced and welcome,” he told me. “I was, oddly, overly thanked [for being there]. The next day, Garbett voiced his bewilderment in a thread on Twitter. “Last night I attended my first @NARALGA meeting,” he began. “My biggest takeaway: Men... we are not showing up.”

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/06/men-abortion-debate/591259/

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Honduras: Abortion Ban’s Dire Consequences

Honduras: Abortion Ban’s Dire Consequences
Arrests, Criminal Charges, Health Issues, Bearing Rapist’s Child

June 6, 2019

(New York) – Honduras’ total ban on abortion in all circumstances puts women and girls in danger and violates their rights, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a web feature on the topic. Abortion in Honduras is illegal in all circumstances, including rape and incest, when a woman’s life is in danger, and when the fetus will not survive outside the womb.

The web feature, “Life or Death Choices for Women Living Under Honduras’ Abortion Ban,” shares stories of Honduran women confronting the cruel effects of the abortion law. They include a woman forced to bear her rapist’s child; a woman facing jail after having a miscarriage; women who experienced complications from clandestine abortions; a pro-choice pastor who has faced death threats for her activism; a doctor who cannot always act in her patients’ best interests; and women who share information about safe abortion in secret through an anonymous phone line.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/06/honduras-abortion-bans-dire-consequences

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How Fashion Is Rallying for Reproductive Justice

How Fashion Is Rallying for Reproductive Justice
Justin Trudeau is boosting abortion access—can a uterus dress help too?

by Leanne Delap
June 07, 2019

Last week, in Rome, Gucci designer Alessandro Michele showed a pale peach chiffon gown delicately embroidered with a uterus, fulsome flowers representing the ovaries. It was part of a politically charged, freedom of reproductive choice theme woven throughout his Cruise 2020 collection—a jacket was emblazoned with the words My Body My Choice; an exposed chest was fitted with medieval-looking nipple clamps (or possibly ornamental breast pumps).

Michele stated that, “Today, for someone in my position, it’s important to say [political] things.” He added that recent abortion restrictions in the U.S. have “made me consider how much women should be highly respected.”

Continued: https://thekit.ca/style/abortion-canada-rights-fashion/

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MOROCCO – New abortion law reform bill tabled while six people go on trial for clandestine abortions

MOROCCO – New abortion law reform bill tabled while six people go on trial for clandestine abortions

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 5, 2019

It has been four years since the King called for abortion law reform and more than a year since a bill was tabled in the parliament to accomplish just that. Touria Alaoui Skalli, a specialist in obstetrics & gynaecology and a member of the PPS majority party in the House of Representatives, has not given up and decided to table a bill once again. Her previous attempt was presented to the Social Affairs Committee in the presence of the Minister of Health Anass Doukali on 19 June 2018, but was “withdrawn” two weeks later and found itself in a pile at the Justice Committee, “among a multitude of law reform proposals that will never be discussed”. “There are those who are open to progress, to democracy and rights, and others who are blinded by conservative and religious concepts and do not even want a debate to take place,” she said.

In defending the new bill, she called for the provision of safe abortions in order to eliminate the need for clandestine abortions. She said an attempt to reform the Penal Code would take many years, so she chose the legislative path, in hopes it may succeed.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/morocco-new-abortion-law-reform-bill-tabled-while-six-people-go-on-trial-for-clandestine-abortions/

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Podcast: Roe V Wade

Roe V Wade

Listen now (29 minute podcast)
Sunday 2 June 2019
Radio National Australia, Rear Vision

States across America are passing heartbeat laws, which aim to outlaw abortions at any stage of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest.

They are reigniting debate in the US around abortion and threatening to overturn the famous 1973 Roe V Wade decision.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/roe-v-wade/11160438

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Argentina activists renew fight to legalise abortion

Argentina activists renew fight to legalise abortion
Thousands of abortion rights advocates march in Buenos Aires as new legislation is presented in Congress.

by Natalie Alcoba
May 28, 2019

Buenos Aires - In scenes that were repeated across Argentina, thousands of people streamed along the arteries of the capital city of Buenos Aires on Tuesday for a massive demonstration that marked the next chapter in the fight to legalise abortion in the country.

Defiantly thrusting arms brandishing the campaign's emblematic green handkerchief up in the air, the crowd converged before the National Congress, where the new project to legalise abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy was officially presented.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/argentina-activists-renew-fight-legalise-abortion-190528222852233.html

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Canada/USA – I’m so damn tired of debating abortion rights…

I’m so damn tired of debating abortion rights…

By Toula Drimonis
May 27th 2019

If you’re a firm believer in people’s right to determine their own reproductive destiny and find yourself extra-angry these days, you’re not alone. The recent backsliding on women’s rights we’ve witnessed in Alabama and seven other U.S. states, has many of us reeling. This strict new legislation basically criminalizes the procedure and treats anyone seeking an abortion or attempting to administer one as a criminal who could face life in prison. But this didn't just happen. The groundwork for this gigantic step backwards for reproductive freedom was initially taken two years ago.

After Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency, I vividly remember waking up the next day in a bit of an exhausted daze. I had stayed up late, watching the results trickle in, desperately hoping that what was materializing before my eyes would turn out to be a bad dream.

Continued: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/27/opinion/im-so-damn-tired-debating-abortion-rights

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How abortion has changed since the Roe v. Wade ruling in the U.S.

How abortion has changed since the Roe v. Wade ruling in the U.S.

By David Crary and Carla K. Johnson
The Associated Press
May 26, 2019

A wave of state abortion bans has set off speculation: What would happen if Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide, were overturned?

Although far from a certainty, even with increased conservative clout on the Supreme Court, a reversal of Roe would mean abortion policy would revert to the states, and many would be eager to impose bans.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5318829/abortion-changes-roe-v-wade-1973/

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