ARGENTINA – Amnesty Argentina has launched campaign for safe, free, legal abortion in anticipation of national elections

ARGENTINA – Amnesty Argentina has launched campaign for safe, free, legal abortion in anticipation of national elections

Amnesty Argentina has launched a campaign and a website with the hashtag #MiHistoriaCuenta (My story counts) that will disseminate information about how deputies and senators voted in the congressional debate on the abortion bill in 2018 and to share information on the situation of abortion in the country. They argue that it is possible to elect a national Congress committed to a safe abortion law. The website contains an infographic with the following data:

  • In the last 30 years, 1.5 million women have put their health and lives at risk and 3,000 of them have died from unsafe abortions.
  • Complications from unsafe abortions have been the primary cause of maternal mortality in the last 30 years.
  • The risk of low birth weight and premature delivery increases in births among girls and adolescent girls.
  • 7 out of 10 adolescent pregnancies are unintended.
  • 6 out of 10 adolescents do not receive information about preventing pregnancy in school.

Their petition in support of abortion law reform has already gained 200,000 signatures.

SOURCE: El Ciudadano, 31 July 2019 ; http://mihistoriacuenta.org/

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Source: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/argentina-amnesty-launched-campaign-for-safe-free-legal-abortion-national-elections/

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New Brunswick Health Minister is “willfully incompetent” says doctor

New Brunswick Health Minister is “willfully incompetent” says doctor

Written by Susan O'Donnell
on August 16, 2019

Health Minister and lawyer Ted Flemming knowingly permits New Brunswick to contravene the Canada Health Act, the federal law regulating payment of health services. New Brunswick doctor Adrian Edgar says this indicates Flemming is “willfully incompetent” and has called for his resignation.

The Canada Health Act ensures that eligible Canadian residents can access health services approved by Medicare on a prepaid basis, without direct charges at the point of service. Most doctors across Canada operate from private facilities, billing their provincial government for Medicare services. In New Brunswick, the province pays for all Medicare services provided by doctors in private facilities, except abortions.

Continued: http://nbmediacoop.org/2019/08/16/new-brunswick-health-minister-is-willfully-incompetent-says-doctor/

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USA – The safe house shielding patients as abortion wars rage outside

The safe house shielding patients as abortion wars rage outside
The Power House gives women a place of sanctuary as they wait for their procedures at Montgomery’s only abortion clinic next door

by Khushbu Shah in Montgomery, Alabama
Thu 15 Aug 2019

The group of women gathered on the porch of a single story house next door to Montgomery’s only abortion clinic had all been strangers until minutes ago. Now one splayed comfortably across a wicker couch, a few chain-smoked and all gripped cell phones as a humid Alabama summer morning dampened the air.

They were all at an abortion safe house – called the Power House – which was brightly lit and whose doors had been unlocked before the sun rose.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/15/abortion-safe-house-alabama

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Young Voters Care About Abortion Policy. Argentine Politicians Are Ignoring Them

Young Voters Care About Abortion Policy. Argentine Politicians Are Ignoring Them.
The youth vote is becoming increasingly important in Argentina, but the leading presidential candidates are deliberately avoiding the issue that matters most to them.

By Ana Ionova
August 15, 2019

SALTA, Argentina —When Milagros Peñalba and Camila Monzón, both 17, consider supporting a political candidate in Argentina’s next presidential election, the key issue is not how to tackle Argentina’s massive debt burden or how to curb skyrocketing inflation. What they care about most is whether the candidates are in favor of legalizing abortion.

Since the nationwide debate on abortion rights last year culminated in disappointment for those in favor of legalization, the two youth activists have campaigned for reproductive rights, better sex education, and access to contraceptives in their hometown of Salta, in Argentina’s deeply conservative north. They also organize events encouraging their peers to get to know their political representatives.

Continued: https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/08/15/young-voters-care-about-abortion-policy-argentine-politicians-are-ignoring-them/

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Abortion in the south: The ‘escorts’ who ward off protesters at Mississippi’s lone clinic

Abortion in the south: The 'escorts' who ward off protesters at Mississippi's lone clinic
‘Clinic escorts’ create a buffer between protesters and women arriving at the clinic as its role becomes ever more important

by Khushbu Shah in Jackson, Mississippi
Tue 13 Aug 2019

Kim Gibson wore a pastel rainbow-striped vest with the words “clinic escort” in bold, black letters as she glanced over at the arriving white van. She was irritated by the sudden appearance in Jackson of more Christian anti-abortion protesters in front of Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic.

She watched as the vehicle pulled up, letting out two sisters. They dropped picket signs onto the Jackson sidewalk before their mother drove off to park. When she walked back with her teenage son, Gibson yelled: “Shame what you do to these children. Shame, shame, shame.”

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/13/mississippi-lone-abortion-clinic

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Canada’s marginal ‘Christian right’

Canada’s marginal ‘Christian right’

August 11, 2019
Jonathan Malloy

The political power of the American Christian right naturally leads to interest and speculation about the influence of similar groups in Canada. But social conservatives and evangelical Christians are a marginal force in Canadian politics, even in the Conservative party. And research finds their dynamics here are quite different than in the United States.

Is there a Canadian Christian right at all? Yes and no.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/canadas-marginal-christian-right-121024

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Abortion advocates hopeful bill will pass

Abortion advocates hopeful bill will pass

Jodie Stephens and Dominica Sanda
9 Aug 2019

Pro-choice advocates are optimistic a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW will soon become law after it cleared a significant hurdle by passing through the state's lower house.

Members of the Legislative Assembly erupted into cheers on Thursday night when they voted in favour of the amended bill to take abortion out of the criminal code following three days of passionate debate.

Continued: https://www.thesenior.com.au/story/6319062/abortion-advocates-hopeful-bill-will-pass/

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Argentine abortion activists unbowed in regional battle

Argentine abortion activists unbowed in regional battle

AFP
August 9, 2019

One year after Argentina’s Senate defeated a bill to legalize abortion, the country’s feminists are keeping up the fight and leading Latin America’s struggle for abortion rights.

Apart from Cuba, Uruguay and Mexico City, voluntary abortion is illegal in Latin America, although it does take place, clandestinely, in conditions that are usually deplorable.

Continued: https://egyptindependent.com/argentine-abortion-activists-unbowed-in-regional-battle/

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‘We should be terrified’: What Michigan women should know if abortion becomes illegal

'We should be terrified': What Michigan women should know if abortion becomes illegal
If the Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Michigan and other states could see a patchwork of abortion laws in the nation.

Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press
Aug. 8, 2019

Renee Chelian remembers keeping her head bowed and counting the pairs of shoes of the women sitting around her.

Chelian was 15 and too frightened to take in her surroundings or look at the faces of the many women who sat with her, waiting for an abortion at the Detroit warehouse where the floor was covered in grease stains, and folding chairs and card tables served as the only furniture.

Continued: https://www.freep.com/in-depth/news/politics/2019/08/08/abortion-illegal-michigan-roe-wade-overturned/1790907001/

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USA – Pro-Choice Groups Are Changing Their Strategy for a New Era of Attacks on Abortion

Pro-Choice Groups Are Changing Their Strategy for a New Era of Attacks on Abortion
NARAL is shifting its strategy to embrace the term "reproductive freedom," which polls well with moderates and independents.

by Marie Solis
Aug 8 2019

NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of the largest pro-choice organizations in the country, is changing its communications strategy amid mounting attacks on abortion rights. In an exclusive interview, the group said it will place a greater emphasis on “reproductive freedom,” a framework its leadership believes will bring together a wider swath of the population in support of safe and legal abortion. Though NARAL has used the term in its messaging before, the group has relied more heavily on terms like “reproductive rights,” and "abortion access” to talk about their cause.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a35zkp/a-huge-pro-choice-group-is-changing-its-messaging-to-appeal-to-moderates

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