Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion

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Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion
At a time when the United States may render it illegal

Shirley Graham
July 5, 2018

On May 25, 2018, I traveled from Washington, D.C., to Dublin to vote in a referendum that would decide whether women in Ireland would have full access to their reproductive healthcare and rights. I was one of the 40,000 diaspora Irish who returned from different corners of the globe (only recent emigres were eligible) to be part of a feminist movement that would make history. When the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was passed the next day with 66 percent voting in favor, the country heaved a collective sigh of relief.

In the lead-up to the referendum, women were forced to share previously untold stories of private ordeals and personal tragedies in order to persuade the Irish population that it could no longer export this problem to the United Kingdom.

Continued: http://prospect.org/article/ireland%E2%80%99s-path-legalizing-abortion

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Calls mount for decriminalisation of abortion

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Calls mount for decriminalisation of abortion

Gauteng / 5 July 2018
ANA Reporter

Johannesburg - Amnesty International on Thursday said it will be debating proposals to tackle the devastating human rights consequences of misguided attempts by countries to criminalise and restrict abortion and to punish people for using drugs.

Delegates from around the world will be gathering in Warsaw, Poland, from Friday to Sunday to hold crucial votes on the organisation’s positions on safe and legal abortion and how States control the production, sale and use of drugs.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/gauteng/calls-mount-for-decriminalisation-of-abortion-15848749

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Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under ‘conscientious objection’

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Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under 'conscientious objection'

Joyce Arthur
July 5, 2018

For the first time ever, an expert group has arrived at a majority consensus that the practice of so-called "conscientious objection" by health-care professionals should not be allowed. The experts agreed that the practice of refusing to provide legal and essential health care due to a doctor's personal or religious beliefs is a violation of medical ethics and of patients' right to health care. Abortion and other reproductive health care are the most commonly refused services.

Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care is the title of the expert group's just-released report with recommendations. It is a product of the first global meeting on the topic of "conscientious objection," which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay in August 2017 because the refusal to treat is a major barrier to abortion access in many Latin American countries.

Continued: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/07/expert-group-denounces-refusal-treat-under-conscientious-objection

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Argentine Senate Starts Debating Historic Abortion Bill

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Argentine Senate Starts Debating Historic Abortion Bill
Pro- and anti-abortion activists announced separate protests in front of Congress to coincide with the start of Senate discussions on the issue.

Published 3 July 2018

Argentina's Senate began Tuesday debating a historic abortion bill passed by the lower house Chamber of Deputies last month.

In June, the lower house Chamber of Deputies backed a bill decriminalizing abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and beyond that in cases where the infant would not survive after birth, by 129 votes to 125.

A final debate on the matter will be held on August 8. Argentina's 72 senators are largely opposed to the abortion bill, although 10 have not yet publicly revealed their stance.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentine-Senate-Starts-Debating-Historic-Abortion-Bill-20180703-0029.html

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What Will Happen If Abortion Is Banned In The U.S.? Just Look At These Countries.

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What Will Happen If Abortion Is Banned In The U.S.? Just Look At These Countries.

Andrea González-Ramírez
July 3, 2018

"We use the phrase in Latin America," Paula Avila-Guillen, a human rights expert and director of Latin America Initiatives for the Women’s Equality Center told Refinery29, "'Las ricas abortan, las pobres mueren.' [Rich women have abortions, poor women die.]"

Many anti-abortion advocates believe that outlawing the procedure will stop women from trying to terminate their pregnancies, but research has shown over and over again that this isn't true.

Continued: https://www.refinery29.com/2018/07/203412/abortion-illegal-impact-latin-america-united-states

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Social workers and doctors team up to defend the life, health and dignity of women inside Myanmar’s camps

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Social workers and doctors team up to defend the life, health and dignity of women inside Myanmar’s camps

Report from United Nations Population Fund
Published on 02 Jul 2018

“Very bad things happen during religious festivals. Most community members go to join in the ceremonies, and those women who remain at home are very vulnerable. Perpetrators find out who has stayed behind – often widows – and go into their homes and violate the women. There are no locks on the doors, no protection. For a few hours, everywhere is deserted, and there is no-one who can hear or heed calls for help.”

Myint Myint Htay – Htay for short – is a gender-based violence caseworker in a camp for displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. While the attention is on the over 700,000 people who have fled persecution and violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh since last August, nearly 130,000 people who identify as Rohingya remain in camps in Myanmar. Confined to the camps, they lack basic services and rights, including freedom of movement. Their plight is largely unseen by the world.

Continued: https://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/social-workers-and-doctors-team-defend-life-health-and-dignity-women-inside-myanmar-s

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Hundreds protest plan to further restrict abortion in Poland

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Hundreds protest plan to further restrict abortion in Poland

By The Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland — Jul 2, 2018

Hundreds of abortion-rights activists in Poland held a protest Monday against a proposed law that would ban abortions in cases involving irreparably damaged fetuses.

The activists who assembled outside Poland's parliament chanted "We want choice, not terror" as a special commission of legislators reviewed the proposal.

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/hundreds-protest-plan-restrict-abortion-poland-56319222

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Poland – ‘We feel like second category citizens,’ say abortion campaigners

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'We feel like second category citizens,' say abortion campaigners

By Damon Embling
02/07/2018

Protesters have been venting their opposition against planned changes to Poland's abortion laws, in Brussels.

They think moves to ban terminations in cases involving irreparably damaged fetuses is wrong. This, as a special Polish commission of legislators examined the proposal.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/02/-we-feel-like-second-category-citizens-say-abortion-campaigners

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USA – Let’s Talk About My Abortion (and Yours)

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Let’s Talk About My Abortion (and Yours)

By Cindi Leive
Ms. Leive is a former editor in chief of Glamour and Self.
June 30, 2018

Several months ago, I appeared on a morning TV show alongside Cecile Richards, then the president of Planned Parenthood. Our topic had been women’s activism, and we’d both spoken in equal amounts. But when I checked Twitter later, the violent insults were flying only at Ms. Richards, with commenters calling her a “baby butcher” and “this puke bitch” for her support of abortion rights. None took aim at me — and as I read the stream, I felt more cowardly than I can ever remember, as if I were crouched in a foxhole while Ms. Richards took fire for the rest of us.

Why was I letting her take the heat? After all, I’d had an abortion myself.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/30/opinion/sunday/abortion-kennedy-supreme-court.html

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USA: Banning abortion does not make abortion go away

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Banning abortion does not make abortion go away

Robyn Pennacchia
June 30, 2018

Banning abortion does not make abortion go away. Women who have the means to travel, or the desperation to go underground, have always found a way, and their organizing power ultimately made abortion a constitutional right in the United States. Today, women should keep that history in mind as they prepare for the next chapter in this fight.

This week, US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his plans to retire. Kennedy has long been the Court’s swing vote on issues like abortion. If president Donald Trump is able to appoint an anti-choice judge (which he has vowed to do), the cases that established abortion rights, such as Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey will face immense challenges, and could potentially be overturned as soon as next year. It’s a terrifying and overwhelming prospect.

Continued: https://qz.com/1318779/abortion-activists-are-ready-for-justice-kennedys-retirement/

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