USA – Title X facilities are already over-regulated

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Title X facilities are already over-regulated

By David S. Cohen and Carole Joffe, Opinion Contributors
June 12, 2018

The Trump administration’s plan to impose a so-called “domestic gag rule”—a prohibition on providing, referring and counseling about abortion—on facilities receiving Title X funding for family planning services has unleashed a storm of criticism. The public comment period is now open, and the backlash promises to be fierce.

Medical groups state that withholding information about medical procedures is a violation of medical ethics. Numerous political observers note that the real intent of this measure is to deliver on Trump’s promise to defund Planned Parenthood, a major recipient of Title X funding. But largely overlooked in these responses to the domestic gag rule is that the current rules governing Title X grantees represent terrible public policy. As the public now weighs in on the proposed regulations, we should not forget that not only is the new gag rule harmful, but that the existing restrictions governing Title X and abortion care should be lifted as well because they are bad for patients and bad for public health.

Continued: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/391712-title-x-facilities-are-already-over-regulated#.Wx_4xsTUmTI.facebook

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Ireland – Court to hear legal challenges to abortion referendum result

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Court to hear legal challenges to abortion referendum result
One challenger questions if some student voters at NUIG were properly registered

June 11, 2018
Mary Carolan

The president of the High Court has fixed June 26th for hearing three separate applications for permission to challenge the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

One of the challengers, Charles Byrne, who has raised concerns about whether a number of student voters at NUI Galway were properly registered, also wants copies of the marked register of voters.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/court-to-hear-legal-challenges-to-abortion-referendum-result-1.3526581

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Indonesia – Police investigate alleged incest, abortion in Jambi village

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Police investigate alleged incest, abortion in Jambi village

Jon Afrizal
The Jakarta Post
Sun, June 10, 2018

Batanghari Police have arrested a woman and her two children after an investigation connected them to the recent discovery of a badly decomposed male fetus that was found on an oil palm plantation near Pulau village, Muara Tembesi district, Batanghari regency, Jambi.

The suspects, AD, 38, AS, 18, and WA, 15, are being held under the Child Protection Law and the Criminal Code (KUHP). AS is accused of raping his sister, WA, while she and her mother have been charged with aborting the 8-month-old fetus. AS could face 15 years in prison if found guilty and AD and WA 10 years.

Continued: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/06/09/police-investigate-alleged-incest-abortion-in-jambi-village.html

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Ireland – GPs group calls on Harris to ensure doctors must ‘opt in’ to provide abortion services

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GPs group calls on Harris to ensure doctors must 'opt in' to provide abortion services
The NAGP passed a series of motions after an emergency meeting today following the result of the referendum.

June 9, 2018

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of General Practitioners (NAGP) have held an emergency meeting to discuss the outcome of the Eighth Amendment referendum, and passed motions calling for an “opt-in” provision for doctors to provide abortion services.

The NAGP have also called for a conscientious objection provision to be inserted into any legislation passed by government in the wake of the referendum result.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-services-gps-4057863-Jun2018/

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Guatemalan Congress Uses Fuego Volcano Tragedy as Smokescreen for Unpopular Anti-Abortion, Amnesty Bills

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Guatemalan Congress Uses Fuego Volcano Tragedy as Smokescreen for Unpopular Anti-Abortion, Amnesty Bills

Published 9 June 2018

If approved, the law would allow amnesties in cases of crimes against humanity in a country where 45,000 people were forcibly disappeared during the civil war.

A congressional body in Guatemala approved Friday two controversial bills as the citizens of the country are still struggling to cope with the aftermath of the deadly Fuego Volcano tragedy. One of the measures criminalizes abortion and bans same-sex marriage while the other would allow the state to give amnesties to persons implicated in crimes against humanity.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Guatemalan-Congress-Uses-Fuego-Tragedy-as-Smokescreen-for-Unpopular-Anti-Abortion-Amnesty-Bills-20180609-0004.html

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Pro-life activists target rural Nepali women

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Pro-life activists target rural Nepali women
Tara Todras-Whitehill, with additional reporting by Rojita Adhikari, CNN
Sat June 09, 2018

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) Pastor Soman Rai and his group of volunteers from Kathmandu walk to a small church in the village of Shilaprabat, in Sindhupalchock, an area left devastated by the deadly earthquakes that shook Nepal three years ago.

The only way to access the area, located some 80km (50 miles) east of the capital, is via a wire footbridge and a narrow dirt path.

Once there, Rai and the group set up a table of pamphlets, and hang a large sign with the colorful handprints of children around the slogan "I Choose Life." At the bottom of the banner is the name of Rai's organization -- Voice of Fetus Nepal.

Continued: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/06/08/health/nepal-pro-life-abortion-intl/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

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POLAND – Polish abortion rights advocates reported to the police, but no charges were brought (yet)

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POLAND – Polish abortion rights advocates reported to the police, but no charges were brought (yet)

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 8, 2018

Dear Abortion Friends,

Some time ago we, the Abortion Dream Team (an informal group working on destigmatisation of abortion) and Kobiety w Sieci (community of women with abortion experience who run the online forum and support each other), found out that two anti-choice organizations had filed reports with the police accusing us of committing two kinds of crimes and asking them to press charges against us for our activities.

One supposed crime they accused us of was the Abortion Dream Team’s post on Facebook, which gives information on how to prepare oneself for a home abortion. We have not yet heard from the law enforcement authorities about that, but we do expect something to happen.

The second one was about the online forum and “illegal helping” of women to have an abortion that is punishable under Polish law. As a result of that, one of us, Justyna Wydrzynska, who is the online forum’s administrator, was called in for an interview on 7 June. At the end of the interview, no charges were brought against her, and we are under the impression that none will be. But it is probably not the end, as there can be more attempts.

We know that this is a backlash. The forum has been operating for 12 years. For a long time, it was done quietly. Thousands of women got support they needed. Recently, it became more visible. Women with abortion experience who also support others started talking about it openly and proudly. The anti-choice people could not stand it.

We won’t ever agree that giving information and advice on abortion access – how and where to order pills, how to take them, what to do to make abortion more comfortable and safe – and having support during this experience is a crime of “illegally helping” someone to have an abortion. We will never agree to such an interpretation. And we won’t stop doing what we do even if they call us criminals and press charges against us. We are doing good for women, and we will be there for each other always.

We receive a lot of support and solidarity from our allies in Poland. Today one friend initiated a Facebook action where people write: “I also give information about abortion. You won’t hear about all of us. You can’t lock all of us up. Today, we have all had the experience of abortion; today, we all are abortion supporters”. We are using the hashtag #jatezmowieoaborcji in Polish. In English it is: #IAlsoInformAboutAbortion.

If you would like to do the same, to declare that you are also people who tell others about abortion possibilities, that you also help others to go through abortion in safety and comfort, you can also use this hashtag. You can report what we have written here and also whatever you want. It would be great if you could use one of the hashtags: #jatezmowieoaborcji in Polish; #IAlsoInformAboutAbortion in English.

We would truly appreciate it. Solidarity is our greatest strength.

Karolina, Natalia, Justyna

SOURCE: E-mail, 7 June 2018
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From: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/poland-polish-abortion-rights-advocates-reported-to-the-police-but-no-charges-were-brought-yet/

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Ireland – Drafting of abortion law to proceed despite court challenge

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Drafting of abortion law to proceed despite court challenge
Concluding all possible legal avenues by early July will be extremely difficult

June 7, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Department of Health will continue to draft abortion legislation and make preparations for the introduction of abortion services while a court challenge to the result of the referendum proceeds.

The Government still hopes to table legislation in the Dáil before the summer recess, currently scheduled for July 12th or 13th. That would enable the committee stage of the Bill to take place in September before the Dáil returns, meaning that the legislation could be through the Dáil by late September.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/drafting-of-abortion-law-to-proceed-despite-court-challenge-1.3521632

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The Supreme Court says women’s human rights are being breached in Northern Ireland – if Theresa May doesn’t act, her legacy will be in tatters

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The Supreme Court says women’s human rights are being breached in Northern Ireland – if Theresa May doesn’t act, her legacy will be in tatters
As the Labour MP Stella Creasy stated, 'is the government really going to force a rape victim to come and give evidence in open court to change the law?'

Katie Goh
June 7, 2018

This morning, the UK’s Supreme Court dismissed the Northern Irish Human Rights Commission (NIHRC)’s appeal to overturn Northern Ireland’s strict abortion laws. While the Supreme Court judges agreed that Northern Ireland’s laws are incompatible with human rights in the cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality, the appeal was rejected due to a technicality. By the narrow majority of four to three judges, the Court ruled that they had no jurisdiction because there was no actual or potential victim of an unlawful act involved in the case.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/northern-ireland-abortion-law-supreme-court-human-rights-theresa-may-a8387506.html

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Australia – Barnaby Joyce says he is ‘entitled’ to lobby against safe zones for abortion clinics

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Barnaby Joyce says he is 'entitled' to lobby against safe zones for abortion clinics
The Nationals MP, who told a TV interviewer he couldn’t enforce his pro-life views on others, says he is ‘obligated’ to lobby against the bill

Amy Remeikis
Thu 7 Jun 2018

Barnaby Joyce says he is “allowed, entitled and obligated” to lobby his state party counterparts to oppose a New South Wales parliament bill allowing safe zones for women attempting to access abortion clinics.

Joyce, who took medical leave in the last sitting of parliament, in the lead up to the controversial $150,000 tell-all interview he and his new partner, Vikki Campion, agreed to, has been contacting NSW Nationals MPs asking them to oppose the legislation.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/07/barnaby-joyce-i-am-entitled-to-lobby-against-safe-zones-for-abortion-clinics

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