Ireland – Foetal anomaly cases require ‘teams of doctors’

Foetal anomaly cases require ‘teams of doctors’
Guidelines indicate foetal medicine specialist should be involved once a diagnosis is made

Tue, Jan 22, 2019
Paul Cullen

Decisions on whether or not to provide terminations in cases of foetal anomaly should be reached by multidisciplinary teams of doctors on a consensus basis, newly prepared guidelines indicate.

The multidisciplinary team (MDT) should be a formally-constituted committee of the hospital whose decisions are documented in clinical notes, according to the guidelines from the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/foetal-anomaly-cases-require-teams-of-doctors-1.3765920

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Texas made it hard to have my abortion. With Roe at stake, I’m going home to expand access.

Texas made it hard to have my abortion. With Roe at stake, I’m going home to expand access.

Sarah Valliere, Opinion contributor
Published Jan. 22, 2019

That’s the fourth test, my best friend told me in a calm, but stern voice. I was pregnant.

I sat in shock on the toilet seat, staring at all four positive pregnancy tests. How could this be? Taking birth control pills made me feel invincible; there was no way I could be pregnant.

I was 17 years old and in a state of pure instability. With siblings away at college, no longer speaking to my father, and knowing my mother was processing the messy divorce that tore our family apart — I felt alone, lost and with nowhere to turn.

continued: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2019/01/22/abortion-roe-wade-planned-parenthood-texas-column/2636410002/

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USA – Abortion restrictions can harm women. Let’s follow evidence, not ideology, in 2019.

Abortion restrictions can harm women. Let's follow evidence, not ideology, in 2019.

Ushma Upadhyay, Opinion contributor
Published Jan. 21, 2019

As the Supreme Court's Jan. 22 Roe v. Wade decision turns 46 years old, state legislators across the country are planning more anti-abortion laws. Although supporters of these restrictions may claim that they are medically prudent, designed to protect patient health, the reality is they have no scientific basis.

One of the many types of abortion restrictions spreading across the country is a requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a local hospital or that clinics have transfer agreements with a local hospital. Due to administrative barriers or anti-abortion sentiment, abortion facilities and clinicians often can’t get these admitting privileges. That leads to clinic closures, forcing women to leave the state to obtain an abortion and creating abortion deserts.

Continued: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/01/21/abortion-restrictions-admitting-privileges-evidence-ideology-roe-column/2630733002/

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How Abortion Law in New York Will Change, and How It Won’t

How Abortion Law in New York Will Change, and How It Won’t
The Reproductive Health Act will remove barriers for women seeking to get abortions in New York. But some wish it could have gone further.

By Jia Tolentino
January 19, 2019

In the late spring of 2016, Erika Christensen was thirty-one weeks pregnant, and found out that the baby she was carrying would be unable to survive outside the womb. Her doctor told her that he was “incompatible with life.” Christensen and her husband wanted a child desperately—they called him Spartacus, because of how hard he seemed to be fighting—but she decided, immediately, to terminate the pregnancy: if the child was born, he would suffer, and would not live long; she wanted to minimize his suffering to whatever extent she could.

Christensen lived in New York, a state where, since 2014, an estimated twenty-five to twenty-seven per cent of pregnancies end in abortion.

Continued: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-abortion-law-in-new-york-will-change-and-how-it-wont

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Ireland – Coombe letter refusing abortion ‘suggests chilling effect’ of law

Coombe letter refusing abortion ‘suggests chilling effect’ of law
Couple say they were told anomaly was fatal before hospital dubbed it ‘complex anomaly’

Jan 18, 2019
Kitty Holland, Social Affairs Correspondent

The letter from the Coombe hospital to the couple at the centre of the latest abortion controversy is sympathetic, but clear.

An abortion is not possible in this case as the baby might not die before birth or within 28 days, the legally prescribed time under which abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities are allowed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/coombe-letter-refusing-abortion-suggests-chilling-effect-of-law-1.3763143

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Millions of Women Already Live in a Post-Roe America: A Journey Through the Anti-Abortion South

Millions of Women Already Live in a Post-Roe America: A Journey Through the Anti-Abortion South

Jordan Smith
January 18 2019
Video by Maisie Crow, Lauren Feeney

I met Danielle in the counseling room of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Mississippi, which sits on a busy corner in the city’s arts district. Its vibrant pink paint job has earned it the name “the Pink House,” and it is the state’s only remaining abortion clinic.

Dressed in gray sweatpants and a T-shirt, Danielle looked pensive as she sat in a narrow room in the back of the building alongside 12 other women there for abortion care. Betty Thompson, a counselor who has worked at the clinic for 24 years, stood before the women, ready to walk them through the necessary paperwork and go over next steps.

Continued: https://theintercept.com/2019/01/18/abortion-roe-v-wade-reproductive-rights/

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Ireland – Woman denied abortion in Dublin despite new legislation

Woman denied abortion in Dublin despite new legislation
Hospital’s decision has raised questions over introduction of abortion services in Ireland

Rory Carroll, Ireland correspondent
Fri 18 Jan 2019

A hospital in Dublin has refused an abortion to a woman with a fatal foetal abnormality, raising questions over Ireland’s recent introduction of abortion services.

The Coombe hospital, a leading maternity facility that has signed up to the service, reportedly declined to terminate the pregnancy because it did not “fall neatly” into a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/18/woman-denied-abortion-in-dublin

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Ireland – Woman ‘refused’ abortion will travel to United Kingdom

Woman ‘refused’ abortion will travel to United Kingdom
‘This is not what the people of Ireland voted for. This is not what I voted for’

Jan 17, 2019
Kitty Holland, Social Affairs Correspondent

The pregnant woman who the Dáil heard was denied an abortion despite two consultants’ approval has said she will travel to England next week for a termination.

She said she had not wanted to speak to the media initially but spoke to The Irish Times after the Coombe Hospital issued a statement.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/woman-refused-abortion-will-travel-to-united-kingdom-1.3762063

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UK – Call the Midwife star Jennifer Kirby reveals abortion storyline will continue in future episodes

Call the Midwife star Jennifer Kirby reveals abortion storyline will continue in future episodes
[This series is on Netflix]

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths
Monday, 14th January 2019

“When you’re there and you’re filming the scenes, it’s always more shocking than you’d think,” says Jennifer Kirby.

She’s talking about the first episode of Call the Midwife series eight, where her character Nurse Valerie Dyer decides to help a desperate woman miscarrying after a backstreet abortion. “I don’t care how this has come about, I’m going to help you, do you hear me?” she says.

Continued: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-01-14/call-the-midwife-jennifer-kirby-abortion-storyline/

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India – Late abortion not that risky any more: Experts

Late abortion not that risky any more: Experts

TNN | Jan 12, 2019

KOLKATA: The Kolkata woman who has sought an abortion at 24 weeks is not an exception, since more than 50 such cases — including one in the city — have been reported from around the country in recent years, said Mumbai-based gynaecologist Nikhil Datar. Medical termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks — which requires a clearance from court — should now be allowed without legal sanction if it is found to be clinically permissible, according to Datar.

Datar had treated another Kolkata woman who went through a successful abortion two years ago. On that occasion, a seven-member medical board had been formed at SSKM Hospital to oversee the procedure which took three days.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/late-abortion-not-that-risky-any-more-experts/articleshow/67497749.cms

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