Government accused of using NI abortion to coax DUP into backing Brexit deal

Government accused of using NI abortion to coax DUP into backing Brexit deal
Stella Creasy suggested the government had 'sold out' women to get support from the hardline party

By Nicola Bartlett, Political Correspondent
16 OCT 2019

Stella Creasy has accused the government of selling out women in Northern Ireland to get the DUP to back their Brexit deal.

The Labour MP, who was instrumental in changing the law to liberalise abortion in the region, said Boris Johnson was using women as "bargaining chips".

Continued: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/government-accused-using-ni-abortion-20637461


N. Ireland – Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy
Labour MP accuses government of willingness to let Stormont be in control of abortion laws

Kate Proctor and Heather Stewart
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.

Creasy led a successful push in the Commons earlier this year to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland – the only part of the UK where it remains illegal except in a very narrow set of circumstances. MPs amended the Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill, to say that the government in Westminster would be required to extend the right to abortion if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive at Stormont are not up and running by 21 October.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/16/abortion-rights-used-to-get-dup-to-back-brexit-deal-says-stella-creasy


Moroccan Journalist Jailed For Abortion Freed After Royal Pardon

Moroccan Journalist Jailed For Abortion Freed After Royal Pardon

By Sophie Pons
10/16/19

Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni who was sentenced to one year in jail for an "illegal abortion" and sexual relations outside marriage walked free on Wednesday, shortly after being granted a royal pardon.

In a case that had provoked a storm of protests from rights groups, the justice ministry said the 28-year-old woman was released on a pardon issued by King Mohammed VI.

Continued: https://www.ibtimes.com/moroccan-journalist-jailed-abortion-freed-after-royal-pardon-2847379


Moroccan king pardons journalist jailed for having an abortion

Moroccan king pardons journalist jailed for having an abortion

Issued on: 16/10/2019
Text by: NEWS WIRES
Video by: Nicolas RUSWORTH

Morocco’s king has pardoned Hajar Raissouni, a journalist sentenced to a year in prison last month for extramarital sex and an abortion, along with her fiance, a doctor and two of his colleagues, the justice ministry said on Wednesday.
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The case of Raissouni, who had denied the charges against her, outraged human rights activists who said she had been targeted for her work for a newspaper that has criticised the state, and because she is the niece of a prominent Islamist.

Continued: https://www.france24.com/en/20191016-moroccan-king-pardons-journalist-jailed-for-having-an-abortion


USA – What June v. Gee Could Mean for Abortion Access Across the South

What June v. Gee Could Mean for Abortion Access Across the South

10/15/2019
by Mia Raven

The announcement that the Supreme Court is taking up June Medical Services v. Gee proves two things about the United State’s new ultra-conservative Court bench: that it has an utter disregard for any sort of standing legal precedent, and that it clearly views itself as yet another partisan body rather than an independent branch of the U.S. government.

While neither revelation is entirely shocking, both spell disaster for the future right to bodily autonomy of those who are able to get pregnant—especially in the South.

Continued: https://msmagazine.com/2019/10/15/what-june-v-gee-could-mean-for-abortion-access-across-the-south/


N. Ireland – Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a ‘limited gestational period’

Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a 'limited gestational period'

CLAIRE SIMPSON
14 October, 2019

SINN Féin will tell a consultation on Northern Ireland's new abortion laws that it only supports terminations in certain circumstances and within a "limited gestational period".

Abortion will be decriminalised on October 22, provided a power-sharing assembly does not return to block the move.

Continued: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/10/14/news/sinn-fe-in-supports-abortions-in-certain-circumstances-and-within-a-limited-gestational-period--1737707/


Twice as many care about NI abortion law changes than Irish language act: Poll

Twice as many care about NI abortion law changes than Irish language act: Poll

Published: Monday 14 October 2019

Almost twice as many people in Northern Ireland are more concerned about changes to abortion laws than an Irish language act, a survey has suggested.

The poll, commissioned by anti-abortion campaign group Both Lives Matter, found that 49% of those asked identified the need to safeguard legal protections for the unborn child, up to 28 weeks into pregnancy, as the most compelling reason for Stormont to be restored.

Continued: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/health/twice-as-many-care-about-ni-abortion-law-changes-than-irish-language-act-poll-1-9104897


N. Ireland – Rally held in protest against abortion law changes

Rally held in protest against abortion law changes
It was described as a ‘sombre occasion’.

By Aoife Moore, PA
October 13 2019

A rally in protest of possible upcoming abortion law changes has been held in Belfast.

The gathering, organised by anti-abortion group Both Lives matter was described by organisers as “a cross-community, inter-generational, and peaceful” event, was held to demonstrate opposition to Westminster’s soon to be imposed abortion law changes in Northern Ireland.

A law tabled by Labour MP Stella Creasy, changing the current legislation on abortion and marriage equality will be implemented in Northern Ireland on October 21 if the main Stormont parties cannot resolve the outstanding deadlock in the Assembly.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/rally-held-in-protest-against-abortion-law-changes-38589709.html


Why a NY woman came to Colorado for a 32-week abortion

Why a NY woman came to Colorado for a 32-week abortion
Forty-three states place some restrictions on abortions after a certain point in pregnancy, but Colorado isn’t one of them

By Anna Staver, The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: October 13, 2019

In the spring of 2016, Erika Christensen and her husband walked past a tall, wooden fence that obscured the Boulder office of Dr. Warren Hern from the street and into his waiting room.

Printed signs taped to bulletproof glass told her all electronic devices — even cellphones — were prohibited and asked her to tell someone on staff if she needed to leave for any reason. The only items she could carry through the door were a printed book, her identification card and a check for $10,000.

Continued: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/10/13/late-abortion-women-2020/


Rwandan president pardons 52 abortion convicts

Rwandan pardons 52 abortion convicts

Published on 12.10.2019
By APA News

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has signed a decree on pardoning 52 abortion convicts including those convicted for the offenses of infanticide, on the eve of the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, in a statement obtained Saturday by APA in Kigali. The statement issued from the Cabinet meeting chaired by President Kagame said the presidential pardon means that the President has exercised his power of mercy to give people another chance.

Rwandan minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye said the President finds it fitting to give these convicts a second chance.

Continued: https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/rwandan-pardons-52-abortion-convicts/