U.S.: Catholic bishops’ agenda hurts families

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Catholic bishops' agenda hurts families

Jon O'Brien
June 20, 2017

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is kicking off its annual Fortnight for Freedom in Baltimore tomorrow in a celebratory mood. Every year, the bishops present this event as an effort to defend religious liberty. But we’ve seen over five years its real intent: to galvanize the Catholic hierarchy around an agenda to discriminate against and impose their beliefs on Catholics and non-Catholics alike. And their persistence has paid off, despite very little support or attention from everyday Catholics.

Why? Because they found a benefactor unlike any other. President Trump has rewarded the bishops handily for their loyalty during the elections...

Continued at source: Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0621-bishops-fortnight-20170619-story.html

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U.S.: How Anti-Abortion Zealots Pose as Medical Professionals to Trick Pregnant Women

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How Anti-Abortion Zealots Pose as Medical Professionals to Trick Pregnant Women

Callie Beusman
May 30 2017

Anti-abortion groups are opening fake clinics near actual reproductive health care providers across the country in an attempt to shame and scare women into staying pregnant.

On an overcast Saturday morning in late May, several protesters had gathered outside of Hartford GYN Center, an abortion clinic in Connecticut. Many of them were clutching rosaries, and some bore signs decorated with images of beatific infants, with the implication that similar infants were in immediate danger of being murdered. They were, by their own description, facing down "the Evil One;" later in the day, a protester would tell me that an acquaintance of hers had once seen the devil himself crouched atop a different clinic and mistaken it for a gargoyle.

Continued at source: Broadly/VICE: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/how-anti-abortion-zealots-pose-as-medical-professionals-to-trick-pregnant-women

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Reproductive rights activists counteract the “Walk for Life” in Croatia

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Reproductive rights activists counteract the "Walk for Life" in Croatia
May 21, 2017

Croatian’s Platform for women’s reproductive rights organized a series of actions in order to highlight the real intension of the so-called “Walk for life”

Zagreb, Croatia: Platform for women's reproductive rights warns that the so-called "Walk for life" is a political gathering that has nothing to do with the preservation of life but has an agenda to restrict abortion accessibility and to make it illegal. In other words, to take away a women's right to decide if she wants to, when and with whom to have children.

Continued at source: Astra: http://www.astra.org.pl/repronews/500-reproductive-rights-activists-counteract-the-walk-for-life-in-croatia.html

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Africa: International Agencies Worry US Aid May Be Linked to Abortion Ban

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International Agencies Worry US Aid May Be Linked to Abortion Ban
May 16, 2017
Zoe Leoudaki

A measure called the “Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy” will likely affect the lives of many women in developing countries.

The memorandum was among the first executive orders signed by Donald Trump after he became president of the United States. It changes government policy about the way foreign aid is given to other countries.

With the order, Trump brought back a rule that bans the use of foreign aid by international organizations that support abortion. It is called the Mexico City Policy.

Continued at source: Voice of America: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/global-gag-rule-and-african-women/3849091.html

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Abortion isn’t going to be decriminalized in Honduras anytime soon

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Abortion isn’t going to be decriminalized in Honduras anytime soon
By Carter Sherman on May 5, 2017

Honduras’s draconian abortion laws will remain in place for the foreseeable future after feminist groups failed to convince lawmakers to soften the country’s complete ban on abortion Thursday.

Honduras is one of a handful of countries worldwide that criminalizes abortion in all circumstances, and any woman who undergoes one may be imprisoned for up to six years. But for the past two years, Honduran lawmakers have been in the midst of completely overhauling the country’s penal code for the first time in more than three decades, explained Elida Caballero Cabrera, advocacy adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Center for Reproductive Rights. United Nations experts and several feminist groups within Honduras believed they had a chance to rewrite the abortion ban too.

Continued at source: VICE: https://news.vice.com/story/abortion-isnt-going-to-be-decriminalized-in-honduras-anytime-soon

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Religious Leaders Thwart Abortion Rights in Sierra Leone

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Religious Leaders Thwart Abortion Rights in Sierra Leone

By Ngozi Cole | May 4, 2017

The Safe Abortion Bill
For every 100,000 live births in Sierra Leone, 1,360 women die.

According to a 2015 World Health Organization report, Sierra Leone has the worst maternal mortality rate in the world, and complications from unsafe abortion procedures contribute to 10 percent of these deaths. Thanks to a draconian abortion law, women have to procure abortion by any means they can find, and many either die from hemorrhage and sepsis or suffer severely damaging physical and psychological consequences.

Continued at source: Women's Media Center: http://www.womensmediacenter.com/feature/entry/religious-leaders-thwart-abortion-rights-in-sierra-leone

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Australian Christian Lobby campaigns for Trump-style abortion gag on aid providers

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Australian Christian Lobby campaigns for Trump-style abortion gag on aid providers
By Sean Mantesso
May 1, 2017

The Australian Christian Lobby is campaigning to have a gag on government funding to foreign abortion services applied to Australian aid providers.

In one of his first moves as US President, Donald Trump angered many in the development community by reintroducing a gag on such services imposed by previous Republican presidents, which opponents say will affect the health of millions of women around the world.

Continued at source: ABC News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-01/australian-christian-lobby-campaigns-for-abortion-gag/8487502

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Brexit Could Worsen Abortion Rights For The Women Of Gibraltar

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Brexit Could Worsen Abortion Rights For The Women Of Gibraltar

“What will happen after Gibraltar leaves the EU too? We just don’t know. Will women still be able to get in to Spain to get abortions there, or will they need long border queues or a visa? No one knows.”

Posted on April 17, 2017

Gibraltar is equal parts beautiful and bizarre, created through treaty in the 18th century as a little slice of England dozens of miles from the Costa del Sol. Today more than 32,000 people live in the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar from which the British overseas territory takes its name.

More than 300 years after the Treaty of Utrecht was signed, the Rock remains true to the spirit in which it was first established – an outpost of traditional British culture. Most Gibraltarians are bilingual but speak English with clipped accents, use the pound sterling as currency, and shop in the local Waitrose and Debenhams.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/siobhanfenton/how-brexit-could-affect-the-abortion-rights-of-thousands-of

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Can faith and freedom co-exist? When faith-based health providers and women’s needs clash

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Can faith and freedom co-exist? When faith-based health providers and women's needs clash

by Jon O'Brien
Editor: Caroline Sweetman
Gender & Development Volume 25 Issue 1 Fundamentalisms
28 Mar 2017
DOI: 10.1080/13552074.2017.1286808
Publisher: Oxfam GB, Routledge

Faith-based health providers are a major component of health services delivery in many developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. They receive millions of dollars annually from unilateral and bilateral aid agencies to deliver care. At the same time, they often use conservative interpretations of religious teachings to deny access to essential health care, including reproductive health care and HIV/AIDS prevention services. How can we balance the presence of faith-based providers against the rights and needs of women and other vulnerable populations to receive the care they need?

Continued at source: Oxfam: http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/can-faith-and-freedom-co-exist-when-faith-based-health-providers-and-womens-nee-620228

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Malawi: Let us prevent unsafe abortion

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Let us prevent unsafe abortion
Posted By: Francis Tayanjah-Phirion
March 24, 2017

We are for the protection of life, which is the new resolution of the Crew. Actually, this is another ‘Pastoral Letter’ of the year. We, of course, call it “Letter from the Citizens”, patriotic ones for that matter.

Indeed, members of the Crew are a patriotic lot, they don’t get “palm greased” to adopt any stand. They analyse situations and, mostly, take a stand that benefits the voiceless.

Take, for instance, this case. It is a fact that many girls and women find themselves in a situation where they discover that they are pregnant but are not prepared for the said pregnancy. Many hypocrites, especially those that consider themselves holier than others, rush into criticising this line of reasoning.

Continued at link: The Times, Malawi: http://www.times.mw/let-us-prevent-unsafe-abortion/

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