UK – Government Urged to Continue Allowing Women to Take Abortion Pills at Home

‘There is no reason for governments to delay making telemedicine for early medical abortion a permanent feature of healthcare,’ doctors say

Kate Ng
Jan 31, 2022

Women will be forced into illegal abortions if the government does not extend rules that allow abortion pills to be taken at home, doctors have warned.

Healthcare providers from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) are concerned about plans to scrap the rules that were put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Family blames pregnant woman’s death on Poland’s anti-abortion law

The Associated Press
Monday, January 31, 2022

WARSAW, POLAND -- Prosecutors in southern Poland are probing the death of a 37-year-old woman in a hospital who had been pregnant with twins, a situation in which her family and women's rights groups blame Poland's strict anti-abortion law, alleging it fatally delayed doctors' decision to terminate the pregnancy.

Prosecutors in Katowice said Monday they were awaiting the results of three autopsies to determine the cause of the Jan. 25 death of the woman, identified only as Agnieszka T., and the late December deaths of her two fetuses, after which the pregnancy was terminated.


USA – The Supreme Court is leading a Christian conservative revolution

Almost as soon as Justice Barrett was confirmed, the Court handed down a revolutionary “religious liberty” decision. It hasn’t slowed down since.

By Ian Millhiser 
Jan 30, 2022

Justice Amy Coney Barrett had been a member of the Supreme Court for less than a month when she cast the key vote in one of the most consequential religion cases of the past century.

Months earlier, when the seat she would fill was still held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Court had handed down a series of 5-4 decisions establishing that churches and other houses of worship must comply with state occupancy limits and other rules imposed upon them to slow the spread of Covid-19.


USA – Abortion and the 13th Amendment


In the debate over whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned, a major constitutional issue has been neglected.

Imagine a world in which women are forced to bear children. They do not control their reproductive powers. Their bodies are at the command of others. Their bodies are mere instruments. Their lives are seized and put to the service of purposes not their own.


Philippines – 2022 prexy bets differ on abortion rights

January 29, 2022

Presidential aspirants are at odds with each other on whether the government should grant abortion rights to Filipino women.

In their respective interviews with television host Boy Abunda this week, one candidate expressed openness to the possibility of allowing abortion for victims of rape or incest, while two aspirants rejected it. The remaining two were undecided on the matter.


Overturning Roe isn’t only about red states or abortion


As the Supreme Court
considers Mississippi’s request to overturn Roe v. Wade, most people realize
that the constitutional right to abortion is in grave, perhaps mortal peril.
Former President Donald Trump made clear he would pack the court with justices
who would reject Roe, and he was able to pick three justices: Neil Gorsuch,
Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

It is hard to
overstate what a critical crossroad the challenge to Roe presents not only for
abortion but for so many of our other most cherished constitutional rights.


From abortion to guns to critical race theory, new laws encourage private citizens to sue each other, but the result could lead to chaos and legal vigilantes

Kelsey Vlamis
Sat, January 29, 2022

A new slate of laws is
popping up that law enforcement agencies won't be upholding. Instead, private
citizens, like your neighbor or your coworker, would be the enforcer.

A law passed in Texas last year banned all abortions during the first six weeks
of pregnancy. As the means of enforcement, the bill encourages private citizens
to sue abortion providers — or anyone who assists in an abortion — and get
awarded at least $10,000 if they win.


Supreme Court Conservatives Plot A Liberal Apocalypse In 2022

A grim year of judicial rulings awaits liberals on abortion, affirmative action, guns, the administrative state and more.

By Paul Blumenthal

The Supreme Court’s six-member conservative supermajority will flex its muscle in a series of high-profile cases in 2022 that will agonize liberals while fulfilling some of the wildest dreams that have eluded the conservative movement since it came to power with Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential election.

The changes anticipated to abortion, affirmative action, gun rights, school prayer, rights of criminal suspects and the federal administrative state could transform U.S. law and upend American politics. This moment is the fruition of a decadeslong strategy by conservatives to seat justices willing to overturn elements of the New Deal order and rights revolution of the 1960s and ’70s that presidents and Congresses could not through executive action and legislation.


Abortion rights are under attack in the United States, should we in Canada be worried?

While legal abortion is not threatened in Canada, anti-abortion groups never stopped organizing. If there is an attempt to seriously challenge abortion rights in Canada, will we be ready to fight back.

by Judy Rebick
January 28, 2022

January 28 marks the 34th anniversary of legal abortion in Canada. On that date, the Supreme Court struck down the 1969 abortion law and declared abortion a legal medical procedure like any other. Known as the Morgentaler decision, after the heroic doctor Henry Morgentaler who opened illegal abortion clinics in Quebec in the 1970s and Ontario in the early 1980s, successfully challenging the law.

On January 22, 1973, the famed
Roe v. Wade case in the Supreme Court of the United States effectively
legalized abortion. After refusing to strike down a restrictive Texas law
allowing citizens to sue anyone seeking, counselling or providing an abortion,
the majority conservative U.S. court will soon decide whether a Mississippi law
banning abortion after 15 weeks, will be upheld. Roe v. Wade will, in effect,
be struck down with devastating impacts on women across the country; at least
12 states, including Texas and Mississippi, will trigger laws that
automatically ban abortion and other Republican-led states will no doubt


Before Roe v. Wade, a secret group provided abortions. Two new films tell the story.

January 28, 2022

Months before the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, seven women were arrested in a police raid of an underground illegal abortion service in two South Chicago apartments, and charged with counts of abortion or conspiracy to commit an abortion.

With Roe v. Wade declaring abortion a constitutional right, the charges against the seven women were dropped and the service they belonged to, the Jane Collective, dissolved.