How abortion was decriminalised in Australia

The Context | ABC News
Dec 31, 2022 
Video:  3:50 minutes

Did you know that up until late 1960s, abortion was banned unless pregnancy posed a risk to life? John Barron explores the history of the decriminalisation of abortion in Australia.


Learning to Self-Manage Abortions Is Key in a Post-“Roe” Society

As we head into 2023, we face the collective challenge of working to normalize knowledge of self-managed abortions.

By Kelly Hayes , TRUTHOUT
December 31, 2022

For many of us, the fall of Roe v. Wade was one of the most devastating events of 2022. When Politico published a leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, I was deeply rattled. My intellectual awareness that such an outcome was likely, given the Republican’s seizure of the Supreme Court, had not prepared me emotionally for the sight of those hateful, arcane words. Like many people, I was overwhelmed by the impulse to do something useful. So, I trained to become an abortion doula, which means that, in addition to my work as a writer, organizer and podcaster, I also provide various forms of support to people who are seeking to end pregnancies. Through that work, and my coverage of abortion rights on “Movement Memos,” I have built relationships with some great people who are working to help folks around the country access abortions. About six months out from the fall of Roe, we all agree about one thing: We desperately need to normalize knowledge of self-managed abortion.


This year was devastating for women’s rights. 2023 may not be better.

Now is not the time to take your eyes off the erosion of these fundamental rights.

Dec. 31, 2022
By Marisa Kabas, MSNBC Opinion Columnist

The year 2022 was, in a word, devastating for women. It was the year we lost fundamental rights; it was the year we lost bodily autonomy; it was the year we became inferior in the eyes of the government; it was the year we slid backwards.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn nearly 50 years of legal precedent and no longer consider abortion a constitutional right sent women’s rights into a tailspin. Suddenly it was up to individual states to decide on the legality of this safe medical procedure, and with that came the possibility for legislators and judges alike to look at all manor of reproductive health care in a new light. Now it seems nothing is off the table.


Not one more’ woman can fall victim to Poland’s abortion laws

Women must be able to count on the EU to protect them — especially when their own governments are the ones endangering their lives.

DECEMBER 31, 2022
(Robert Biedroń is a member of the European Parliament and chair of the FEMM Committee on women’s rights and gender equality.)

During the Cold War, women from Western Europe would travel behind the Iron Curtain to access free and legal abortion services in Poland. However, the tables have since turned.

For the last 30 years, Polish women have been subject to increasingly restrictive abortion laws, culminating in the Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling, which introduced a near-total abortion ban in 2020, leaving them with fewer sexual reproductive health rights than in fundamentalist states like Iran.


USA – We Cannot Rest Until Abortion Rights Are Restored

— Expanded physician advocacy should be a priority in 2023

by Morgan S. Levy, Shira Fishbach, Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, and Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD
December 30, 2022

The Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade with the Dobbs decision 6 months ago, thereby revoking the constitutional right to abortion. This decision affects physicians in virtually every specialty, and also directly affects many physicians and their families in their personal lives. Thus, it is critical for physicians in all fields to advocate for abortion rights. In the wake of the Dobbs decision, we have stood alongside many vocal physicians condemning government interference in the physician-patient relationship and specifically affirming the importance of access to abortion. Going into the New Year, healthcare professionals need to maintain and expand this momentum.

The Response to the Dobbs Decision
Unfortunately, not everyone in medicine has spoken up. Medical societies are powerful collectives of voices that amplify and advocate for key issues impacting the health of their patients and profession. Medical societies often leverage their power to advocate for policies to improve the health and welfare of patients, for example, related to firearms and vaccines.


Six Months After Roe v. Wade Demise, Abortion Opponents are Shaken and Angry

No arrests after more than 122 attacks on churches, pregnancy centers


Attacks on abortion clinics are nothing new in the U.S., but a surge of incidents targeting abortion opponents in the name of a shadowy group called "Jane's Revenge" and others has left anti-abortion groups shaken—and angry with law enforcement agencies.

The increase in such violence began after the leak in May of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision of its intent to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that since 1973 had granted a nationwide right to abortion.


Canada – National abortion pill shortage pinpoints access issues in Sask.

A temporary shortage of the sole available medication for a medical abortion has once again highlighted concerns about access in Sask.

Larissa Kurz
Dec 29, 2022

Saskatchewan sexual health advocates are reiterating concerns about abortion access, after weathering a recent Canada-wide supply shortage of Mifegymiso — known as the abortion pill — that affected the country throughout December.

Supply chains in Canada went on pause at the end of November, with a shortage of the medication declared the first week of December by manufacturer Linepharma.


Bleeding and in pain, she couldn’t get 2 Louisiana ERs to answer: Is it a miscarriage?

December 29, 2022
7-Minute Listen with transcript

BATON ROUGE, La. – When Kaitlyn Joshua found out she was pregnant in mid-August, she and her husband, Landon Joshua, were excited to have a second baby on the way. They have a 4-year-old daughter, and thought that was just the right age to help out with a younger sibling.

At about six weeks pregnant, Joshua, 30, called a physicians' group in Baton Rouge. She wanted to make her first prenatal appointment there for around the eight-week mark, as she had in her first pregnancy. But Joshua says the woman on the line told her she was going to have to wait over a month.


For most of history, we haven’t had abortion laws, and we don’t need them now

Let's leave abortion out of the legal system entirely, writes contributor Ainsley Hawthorn

Ainsley Hawthorn · for CBC News
Dec 28, 2022

According to a new study from Angus Reid, three out of five Canadians believe Canada needs a law to guarantee access to abortion.

Canada is one of the few countries in the world without any abortion law on the books. Instead, abortion is treated like other medical procedures and regulated by provincial and territorial health authorities.


USA – Abortion restrictions may have increased suicide risk among women ages 20 to 34, new research suggests

A first-of-its-kind study found an association between laws that restrict abortions and suicide rates in younger women.

Dec. 28, 2022
By Aria Bendix

Restricted access to abortions may have increased the risk of suicide among women of reproductive age for more than four decades, new research from the University of Pennsylvania suggests.

Though suicide deaths are rare, they are the second leading cause of death among women ages 20-24 in the U.S. and the third leading cause among women ages 25-34.