Landmark reforms to WA's abortion laws pass state parliament
By WA state political reporter Keane Bourke
Sep 20, 2023
Landmark reforms to Western Australia's abortion laws have passed the state's parliament.
The changes were announced in June to streamline access to abortion and bring WA's regulations in line with other states.
Key changes included removing the need for women to be referred for an abortion by a doctor, no longer requiring women undergo mandatory counselling and moving provisions out of WA's criminal code.
September 19, 2023
It may surprise you to learn that, over the past 30 years, no fewer than 60 countries have liberalised their abortion laws while only four have rolled back abortion rights. The United States is, of course, one of the latter group that has recently restricted women’s access to abortion.
Because the US looms so large in international news coverage of abortion, casual observers often assume that anti-abortion reforms in the US signal a broader global trend or will trigger a domino effect of abortion restrictions. But this view is misguided. It’s important to explore why this is.
by Whitney Bryen
September 19, 2023
When she awoke on the couch in the early morning hours of Nov. 21, Magon Hoffman’s pajama pants were soaked in blood. What began as light bleeding the night before had turned severe. Hoffman assumed she was miscarrying.
But an ultrasound revealed it was Hoffman’s life that was in danger. At 14 weeks, the fetus seemed healthy, but Hoffman, 31, had one of the largest blood clots her doctor had ever seen and was at risk of going into shock or organ failure if it continued to grow.
Sep 19, 2023
The “rage giving” did not last. Abortion access groups who received a windfall of donations following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade one year ago say those emergency grants have ended and individual and foundation giving has dropped off.
After the Dobbs decision, some major funders of abortion access also have ended or shifted funding from organizations working in states where abortion is now banned, said Naa Amissah-Hammond, senior director of grantmaking with Groundswell Fund, which funds grassroots groups organizing for reproductive justice.
EU parliamentarians and women’s health experts are calling to guarantee the right to safe abortions across the EU, stressing that sexual and reproductive health is a fundamental human right.
By Clara Bauer-Babef | EURACTIV.com
Sep 19, 2023
Experts and MEPs discussed women’s reproductive and sexual health and access to abortion in the European Union on Tuesday (September 19) in the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).
“Many women do that illegally in a dangerous way,” said Polish MEP Robert Biedroń from S&D, president of the FEMM committee, ahead of the International Safe Abortion Day coming up on 28 September.
I’m speaking out so women who will need to make a difficult decision will have the right to make it, writes guest columnist Jillaine St.Michel.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2023
I have always considered myself pro-choice on the issue of abortion for all circumstances, but I never had to think about what that really meant until my husband and I were faced with that choice for me and our family last November.
Up until that point, it was a theoretical right, and one I so mistakenly took for granted — the right to bodily autonomy, the right to make health care and personal family decisions without government intrusion. I no longer take these human rights for granted.
Too many people do not know that abortion resources do exist—even if they live in states where abortion is banned, or can’t afford to pay for the travel or medical care.
by MELISSA FOWLER
People are getting abortions. A new Guttmacher report suggests there were thousands more abortions in the states where abortion remained legal in the first half of 2023, than there were nationwide during a comparable period in 2020.
This makes stories like the TIME profile of a 13-year-old rape survivor who was not able to obtain an abortion even more heartbreaking. The teen—whom TIME referred to as Ashley (a pseudonym)—was failed by broken systems at several points. Her experience shows the stark reality of how people with money and privilege get access to the healthcare they need while those without means—especially young people and people of color—do not.
Sep 18, 2023
More than one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court rescinded a five-decade-old right to abortion, prompting a seismic shift in debates about politics, values, freedom, and fairness.
Twenty-five million women of childbearing age now live in states where the law makes abortions harder to get than they were before the ruling.
The latest 19th News/SurveyMonkey poll finds that Americans often hold contradictory views on restrictions on abortion, highlighting the complexity of finding consensus on the issue.
Shefali Luthra, Health Reporter
September 18, 2023
Only 9 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances even as 14 states are enforcing near-total bans on the procedure, the 19th News/SurveyMonkey poll has found.
Past polling has frequently found that people hold sometimes confusing and conflicting opinions about abortion, and this poll is no different: Some of those who say they support completely outlawing the procedure still believe abortion should be allowed in at least some circumstances.
Mollye Barrows, Pensacola News Journal
Sept 18, 2023
Linda Taggart, the nurse who ran one of Pensacola’s first abortion clinics during its most tumultuous times, has passed away.
The clinic was a target of violence for years, including bombings, arson fires and deadly shootings. Despite being attacked and threatened repeatedly, Taggart remained steadfast in her position for 30 years until her retirement.