Roe v. Wade ruling matters, but mostly as a symbol. It has not protected abortion rights.

Abortion rights don't hinge on whether a new Justice Amy Coney Barrett votes to overturn Roe. They're already at death's door by a thousand smaller cuts.

Ziad Munson, Opinion contributor
Oct 26, 2020

Here's a reality check for both sides of the abortion issue: The days when the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling protected widespread and easy access to abortion, along with the days when overturning Roe might dramatically reduce the number of abortions, are decades in the past.

The value of Roe today is not so much practical as it is symbolic. For the pro-choice movement, Roe has become an important public face of reproductive rights and a symbol of women's equality under the law. For the pro-life movement, Roe represents an original sin that activists have spent almost two generations working to erase.

Continued: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/10/26/amy-coney-barrett-supreme-court-abortion-impact-overstated-column/3742728001/


Women’s groups plan more protests over Poland abortion law

Oct 26, 2020
by Canadian Press

WARSAW, Poland — Women’s rights activists are planning more protests in Poland after a top court tightened the predominantly Catholic nation’s already strict abortion law.

Angry street protests have been held since
the court ruling Thursday, with protesters defying a “red zone” ban on
gatherings intended to halt a spike in new coronavirus infections in Poland,
and especially in Warsaw and Krakow.

Continued: https://everythinggp.com/2020/10/26/womens-groups-plan-more-protests-over-poland-abortion-law/


Canada – Politicians, activists trying to stop display and distribution of graphic anti-abortion images

One petition is going to city politicians, another will be presented in the provincial legislature

Kate Dubinski · CBC News
Posted: Oct 26, 2020

A battle in London against graphic abortion images displayed and distributed by a Calgary-based group is being fought on several fronts, including counter-protests and petitions to municipal and provincial politicians.

NDP MPP Terence Kernaghan has one petition on his website, calling for a provincial injunction against the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform (CCBR) and its flyers which show aborted fetuses.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/politicians-activists-trying-to-stop-display-and-distribution-of-graphic-anti-abortion-images-1.5776582


Poland abortion ruling: Protesters disrupt church services

Published Oct 25, 2020

Protesters have disrupted church services across Poland in the latest show of discontent against a court's near-total ban on abortion.

The protesters staged sit-ins and held pro-abortion banners, interrupting Sunday Mass at some churches.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54683735


Poles protest abortion ban in churches and on streets

By VANESSA GERA
Oct 25, 2020

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women’s rights activists furious over a tightening of Poland’s already restrictive abortion law staged protests outside and inside churches Sunday, disrupting Masses and finding themselves confronted with accusations of “barbaric” behavior.

With the coronavirus surging in Poland, large protests also erupted for a fourth straight night in cities large and small across the nation, including in Warsaw, Gdansk and Poznan, where police on horseback guarded a church.

Continued:  https://apnews.com/article/womens-rights-poland-europe-warsaw-0e63ff083f4a8efa3a98abab5e0fd6f9


I know what illegal abortion looks like, does Amy Coney Barrett?

BY CAROLINA ABUELO, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
10/25/20

In the conference room of Hospital Dos de Mayo in Lima, Peru, where I was researching cervical cancer, the medical resident droned through a list of bizarre tropical illnesses that had previously only existed in my North American textbooks. He was piecing together a case of fever and pain in the pelvis of a woman in her 20s. Then he added one more potential diagnosis: botched abortion.

That diagnosis had never occurred to me and was not part of my medical training in the United States. A few weeks later and a few miles away at our apartment in Lima, my baby sitter sat me down at the dining table to tell me that she was pregnant. Knowing that Maria’s husband had been unfaithful to her, I was not sure if congratulations were in order. As it turned out, he did not want to have this child and had encouraged her to pursue termination, even though it was illegal in Peru. He planned for her to take some black-market drugs.

Continued: https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/522635-i-know-what-illegal-abortion-looks-like-does-amy-coney-barrett


USA – Inside The Fight For Abortion Rights On A Catholic Campus

St. Mary’s College has long had an anti-abortion club, but not an abortion rights one – until now.

By Melissa Jeltsen, HuffPost US
10/25/2020

Two years ago, when Megan King enrolled at Saint Mary’s College, a private Catholic women’s liberal arts school in Indiana, she quickly noticed the college’s official anti-abortion club. It was hard not to.

The student group Belles for Life, which stands against “abortion, infanticide, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia,” had posters in the hallways promoting its events, and handed out stickers for students to affix to their laptops. Online, the group recruited volunteers for the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.

Continued:  https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/abortion-pro-choice-club-catholic-college_n_5f930dabc5b63bc74ba64f41?ri18n=true


Why I’m becoming an abortion provider now

Chris Ahlbach
October 24, 2020

With the vacancy on the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade currently faces the biggest threat in our lifetime. Although Roe was insufficient in securing access to abortion for many people in the US, its repeal would catapult us into an era where one of the safest and most common medical procedures known becomes illegal in many states. For decades, abortion has occupied a politicized space in American medicine, leading to this impending crisis of millions of people losing access to this health service. No matter what happens with Roe, I choose to advocate to expand access to health care, including abortion, and call on my fellow health care providers to join me in this moral work.

Continued: https://www.alternet.org/2020/10/why-im-becoming-an-abortion-provider-now/


Thousands join Poland protests against strict abortion laws

Protests follow ruling that law allowing abortion of malformed foetuses is incompatible with constitution

Agence France-Presse in Warsaw
Sat 24 Oct 2020
Poland: scuffles erupt as thousands protest against abortion ban – video report

Thousands of people marched in cities across Poland on Saturday in the third straight day of protests against a near-total ban on abortion, with some promising further action in the coming days.

The protesters were reacting to Thursday’s ruling by Poland’s highest court that an existing law allowing the abortion of malformed foetuses was incompatible with the constitution.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/24/thousands-join-poland-protests-against-strict-abortion-laws


Thousands protest across Poland against curbs on abortion access

by Alicja Ptak, Lewis Macdonald
OCTOBER 23, 20201

WARSAW/GDYNIA, Poland (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people protested across Poland on Friday in defiance of tight coronavirus restrictions, following Thursday’s ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that imposes a near-total ban on abortion in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

The court announced that abortions due to foetal defects were unconstitutional, ending the most common of the few legal grounds for abortion, and setting Poland further apart from the European mainstream.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/poland-abortion-idUSKBN2780UO