Support for legal abortion is widespread in many places, especially in Europe

BY JANELL FETTEROLF AND LAURA CLANCY
May 15, 2024

Majorities in most of the 27 places around the world that Pew Research Center surveyed in 2023 and 2024 say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. But attitudes differ widely – even within places. Religiously unaffiliated adults, people on the ideological left and women are more likely to support legal abortion in many places.

A median of 66% of adults across the 27 places surveyed believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while a median of 30% believe it should be illegal in all or most cases.||

Continued: https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2024/05/15/support-for-legal-abortion-is-widespread-in-many-countries-especially-in-europe/


Bodily autonomy: Australian women still face obstacles when seeking abortion services

6 May 2024

In July last year, following a Senate inquiry into universal access to reproductive healthcare, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) removed restrictions on prescribing and dispensing the medical abortion pill MS-2 Step (mifepristone and misoprostol).

As a result, medical practitioners are no longer required to complete mandatory training and registration to provide this service. The lifting of restrictions means “MS-2 Step can now be prescribed by any healthcare practitioner with appropriate qualifications and training, without the need for certification”.

Continued: https://lens.monash.edu/@medicine-health/2024/05/06/1386674/bodily-autonomy-australian-women-still-face-obstacles-when-seeking-abortion-services


Standard pregnancy care is now dangerously disrupted in Louisiana, report reveals

MARCH 19, 2024
By Rosemary Westwood
4-Minute Listen with transcript

In the wake of Louisiana's abortion ban, pregnant women have been given risky, unnecessary surgeries, denied swift treatment for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies, and forced to wait until their life is at risk before getting an abortion, according to a new report first made available to NPR.

It found doctors are using extreme caution to avoid even the appearance of providing an abortion procedure.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2024/03/19/1239376395/louisiana-abortion-ban-dangerously-disrupting-pregnancy-miscarriage-care


More teens are reporting that a partner has threatened their reproductive health

The increase in "reproductive coercion” calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline after the overturn of Roe v. Wade underscores the need for policies addressing teen dating violence, experts say.

Jennifer Gerson
February 22, 2024

The country’s central domestic violence hotline received a major spike in calls from teens about reproductive coercion in the year following the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

New data from the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NVDH), also known as The Hotline, shows that 24 13- to 17-year-olds called about reproductive coercion in the year before June 2022; in the next year, that number rose to 44.

Continued: https://19thnews.org/2024/02/teens-national-domestic-violence-hotline-reproductive-coercion/


Abortions Later in Pregnancy in a Post-Dobbs Era

Ivette Gomez, Alina Salganicoff, and Laurie Sobel - KFF
Published: Feb 21, 2024

Abortions occurring at or after 21 weeks gestational age are rare. They are often difficult to obtain, as they are only available in a handful of states, performed by a small subset of abortion providers and are typically costly and time-intensive. Yet, these abortions receive a disproportionate share of attention in the news, policy and the law.

…This brief explains why individuals may seek abortions later in pregnancy, how often these procedures occur, and the various laws which regulate access to abortions later in pregnancy across the country.

Continued: https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/issue-brief/abortions-later-in-pregnancy-in-a-post-dobbs-era/


Advancing together towards abortion access and quality care

19 February 2024
FIGO - Hannah Agnew, Senior Communications and Marketing Coordinator

A new supplement published in the International Journal of Gynecology (IJGO) describes the remarkable progress made in abortion access in crucial areas, such as law and policy reforms, improved access to information and supportive health systems and communities.

This compilation of positive case studies brings together examples from diverse regions, such as England and Wales, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Argentina and India. 

Continued: https://www.figo.org/news/advancing-together-towards-abortion-access-and-quality-care-0


Equitable access to abortion care is still not a reality in Australia

Asvini K Subasinghe and Seema Deb
Med J Aust 2024; 220 (3): 134-135. || doi: 10.5694/mja2.52210
Published online: 19 February 2024

The 2023 Senate inquiry into universal access to reproductive health care identified major structural barriers to abortion care in Australia.1 However, in the absence of a national abortion registry, it is unclear whether access is equitable and what factors influence the provision of abortion care. In two articles published in this issue of the MJA, researchers report large population‐based studies that investigated these questions in Victoria.

Continued: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2024/220/3/equitable-access-abortion-care-still-not-reality-australia


USA – Medication abortion via telehealth is just as safe and effective as with a clinic visit, study shows

By Jen Christensen, CNN
Thu February 15, 2024

Research has long found that medication abortion is safe and effective, but a new study shows that to be true even when the patient gets the medicine through a telehealth appointment.

Medication abortion, also known as medical abortion, is the method by which someone ends their pregnancy using pills rather than a surgical procedure. It’s the most common form of abortion in the United States.

Continued; https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/15/health/medication-abortion-telehealth/index.html


Men’s Catholic order gave secret millions to ‘deceptive’ anti-abortion centres

Revealed: Tax filings show Knights of Columbus ploughed at least $10.8m into ‘crisis pregnancy centres’ in six years

Open Democracy – by Diana Cariboni, Angelina De Los Santos, Mónica Cordero
14 February 2024

A multi-billion-dollar all-male Catholic order in the US has handed at least $10.8m to hundreds of anti-abortion centres in six years, openDemocracy can reveal – several times what was previously known.

Founded in the 19th century to assist Irish widows and orphans in the US, the Knights of Columbus – named after Christopher Columbus – funded at least 485 of the 2,500 so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centres’ in America between 2017 and 2022, our analysis of hundreds of documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) found. The order claims to have two million members.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/knights-of-columbus-crisis-pregnancy-centres-anti-abortion-us-daf/


Anti-abortion centers raked in $1.4bn in year Roe fell, including federal money

Exclusive: memo shows anti-abortion pregnancy centers received at least $344m in government money in 2022

Carter Sherman
Wed 14 Feb 2024

Anti-abortion facilities raked in at least $1.4bn in revenue in the 2022 fiscal year, the year Roe v Wade fell – a staggering haul that includes at least $344m in government money, according to a memo analyzing the centers’ tax documents that was compiled by a pro-abortion rights group and shared exclusively with the Guardian.

These facilities, frequently known as anti-abortion pregnancy centers or crisis pregnancy centers, aim to convince people to keep their pregnancies. But in the aftermath of Roe’s demise, the anti-abortion movement has framed anti-abortion pregnancy centers as a key source of aid for desperate women who have lost the legal right to end their pregnancies and been left with little choice but to give birth.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/14/anti-abortion-centers-funding