Chile’s Government Gave Out Flawed Birth Control Pills Which Caused Dozens of Unplanned Pregnancies

By Mary Anne Webber
Mar 04, 2021

The government of Chile has provided hundreds of thousands of defective birth control pills to women that resulted in at least 140 unplanned pregnancies.

The birth control pill packs, which went by the name of Anulette CD, were packaged incorrectly, with the sugar pills or placebo, in the place of the active pills.

Continued: https://www.latinpost.com/articles/149505/20210304/chile-government-flawed-birth-control-pills-unplanned-pregnancies.htm


More Polish women travel abroad for abortions after law change

MARCH 01, 2021
Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

The number of women with pregnancy complications leaving Poland for an abortion has increased substantially following a near complete ban on abortion in the country.

The Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) newspaper, surveyed institutions organising abortions after a Constitutional Tribunal ruling from October 22, 2020 became legally binding.

Continued: https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-polish-women-travel-abroad-for-abortions-after-law-change-20187


Abortions Can Happen Safely—and Entirely—at Home

LEAH COPLON AND CLAIRE BRINDIS , Newsweek
ON 2/22/21

Last year, over concerns of exposure to COVID-19, a federal judge ended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's requirement that mifepristone, a medication necessary to terminate an early pregnancy, must be obtained directly from a hospital or provider's office.

On January 12, the Supreme Court reinstated that requirement, over the objection of medical organizations. The ruling put us right back where we were: Among the 20,000 medications regulated by the FDA, mifepristone is the only one that requires an in-person pickup.

Continued: https://www.newsweek.com/abortions-can-happen-safely-entirely-home-opinion-1570687


Taking away home-use abortion pills will leave more women in crisis

If temporary rules allowing women to terminate early pregnancies in their own homes with two pills are removed then more women will be left in crisis

Emma Milne
Feb 21, 2021, The Independent

The English and Welsh governments are consulting the public about whether they should revoke temporary rules which allow women to terminate early pregnancies in their own homes with the use of two pills. The rules were brought in to reduce the need for face-to-face appointments as Covid-19 swept through the population.

It is vital that women continue to be allowed access to these drugs for use at home for early medical abortions. This method of termination is safe and allows women to manage their reproductive health privately and respectfully. Despite concerns being raised by anti-choice campaigners that allowing women to obtain early abortions at home will lead to misuse of the medication, the evidence so far does not support those allegations.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/women/home-abortion-pills-women-b1804145.html


YouTube Just Banned a Popular Anti-Abortion Channel for COVID Conspiracies

One of its videos featured a doctor who called the pandemic “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.”

By Carter Sherman
11.2.21

YouTube has banned LifeSiteNews, an anti-abortion outlet that bills itself as the “#1 pro-life news website,” for repeatedly sharing videos that spread misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines against it.

“In accordance with our longstanding strikes system, we terminated the channel LifeSiteNews Media for repeatedly violating our COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits content that promotes prevention methods that contradict local health authorities or WHO,” Ivy Choi, a YouTube spokesperson, told VICE News in an email.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3v5mx/youtube-just-banned-a-popular-anti-abortion-channel-for-covid-conspiracies


Poland’s abortion ruling focus of debate in EU parliament

by VANESSA GERA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted Feb 9, 2021

WARSAW, Poland — Most European Parliament lawmakers on Tuesday lashed out at Poland’s near-total abortion ban Tuesday, with several lawmakers arguing it was a fundamental violation of women’s rights.

Even though some praised authorities in Warsaw for what they called a defence of Christian values and human life, many in the major political groups were critical of the measure in the staunchly Roman Catholic nation.

Continued:  https://www.news957.com/2021/02/09/polands-abortion-ruling-focus-of-debate-in-eu-parliament/


Honduras hardened its abortion ban. These women remain undeterred

Honduran Congress put a lock on decades-old ban on abortion weeks after Argentina legalised it in landmark decision.

By Natalie Alcoba
7 Feb 2021

In the days since the Congress of Honduras hardened its absolute prohibition of abortion, the ranks of a feminist organisation that has been campaigning for decriminalisation in the staunchly conservative nation have been swelling.

The new recruits to the women’s rights group, Somos Muchas, are mostly young women between the ages of 18 and 30 who have been moved into action by recent events. For local activists, it is a sign that change is still possible in a country with some of the most severe restrictions on abortion in the world.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/7/honduras-hardened-abortion-ban-these-women-remain-undeterred


The Capitol Rioters’ Disturbing Ties to the March for Life

Several people who stormed the Capitol are linked to the anti-abortion March for Life. Enough with their dangerous anti-abortion rhetoric, writes comic and activist Lizz Winstead.

Lizz Winstead
Published Jan. 29, 2021

On Jan. 6, insurrectionists attacked the U.S. Capitol and brought into sharp focus a threat those of us who have been monitoring right-wing extremists have understood for years. Some of the people who either attended the siege of the Capitol—or played cheerleader for it to their thousands of followers on social media—were the exact same dangerous extremists who harass and threaten patients and doctors daily at reproductive health centers, including some of the biggest stars of the “pro-life” movement.

It was alarming, then, that on Jan. 29, just three weeks after the storming of the Capitol, another D.C. gathering of Trump-loving extremists, one that annually draws tens of thousands, was seemingly moving forward as planned.

Continued: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-capitol-rioters-disturbing-ties-to-the-march-for-life


Thai monk faces online backlash over abortion stance

JANUARY 28, 2021
By Nanchanok Wongsamuth

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Buddhist monk known for his support for LGBT+ rights has sparked outrage among conservatives after he called for Thailand to decriminalise abortion.

Phra Shine Waradhammo was among about 20 pro-choice activists who protested in front of the Thai parliament this week, calling for all penalties to be revoked for women who choose to terminate a pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-women-buddhism-trfn/thai-monk-faces-online-backlash-over-abortion-stance-idUSKBN29Y0P7


Controversial Polish abortion law to go into effect

Poland's divisive new abortion law, which effectively outlaws the practice, will go into effect Wednesday. Mass protests are expected across the country.

Jan 27, 2021
Deutsche Welle

Poland's controversial abortion law, which amounts to a near-total ban on the medical procedure, is set to go into effect on Wednesday, according to the Government Information Center.

It announced in a message on Twitter: "The Constitutional Court has submitted a written justification to the judgment on the protection of life. In accordance with constitutional requirements, the judgment will be published today in the Official Journal of Laws."

https://www.dw.com/en/controversial-polish-abortion-law-to-go-into-effect/a-56363990