Cecile Richards marks a year since RBG death with abortion rights battle cry

Former Planned Parenthood president cites Texas law and says Republicans are on brink of ending right to abortion

Martin Pengelly and agencies
Sat 18 Sep 2021

Marking the first anniversary of the death of the supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Cecile Richards warned that after nearly 50 years, Republicans are on the brink of ending the right to abortion.

“We must fight to fully regain it,” said the former president of Planned Parenthood, a leading provider of women’s healthcare.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/18/abortion-rights-campaigner-anniversary-rbg-death

Salvadoran president rules out allowing abortion, same-sex marriage

Sept 17, 2021

SAN SALVADOR, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Friday a raft of constitutional reforms the government will send soon to Congress will not contain decriminalization of abortion, legalization of same-sex marriage or steps to permit euthanasia.

The package of planned measures Bukele received this week from Vice President Felix Ulloa includes the extension and possible early termination of the presidential term and the creation of a new body to replace the electoral tribunal.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/salvadoran-president-rules-out-allowing-abortion-same-sex-marriage-2021-09-17/

Abortion on the border: The institutionalization of stigma and shame

Victoria Rossi/El Paso Matters and Veronica Martinez/La Verdad
Sep. 17, 2021

The heartbeat gave Ana nightmares for years. She stared at the sonogram of her fetus as a woman at El Paso’s Hill Top Women’s Reproductive Clinic, who wore scrubs but had not introduced herself, described the image on the TV screen before them.

Earlier, the woman had explained that Texas state law required this narration. If Ana wanted her abortion, the woman said, she was not allowed to look away.

Continued: https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2021/09/17/texas-abortion-border-institutionalization-stigma-and-shame/5684120001/

USA – Abortion Has Never Been Just About Abortion

Sept. 15, 2021
By Thomas B. Edsall

As recently as 1984, abortion was not a deeply partisan issue.

“The difference in support for the pro-choice position was a mere six percentage points,” Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University, told me by email. “40 percent of Democratic identifiers were pro-life, while 39 percent were pro-choice. Among Republican identifiers, 33 percent were pro-choice, 45 percent were pro-life and 22 percent were in the middle.”

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/15/opinion/abortion-evangelicals-conservatives.html

Australia – In lockdown I entered the abortion clinic alone, hiding trepidation behind my mask

With no way of knowing how long her fertility would prevail, Madison Griffiths did what she felt she had to, with the tools she was afforded

Madison Griffiths
Sat 28 Aug 2021

Two weeks before discovering I was pregnant, I sat in a fertility clinic, riddled with uncertainty.

This is because by the time my mother was my age, 27, she had become infertile. Diagnosed with a genetic condition known as early onset menopause, she –in ways similar to her own mother, and her mother’s mother before her – had been forced to accept the stark reality of a childless future.

Continued:  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/aug/29/in-lockdown-i-entered-the-abortion-clinic-alone-hiding-trepidation-behind-my-mask

USA – Podcasts, comedians, freedom: How abortion rights group is changing its strategy


The national abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America has spent the year intensively researching how it can close a so-called “virality gap” online with voters.

Its answer involves social media influencers, comedians, and the Joe Rogan podcast.

Continued: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article253615778.html

Uruguay – ‘Abortion reversal’, the latest attack on women’s sexual health, is delusional

Promoters of this ‘treatment’ are living in a fantasy world: ‘abortion pill reversal’ doesn’t work, and most women don’t regret their abortions

Diana Cariboni

18 August

The first time I read about so-called ‘abortion pill reversal’ treatment,
fantastical images flashed through my mind. I remember wondering: “Is this
about reimplanting aborted foetuses or embryos in someone’s uterus?”

Then I worked on an openDemocracy undercover investigation that revealed the
global spread of this so-called ‘treatment’ – and I discovered first-hand that
it is a parody of modern medicine that only works in a counterfeit, distorted
version of reality.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/abortion-reversal-sexual-health-delusional/

India – Court denies bail to doctor held over ‘illegal abortion’

On Aug 19, 2021

TURA, Aug 18: A Tura doctor, previously posted in Williamnagar Civil Hospital, who allegedly conducted an abortion illegally on a minor rape victim, has been denied bail by a court in South Garo Hills on Wednesday. This was the second bail application moved by the arrested doctor which was rejected by the court.

The accused, Dr Dolon R Marak of Tura Reserve gittim, was arrested over a week ago by a team of South Garo Hills Police from Williamnagar for allegedly conducting an illegal medical termination of pregnancy of a minor who was raped by her brother-in-law.

Continued: https://theshillongtimes.com/2021/08/19/court-denies-bail-to-doctor-held-over-illegal-abortion/

Harassment outside abortion services now banned across Australia with historic passing of safe access zone laws in WA

Human Rights Law Centre
Aug 12, 2021

The safety and privacy of people seeking reproductive healthcare will now be protected in law across Australia after the Western Australian Parliament passed legislation to create safe access zones around abortion services.

Western Australia is the last state or territory in Australia to enact safe access zone laws.

Continued: https://www.hrlc.org.au/news/2021/8/10/harassment-abortion-banned-australia-safe-access-zone

USA – GOP invokes anti-abortion playbook to fight trans youth health care

Efforts to expand states’ power over personal medical decisions will intensify in 2022, advocates on both sides agree.


A rash of bills introduced in at least 20 states would limit trans youth’s access to gender-affirming care — and opponents say they echo some of the arguments anti-abortion groups put forth about women’s safety as they attempted to shut down clinics.

Like abortion restrictions, the trans bills would expand states’ power over highly personal medical decisions. Backers of these bills, and groups that have initiated some court cases related to trans health, also make claims about the treatment’s risks — although leading medical associations say that gender-affirming treatment is safe, and that delaying or blocking it can create harm.

Continued: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/08/trans-health-care-gop-anti-abortion-502731