History shows that the First Amendment should protect abortion

Antiabortion activists have long sought to prevent this.

Perspective by Rachel Kranson
May 12, 2022

A leaked opinion revealed that the Supreme Court is potentially poised to reverse the long-standing legal precedent that established a constitutional right to abortion under the 14th Amendment’s right to privacy. That has left champions of abortion rights wondering about other legal avenues that could ensure reproductive freedom. Might the Constitution guarantee abortion access as a First Amendment, religious right?

Many Americans are surprised by the notion that a religious tradition could permit or even mandate the termination of a pregnancy. They assume all religions endorse the conservative Christian view that life begins at conception, rendering abortion akin to murder.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2022/05/12/first-amendment-could-save-abortion-rights/

Navigating Loss of Abortion Services — A Large Academic Medical Center Prepares for the Overturn of Roe v. Wade

Lisa H. Harris, M.D., Ph.D.
May 11, 2022, NEJM,  DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp2206246

The intense politicization of abortion in U.S. public discourse obscures its status as a health and health care issue. Medical centers may therefore not be doing the careful preparation needed to manage the health system–wide impact of abortion’s criminalization. What follows is a framework for preparation in a state where abortion will become illegal.

At the University of Michigan, we’ve been actively preparing for the loss of abortion care since the December oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization made explicit the Supreme Court’s eagerness to overturn Roe v. Wade. In Michigan, a 1931 law criminalizing abortion will come into effect if Roe is overturned. It’s among the strictest laws in the country, permitting abortion only to “preserve the life” of a pregnant person.

Continued: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2206246?query=NC

This doctor provides abortions at Mississippi’s last clinic. Now, she’s preparing for her final shift.

by Isabelle Taft
May 10, 2022

Dr. Cheryl Hamlin added a line to her standard message for patients during their counseling sessions at Mississippi’s only abortion clinic last week.

“As you hopefully have heard, the Supreme Court is probably going to overrule Roe v. Wade, which means this clinic will close,” she said to dozens of people who had traveled to Jackson from as far away as Texas for an abortion.

Continued: https://mississippitoday.org/2022/05/10/mississippi-doctor-abortion-clinic/

Latin American feminists vow to protect abortion rights at home after shock US ruling

Women’s movements have fought hard to reverse anti-abortion laws in their countries and say it’s not the end for the US

Natalie Alcoba in Buenos Aires
Thu 5 May 2022

Reproductive rights activists across Latin America have vowed to protect hard-fought gains in their own territories as they brace for potential ripple effects if the US supreme court overturns Roe vs Wade – the 1973 ruling which guarantees the right to abortion.

Latin America has some of the most draconian anti-abortion laws in the world. But feminist movements have fought for decades to chip away at the prohibitions, and in recent years a younger, diverse generation of activists has mobilized in massive numbers to help clinch a string of victories in traditionally conservative countries.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/may/05/latin-america-abortion-rights-roe-v-wade

World leaders alarmed by possible overturn of Roe v. Wade

By Ellen Francis and Amanda Coletta
May 3, 2022

LONDON — Leaders around the world expressed alarm Tuesday at the prospect of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade — and warned against the threat to abortion rights for women in the United States and everywhere.

Liberal politicians called Tuesday for more protections for women after a leaked draft opinion suggested the U.S. court could strike down the precedent set nearly 50 years ago in the landmark case.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/05/03/europe-world-roe-wade-abortion-rights/

USA – She ended a pregnancy so her child wouldn’t suffer. Now she helps others like her.

Emma Belle and other parents who experienced TFMR, or termination for medical reasons, are creating an online community to ease the grieving process

By Ashley Fetters Maloy
Apr 26, 2022

Emma Belle was hopeful about this pregnancy. Anxious, but hopeful. In their quest to have a baby, Belle and her husband had been through three rounds of ovulation induction, a miscarriage at five weeks and two rounds of intrauterine insemination. When she was still pregnant after a few months in late 2020, she began to allow herself to imagine actually parenting a child.

Then the bad news came. Belle, who lives part time in the United Kingdom and part time in Dubai, recalls that at her 12-week scan, “the sonographer’s face changed. She said, ‘I can’t not tell you what I can see.’ ” A genetic test later found a 99 percent chance the baby had Edwards syndrome, also known as Trisomy 18. Doctors told Belle that the baby would likely either die in utero before 28 weeks or live only a few hours or days.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/04/26/tfmr-pregnancy-termination-for-medical-reasons/

Mom furious Grade 8 students at Woodstock, Ont., school must make posters for anti-abortion group’s contest

The posters being made at Woodstock school will be graded, entered in Right to Life Coalition contest

Kate Dubinski · CBC News
Posted: Apr 21, 2022

An Ontario Catholic school is under fire for a Grade 8 assignment that requires students to make anti-abortion posters for marks and the chance to win a cash prize.

The assignment at St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School in Woodstock involves students creating a poster that includes the words "Unborn Babies Matter," along with a picture or pictures that incorporate the theme. The in-class assignment is being graded and entered in a contest run by a local anti-abortion group.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/mom-furious-students-making-anti-abortion-posters-london-1.6426019

Ukrainian refugees reignite abortion debate in Poland

Tuesday, 19 April 2022
By Liv Klingert

The controversial debate on abortion in Poland has been reignited following the arrival of Ukrainian women refugees who have been victims of sexual violence by Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

Under current restrictive abortion laws, it is uncertain whether women who become pregnant through rape and seek refuge in Poland can still have legal and safe abortions there, De Standaard reported.

Continued: https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/218090/ukrainian-refugees-ignite-abortion-debate-in-poland

USA – Liberal Cities Are Not Immune to Mounting Attacks on Abortion Rights

BY Emily Janakiram & Katie Finnigan, Truthout
April 16, 2022

An anti-abortion group that masquerades as progressive in an attempt to gain a following in liberal cities suddenly surged into mainstream news headlines this spring after the Washington Metro Police Department recovered five fetuses from the apartment of anti-abortion activist Lauren Handy.

Handy is a member of the group “Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising” (PAAU), which announced its formation in September 2021. The group claims to be “pro-BIPOC” and “pro-LGBTQ,” but in practice, the group’s actions align with a violent, right-wing anti-abortion tradition.

Continued: https://truthout.org/articles/liberal-cities-are-not-immune-to-mounting-attacks-on-abortion-rights/

Brazil – Talking about abortion as a health issue is talking about democracy

April 7, 2022
Thiago Amparo

“The poor woman is poking her uterus with a crochet needle, drinking tea from anything. Meanwhile, madam can have an abortion in Paris, she can go to Berlin, find a good clinic and have an abortion,” Lula said in defending the legalization of abortion this Tuesday (5). Back in 1998, he said he was against abortion and even LGBT marriage. He changed position, luckily.

It is not the first time that Lula has spoken pro-abortion: in 2021, in an interview with rapper Mano Brown on his podcast, Lula defended being personally against abortion, but in favor, as head of state, of abortion as a “women’s right”. ” and “public policy”. In 2009, as president, she championed the same.

Continued: https://www.ruetir.com/2022/04/07/opinion-thiago-amparo-talking-about-abortion-as-a-health-issue-is-talking-about-democracy/