Woman with Down’s syndrome loses UK abortion law case

Heidi Crowter has argued allowing terminations up to birth if foetus has Down’s syndrome is discriminatory

Alexandra Topping and agencies – The Guardian
Thu 23 Sep 2021

A woman with Down’s syndrome who took Sajid Javid to court over the UK’s abortion law has lost her case in the high court.

Heidi Crowter, who brought the case alongside Máire Lea-Wilson, whose son Aidan has Down’s syndrome, and a child with Down’s syndrome identified only as A, had argued that allowing pregnancy terminations up to birth if the foetus has Down’s syndrome is discriminatory and stigmatises disabled people.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/23/woman-with-downs-syndrome-loses-uk-abortion-law-case

Woman with Down’s loses abortion law fight

Sept 23, 2021

A woman with Down's syndrome has lost her High Court challenge over a law that allows abortion up to birth for a foetus with the condition.

Heidi Crowter, 26, from Coventry, brought the case against the government in July, saying the legislation did not respect her life.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-58662846

Texas abortion ban means ‘other US states will follow’, pro-choice campaigners warn

‘Rich women will have abortions, and poor women will die or have babies. That’s what’s going to happen in Texas’

By Jasmine Andersson, iNews UK
September 2, 2021

Texas’s strict new abortion ban puts women’s lives at risk and could cause other US states to follow suit, campaigners have warned.

In a major blow to abortion rights, the US Supreme Court refused to block the law – known as S.B. 8 – which bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.


The UK’s Conservative Political Figures Linked to the US Anti-Abortion Drive

Numerous Conservative MPs, donors, and allies have spoken at and collaborated with Washington D.C. think tanks and organisations working to overturn the state-wide right to safe, legal abortion in the US

Sian Norris and Heidi Siegmund Cuda
24 August 2021

Leading Conservative MPs and their donors have close ties to think tanks, networks and foundations determined to roll-back abortion rights in the US, Byline Times can reveal.

Liz Truss, Sajid Javid, Dr Liam Fox, Daniel Hannan, and Owen Paterson all have links to the radical-right Heritage Foundation think tank which lobbies against abortion rights.

Continued: https://bylinetimes.com/2021/08/24/the-uks-conservative-political-figures-linked-to-the-us-anti-abortion-drive/

The U.K. changed its abortion laws during the pandemic. The U.S. should do the same

By Ian Kumamoto
Aug. 19, 2021

The pandemic has made nearly every aspect of our lives more difficult, so it’s cool to hear about any and every silver lining that’s come out of this so far. It appears that in some places — such as the U.K., where there was a policy change because of lockdown mandates — the pandemic actually made abortions more accessible for everyone. And if we can get our shit together here in the States, we might just be able to replicate their success (hopefully without the pandemic part).

Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin examined how, during lockdown in early 2020, doctors in the U.K. were allowed to prescribe two abortion pills via telemedicine appointments and send them straight to patients’ homes, the New York Times reported. Those pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, are generally taken up to 48 hours apart and work to terminate a pregnancy safely by blocking the body’s natural production of progesterone as well as causing cramping and bleeding, according to Planned Parenthood. They can be taken at home and are widely considered to be one of the safest ways to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.mic.com/p/the-uk-changed-its-abortion-laws-during-the-pandemic-the-us-should-do-the-same-84095824

UK – Abortion numbers are at an all-time high – it means reforms are working

Phoebe Arslanagić-Wakefield
Tuesday 17 August 2021

In 2020, the total number of abortions performed in the UK reached a record high of 210,860. Most of these – 47 per cent– were early abortions, carried out during the pandemic by women in their own homes, using pills posted to them after a teleconsultation with a doctor.

Prior to the pandemic, those seeking an early abortion could be forgiven for feeling that they were being made to jump through hoops.

Continued: https://www.cityam.com/abortion-numbers-are-at-an-all-time-high-it-means-reforms-are-working/

UK – Expert to be called in for investigation into sepsis death of young Blackpool mum after abortion

A panel of independent experts is likely to be called to determine whether the life of a young Blackpool mum could have been saved had she been treated sooner.

By Wes Holmes
Monday, 16th August 2021

Mum-of-five Sarah Louise Dunn, 31, died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on April 11 last year, nearly four weeks after she had an abortion.

She had approached her GP at Elizabeth Street Surgery more than once after falling ill following the termination.

Continued: https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/people/expert-to-be-called-in-for-investigation-into-sepsis-death-of-young-blackpool-mum-after-abortion-3347462

Anti-vaxxers using pro-choice slogans make me so angry

Slinging around phrases about body autonomy belittles the pro-choice debate and overlooks issues surrounding pregnancy and fertility

Eva Wiseman
Sun 15 Aug 2021

I am not an angry person, I get headaches instead. Rage is swallowed like a meatball and spreads fattily around my body, ensuring afternoons of snippy irritation and pounding temples. But when it comes, when I do manage to access my anger, the relief is stunning, and it happened this week when deleting photos from my very old phone.

Mine is a predictable photo album – a baby
transforms across a camera roll from limpid mole to Ian Hislop in leggings,
kittens simper beside screengrabs of news stories, pink cake, a very big plum.
It was the juxtaposition of three pictures that documented April though, that
pricked my fury. A photo taken from our car of one of the anti-vaccine marches that
shut down London sat beside a headline that pregnant people were finally being
offered the coronavirus vaccine, then a picture of my son’s first birthday

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/aug/15/anti-vaxxers-using-prochoice-slogans-makes-me-so-angry

Why changes to abortion laws during the pandemic should remain

August 10, 2021
The Conversation
Elizabeth Chloe Romanis, Jordan A. Parsons, Thomas Hampton

As a result of the pandemic, the governments in England, Scotland and Wales temporarily relaxed abortion rules in March 2020. This means that, in every part of the UK except for Northern Ireland, people early in pregnancy can to take abortion pills at home following a telephone consultation. But with COVID restrictions largely eased across the UK, there’s uncertainty over whether this will still be allowed.

Before the pandemic, for an early medical abortion to be legal in Great Britain people had to go to a clinic where they were given two drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol. The first pill had to be taken under supervision, while misoprostol was taken later at home.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/why-changes-to-abortion-laws-during-the-pandemic-should-remain-162378

One in four pregnancies ends in abortion in England and Wales

Neil Johnston, The Times
Friday August 06 2021

More than one in four pregnancies now end in abortion as more older women opt for terminations, figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said
that the share of women who choose abortion is now more than a quarter for the
first time as the number rose for the second year in a row.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/one-in-four-pregnancies-end-in-abortion-in-england-and-wales-dxfp65b2g