There Are No Abortion Providers in Guam. We Must Change That

BY MARIA DOLOJAN, Teen Vogue
MARCH 17, 2021

In 2019, when news broke that a 12 year-old girl in my island community on Guam was raped and impregnated, reality set in for me and many women and girls. It was the first time some of us realized that we did not have any abortion providers in Guam, and it would take extraordinary measures for someone from our island to get an abortion. She would have to fly thousands of miles to Hawai‘i — and because she likely comes from a poor family who does not have the financial means to pursue abortion services elsewhere, she would not able to end the pregnancy. 

It was a wakeup call. 

Continued: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/there-are-no-abortion-providers-in-guam


Guam moves closer to restoring abortion access after ACLU lawsuit

It’s been impossible to get an abortion on the island since 2018, and the closest legal clinic is in Hawaiʻi

Michelle Broder Van Dyke in Honolulu
Wed 10 Mar 2021

Guam has taken a significant step toward restoring abortion access, after the ACLU scored a victory in a lawsuit that seeks to ensure residents of the US territory can turn to remote healthcare providers for abortion medication.

Getting an abortion on Guam has been impossible since 2018, when the last abortion doctor retired and moved off the island. Before then, at least 200 abortions occurred on Guam every year. Today, accessing the closest legal abortion clinic requires a flight to Hawaiʻi, an expensive and difficult undertaking especially during a pandemic.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/10/guam-abortion-access-aclu-lawsuit


Getting an abortion on Guam requires a $1,000, eight-hour flight. A lawsuit could change that

The ACLU is suing the US territory over restrictive laws that block people from accessing telemedicine medication abortions

Michelle Broder Van Dyke in Honolulu
Mon 22 Feb 2021

Getting an abortion on Guam, a remote US territory in the Pacific Ocean, has never been simple. Before 2016 there were only two abortion doctors on the entire island, and anti-abortion protesters would often stand outside their clinics with signs.

But since 2018, it has been impossible. That year Guam lost its last abortion provider when Dr William Freeman retired and moved away, and the doctor who took over refused to conduct them. This means that the closest US abortion clinic is now in Hawaiʻi, an eight-hour and $1,000 flight away. The number of abortions on Guam dropped from more than 200 a year in 2017 to zero.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/22/guam-abortions-aclu-lawsuit


Guam Catholic group protests recruitment of abortion doctors

Guam Catholic group protests recruitment of abortion doctors

by The Associated Press
Posted Jun 15, 2019

HAGATNA, Guam — A Catholic group is protesting the governor of Guam’s plan to recruit abortion providers to the U.S. territory where no doctors are currently willing to terminate pregnancies.

The Pacific Daily News reported Friday that Democratic Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s recruitment idea has drawn criticism and support from residents.

Continued: https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/06/15/guam-catholic-group-protests-recruitment-of-abortion-doctors/


Abortion is legal in Guam. But the closest provider is a long flight away

Abortion is legal in Guam. But the closest provider is a long flight away

By Jay Croft and Chris Boyette, CNN
Fri June 7, 2019

(CNN)As states move to restrict abortion and access to it, women in the US territory of Guam already face a greater burden than crossing state lines for the procedure.

They must fly a long way, with Hawaii -- more than seven hours away by plane -- the closest US destination where they can get the Constitutionally protected medical service.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/07/us/guam-abortion-legal-no-provider/index.html


A 12-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated in Guam can’t have an abortion because there are no providers in the US territory

A 12-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated in Guam can't have an abortion because there are no providers in the US territory

Nicole Einbinder
Jun. 6, 2019

A 12-year-old girl in the US territory of Guam who was allegedly raped and impregnated will have no choice but to give birth to the child — due to lack of abortion providers on the island.

Bureau of Women's Affairs Director Jayne Flores shared the girl's story with The Pacific Daily News. "It breaks my heart that the 12-year-old girl who got raped... has to have a baby," Flores said, adding that the man was recently charged in court. "It breaks my heart that that girl will have to go through with her pregnancy because there's no one on island that will help her."

Continued: https://www.insider.com/teenage-girl-raped-impregnated-guam-abortion-lack-providers-us-territory-2019-6


No abortion providers on Guam

No abortion providers on Guam

Jasmine Stole Weiss, Pacific Daily News
Published June 30, 2018

For years there were two doctors who performed abortions on Guam. One retired in 2016; the second doctor retired last month, leaving the island without any physicians who will perform abortions.

The lack of abortion providers on island may force women to go to great lengths or go through great risk to terminate unwanted pregnancies, according to attorney Anita Arriola, a longtime advocate for abortion rights.

Continued: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/06/30/no-abortion-providers-guam/744847002/


Guam – AG opinion: Recent abortion bill is unconstitutional

AG opinion: Recent abortion bill is unconstitutional

Jasmine Stole Weiss, Pacific Daily News
Published June 29, 2018

The Attorney General of Guam issued an opinion this week, informing lawmakers that an abortion bill introduced earlier this year, if enacted, would be unconstitutional.

Bill 232-34 proposes banning abortions after 20 weeks of fertilization.

The bill was introduced in January by Sens. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., D-Dededo, Joe S. San Agustin, D-Yigo, Telena Nelson, D-Dededo, Frank Aguon, Jr., D-Yona, and Tommy Morrison, R-Umatac.

Continued: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/06/29/ag-opinion-recent-guam-abortion-bill-unconstitutional/744792002/


Guam – Clinic no longer provides abortion services

Clinic no longer provides abortion services

Jamie Ward | The Guam Daily
June 23, 2018

The Guam Women's Clinic is no longer performing abortions, and apparently that leaves Guam with nobody who will perform one.

While the website for the Guam Women's Clinic still operates, and comes up as the first listing when "abortion services Guam" is Googled, a call to the number listed confirmed that Dr. William Freeman has retired and that Dr. Jeffrey Gabel, who's taken over the clinic, does not provide those services as Freeman did.

continued: https://www.postguam.com/news/local/clinic-no-longer-provides-abortion-services/article_1d126d96-6eb5-11e8-8cdc-2b1558689ff8.html


Looking at Guam’s abortion laws

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(Photo: PDN file)

A key question for us on Guam is whether our current abortion laws meet the terms and conditions set down by the U.S. Supreme Court in cases such as Roe v. Wade and the recent decision of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

My guess is that they do, but the road to compliance has been bumpy, to say the least.

In 1978, the Guam Legislature enacted a criminal law that regulated abortions. The apparent goal was to bring Guam’s abortion laws into compliance with the Roe v. Wade decision.  Tracking the Supreme Court’s trimester approach to regulating abortions, the law provided that an abortion on Guam could be performed within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.  Between the 14th and 26th weeks, an abortion was permitted if the unborn child faced a “grave physical or mental defect,” or if the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. The law also permitted an abortion at any time during the pregnancy if there was substantial risk to the mother’s health.

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Source: Pacific Daily News