Pro-Choice Groups Are Changing Their Strategy for a New Era of Attacks on Abortion
NARAL is shifting its strategy to embrace the term "reproductive freedom," which polls well with moderates and independents.
by Marie Solis
Aug 8 2019
NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of the largest pro-choice organizations in the country, is changing its communications strategy amid mounting attacks on abortion rights. In an exclusive interview, the group said it will place a greater emphasis on “reproductive freedom,” a framework its leadership believes will bring together a wider swath of the population in support of safe and legal abortion. Though NARAL has used the term in its messaging before, the group has relied more heavily on terms like “reproductive rights,” and "abortion access” to talk about their cause.
Queensland's abortion law change improved access but 'postcode lottery' remains
Decriminalisation’s effect has varied across the state, but overall it has been judged ‘good news’
Mon 5 Aug 2019
Seven months after the state voted to decriminalise abortion, there remains a “postcode lottery” in Queensland for women attempting to access termination services, but overall the effect is being seen as positive.
As New South Wales prepares to vote this week on a decriminalisation bill, the last Australian state to do so, doctors and support services in Queensland say access has improved in many places but demand for services has not increased.
App that connects users with abortion providers launches across Canada
Choice Connect app was first released locally and in southwestern Ontario in 2017
Posted: Jun 19, 2019
A smartphone app that matches people with their nearest abortion provider launches across Canada on Wednesday.
The web-based app was developed by Waterloo region's Shore Centre, a sexual health resource centre.
Choice Connect was developed with the help of Kitchener's Zeitspace and was first launched in southwestern Ontario in 2017.
It may still be legal, but women's access to abortion is under attack in America
The restrictive measures put on clinics under the Trap laws are designed to make access to abortion not only more complicated, but also more traumatic, in order to make women think again about their reproductive choices
June 3, 2018
In the US, the pivotal legal case of Roe v Wade in 1973 legalised abortion, establishing that the decision to terminate a pregnancy was between a woman and her doctor, and was protected under the constitutional right to privacy. Since its inception, there have been over 1000 restrictive state laws to limit these rights afforded to women to make the process of acquiring an abortion more painful, challenging, and in some cases, impossible. There is no murkiness here – women have a right to have an abortion if they wish. Yet, in the US, a woman’s access to abortion is very much decided by where she lives alongside her financial resources and physical capacity.
Thirty years after Morgentaler ruling on abortion rights, Canada ‘still dealing with the same issues’
Only one in six hospitals in Canada performs abortions and some provinces have no standalone abortion clinics at all. New Brunswick, meanwhile, continues to refuse to fund abortions at the province’s only clinic.
By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017
It’s 1979. A 20-year-old student misses her period.
“I was in my third year of university. I used oral contraceptives but I got pregnant,” the woman, now in her late 50s, said in a recent interview from Montreal. “I hadn’t finished my degree. I wasn’t ready for a family.”
She avoided the French-language Catholic hospital where she lived in Moncton, N.B., and instead booked an appointment with a gynecologist at the city’s English-language hospital.
Continued at source: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/12/20/thirty-years-after-morgentaler-ruling-on-abortion-rights-canada-still-dealing-with-the-same-issues.html
Ontario midwives say there’s growing interest in letting them perform abortions
By Daniela Blot on 4 November 2017
Midwives say move would improve access in rural areas, but minister says no plan to expand midwifery services
The association representing more than 800 midwives in Ontario says there is a “burgeoning interest” in allowing them to offer abortion services.
The idea was floated in recent months during discussions with the Ministry of the Attorney General and Health Ministry officials while the Association of Ontario Midwives was offering advice on the recently passed Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, which prohibits protests within 50 metres of abortion clinics.
Continued at source: http://gearsofbiz.com/ontario-midwives-say-theres-growing-interest-in-letting-them-perform-abortions/173395
Waiting times for abortion increase at Casa clinics
September 26, 2017
Hundreds of Dutch women need to wait more time than usual for an abortion at Casa abortion clinics, reports the Volkskrant on Tuesday.
There is especial demand among women who are more than 18 weeks’ pregnant and seeking a ‘late’ abortion, since one of three specialised Casa clinics offering this procedure has closed.
Due to a reorganisation and the partial bankruptcy of Casa, there is reportedly more pressure on its two clinics offering late abortions, as well as its seven clinics offering other procedures.
continued at source: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/09/waiting-times-for-abortion-increase-at-casa-clinics/
Surely it’s time for a grown-up conversation about abortion?
By Jessica Hammond Doube | Guest writer
August 24, 2017
More than 13,000 abortions were performed in New Zealand last year. Despite this, abortion in this country is enshrined in the Crimes Act. Jessica Hammond Doube doesn’t think it should be, and she’s doing her best to do something about it.
When I was about 10 years old, my parents took me to an anti-abortion protest. As a good Catholic schoolgirl, I enthusiastically took up my placard, believing it was obvious that abortion was murder.
And then a few months ago I became a political candidate. One of my priorities: getting abortion removed from the Crimes Act.
Continued at source: The Spinoff: https://thespinoff.co.nz/parenting/24-08-2017/surely-its-time-for-a-grown-up-conversation-about-abortion/
How much do abortions cost across Australia? – explainer
In some areas women can pay as much as $800 for a first trimester termination. Guardian Australia looks at how prohibitive expenses interact with legal restrictions to limit access
Tuesday 22 August 2017
Campaigns for easier access to abortion in Australia have largely focused on changes to the law but in a speech last week the Labor deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, highlighted another crucial factor: cost.
“For many women abortions are unaffordable and unattainable,” she said. “The legal right to access a termination isn’t much use to a homeless teenager when the upfront cost of an abortion is more than $500.”
Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2017/aug/22/how-much-do-abortions-cost-across-australia-explainer
U.S. Reproductive Health and Rights: Beyond the Global Gag Rule
Rachel Benson Gold, Guttmacher Institute
Ann M. Starrs, Guttmacher Institute
First published on The Lancet Public Health: March 7, 2017
As one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump imposed and expanded the global gag rule, a sweeping policy that will cripple highly successful US family planning programmes in developing countries and seriously damage broader US global health efforts. This callous policy—ostensibly meant to counter abortion—might shock observers abroad, but is only the opening salvo in what is expected to be a broad-based assault on sexual and reproductive health and rights. President Trump has vowed to “put America first”; however, his policies would put the health of women last, around the world and most certainly in the USA.
Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2017/03/us-reproductive-health-and-rights-beyond-global-gag-rule