Turkey – Restriction on access to abortion is human rights violation: Top court

September 11 2020

Turkey’s top court has ruled that a woman’s rights were violated when she was denied an abortion for a pregnancy that was the result of sexual assault.

A 17-year-old young woman got pregnant as a result of sexual assault in 2017 and the survivor’s family complained about the perpetrator in the southern province of Mersin, according to the Constitutional Court’s decision.

Continued: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/restriction-on-access-to-abortion-is-human-rights-violation-top-court-158182

The Real Consequences Of Getting ― Or Being Denied ― An Abortion

It’s time to put to rest the myth that abortion hurts women.

By Melissa Jeltsen, HuffPost US

For decades, anti-abortion activists have argued that abortion is harmful to
women, claiming that it often leads to regret, mental health issues and dependence
on drugs and alcohol. Even former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy bought
into this reasoning, writing in 2007 that those who have abortions may
experience “severe depression” and a loss of self-esteem.

That thinking has been used to justify onerous abortion restrictions, such as
long waiting periods, that can make it harder to obtain the procedure and even
effectively bar it for some.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/myth-abortion-hurts-women_n_5f52647bc5b6578026cd5e51

USA – Calling Out Anti-Abortion Hypocrisy During “Respect Life” Month

Calling Out Anti-Abortion Hypocrisy During “Respect Life” Month

by Rashmi Narayan

As a practicing pediatrician, I care for children from birth until adulthood—focusing on their health, happiness and safety throughout their young lives. My focus is always on the child, and how we can help them to thrive and succeed. But according to the anti-abortion movement and the Trump administration, this makes me neither “pro-life” or “pro-family.”

Just last month, the Trump administration declared that the topics of sexual and reproductive health and rights are “ambiguous terms and expressions,” and said that supporting these concepts can “undermine the critical role of the family.” On behalf of only 19 other nations, out of a total of more than 75, the current administration doubled down on its anti-choice stance and took the position that “there is no international right to an abortion” but that “the family is the foundational institution of society and thus should be supported and strengthened.”

Continued: https://msmagazine.com/2019/10/21/calling-out-anti-abortion-hypocrisy-during-respect-life-month/

USA – Being Denied an Abortion Changes a Woman’s Physical Health in These Ways

Being Denied an Abortion Changes a Woman's Physical Health in These Ways
"Our study indicates that having an abortion is not detrimental to women's physical health."

By Sarah Sloat
June 10, 2019

In the early 1990s, the the pro-life movement introduced a new strategy, and what became known as the “woman-protective antiabortion argument” emerged, centering on the claim that abortions hurt women. Until that point, the pro-life argument was largely fetal-focused; internally, pro-life advocates debated whether that messaging was the most effective for their cause.

A new study of patients at 30 U.S. abortion facilities, released on Monday, shows that in many cases, the opposite of that woman-focused strategy is true: Being denied an abortion actually results in a woman’s poorer physical health.

Continued: https://www.inverse.com/article/56612-abortion-deny-chronic-pain-study

Legal, but… abortion access under threat in Catholic Croatia

Legal, but... abortion access under threat in Catholic Croatia

March 28, 2019

On paper, abortion has been legal in Croatia for decades. But in practice, it is becoming less available in the largely Catholic country where religious pressure is pushing doctors increasingly to refuse abortions on moral grounds.

"Why are gynaecologists obliged to do abortions? I don't really see a connection," said Boris Ujevic, a doctor at Zagreb's public Holy Spirit Hospital, when asked why he does not offer the procedure.

Continued: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-03-legal-abortion-access-threat-catholic.html

‘Thousands’ of young girls denied abortion after rape in Argentina

'Thousands' of young girls denied abortion after rape in Argentina
Anti-choice doctors and health officials accused of obstructing legal terminations after 11-year-old girl gave birth to rapist’s child

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Tue 5 Mar 2019

The lives of thousands of girls in Argentina are being put at risk as legal abortions are delayed and obstructed by doctors trying to force pregnancies to full term.

The issue of anti-choice doctors, medical institutions and government officials deliberately trying to hold up legally sanctioned terminations was brought into sharp focus last week when it emerged that an 11-year-old girl’s baby was born alive because health officials delayed her request for an abortion. The girl had fallen pregnant after being raped by her grandmother’s boyfriend.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/mar/05/thousands-young-girls-denied-abortion-argentina

I Wish I’d Had A ‘Late-Term Abortion’ Instead Of Having My Daughter

I Wish I’d Had A ‘Late-Term Abortion’ Instead Of Having My Daughter

By Dina Zirlott, Guest Writer

Warning: Details in this story could be triggering to some readers.

I was raped when I was 17 years old. I had a baby when I was 18 years old. My baby died when I was 19 years old.

I cannot recall the color of the sky when I woke up the morning I was raped, or what I did in the hours leading up to the assault. I think of it in terms of Before and After, and I’m caught right in between the two.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/late-term-abortion-rape_us_5c630b8de4b0a8731aeabbd6

Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care

Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care

June 19, 2018
Click here to download the report [PDF]

The global women’s movement has fought for many years to affirm safe and legal abortion as a fundamental right, and the global trend has been the liberalization of abortion laws. Progress is not linear, however, and persistent barriers prevent these laws and policies from increasing women’s access to services. One such obstacle is the growing use of conscience claims to justify refusal of abortion care.

Often called “conscientious objection,” a concept historically associated with the right to refuse to take part in the military or in warfare on religious or moral grounds, the term has recently been co-opted by anti-choice movements. Indeed, accommodations for health care providers to refuse to provide care are often deliberately inserted into policies with the aim of negating the hard-fought right to abortion care.

Existing evidence reveals a worrisome and growing global trend of health care providers who are refusing to deliver abortion and other sexual and reproductive health care. This phenomenon violates the ethical principle of “do no harm,” and has grave consequences for women, especially those who are already more vulnerable and marginalized.

Continued: https://iwhc.org/resources/unconscionable-when-providers-deny-abortion-care/

India: SC denies abortion nod to woman with Down Syndrome foetus

SC denies abortion nod to woman with Down Syndrome foetus
New Delhi February 28, 2017 12:48 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to allow a woman, who is in her 26th week of pregnancy, to abort her foetus on the ground that it suffered from Down syndrome, saying “we have a life in our hands.”

The apex court said that as per a report of the medical board constituted to examine the 37-year-old woman, there was no physical risk to the mother in continuation of pregnancy.

Continued at source: The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/SC-denies-abortion-nod-to-woman-with-Down-Syndrome-foetus/article17381665.ece