Malta – Over 200 reach out to Abortion Support Network since 2019

Abortion Support Network founder Mara Clarke: people requested information on abortion clinics, reputable online providers of medical abortion pills as well as funding to travel abroad

12 February 2021

by Laura Calleja

Over 200 people have contacted the Abortion Support Network (ASN) since the NGO
expanded its services to Malta, ASN founder Mara Clarke revealed.

Since expanding its services to Malta back in February 2019, people had
contacted the NGO for information about abortion clinics, reputable online
providers of medical abortion pills, funding to help with the costs of abortion
and travel, and logistical support.

Continued: https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/107657/over_200_reach_out_to_abortion_support_network_since_2019#.YCan8WhKhPY


A helping hand, a listening ear: abortion helpline in India

A helping hand, a listening ear: abortion
helpline in India, where 10 women a day die from unsafe terminations, offers
counselling and access to a safe clinic

Priti Salian
6 Aug, 2020

Yet another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic has been to restrict the
access of millions of women in lockdown to their choice of birth control. India
is seeing millions of unintended pregnancies – and risky abortions.

Zainab Mandlawala will never forget her own experience on a March afternoon in
2018. After waiting for hours, a gynaecologist finally led her into the
operating room and numbed her cervix with a local anaesthetic. She then
performed a “D&C” – dilation and curettage – abortion.

Continued: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/3096082/helping-hand-listening-ear-abortion-helpline-india-where


Pro-choice activists launch abortion initiative in Poland

Pro-choice activists launch abortion initiative in Poland
Abortion Without Borders to offer women advice and funds to seek treatment abroad

Shaun Walker, Central and eastern Europe correspondent
Tue 10 Dec 2019

An international group of pro-choice campaigners will launch an initiative in Poland this week to provide advice and funding for women to travel abroad to have abortions.

Poland has some of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, and proposals backed by the rightwing government to introduce a total ban on abortions in 2016 were scrapped only after large-scale protests.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/10/pro-choice-activists-launch-abortion-initiative-in-poland


Ireland – GPs must warn women of medical abortion failure rate, say new guidelines

GPs must warn women of medical abortion failure rate, say new guidelines

Eilish O'Regan
December 20 2018

GPs have been told to inform every woman who is about to have a medical abortion that it has a failure rate and that unrestricted termination cannot be provided beyond 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The advice is outlined in a set of interim guidelines issued to GPs by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) in advance of the wider availability of abortion, due to come into effect on January 1.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/gps-must-warn-women-of-medical-abortion-failure-rate-say-new-guidelines-37643513.html


Ireland – GPs given clinical guidelines for abortion services

GPs given clinical guidelines for abortion services

Wednesday, 19 Dec 2018
By Fergal Bowers, Health Correspondent

The Irish College of General Practitioners has issued family doctors with interim clinical guidelines, for doctors who wish to provide termination of pregnancy services once it is legalised.

It said that GPs must have access to an ultrasound facility, if a query about the gestation period, or complications arise.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/health/2018/1219/1018171-abortion/


Ireland – Quarter of abortion-services GPs yet to agree helpline sign-up

Quarter of abortion-services GPs yet to agree helpline sign-up
HSE hoping more GPs who have agreed to provide services will sign up to helpline

Dec 17, 2018
Jennifer Bray

About a quarter of general practitioners who signed up to provide abortion services have not yet agreed to have their name made available for a new helpline. However, the majority – 75 per cent – of GPs who have signed up have said they are satisfied to do so.

The helpline will provide information to women when they call looking for guidance on where to access abortion care.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/quarter-of-abortion-services-gps-yet-to-agree-helpline-sign-up-1.3734711


Ireland – At least 2,500 women may seek an abortion next year

At least 2,500 women may seek an abortion next year

Eilish O'Regan
December 15 2018

More than 2,500 women may seek a medical abortion from a GP or maternity hospital next year.

The figure is based on the number of early terminations recorded by UK clinics last year among women who travelled from the Republic of Ireland.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/at-least-2500-women-may-seek-an-abortion-next-year-37628388.html


USA – This Self-Managed Abortion Helpline Will Answer All Your Legal Questions About The Procedure

This Self-Managed Abortion Helpline Will Answer All Your Legal Questions About The Procedure

By Madhuri Sathish
Oct 30, 2018

As abortion access in the U.S. has become increasingly restricted, more Americans have turned to self-managed abortions, such as those induced by abortion pills. In order to help people concerned about navigating the legality of terminating their pregnancies themselves, a team of lawyers launched an abortion helpline on Tuesday that aims to serve as a free and confidential resource.

The SIA Legal Team, which works to give people increased self-determination in their reproductive lives, is behind the helpline (844-868-2812) and website. Jill Adams, the group's founder and strategy director, tells Bustle the helpline is designed for "anyone who has ended their own pregnancy and been questioned by the authorities or fears they might be questioned by the authorities in relation to their abortion."

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/this-self-managed-abortion-helpline-will-answer-all-your-legal-questions-about-the-procedure-12993045


UK: Governments Can’t Stop Abortion – We Can Help Make It Safe

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04/09/2016, Huffington Post UK

Ann Furedi, Chief executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

Our bodies are our own. And yet when a woman wishes to end a pregnancy, this basic law of civilized society that we teach to infants, is suspended. Her body becomes subject to someone else’s control.

As soon as she misses a period, she loses the right to make decisions about that body. If she is in England, Wales or Scotland - she must ask a doctor to make that decision for her - and they in turn must find another doctor who agrees to provide the treatment to end her pregnancy. However early in pregnancy it is, however straightforward that treatment, it can only lawfully be performed in a specialist clinic or hospital.

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Source: Huffington Post UK