Since becoming legal in 1985, right-wing politicians have periodically made feeble attempts to limit or ban access to abortions. Each time it happens though, the action is met with strong pushback from the public.
July 16, 2020
By Shauna Blackmon and Lucía Benavides
Access to abortion in Spain is sacrosanct. The procedures are free — covered by the public national health care system — and allowed up until the 14th week of pregnancy for any reason; until the 22nd week with a doctor’s note; and sometimes after 22 weeks if there are issues with either the fetus’ or the mother’s health.
Since abortion become legal in 1985, right-wing politicians have periodically made feeble attempts to limit or ban access to it. Each time it happens, though, the action is met with strong pushback from the public.
Meet Argentina's Self-Styled Anti-Abortion Feminist
Why you should care: Because she is fueling the abortion debate with campaigns for contraception and sex ed.
By Amy Booth
Sept 24 2019
Argentine Deputy Carla Pitiot believes in leveling the playing field for women. She has fought workplace harassment and the gender pay gap, campaigned for shared parental leave and criticized the Catholic Church for its stance on contraception. But in one respect she stands out from the women’s rights crowd: She is staunchly opposed to abortion.
The abortion debate has divided Argentina as it could become the biggest country in Latin America to broadly legalize abortion. Currently, abortion is legal only when there is a risk to the life or health of the mother or in cases of rape. A bill last year to allow abortion up to 14 weeks for any reason passed the lower House but was voted down in the Senate. (The bill encompassed anybody who could become pregnant, to include trans and nonbinary people.) A bill this year was put on ice ahead of October’s national elections — but advocates believe it’s likely to pass under the next president.
Pro-choice group calls Sask. minister's speech at anti-abortion rally unacceptable
Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, April 12, 2019
REGINA -- A spokeswoman for a national organization that promotes abortion rights says it's unacceptable that a Saskatchewan health minister spoke at an anti-abortion rally.
Darrah Teitel of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights said the appearance by Greg Ottenbreit, responsible for rural and remote health, erodes public trust. She said it also raises questions about his intentions with the abortion drug Mifegymiso.
Soini’s views on abortion are medieval, slams Halla-aho
Created: 14 August 2018
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini’s (BR) views on abortion are medieval, states Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party.
“I think it’s slightly disconcerting if your thoughts revolve too much around questions like this. I think there should also be other themes in politics,” Halla-aho stated in a news conference held in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August.
Soini’s anti-abortion views rejected again by fellow cabinet members
Created: 13 August 2018
Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has once again raised eyebrows by declaring his opposition to abortion.
Soini on Friday commended the Argentine Senate for rejecting a bill that would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. “Long live life! Stronger than death,” he wrote in his personal blog.
Foreign Minister Soini riles fellow politicians with anti-abortion comments
Timo Soini has again made public comments about his opposition to abortion; a move that many of his colleagues in Finnish politics believe is inappropriate.
Aug 11, 2018
Finland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini has once again set off a storm of indignation in Finland after writing a blog entry on Thursday praising Argentina for its decision to keep abortion illegal.
"Argentina is a lovely country. The Pope is an Argentinean who is widely listened to and respected. Words have weight," he wrote in his popular online journal on August 9.
Fianna Fáil delegates reject calls to change the Constitution on abortion
Saturday 14 October 2017
Fianna Fáil members have overwhelmingly backed a motion urging opposition to changing the Eight Amendment to the Constitution which bans abortion.
Delegates at the party’s Ard Fheis voted by three to one to back a motion from Kildare North constituency urging the party “to oppose any attempt to diminish the constitutional rights of the unborn”.
A second motion from the party’s London branch – backing a “woman’s right to choose” was also heavily defeated.
Continued at source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fianna-fil-delegates-reject-calls-to-change-the-constitution-on-abortion-36227113.html
Jacob Rees Mogg defends his anti-abortion stance
Saturday September 9th 2017
The Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg who this week ignited a row when he said he was opposed to abortion all circumstances, including rape and incest, has defended his views.
The MP for North East Somerset said he was “allowed to say what I think and people are absolutely entitled to say back what they think”.
“I believe in free speech – and protecting it – is very important,” he said.
Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/politics/jacob-rees-mogg-defends-anti-abortion-stance/
Poland to protect unborn babies of drinking mothers?
To mark Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, Poland's children's rights ombudsman has asked the president to consider legal protection for the unborn children of women who drink or take drugs during pregnancy.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a range of incurable physical and neurological problems that occur in the womb as the direct result of the mother drinking while pregnant.
Poland's children's rights ombudsman Marek Michalak wants to legally protect such children by having the courts send substance-abusing pregnant women to hospital for treatment.
A bill prepared by Michalak aims to protect both unborn babies and pregnant minors.
If passed, the law would isolate pregnant women for the protection of the fetus and offer medical care, therapy and education.
According to the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA), one percent of newborns suffer from being exposed to alcohol in the womb.
Around the world, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome affects 3-9 in every 1,000 live births. (vb/pk)
Source: Radio Poland: http://thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/324716,Poland-to-protect-unborn-babies-of-drinking-mothers
Tory MPs line up to disagree with Jacob Rees-Mogg's 'utterly abhorrent' views on abortion
7 September 2017
A number of Conservative MPs have criticised Jacob Rees-Mogg's views on abortion, some expressing vehement disagreement while others have gently espoused their more liberal stances.
On Wednesday, Mr Rees-Mogg, who is tipped to one day take over from Theresa May and become Tory leader, said he disagreed with abortion in every circumstance, including in cases of incest and rape. He also said that because he is a Catholic, he disagrees with same-sex marriage.
Continued at source: The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/07/tory-mps-line-disagree-jacob-rees-moggs-utterly-abhorrent-views/