Biden to end Trump-era anti-abortion “global gag rule”

JANUARY 21, 2021
By Emma Batha

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - President Joe Biden’s decision to scrap a “deadly” Trump-era policy banning funding for aid groups that discuss abortion could unleash billions in dollars for life-saving services in developing countries, women’s rights groups said on Thursday.

“It’s very, very good news. It sends a strong message that reproductive rights are human rights,” said Evelyne Opondo, Africa director at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-aid-women-abortion/biden-to-end-trump-era-anti-abortion-global-gag-rule-idUSKBN29Q2UF


’A crisis moment’: States, advocates brace for new fight over abortion rights

Driving the burst of activity is the rightward shift of the Supreme Court, which has cast uncertainty on the future of Roe v. Wade.

Jan. 11, 2021
By Chloe Atkins

With reproductive rights in the spotlight after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett last fall, conservative and liberal states are even more divided over abortion.

Across the South and the Midwest, Republican legislators have introduced laws that would limit abortions or try to ban them altogether in hope of undermining decades of precedent. At the same time, Democratic-led states are cementing abortion rights and making abortions more accessible.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/crisis-moment-states-advocates-brace-new-fight-over-abortion-rights-n1253665


Argentina’s Senate to vote on historic bill to legalize abortion

Kara Fox, CNN
Published Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Argentina could make history on Tuesday, as its Senate votes on a bill to legalize abortion.

The procedure has long been a divisive issue in the Catholic-majority country, with the impending vote galvanizing activists on both sides of the debate.

Campaigners for abortion rights and anti-abortion protesters have both organized demonstrations in front of the Palace of the Argentine National Congress in Buenos Aires where the vote will take place.

Continued: https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/argentina-s-senate-to-vote-on-historic-bill-to-legalize-abortion-1.5247267


What underground abortions could look like if Roe v. Wade is overturned

JULIA NAFTULIN
DEC 11, 2020

Judge Amy Coney Barrett's recent confirmation into the Supreme Court could be a potential threat to abortion access and lead to even more "underground" abortions if the procedure becomes illegal in certain states, experts say.

Though underground abortions have continued in the wake of Roe v. Wade due to certain states' time-limiting abortion laws, those numbers could see a steep increase if states don't take individual responsibility to protect abortion rights, Carole Joffe, a sociologist and co-author of "Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America," told Insider.

Continued: https://www.businessinsider.in/science/health/news/what-underground-abortions-could-look-like-if-roe-v-wade-is-overturned/articleshow/79683236.cms


How the states with the best access to abortion services compare to the worst

Andrea Michelson
Dec 8, 2020

A landmark Supreme Court case called Roe v. Wade protects the right to abortion without excessive government interference at the US federal level. But when it comes to state legislature, each jurisdiction has its own set of laws that affect access to abortion services.

Since the appointment of conservative and historically anti-abortion justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, states such as Mississippi have sent abortion rights cases to the highest court in hopes of setting a new precedent for bans and restrictions.

Continued: https://www.insider.com/us-states-with-best-access-to-abortion-compared-to-worst-2020-12


This Is the Case That Could Bring Down Roe v. Wade

Amy Coney Barrett has only been a Supreme Court justice for a few weeks, and she’s already facing a test on abortion.

By Carter Sherman
8.12.20

Amy Coney Barrett has only been a Supreme Court justice for a little over a month, but the high court is already facing a case that could give the conservative darling a chance to dismantle abortion rights across much of the United States.

The Supreme Court announced Monday that the justices will meet on Friday to talk about whether to hear the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which involves a 2018 Mississippi law that banned all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The law allows for abortions in medical emergencies or in cases of a severe fetal abnormality, but there are no exceptions for rape or incest.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkdk8n/this-is-the-case-that-could-bring-down-roe-v-wade


Women’s movement sweeps Latin America to loosen abortion restrictions

Dec 1, 2020
By Daina Beth Solomon and Cassandra Garrison

MEXICO CITY/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Several weeks pregnant and about to start a job away from home, Lupita Ruiz had no doubts about wanting to end her pregnancy, despite knowing she could face jail time for having an abortion under a law in her state of Chiapas in southern Mexico.   

She asked friends for help until she found a doctor two hours from her town who agreed to do it in secret.

Continued: https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/world/womens-movement-sweeps-latin-america-to-loosen-abortion-restrictions-526103/


Factbox: Abortion rights in Europe

NOVEMBER 16, 2020
By Reuters Staff

(Reuters) - Despite it being legal in most of Europe, women face difficulties in getting access to abortion in some countries. The problem has been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic which has stretched healthcare services and closed borders.

Here are some facts on abortion rights in Europe, based on data from the Centre for Reproductive Rights and the World Health Organization:

Continued:   https://in.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-europe-abortion-right/factbox-abortion-rights-in-europe-idINL1N2HZ0YS


Europe Update: Abortion Rights at Risk in Poland and Slovakia

Center for Reproductive Rights
11.06.2020

Recent developments in Poland and Slovakia demonstrate the ongoing struggle to defend abortion rights against coordinated and systemic attacks on sexual and reproductive rights across the world. 

Poland 
Poland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe and access to abortion in the country is extremely limited—and often practically impossible. Poland is one of only two countries in the European Union that does not allow abortion on request or on broad social grounds. A recent ruling by the country’s Constitutional Tribunal will make abortion care even more difficult to access. 

Continued: https://reproductiverights.org/story/europe-update-abortion-rights-risk-poland-and-slovakia


How An Abortion Fight In Supreme Court Could Threaten Birth Control, Too

November 3, 2020
JULIE ROVNER

Abortion opponents were among those most excited by the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in October. And they had good reason to be.

As a law professor and circuit court judge, Barrett made it clear she is no fan of abortion rights. She is considered likely to vote not only to uphold restrictions on the procedure, but also, possibly, even to overturn the existing national right to abortion under the Supreme Court's landmark rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/11/03/930533103/how-an-abortion-fight-in-supreme-court-could-threaten-birth-control-too