She was out in front of the fight to legalize abortion, but few know her name

October 11, 2021
Sarah Handel, Ailsa Chang, Matt Ozug
NPR - 16-Minute Podcast, with Transcript

Abortion-rights activist Patricia Maginnis died earlier this year at age 93. She's a lesser-known figure in the movement, but her ideas — which started as fringe — became mainstream.

There was a time in most places in this country where if you got an abortion,
you could face interrogation by police, which meant decades ago, the vast
majority of people seeking abortions in the U.S. had to go underground for a
doctor or secretly perform the procedure on themselves or simply leave the


Why I Refuse to Feel Hopeless About the Texas Abortion Case

We may finally have the opportunity to “build back better” and ensure not just a right to abortion but a guarantee of the personhood of pregnant people at every stage of pregnancy. 


I started my career nearly 40 years ago defending the right to choose abortion and then founded National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an organization devoted to ensuring that no person loses their civil or human rights because of pregnancy or abortion. I refuse to feel hopeless about the fact that Texas has, for now, successfully banned abortion in that state. There are many reasons why I will not despair.


Rampant illegal sale of abortion pills across Maharashtra

Maharashtra FDA inspected 384 medical shops for violation till August first week. A total of 14 cases have been registered and 11 people were arrested.

By Rupsa Chakraborty, Mumbai
AUG 21, 2021

Last month, a sari-clad 43-year-old woman from Wagholi, Pune, stood at a local smedical store waiting for the queue to thin out. When it did, she asked an employee of the store for an abortion pill adding that she needed it urgently. At first, the employee refused her request, but on her insistence, he asked her to wait since he had to source it from his friend.

“He said he was not a supplier. He, however, considered my request and asked me to come after half an hour,” said the woman.


India – Court denies bail to doctor held over ‘illegal abortion’

On Aug 19, 2021

TURA, Aug 18: A Tura doctor, previously posted in Williamnagar Civil Hospital, who allegedly conducted an abortion illegally on a minor rape victim, has been denied bail by a court in South Garo Hills on Wednesday. This was the second bail application moved by the arrested doctor which was rejected by the court.

The accused, Dr Dolon R Marak of Tura Reserve gittim, was arrested over a week ago by a team of South Garo Hills Police from Williamnagar for allegedly conducting an illegal medical termination of pregnancy of a minor who was raped by her brother-in-law.


USA – Illegal abortion leads to circle of tragedy

Chicago’s 1941 “Million Dollar Abortion Ring” is a reminder of what we’ve got in store if Roe v. Wade gets overturned.

By Neil Steinberg 
Jun 15, 2021

An abortion cost $50 in Chicago in 1941.

Kinda cheap — $800 in today’s dollars — considering it was an illegal procedure, performed in secret, condemned by the church at a time when organized religion had even more of a stranglehold on American society than it does now, which is really saying something.


NPO launches campaign to combat illegal abortions

Seen by the numerous adverts placed on bins, poles and walls, it seems to suggest that the number of unsafe abortion providers is ever increasing, says Mary Stopes SA

March 8, 2021
Boksburg Advertiser

Marie Stopes South Africa (MSSA) has launched their #TearThemDown campaign, a fight against all illegal abortion service providers in the country.

MSSA has
reiterated its mission to provide safe pregnancy options for women in South

According to
Whitney Chinogwenya, marketing and brand manager at MSSA, the unsafe practice
of illegal abortion continues to be a scourge that adds to the public health


Swaziland needs to talk about illegal abortions

Because pregnancies can only be terminated legally in extreme instances such as rape, many women find other ways. And many do not survive the process.

By: Cebelihle Mbuyisa
27 Oct 2020

On 22 May 2000, Elizabeth Matimba and Joyce Mdluli sat on benches in the High Court of Swaziland (eSwatini) in Mbabane and heard Judge Thomas Masuku denounce them for the crime of abortion. Matimba had, in 1998, taken her pregnant daughter to Mdluli, then a nurse at Mbabane Government Hospital, and asked that she terminate the pregnancy. Mdluli obliged. For this crime, the women were both sentenced to five years in jail.

The case later went to the appeal court, where Judge Jules Browde spoke out strongly against abortion. He nevertheless reduced Matimba’s sentence to three years. The nurse’s conviction and sentence were set aside on the grounds that the crown had failed to prove her guilt beyond reasonable doubt.


Pro-choice groups push Argentine President to keep abortion promise

Oct 26, 2020

Earlier this year, the Argentinian President had promised to send an abortion bill to Congress. Now, despite the pandemic and opposition from religious sectors, pro-choice activists want him to follow up on his pledge to legalise abortion.

In 2014 Belen, a woman in her late 20s in northern Argentina’s Tucumán, went to hospital severely haemorrhaging. She was later sentenced to eight years in prison, after a court said she had an abortion. But Belén always insisted her innocence, saying she had suffered a miscarriage. The initial court ruling was later overturned. After a two year jail sentence, Belen was freed.


I know what illegal abortion looks like, does Amy Coney Barrett?


In the conference room of Hospital Dos de Mayo in Lima, Peru, where I was researching cervical cancer, the medical resident droned through a list of bizarre tropical illnesses that had previously only existed in my North American textbooks. He was piecing together a case of fever and pain in the pelvis of a woman in her 20s. Then he added one more potential diagnosis: botched abortion.

That diagnosis had never occurred to me and was not part of my medical training in the United States. A few weeks later and a few miles away at our apartment in Lima, my baby sitter sat me down at the dining table to tell me that she was pregnant. Knowing that Maria’s husband had been unfaithful to her, I was not sure if congratulations were in order. As it turned out, he did not want to have this child and had encouraged her to pursue termination, even though it was illegal in Peru. He planned for her to take some black-market drugs.


Bhutan – Demand for abortion pills rise in Thimphu

October 8, 2020
Yeshey Lhadon

Recently, a 25-year-old unmarried woman in Thimphu went to her friend. She was desperately looking for abortion pills. She could not find them in medical stores in Thimphu.

Staff at
one of the medical stores said that both men and women visited the drugstores
looking for misoprostol, a drug that’s used to abort pregnancy during the early