Is Europe next? Concerns over abortion rights rise after Supreme Court overturns Roe

“The fact it’s become a talking point is a massive step forward. Whatever anyone’s views are on abortion, it’s not helpful if we can’t talk about it,” one abortion rights opponent said.

Aug. 7, 2022
By Patrick Smith

LONDON — Abortion rights opponents have long been stuck on the fringes of politics in much of Western Europe. The Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has many in the movement hoping that is about to change.

That abortion was thrust into the headlines and onto the agenda has been a big step forward, said Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, a co-director of March for Life U.K., an annual event in September in London.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/europe-concerns-abortion-rights-rise-supreme-court-overturns-roe-rcna38651


How an Abortion Changed My Life: 10 Women Share Their Stories

From a state senator to a machine worker, Americans reveal—in their own words—how that one decision changed everything.

By Kelli Maria Korducki
3 August 2022

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, it ignored the transformational impact the ruling had on the ability of women to join the workforce, build a career, and boost their earning power over the past 50 years. “I believe that eliminating the right of women to make decisions about when and whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told a congressional hearing in May. These 10 women, age 26 to 80, share in their own words how the decision to terminate a pregnancy altered their life—and career.

Continued: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-08-03/what-s-it-like-getting-an-abortion-women-share-their-stories


Feminists in India applaud their abortion rights – but they don’t extend to Dalit women

The cost of reproductive care and the discrimination we face leaves my community effectively excluded from any gains made

Shreeja Rao
Wed 3 Aug 2022

Sitting in my second-year law class as Roe v Wade was overturned, I watched young women hail India’s abortion legislation. My heart broke a little more each time my “feminist” classmates flattered the law protecting their reproductive rights.

For a movement claiming to represent all women, Indian feminism is a colossal failure. It persistently overlooks the women of my community. Can they afford safe abortion? Are they able to choose birth control measures? Do they have access to reproductive healthcare at all?

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/aug/03/india-abortion-rights-dalit-women


USA – Some donors are unknowingly funding antiabortion crisis pregnancy centers, which receive five times more funding than real abortion clinics

BY PAIGE MCGLAUFLIN
August 2, 2022

Under the radar. Companies, lawmakers, and individuals alike have rushed to donate to abortion care providers in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s reversal. Yet many donors are unintentionally giving money to organizations that seek to undermine abortion access on the front lines.

Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are nonprofit organizations that pose as real medical clinics. They offer free services and counseling to pregnant individuals, with the goal of dissuading them from having an abortion.

Continued: https://fortune.com/2022/08/02/donors-unknowingly-funding-antiabortion-crisis-pregnancy-centers-which-receive-five-times-more-funding-than-real-abortion-clinics/


Michigan County Prosecutors Can Enforce Abortion Ban Under New Court Ruling

TBEN News, By The Bharat Express News
August 2, 2022

Abortion could become illegal in parts of Michigan after a panel of the state appeals court said in a decision released Monday that a judge’s order blocking enforcement of a pre-Roe v. Wade ban does not apply. applies to provincial prosecutors.

The 91-year-old abortion ban, which was blocked in May from taking effect immediately, makes it a crime for doctors to perform abortions unless the mother’s life is in danger.

Continued: https://www.thebharatexpressnews.com/michigan-county-prosecutors-can-enforce-abortion-ban-under-new-court-ruling-tben-news/


‘Baby Killer’: Abortion Vote Is Pitting Neighbor Against Neighbor in Kansas

Pulled-up yard signs, nasty notes, and catcalls as Kansas becomes the first state to vote on abortion since the fall of Roe v. Wade.
By Carter Sherman
July 31, 2022

WICHITA, Kansas — On the eve of the first
state vote on abortion rights in the country since the fall of Roe v. Wade, the
lawn signs in this quiet neighborhood of nearly identical, brick-and-beige
homes hint at the strong feelings of people living inside.

“Vote No” signs suggest they will vote to preserve the Kansas state
constitution, which currently protects abortion rights. A “Value Them Both”
sign signals they’ll vote to amend the constitution, handing Republicans in the
state the power to ban abortion.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7zzeg/abortion-vote-kansas


USA – How to Make an Abortion Emergency Plan Right Now

So you can get the care you deserve as quickly as possible.
By Korin Miller
July 30, 2022

By now, you’re probably well aware that Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed the right to abortion in the U.S. on a federal level, has been overturned. With that, many people across the country now live in states where abortion is illegal or severely restricted—and access to crucial reproductive health care is only expected to become more challenging.

People are scared, and it’s understandable. There are a lot of changes happening right now and the rights that you had a month ago may no longer exist in your state. That’s why experts say it’s essential to anticipate what could happen if you need an abortion—and what actions you would need to consider taking to get the care you deserve.

https://www.self.com/story/abortion-emergency-plan


Abortion opponents pushing for more restrictions, laws across U.S.

By Amy Forliti and Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press
Posted July 30, 2022

Now that Roe v. Wade has been toppled, abortion opponents are taking a multifaceted approach in their quest to end abortions nationwide, targeting their strategies to the dynamics of each state as they attempt to create new laws and defend bans in courts.

One anti-abortion group has proposed model legislation that would ban all abortions except to prevent the death of a pregnant woman. New legal frontiers could include prosecuting doctors who defy bans, and skirmishes over access to medication abortions already are underway. Others hope to get more conservatives elected in November to advance an anti-abortion agenda.

|Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/9027063/u-s-abortion-opponents-more-restrictions/


The Irish Lesson

If the purpose of abortion bans is to actually reduce the rate at which women terminate pregnancies, the Irish experience shows how utterly ineffectual they are.

Fintan O’Toole
August 18, 2022 issue, NY Books (posted July 27)

In 1973, soon after the US Supreme Court established a right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, Charles E. Rice concluded that “the essential remedy to the abortion problem is a constitutional amendment.” Rice is an important figure in the intellectual history of the antiabortion movement that is now, with the recent overturning of Roe, enjoying its moment of triumph. He was a cofounder of the Conservative Party of New York State, formed by those who considered the Republican Party too liberal; one of his scholarly tracts is an attack on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As a professor of constitutional law, he established Notre Dame University in Indiana as a redoubt of the conservative Catholic legal thinking whose influence most fully blossomed when Donald Trump appointed Rice’s colleague and associate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Continued: https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2022/08/18/the-irish-lesson-fintan-otoole/


An Indiana doctor speaks out on abortion, and pays a price

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Ava Sasani
Jul 28, 2022

Three weeks before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, donned her white lab coat, put her infant daughter into a front-pack baby carrier and joined a few colleagues who marched to the state Capitol, hoping to deliver a letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb. Signed by hundreds of health professionals, the letter implored Holcomb, a Republican, not to convene a special legislative session to further restrict abortions. It contained a pointed political message: “Abortion bans are not popular in our state.”

Continued:https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-aud-nw-nyt-indiana-aobrtion-doctor-20220728-uhkntkt5ifgonel3quzllzp6jy-story.html