The Scottish Government is failing women when it comes to abortion

By Lucy Grieve
Sunday, 5th June 2022

Since 2019, 170 Scottish women – including children under the age of 16 – have been sent across the border into England to have an abortion. This roughly equates to one Scottish woman every week that is having to make this journey to access healthcare that is legal in Scotland.

This is not happening because these women are located in remote areas, or because they require specialist treatment for complex medical issues, in fact it is quite the opposite. Women from cities that enjoy some of Scotland’s best healthcare infrastructure, like Glasgow, who are in their second trimester of pregnancy where abortion care has been legal for more than 50 years are being shipped as far away as Bournemouth on the south coast of England to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.scotsman.com/health/the-scottish-government-is-failing-women-when-it-comes-to-abortion-lucy-grieve-3720095


UK – Renewed calls for abortion clinic buffer zones to protect women from abuse

29th May
By PA News Agency

Medical leaders have made a renewed call for legislation to protect women from “unacceptable” harassment and intimidation outside abortion clinics.

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), which represents more than 14,000 UK doctors, has issued a new position statement calling for a nationwide network of buffer zones around abortion clinics.

Continued: https://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/20174360.renewed-calls-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones-protect-women-abuse/


Scotland fights to end abortion ‘harassment’

Online News Editor
May 28, 2022

Edinburgh, UK, May 28 (EFE).- Protesters took to the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday to demand a stop to rallies in front of abortion clinics, considered a form of harassment and intimidation.

“They want to control women,” a protester and lecturer at Edinburgh University, Betinna Nissen, told Efe.

Scotland is considering introducing a new law that prohibits anti-abortion protests in front of clinics which could make an already difficult choice an every harder one for women getting an abortion.

Continued: https://www.laprensalatina.com/scotland-fights-to-end-abortion-harassment/


As U.S. Supreme Court prepares to limit abortion rights, Canadian pro-choice advocates say we must stay vigilant

May 3, 2022
by Daneese Rao

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to overturn Roe vs. Wade and limit abortion rights, pro-choice advocates in Canada say it is important to remain vigilant when it comes to our own access issues.

Though the anti-abortion movement here has not enjoyed the same level of success as its American counterpart, “I am not naive enough to think that what’s happening in the U.S. will never happen in Canada,” says Kelly Monaghan, a family physician and abortion provider in St. John’s, Nfld. “There is definitely a small group of politicians and Canadian citizens, many of whom are very powerful, who do have an agenda in terms of reopening this debate.”

Continued: https://healthydebate.ca/2022/05/topic/us-abortion-rights-pro-choice/


Women who underwent abortions face “trauma” as protests continue in Scotland

Women who went through abortions have told how "inescapable" and "damaging" anti-abortion protests are as Scotland sees an increase in protests outside clinics and hospitals.

By Hannah Brown
Sunday, 1st May 2022

Megan Braithwaite, 39, had an abortion for medical reasons in Edinburgh eight years ago. It was her first pregnancy and both her and her husband were trying for a baby.

"It was at the 20-week screening when we found out that the baby had a fetal anomaly and it was truly awful”, she said.

Continued: https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/women-who-underwent-abortions-face-trauma-as-protests-continue-in-scotland-3676260


Ireland – Politicians set to hear calls for less restrictive abortion regime

Women’s council plans to address 12-week limit and poor national coverage

Tue, Apr 26, 2022
Cormac McQuinn

Politicians will hear calls for a less restrictive abortion regime, including extending the current 12-week limit to allow terminations on request “up to viability”.

The National Women’s Council (NWC) and the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) will suggest reforms to the rules on abortion when representatives appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee on Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/politicians-set-to-hear-calls-for-less-restrictive-abortion-regime-1.4862475


Anti-abortion protests in Scotland following ‘Texas playbook’ as national plan on buffer zones needed

As anti-abortion protests swell outside my city’s flagship hospital, I and many others fear Scotland is turning into a hostile place for women accessing healthcare.

By Hannah
Brown
Saturday, 16th April 2022

Across the pond, prosecutors dropped murder charges last week against a
26-year-old southern Texas woman over an alleged “self-induced abortion".

After time in prison, Texas lawyers found she had not committed a crime. This
woman’s case is an example of the lengths the red states are willing to go to
restrict abortion access.

Continued: https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/anti-abortion-protests-in-scotland-following-texas-playbook-as-national-plan-on-buffer-zones-needed-3656433


Scotland – Doctors call for action over abortion protests as patients face ‘deplorable intimidation and harassment’

Group of 76 clinicians urge government to introduce buffer zones following large demonstration outside Glasgow hospital

Chiara Giordano
Apr 15, 2022

Scores of doctors have called for action after a large anti-abortion protest was held near a hospital in Glasgow.

More than 100 anti-abortion activists from the 40 Days for Life campaign group gathered outside the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/doctors-call-for-action-abortion-protests-b2058654.html


Canada – How Provinces are using a decades-old legal tool to create hospital “bubble zones”

By Emily Chan, Canadian Civil Liberties Assoc.
April 14, 2022

In 1995, British Columbia became the first province in Canada to introduce a law creating “safe access zones” – commonly called “bubble zones” – around facilities related to providing abortion services.

Nearly three decades later, provinces are drawing from the same toolbox to create bubble zones around other healthcare facilities, following widespread protests against COVID-19 safety measures.

In light of these developments, here is a look at what bubble zones are, how they originated, and why there’s renewed interest in them today.

Continued: https://ccla.org/get-informed/talk-rights/how-provinces-are-using-a-decades-old-legal-tool-to-create-hospital-bubble-zones/


Spain bans harassment of women entering abortion clinics

Posted: Apr 8, 2022

MADRID (AP) — Spain is awaiting the publication in coming days of a new law banning the intimidation or harassment of women entering abortion clinics.

The law comes into force when it is published in the Government Gazette, possibly next week, after the Spanish Senate on Wednesday endorsed a law passed earlier by parliament.

Continued: https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/health-news/spain-bans-harassment-of-women-entering-abortion-clinics/