Polish government accused of murder after pregnant woman carrying dead foetus dies

Women’s rights activists took to the streets to protest against the country’s draconian abortion laws

By Matthew Day and Anne Gulland
27 January 2022

Poland’s government is guilty of murder, campaigners said on Thursday following the death of a woman forced to carry a dead foetus in her womb for over a week because of draconian new abortion laws.

The 37-year-old woman, who was carrying twins and was in her first three months of pregnancy, lost one foetus in mid-December but was refused an abortion, according to her family, despite the threat to her health and life. Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/01/27/polish-government-accused-murder-pregnant-woman-carrying-dead/


Poland’s year of fear – who will die next in abortion crackdown?

By URSZULA GRYCUK
WARSAW, January 26, 2022

Every day, the calls and emails flood in with desperate requests for help.

Since the
Constitutional Tribunal decision leading to a law all but eliminating legal
abortion in Poland – which came into force one year ago – the number of women
and girls contacting the Federation for Women and Family Planning (Federa) has
increased threefold.

Continued: https://euobserver.com/opinion/154191


Jewish women are leaders on abortion rights. But they can’t do it alone.

BARBARA DOBKIN
JANUARY 26, 2022

(JTA) — In 1966, I was a student at Boston University’s School of Social Work when I received a phone call from a college friend. She explained in hushed tones that she needed an abortion and thought I could help her.

At that time, I didn’t know anyone who had terminated a pregnancy; all I knew was that abortion was illegal. I quietly asked some classmates if they knew how to end a pregnancy safely. One of them had an answer.

Continued: https://www.jta.org/2022/01/26/opinion/jewish-women-are-leaders-on-abortion-rights-but-they-cant-do-it-alone


USA – A Reproductive-Rights Activist Explains the Realities of Abortion for Latina Women

“When you have to flee a country . . . it’s women who are being raped, sexually harassed, sexually assaulted,” Elizabeth Estrada, of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, said.

By Lizzie Widdicombe
January 26, 2022

With the Supreme Court seemingly inching closer to overturning Roe v. Wade, many Americans are trying to imagine a future in which abortion is a crime in roughly half the country. How will women cope with unwanted pregnancies? What will the public-health consequences be? All signs point to a fractured nation, in which barriers to abortion exacerbate existing inequities. But, if you talk to reproductive-rights advocates, they’ll tell you that, to some extent, that America already exists. While abortion is technically constitutionally protected, in practical terms, many women have a hard time accessing the procedure, owing to restrictive local laws, prohibitive costs, and social stigma. That’s especially true for immigrants, the poor, and those living in marginalized communities.

Continued:  https://www.newyorker.com/news/as-told-to/a-reproductive-rights-activist-explains-the-realities-of-abortion-for-latina-women


US Muslim advocates weigh in on abortion rights battle

Imminent threat to Roe v Wade raises concern from many religious communities across the US, including Muslim Americans.

By Dalia Hatuqa
Published On 26 Jan 2022

Forty-nine years ago, the US Supreme Court
issued a ruling that changed the lives of American women, formally legalising
the right to abortion across the United States.

Now, as Roe v Wade faces its most serious threat in decades, Muslim Americans,
like many others across the US, have been contemplating what overturning that
decision could mean for women’s reproductive rights and access to safe
abortions.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/1/26/us-muslim-advocates-weigh-in-on-abortion-rights-battle


Polish state has ‘blood on its hands’ after death of woman refused an abortion

Family says young mother’s health deteriorated rapidly after the twins she was carrying died a week apart in the womb

Weronika Strzyżyńska
Wed 26 Jan 2022

The family of a Polish woman who died on Tuesday after doctors refused to perform an abortion when the foetus’s heart stopped beating have accused the government of having “blood on their hands”.

The woman, identified only as Agnieszka T, was said to have been in the first trimester of a twin pregnancy when she was admitted to the Blessed Virgin Mary hospital in Częstochowa on 21 December. Her death comes a year after Poland introduced one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jan/26/poland-death-of-woman-refused-abortion


Abortion Is Not a “Choice” Without Racial Justice

After Roe v. Wade, Angela Davis wrote about how the reproductive rights movement was failing women of color. As Roe is dismantled, her diagnosis is more crucial than ever.

Sara Matthiesen
January 25, 2022

In 2016 researchers at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, a public health project focused on reproductive well-being, made headlines with their “Turnaway Study.” The groundbreaking longitudinal study was comprised of nearly 8,000 interviews with 1,000 women who had either been “turned away” from abortion because they were past a clinic’s gestational limits or had successfully received abortions. Through interviews conducted every six months over a period of five years, the study compared the life circumstances of study participants following these two reproductive outcomes. The study, the first of its kind, sought to quantify the effects of being denied a wanted abortion.

Continued: https://bostonreview.net/articles/abortion-is-not-a-choice-without-racial-justice/


‘The Battle Is Far from Over’– Recent Abortion Bans Foreshadow Struggles for Rural Women

Women in rural communities organize to fight for their reproductive rights.

by Carolyn Campbell
January 25, 2022

As battle cries rise after the Supreme Court’s arguments on abortion rights, and city women applaud the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a mailed abortion pill, women from remote regions where abortions are restricted know all too well the harsh realities of life without reproductive justice.

Over the last two months, living and traveling through Texas and Mississippi, I’ve witnessed firsthand the panic, rage, and resistance of women, liberal and conservative, who struggle to get any health care, no less reproductive health care.

Continued: https://dailyyonder.com/the-battle-is-far-from-over-recent-abortion-bans-foreshadow-struggles-for-rural-women-across-the-country/2022/01/25/


What the Supreme Court has done to women: We will not forget

Some of us remember life before legal abortion. Hardly any of us thought we'd ever have to go back there

By ELAYNE CLIFT
JANUARY 25, 2022

My friend and I drew up to a drab brown brick building. An older man, shrunken and slouched, opened the door furtively. We climbed a flight of stairs in a putrid green escape well and emerged into a hallway, then entered a dark apartment. I imagined fleeing down the stairs but then considered the consequences.

"Wait here," the man commanded. After a few minutes he re-emerged from another room and asked me some questions. I tried to stay calm. I felt as if I were sinking into a huge hole from which I might never emerge. "Come with me," he said, leading me into what must have been a kitchen. It had a table in the center of the room, at the foot of which, between stirrups, was a lamp on a stand, and a stool. The table was covered with a sheet of white paper with a thin pillow on it. Next to it was a tray bearing silver instruments and a large jar. The man told me to take off everything from the waist down. There was no privacy screen. I asked him for something to cover myself. "You won't need that," he said. "Just get on the table."

Continued: https://www.salon.com/2022/01/25/elayne-abortion/


USA – Law schools are failing to prepare the next generation of leaders in reproductive rights and justice

As of 2019, less than one-third of law schools offered classes on these topics

Nina Henry
January 24, 2022

When I began law school with the goal of specializing in reproductive rights and justice, I knew I would be fighting an uphill battle after graduation. But I didn’t realize I would have to fight during law school, too. According to one 2019 analysis, less than one-third of law schools offered classes on reproductive rights and justice, and while that number is growing, it’s still not enough. When law schools ignore the subject, the ripple effects hurt us all.

I am lucky enough to attend New York University School of Law, which has a specific reproductive justice program, but I’ve still had to fight to be taken seriously outside of my reproductive justice class.

Continued: https://www.thelily.com/law-schools-are-failing-to-prepare-the-next-generation-of-leaders-in-reproductive-rights-and-justice/