The new anti-abortion tactics of the far right in the Americas

ISABELLA COTASTEPHANIA CORPI
OCT 24, 2021

An EL PAÍS investigation in five Latin American countries has found that a network of centers affiliated with the far-right US organization Heartbeat International (HI) promote themselves online as feminist support groups and use misleading language in favor of abortion, but in reality they work to manipulate and institutionalize women to get them to carry their pregnancy to term.

Five female reporters and one male reporter went undercover to centers in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico between 2019 and 2021, as a follow-up to an OpenDemocracy investigation into HI’s operations in the region.

Continued: https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-10-24/the-new-anti-abortion-tactics-of-the-far-right-in-the-americas.html


Texas targets Roe v. Wade, urges U.S. Supreme Court to maintain abortion ban

By Andrew Chung
Oct 21 (Reuters)

Texas on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep in place a law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion and urged the justices that if they quickly take up a legal challenge brought by President Joe Biden's administration they should overturn the landmark ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a legal filing
responded to the U.S. Justice Department's request that the Supreme Court
quickly block the Republican-backed state law while litigation over its
legality goes forward.
Continued: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/texas-urges-us-supreme-court-maintain-states-abortion-ban-2021-10-21/


El Salvador congress upholds total abortion ban

By The Associated Press
Wed., Oct. 20, 2021

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s congress voted yet again Wednesday to uphold the country’s total ban on abortions.

Women’s rights groups had petitioned congress to approve at least exceptions in the case of rape, risk to a woman’s health or life-threatening deformities. But the body voted 73 to 11 to maintain the current law.

Continued: https://www.thespec.com/ts/news/world/americas/2021/10/20/el-salvador-congress-upholds-total-abortion-ban.html


Lawmakers are racing to mimic the Texas abortion law in their own states. They say the bills will fly through.

‘Copycat bills’ are a tradition that has been a hallmark of the antiabortion movement for decades

Caroline Kitchener
October 19, 2021

Less than 48 hours after Texas’s abortion law went into effect, banning almost all abortions, West Virginia state delegate Josh Holstein was reminded of the promise that got him elected in 2020.

Holstein ran as a “100 percent pro-life” Republican alternative to the two-term Democratic incumbent. He would pursue a “heartbeat bill” that would ban abortion once cardiac activity is detected, around six weeks of pregnancy. On Sept. 2, the day after Texas became the first state to successfully implement a six-week ban without court interference, a West Virginia resident called Holstein and other state delegates to task in a private post on his Facebook page. He wanted to know: Can we do the same thing in West Virginia?

Continued: https://www.thelily.com/lawmakers-are-racing-to-mimic-the-texas-abortion-law-in-their-own-states-they-say-the-bills-will-fly-through/


For These Abortion Clinic Escorts, The Vitriol From Protesters Has Gotten Way Worse As States Try To Restrict Access

“You never know who’s going to show up when you call 911. Nothing has ever come of it.”

Nicole Fallert, BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on October 16, 2021

Christine is used to being called a witch. As a volunteer escort at EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville, Kentucky, she’s accustomed to crowds of anti-abortion protesters shouting the word at her while she accompanies patients into the clinic. “Devil” and “Nazi guard” are also frequently used.

Christine, who has been an escort for eight years, said patients are never prepared for the harassment that awaits them as they attempt to enter the building.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolefallert/abortion-clinic-escorts-protesters-concern


NI Secretary fails to comply with duties over abortion law

By Michael Fitzpatrick, BBC News NI
October 14, 2021

A High Court judge has ruled the secretary of state for Northern Ireland has failed to comply with his duty to provide abortion services to women in Northern Ireland "expeditiously."

However Mr Justice Colton declined to compel Brandon Lewis to make abortion services available. He also dismissed claims against the Department of Health and the Executive Committee.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-58910720


Texas, Harbinger of Doom

Oct. 13, 2021
By Charles M. Blow

When Jim Crow was originally established, it
spread from state to state like a contagion, each subsequent state taking
lessons from the ones before it.

Mississippi was one of the states at the vanguard of the first Jim Crow; Texas
may well be at the vanguard of the next. And the oppressive crusade is broader
than race. It includes gender and identity.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/opinion/texas-abortion-voting-transphobia.html


Oklahoma Prosecution and Conviction of a Woman for Experiencing a Miscarriage is Shameful and Dangerous

October 13th, 2021 
National Advocates for Pregnant Women

On Tuesday, October 5, Brittney Poolaw, a 20-year-old Oklahoma woman, was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree for experiencing a miscarriage at 17 weeks and sentenced to 4 years in state prison.

Last year, Ms. Poolaw experienced a miscarriage and went to Comanche County Hospital for medical help. On March 17, 2020, she was charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, arrested and incarcerated. The court set a $20,000 bond, an amount she could not afford. Ms. Poolaw has been incarcerated since her arrest over 18 months ago.

Continued: https://www.nationaladvocatesforpregnantwomen.org/oklahoma-prosecution-and-conviction-of-a-woman-for-experiencing-a-miscarriage-is-shameful-and-dangerous/


Canada – Anti-abortion group’s Charter rights not infringed by city decision on bridge lights, judge says

Alberta March for Life Association filed judicial review after request to light High Level Bridge was denied

Nicholas Frew · CBC News
Posted: Oct 11, 2021

An Alberta Court of Queen's Bench judge has sided with the City of Edmonton, ruling that its decision to deny an anti-abortion organization's application to light the High Level Bridge did not infringe on its freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In a decision dated Oct. 7, Justice K.S. Feth dismissed an application for judicial review from the Alberta March for Life Association (AMLA) and its vice-president Jerry Pasternak, stating they were unable to prove the city infringed on their Charter rights and that the city was biased.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-judge-abortion-edmonton-high-level-bridge-1.6207009


Texas’s 6-Week Abortion Ban Is Back On After An Appeals Court Paused A Judge’s Injunction

SB 8 is in effect again after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay after a judge blocked the ban on Wednesday.

Zoe Tillman, Matt Berman, BuzzFeed News Reporters
October 8, 2021

Texas's six-week abortion ban is at least temporarily back in effect as of Friday night after a federal appeals court paused a lower court order from earlier this week that had halted enforcement of the law.

The order from a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit granting what’s known as an “administrative stay” isn’t permanent — the court will now decide whether to grant Texas’s request for a longer-term hold that would keep the law, SB 8, in effect while the state appeals its loss in the district court. The circuit ordered the Justice Department to respond by Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetillman/texas-fifth-circuit-reproductive-rights-abortion-ban