Florida becomes 1st state to try to mirror Texas fetal ‘heartbeat’ abortion law

Bill would ban abortion after 6 to 8 weeks and allow people to sue doctors who perform them

Thomson Reuters
Posted: Sep 22, 2021

A Florida Republican lawmaker has filed a bill that would ban abortions after six to eight weeks and allow members of the community to sue doctors for terminating pregnancies in what may be the first effort to mirror a similar new law in Texas.

The bill by state Rep. Webster Barnaby would ban abortions after regular cardiac contractions are detected in an embryo, known as a fetal heartbeat even though the heart has not yet developed, about six to eight weeks into pregnancy. That is before many women know they are pregnant.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/abortion-law-florida-texas-1.6186255

Argentina on brink of historic vote to legalise abortion

Senate to debate bill that would make it first major Latin American country to allow terminations

Tom Phillips, Latin America correspondent and Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Mon 28 Dec 2020

Argentina is on the verge of making history as the first major Latin American country to legalise abortion. Its 72-member senate will convene on Tuesday to debate a bill that was approved by the lower house earlier this month to the delight of pro-choice activists.

Pro-choice and anti-abortion campaigners will gather in the plaza near Buenos Aires’s congress building on Tuesday afternoon and remain there until the early hours of Wednesday when a vote is expected.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/28/argentina-on-brink-historic-vote-legalise-abortion

Will Argentina legalize abortion?

Will Argentina legalize abortion?

EDITOR: Ellen Nemitz, Curitiba
March 17th, 2020

Green and blue: Argentina is divided between the two colors representing “in favor” and “against" abortion, respectively. Alberto Fernandez, president of Argentina, can now be the support the “green scarf” movement needs. On March 1st, during the oficial opening of legislative activities for 2020, Fernandez affirmed he would write and send himself, within 10 days, a bill to Congress to legalize — and not just decriminalize — the pregnancy interruption in first steps.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, though, the legislative agenda is being rescheduled and the submission of the project was postponed, so details are still not known. Nonetheless, this will certainly not be the end of the new attempt to legalize abortion in Argentina — the last one was in 2018, but, although the Congress passed the bill, the Senate disapproved it under Mauricio Macri’s administration, who declared himself “in favor of life".

Continued: https://www.fairplanet.org/editors-pick/will-argentina-legalize-abortion/

Ireland – People before Profit wants abortion as early and as late as needed

People before Profit wants abortion as early and as late as needed
Party will support Government’s proposition for abortion within first trimester

April 27, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Any legislation that replaces the Eighth Amendment should not be reconsidered for a Dáil term, People before Profit has said.

The party launched its campaign to remove Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution in the forthcoming referendum on May 25th.

Every member of the party is canvassing for a Yes vote and its message is one of trusting women and giving them the choice, it said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/people-before-profit-wants-abortion-as-early-and-as-late-as-needed-1.3476984

UK – Women must be allowed to take abortion pills at home – anything else is a double standard

Women must be allowed to take abortion pills at home - anything else is a double standard

29 March 2018

“I was counting down the seconds until I arrived home. I collapsed almost as soon as I got inside.”

Claudia almost miscarried in a taxi on the way back from an abortion clinic. Hers is just one story among thousands from women in Britain, all because of rules that are 50 years old.

Now, the Women's Equality Party (WEP), of which I am leader, is asking Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to bring vital healthcare provision for women up to date - with no change to the law necessary.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/women-must-allowed-take-abortion-pills-home-anything-else/

U.S.: Telling the story behind Roe v Wade: ‘The play illuminates choice’

As Roe, a stage production centered on the landmark abortion case of the 1970s, hits Washington DC, playwright Lisa Loomer discusses its prescience

David Smith in Washington (The Guardian)

Monday 9 January 2017 16.13 GMT

In a normal election year, without the dozens of distractions, it would have been a jaw-dropping moment. “Do you want to see the court overturn Roe v Wade?” Donald Trump was asked during the final presidential debate. His initial answer meandered but then became blunt: “That’ll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the [supreme] court.”

He went on to accuse his opponent, Hillary Clinton, of advocating that babies be ripped out of their mother’s wombs just before birth, a bogus claim she dismissed as “scare rhetoric”. But come election day, he won and she lost.

Now Trump is bound for the White House and a stage play about Roe v Wade, the 1973 case at the supreme court that firmly established a woman’s right to abortion, is arriving in Washington DC, with remarkable prescience. The first night curtain will go up just 40 hours before the bellicose billionaire is sworn in as US president.

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Source: The Guardian

US: A Century of Abortion Onscreen, 1916-2016

Dec 20, 2016, Rewire
by Gretchen Sisson

The end of 2016 marks the close of a century since the first silent film in the United States addressed abortion. In these past 100 years, film, television, and our popular culture have addressed abortion in evolving ways: from the pre-code films of the 1920s, to the exploitation films of the 1940s, to television plotlines in support of legal abortion in the 1960s, to the alternately stigmatizing and stigma-busting portrayals of the 1990s and early 21st century. The incorporation of abortion into onscreen storylines has been done for shock value, for sex educational purposes, for humor, for drama, and for horror. This presentation is not an exhaustive list of abortion stories in U.S. film and television (there are over 200 of them!), but it is meant to illustrate some of the notable examples, groundbreaking firsts, and trends that have emerged over time.

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Source: Rewire

Ireland: Lynda McCarthy: Our fight for abortion rights will go global

By Lynda McCarthy
Nov 7, 2016

WE ARE Irish and the whole world cheerfully tries to claim our heritage as their own, and why wouldn’t they?

We are Irish and you cannot claim Saoirse Ronan or Katie Taylor, Britain – they’re ours, thank you very much.

We are Irish, and in the four corners of the earth, they have bars and parades to celebrate us, they dye their rivers green in solidarity on Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Source: Sunday World

Why not Bridget Jones’s Abortion?

When it comes to movies, babies are better for the box office
by Mary Kenny
Published 09/10/2016

Everyone seems to love Bridget Jones. The cinema was full - 98pc female - and the audience laughed, clapped and empathised with Bridget (the fabulous Renée Zellweger) and her zany antics. She drinks a bottle of vodka at a rock concert, falls on her face in the mud, and then falls into bed with a hunky stranger in his yurt.

Bumping into her ex at a christening party, she slugs back the wine and he slugs back the whiskey and the next thing they're deep into the four-poster bed, and, as one American critic so reticently puts it, "nature duly takes its course". What a lark!

And thus we have the very popular new movie Bridget Jones's Baby. But wait: why didn't producers Working Title consider a film called Bridget Jones's Abortion? Look at the facts. Bridget is 43; she's got a big job at a London TV channel; she carries around a dolphin-friendly female contraceptive indicating she wants to avoid a pregnancy; and she can't figure out who's the daddy.

And yet, in this whole scenario, the one word never, ever mentioned is "abortion". The more euphemistic allusion to "choice" isn't even brought up.

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Source: the Independent

No evidence that unsafe abortion cases are on the rise in Nepal

by Safe Abortion, Sept. 21, 2016

On 11 September 2016, the Himalayan Times published an article making a series of claims that were very problematic, while offering no evidence for its claims. It claimed first that “cases of illegal and unsafe abortion have been on the rise in Bajura district lately”. As evidence, the article states that one woman had been hospitalised and was “on the verge of death [a week] after taking pills from a local ayurvedic medicine shop…to terminate her pregnancy without any medical consultation”. Although the shop was ayurvedic, the article claims the pills were mifepristone 200mg and misoprostol 200mg, that she had suffered heavy bleeding shortly afterwards, but was hospitalised only two days later. It reports that the hospital chief had informed that she had a very low haemoglobin level and was fighting for her life. The actual cause and diagnosis is unclear.

The article also claims that: “The Hospital has stated that both the medicines are banned for use.” This is in fact not true about mifepristone or misoprostol.

Most of the rest of the claims in the article are even more problematic. For example, it states: “[Her] husband… was unaware about the medications being illegally sold at the local Hospital.” Yet the article had said the pills had been sold to the woman at a local ayurvedic shop, implying they were ayurvedic pills. The article then states: “The ayurvedic shop operator… also said he was unaware about the ban.”

The article then claims that “Though illegal, the medicines are brought from India via Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar, Nepalgunj and other far-western cities. Till date, no any authority has made proper inspection regarding the matter and the medicines are being sold rampantly. However, it also states: “The Chief District Officer … said he is unaware of the situation.”

In fact, medical abortion pills are available legally in Nepal for first trimester abortion from a medical provider. The report of the seriousness of the woman’s condition could have been used to distinguish between medical abortion pills and other pills of unknown content and safety. It could have reported that medical abortion is available free from the public health system if women are within the first trimester of pregnancy, and encouraged women to seek help as early as possible. It should not have made medical abortion pills sound dangerous, when they are very safe, let alone claiming they are banned.

Awareness-raising sessions with journalists that provide them with accurate and evidence-based information and share ideas about how to investigate and report experiences like these in a critical way can help to influence and inform public thinking. The woman in this article was of an unknown age and number of weeks pregnant. Because she was very anaemic, she was likely to be poor, may have had several children already, and the overall state of her health was unknown. A safe abortion may have saved her life and health, while continuing the pregnancy may have put her at great risk, just as an unsafe abortion apparently did.

Anand Tamang, Executive Director of the Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA), commented in response to the article: “It is a shame that some local media tend to blow up a case to maximum proportion. The article first reports the woman went to an ayurvedic medicine shop and then switches it to mifepristone and misoprostol without any evidence. We are going to do workshops with media to raise issues like this for 28 September this year.”

ARTICLE SOURCE: Himalayan Times, by Prakash Singh, 11 September 2016 + PHOTO


Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion