YOUTUBE – Letter to YouTube, 1 February 2018

The letter is available here in PDF format. TO: Lance Kavanaugh, Director, YouTube Legal John Flippen, Director, YouTube Legal Juniper Downs, YouTube Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations A week ago, we learned from colleagues, Women on Web and Women on Waves from the Netherlands, and ComoHacerseUnAborto, Argentina, that three of their videos providing information on how to have a safe abortion had been taken down from YouTube. Then we heard that the … Continued

MOROCCO – “Ta ana bnadem (Wellah)” (Pro- Choice) by filmmaker Hicham Lasri [video]

  VIDEO: in Arabic, with English subtitles   Pour le 25 novembre, la deuxième vidéo “Ta ana bnadem (Wellah)” de Hicham Lasri se penche sur l’avortement (For 25 November, this second video by Hicham Lasri raises the issue of abortion) Après avoir dévoilé hier sur YouTube et les réseaux sociaux la première des 3 vidéos pensées et réalisées pour marquer le 25 novembre, journée internationale contre les violences faites aux femmes, le cinéaste Hicham Lasri … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – Abortion by telemedicine in Northern Ireland: patients and professional rights across borders

  by Tamara Hervey, Sally Sheldon Northern Ireland Law Quarterly, Spring 2017;68(1):1-33  Open access Abstract The uneasy legal and political settlement regarding abortion in Northern Ireland has long relied on the outsourcing of aspects of reproductive health care. While local health services offer only highly restricted access to termination procedures, women travel to access abortion services elsewhere. However, technological changes, in particular the development of abortifacient medicines, are revolutionising this aspect of reproductive healthcare. Rather … Continued

NIGERIA – Network of Reproductive Health Journalists calls for increased investment in reproductive healthcare

To improve reproductive healthcare in the country, the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, has called on government at all levels to increase its investment. The demand came after a strategic meeting and training workshop of the Network for its members who are campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights policies. According to a communique issued at the end of the meeting and jointly signed by the President and Secretary … Continued

NEWS SHORTS – Ireland / USA / French Polynesia

IRELAND   Repeal referendum by end of May 2018 announced Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said that the government intends to hold a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment before the end of May 2018. The referendum will be subject to parliamentary approval, with Varadkar saying the Cabinet had agreed on the preferred timeline. While the exact wording of the referendum question that will be put to voters has not yet been decided, Varadkar said … Continued

USA – AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN 

The Senate is scheduled to vote today on S. 2311, a law making it a crime to perform or attempt to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Make no mistake, this law, which according to its supporters serves the purpose of protecting “pain-capable unborn children” is about far more than abortion: It is a law that defames women, denies their humanity, and establishes legal principles that will be and have already been used to justify arrests of … Continued

USA – Being denied an abortion and having the baby shown to push women into greater poverty than those able to have an abortion

In 1973, the US Supreme Court recognised the right to abortion as a matter between a woman and her doctor. But abortion rights never really stopped being under threat. One of the latest moves against them comes from the government’s tax bill of 2017, which uses the label “unborn child” for fetuses, a terminology coming straight from anti-abortion advocacy that recognizes personhood before birth, opening the way to criminalizing abortion. In 2013, an important study … Continued

COSTA RICA – Therapeutic abortion: a Costa Rican right ensnared in doubts and fears

On 29 November 2017, journalism student Paula Umaña published an in-depth feature for the weekly Semanario Universidad as part of Punto y Aparte, a mentoring programme for young journalists. The Tico Times is proud to translate and publish her original piece with Semanario Universidad about therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica. The following excerpts Part I. Two others will follow. Because of lack of knowledge and fear of legal consequences, health care professionals contribute to the obstacles … Continued

IRELAND – Not at Home

Stories from women who have had to travel to England from Ireland and Northern Ireland for abortions took centre stage at the Not at Home exhibition in London in December. Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances in Ireland. It is also illegal in Northern Ireland, where the Abortion Act 1967, which allows women access to the procedure in the rest of the UK, was never extended. An estimated 10 women per day travel from … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – ALRANZ: Report of 2017

  The Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ had a busy year. They launched a new website, which includes information about doctors who refuse to provide reproductive health services; released the results of a poll commissioned in January that revealed the majority of New Zealanders are pro-choice in all circumstances; organised counter-demonstrations against anti-abortion types who were harassing women outside abortion clinics; appeared on a TV talk show with the then Prime Minister who was … Continued

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