Our round-up of highlights and major stories from abortion news and policy in 2019
Last week, a South Carolina state senator tabled a bill that the author of this article says every pro-choice lawmaker in the US should copy. It says that if the state wants to ban abortion, it should have to pay all of the costs of birthing and raising children born as a result. SB 928 says that anyone forced to give birth against their will would be acting as a gestational surrogate for the state – labour for which they should be compensated.
On 3 December 2019, Brazilian sociologist Jacqueline Pitanguy became the target of a serious accusation by the Brazilian Minister of Family Women and Human Rights, Damares Alves, who in a post published on her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages claimed: “Pitanguy defends the killing of babies.” This attack arose from an interview with Jacqueline in the magazine Marie Claire, published on 20 September 2019, in which she stated: “When you define religious beliefs as public … Continued
This new initiative launched on 12 December 2019 aims to help anyone in Poland who contacts them to access a safe abortion, either in Poland or abroad. The group is the result of collaboration between activist groups in four countries. Anyone who wants information about abortion can contact Kobiety W Sieci (Poland), who have more than 13 years of experience providing pregnancy options counselling, including unbiased, factual information about abortion. Any caller who wishes to … Continued
The conflict of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012 and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1972 is making doctors hesitant to provide abortion services to girls under the age of 18 due to fear of prosecution, and teenaged girls are apprehensive of seeking abortion services from legal providers, in turn, forcing them to seek unsafe abortion. For example, a few days after discovering she is pregnant, a young woman, along … Continued