USA Federal Court of Appeals decision prevents pregnant woman’s challenge to Wisconsin’s “Unborn Child Protection Act” 

  On 19 June, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit vacated a well-reasoned decision by a federal district court that had struck down Wisconsin’s so-called Unborn Child Protection Act (Act 292) as unconstitutional. The appeals court panel avoided grappling with Act 292’s numerous constitutional problems by ruling that the woman challenging it could not continue to do so because she had moved out of the state. Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, National … Continued

GLOBAL GAG RULE – Prescribing Chaos in Global Health: The Global Gag Rule from 1984-2018

The Center for Health and Gender Equity: CHANGE has just launched a report that maps the Global Gag Rule from 1984 to 2018, and shows the immediate impacts of Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. They write: “Trump’s expansion of the Global Gag Rule poses an unprecedented threat to health and human rights across the world and is having a severe effect on countries most in need of global support. This study … Continued

NEWS SHORTS – NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA

  NEW ZEALAND – “New Zealand politicians should be embarrassed” With Ireland voting to lift its ban on abortion, reports Stuff Nation, New Zealand’s abortion laws have also been in the spotlight… An abortion law advocate said New Zealand politicians should be “embarrassed” by how slowly they’ve acted on the issue compared to Ireland.   SOURCE: Stuff Nation, 28 May 2018   *** NSW, AUSTRALIA – Bill to establish exclusion zones around clinics likely to pass This … Continued

Botswana/USA – I’m a Catholic obstetrician who had an abortion. This is not politics or religion. It’s life

 “My job is to take care of women. As an obstetrician-gynecologist working in Botswana, I see women through the highs and lows of their reproductive lives. Until last year, I personally had only experienced the highs. In 2015, I gave birth to a perfect baby at the right time in my life given my values and goals. A few years later, when I was ready, I got pregnant with my second child. Last August, I … Continued

USA – Supreme Court hears case on whether there is a right to access unbiased medical information

On 20 March, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. The case challenges a California law called the Reproductive Freedom Accountability Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act, passed in 2015. The Act requires a disclosure by all reproductive health care facilities in the state. Licensed clinics must post a notice that the state provides low-cost contraception and abortion services to those who qualify. Unlicensed facilities … Continued

USA – The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States

Report Highlights (PDF) This says that a great deal of scientific research has been conducted on the safety and quality of abortion services in the United States in the decades since national legalization. With support from six private foundations, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a committee to examine the available evidence on the safety and quality of different abortion methods, health facilities, and types of clinicians as well as the potential … Continued

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