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

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

NAMIBIA, EL SALVADOR, USA – Why are so many women being prosecuted for miscarriages and stillbirth?

On 6 February, we reported the case of a woman from Namibia who was charged with murder, allegedly for using abortion pills to induce the termination her pregnancy, which was described as being in the last stage. The original media report said that the woman was taken to hospital because she was in great abdominal pain. It was then noticed that she was in labour. The report goes on: “…the nurses on duty while examining … Continued

GLOBAL GAG RULE – US government review of first six months of new Global Gag Rule not meaningful enough

The US government has released its first six-month review of the impact of the current iteration of the Global Gag Rule, which cuts off US funding to international groups unless they promise not to provide or promote abortion. The review claims that so far practically all grantees have agreed to these conditions. But according to PAI’s Washington Memo, the review was not conducted during a meaningful period of time and therefore cannot adequately assess the … 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

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