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

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

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