Sweden to cut aid to groups applying Trump abortion ban

A Swedish government agency on Tuesday threatened to cut aid to NGOs which have suspended abortion services over fears of losing US funding due to a decree signed by President Donald Trump. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which … Continued

Gender in constitutional discourses on abortion: looking at Spain from a comparative perspective

In as far as the regulation of abortion deals with issues like how and to what extent can women’s capacity to gestate and give birth be controlled, and by whom, any discourse on abortion necessarily reflects a construction of women’s citizenship, hence of gender. The question is, which is the ruling construction? Behind non-legal discourses that focus on human life and public power’s duty to protect it, there lies the modern construction of gender that articulates women’s passive citizenship within the state. This is also true of confrontational discourses that construct women and the fetus as potential adversaries. Both discourses are traditional in continental Europe. Yet, they are being superseded by an understanding of abortion from the perspective of women’s active citizenship. Spanish Organic Act 2/2010 stands as part of this trend. Not surprisingly, governmental attempts to reinstate women’s passive citizenship in this matter have met stark resistance.

Dealing definitively with abortion in Ireland

  On 20 June, Health Minister Simon Harris said Ireland must deal with abortion “definitively” after two women who had attempted suicide more than once were refused abortions, though both should have been permitted a legal abortion. The Abortion Support … Continued

Breaking the silence on abortion: the role of adult community abortion education in fostering resistance to norms

Meanings of abortion in society are constructed within sociohistorical and gendered spaces and manifested through myriad discourses that impact on the perception and treatment of the issue in that society. In societies with powerful oppressive anti-abortion norms, such as Northern Ireland, little is known as to how these norms are resisted by the adult population. This study uses a Foucauldian feminist approach to show how resistance to religious and patriarchal norms can be fostered through adult community abortion education. This resistance is multi-faceted and bolstered by a lived experience discourse, which does not necessarily involve eschewing religious notions held within society.

A Correction and a Response to: Abortion by telemedicine, an equitable option for Irish women

Aiken and colleagues analysed self-reported outcome data submitted to a telemedicine clinic by 1,000 women four weeks after receipt and use of mifepristone and misoprostol to end an early pregnancy (among a total of 1,636 who were sent these drugs, 158 of whom confirmed not using the drugs). The women lived in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, where abortion laws are among the most restrictive in the world.

Anti-abortion midwife must pay SEK 1.6 million in legal costs after losing appeal

In November 2015, Swedish midwife Ellinor Grimmark took several local hospitals to court for refusing to offer her a summer job as a midwife in 2013, because she conscientiously objected to doing abortions and providing contraception. She lost the case … Continued

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