UN experts call for resistance as battle over women’s rights intensifies

A group of UN independent experts* has warned that women’s rights are facing an alarming backlash in many parts of the world. They said that it is critically important to press on with further setting of standards on gender equality, … Continued

The full story of those forced to travel from Ireland and the Isle of Man to England for abortions

  The 2016 abortion statistics published by the Department of Health this week show minimal differences in the numbers of women travelling to access a safe, legal abortion in England, and showing a slight decrease in the number of women … Continued

Response to: ‘Why medical professionals have no moral claim to conscientious objection accommodation in liberal democracies’ by Schuklenk and Smalling

Bioethicists commenting on conscientious objection and abortion should consider the empirical data on abortion providers. Abortion providers do not fall neatly into groups of providers and objectors, and ambivalence is a key theme in their experience. Practical details of abortion services further upset the dichotomy. These empirical facts are important because they demonstrate that the way the issue is described in analytical bioethics does not reflect reality. Addressing conscientious objection as a barrier to patient access requires engaging with those who provide the service and those who are able to but do not. The experiences of doctors facing these decisions potentially challenge and expand our understanding of the issue as an ethical concern.

Here’s what it’s like to get an illegal abortion: Latin America

BuzzFeed Health asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to write about their abortions. The form was shared widely and translated into multiple languages. They received over 1,200 responses to the English form alone. They published nine of the stories. Here … Continued

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