IRELAND – Not at Home

Stories from women who have had to travel to England from Ireland and Northern Ireland for abortions took centre stage at the Not at Home exhibition in London in December. Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances in Ireland. It is also illegal in Northern Ireland, where the Abortion Act 1967, which allows women access to the procedure in the rest of the UK, was never extended. An estimated 10 women per day travel from … Continued

The Global Gag Rule: America’s deadly export – Ghana

“Fred Gbagbo recognized the woman right away, even though the blood had drained from her face and was instead pooling between her legs. There was no trace of the pushy, even demanding young woman in this listless body lying semiconscious in front of him. During their first encounter just hours earlier, he’d concluded that she was a devil trying to tempt angels. Now, seeing her so pale, he wasn’t so sure. “That morning, she had … Continued

We spent the day with pro-choice pregnancy counsellors in a state where abortion is still a crime, Queensland, Australia

“She was with the guy for a month, but noticed the red flags for domestic violence… he was throwing things and getting controlling so she ended the relationship, which is really good.” It is 9am and the phones are ringing at Queensland’s only standalone pro-choice counselling service for pregnant women, Children by Choice. Counseller Sian Tooker is explaining a new client’s case to her boss, the organisation’s manager Amanda Bradley, so they can make a … Continued

Stories of women who’ve had an abortion in New Zealand

  Parliament carried its annual review of the Abortion Supervisory Committee in March. The Prime Minister had already said he didn’t want to change the abortion law. The NZ Herald put out a call for any women who’d had an abortion to share their experience, and whether they wanted to see change. “A” was in a loving long-term relationship when she got pregnant at 18. They were using condoms, but it wasn’t enough. When she … Continued

Abortion law in Poland: Pro-death, no future

On Thursday, while protesting at a demonstration organized by Razem (Together Party), I met a lot of mothers with babies in buggies and gondolas, and toddlers and slightly older children in strollers, with pre-school kids marching holding hands. We were all protesting, because we understand a bit more and we have experienced more than men in suits currently debating in the Parliament. We’ve been through these medical procedures, the lengthy process of waiting and delivering the baby, breastfeeding and lulling to sleep. Were the bill passed, the parliament members would turn out to be people without elementary medical knowledge, without empathy, without mothers, wives and daughters. Or simply heartless people.

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