Donald Trump’s first death-dealing directive from the White House challenged by the Dutch government and others

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“Whether our movement can collectively and individually stand up to Trump today and insist that we will keep doing our work for safe abortion, whatever he and the anti-abortion movement throw at us, is a conversation we need to start having right away, and with our governments too. But the bottom line is, as in the past, that we either tell the man to keep his money – or we cave in, stay on the payroll. Either way we will take the consequences.”

The Women’s March 21 – Possibly the Biggest March in History

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    According to data still being collected by Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut, marches were held in more than 500 U.S. cities, attended by an estimated 3.3 to 4.6 million people. And roughly 200 of those cities have not yet released data on their marches. Even places like Stanley, Idaho (population 63), where nearly half the town – 30 people – came out to … Continued

STOP PRESS: Chilean Constitutional Commission agrees to send the abortion bill to the full Senate!!!

Following a vote today, 17 January, in the Constitutional Commission of the Chilean Senate, the fantastic news is: the abortion bill was approved by the Commission by a vote of three in favour and 2 against. It can now be taken to the floor of the full Senate.

Committee on Rights of the Child General Comment No. 20 (2016) on implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence

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This is some of the first language in a treaty body general comment reconciling adolescents’ evolving capacities with the ability to consent to sexual and reproductive health services, explicitly affirming adolescents’ autonomy and decision-making in the context of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and addressing the issue of sexual consent for adolescents.

Abortion law reform in the NI assembly faces delays, but two prosecutions in the courts going ahead

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The Belfast Telegraph apparently always talks about medical abortion pills as “poison” in articles about these prosecutions, using the outdated terminology in the 1861 Offences against the Person Act, the antiquated law under which all the prosecutions are taking place. In fact the pills are on the WHO Essential Medicines List. The Northern Ireland Alliance for Choice has written to the newspaper many times to protest this misnomer but they still use it. The law itself is also still being used to prosecute women across the UK and in many former British colonies, where it also remains on the statute books.

Canadian judge bars inappropriate anti-abortion advertisements on public buses

City officials in Grande Prairie, in northwest Alberta province, rejected a confrontational advertisement for the side of the city’s municipal buses, which led to a two-year court battle between the anti-abortion group claiming the right to freedom of expression against the city’s authority to decide what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for putting on the side of their municipal buses.

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