As has been reported from many sources, anti-abortion centres have been set up, which are often called “crisis pregnancy centres”, especially in North America and Western Europe, whose main aim is to attract women seeking abortions by offering services they do not offer, and then trying to discourage them from having abortions. This is distressing for women and delays them from finding the services they actually want. In May 2019, it was reported that Google … Continued
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The US Department of Health and Human Services’ new “domestic gag rule,” effective from 19 August 2019, requires that all health care providers in the $286 million Title X programme, which funds services for the poor, must not refer patients to abortion providers. If facilities do offer abortion care, it must be physically and financially separated from other services. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which serves 1.6 million recipients of Title X funding and the largest provider of comprehensive reproductive health care for poor women in the USA, refused to sign.
For nearly 50 years, US federal law has permitted medical professionals and religious institutions to refuse, for religious and moral reasons, to provide abortions and sterilizations. In more recent decades, similar safeguards have been developed for medical professionals who do not wish to comply with patients’ advance directives or deliver physician aid in dying. Under existing statutes, recipients of federal funding – from hospitals and clinics to states and cities – may not discriminate against individuals or organizations that refuse to provide such care.
Cartoonists and illustrators have teamed up with activists, historians, and reproductive justice experts to create comics about their diverse personal stories, the history of abortion, the current politics, and more. Abortion fund leaders, National Network of Abortion Fund staffers, and We Testify storytellers are woven throughout this gorgeous collection, including a poignant story from NNAF Executive Director Yamani Hernandez. The publication supports people telling their abortion stories in their own words. Learn more about the … Continued
An Alabama woman Marshae Jones, age 28, was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during an argument over the father of the baby. Jemison was initially charged with manslaughter, but a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict her after police said an investigation found that Jones had started the fight, and that Jemison claimed she shot her in self-defence. Jones was then indicted by the same grand jury instead. The indictment stated that Jones did “intentionally cause the death” of ‘Unborn Baby Jones’ by initiating a fight knowing she was five months pregnant.”