Three stories from Australia, including a call to remove new telehealth restrictions imposed across the country, the closure of NSW-Victoria border crossing causing distress for women seeking abortions, and a unique South Australia legal requirement that adds hurdles for country women accessing abortions
As countries around the world told people to stay home to slow the spread of Covid-19, doctors in neonatal intensive care units were noticing something strange. It started with doctors in Ireland and Denmark. Each team, unaware of the other’s work, crunched the numbers and found that during the lockdowns, premature births – especially the earliest, most dangerous cases – had plummeted. When they shared their findings, they heard similar anecdotal reports from other countries. … Continued
Infographics from ARROW covering data on the adolescent birth rate, the numbers living with HIV/AIDS, adolescent girls and violence, menstruation taboos, child and forced marriages, and recommendations for governments for improving adolescent girls’ rights fulfilment and equality.
Vulnerable pregnant women could lose access to abortion throughout Australia because of increased financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic, reproductive health providers have warned. A combination of widespread job losses, differing abortion laws around the country, and patchy access to Medicare, could mean more women need financial assistance to terminate unwanted pregnancies or will face carrying their pregnancies to term. Some providers even fear a return to people attempting unsafe abortions if women cannot afford legal … Continued
In February 2020, the Select Committee of the NZ Parliament received more than 25,000 submissions on the abortion law reform bill, which if passed will remove abortion from the Crimes Act. On 9 March 2020, in its second reading, in a confused vote in Parliament, MPs did away with part of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected ‘safe zones’ possible outside abortion clinics on a case-by-case basis. MP David Seymour’s amendment to … Continued