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Abortion rights groups sue Texas to block procedure ban

Abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit seeking to block a Texas law that bans the most common method of second-trimester abortion which critics argue erodes women`s rights. The challenge, which came six weeks after the state`s governor signed the law, was the latest salvo in a battle over state laws enacted by Republican-controlled state legislatures that advocates say limit access to abortion

July 20, 2017

Dominican vote opens door to possible easing of total abortion ban

Congress in the Dominican Republic rejected upholding the nation`s total ban on abortion, approving a step that would allow the procedure for ending life-threatening pregnancies and those resulting from rape or incest. The lawmakers in the lower house voted against a decision in May by the Dominican Senate, which turned down recommendations made by President Danilo Medina to amend the criminal code and ease the nation`s abortion ban

July 13, 2017

How bitter herbs and botched abortions kill three women a day in the Philippines

In a country where most women don’t use contraceptives and terminating pregnancy is illegal, ‘torturous’ practices are often the only option. More than 65% of women don’t use modern contraceptives, and maternal mortality rates are still high in the Philippines, standing at 114 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015. Although it’s against the law to end a pregnancy in the Philippines, an estimated 610,000 abortions take place every year

July 10, 2017
The Guardian

A health issue, not a crime: it's time to scrap outdated abortion laws

Last Wednesday the Queensland law reform commission (QLRC) received a reference to consider how Queensland should amend laws relating to termination of pregnancy and remove abortion offences from the criminal code. The QLRC has 12 months to report on how to repeal these archaic Queensland laws dating back to 1861. The abortion provisions from that 1861 act are alive and kicking in the Queensland criminal code and the NSW crimes act, in both of which it’s still an offence for a woman to obtain an abortion or for anyone, including a doctor, to assist her. Penalties range up to 14 years in jail in Queensland and 10 years in NSW

June 24, 2017
The Guardian

United States rejects U.N. call for access to safe abortions

The United States has rejected a United Nations resolution on violence against women because it called for access to safe abortion for all women in countries where legal. The administration of President Donald Trump said last month it was vastly expanding the scope of a policy blocking U.S. assistance to foreign groups that perform or provide information about abortions. U.S. First Secretary to the U.N. in Geneva Jason Mack said, after a resolution from Canada on eliminating violence against women was adopted by consensus, that the U.S. "must dissociate from the consensus" specifically on access to safe abortions

June 22, 2017

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

The UK`s highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. Terminations are only permitted if a woman`s life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health; rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities are not circumstances in which abortions can be performed legally in Northern Ireland. Last year, more than 700 women from Northern Ireland travelled to England for an abortion, according to UK Department of Health figures

June 14, 2017
BBC, The Guardian, Trust.org

Online access to abortion pill may be safe alternative to clinics

A study into 1,000 women who used an online telemedicine service to get drugs for medical abortions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland suggests women can safely use telemedicine to consult with a doctor and get drugs to terminate their pregnancy without surgery. About 85% of the women reported successfully terminating their pregnancies without surgical intervention using medication they received in the mail after providing their medical details and consulting with a trained helpdesk team on how to use the drug. No deaths were reported and less than 3% of the women had complications that required treatment like antibiotics or blood transfusions

June 1, 2017

Abortion pill group's Facebook page deleted over promoting 'drug use'

Facebook censored the page of an organization that helps women obtain abortion pills, citing its policy against ‘the promotion or encouragement of drug use.’ Women on Web, which is based in Amsterdam, helps connect women with doctors who can provide abortion pills if they live in countries where abortion is restricted. It is a sister organization to Women on Waves, which provides abortions and other reproductive services on a ship in international waters 

May 11, 2017
The Guardian
May 12, 2017
Newsweek, Telegraph, International Business Times

Dutch boat handing out abortion pills at sea hopes to makes waves in Mexico

A Dutch boat carrying abortion pills for women anchored off the coast of Mexico, in a move designed to draw attention to the country’s stringent abortion laws and barriers faced by women seeking to end their pregnancies. The boat, operated by Dutch non-profit group Women on Waves, provides free abortion services for women up to 9 weeks pregnant in international waters where abortion is banned or restricted

April 21, 2017
April 22, 2017
Noticia al Dia, fr.news.yahoo

Trump signs resolution allowing U.S. states to block family planning funds

President Donald Trump signed a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners. “Allowing states to withhold Title X funding from family planning clinics won’t make anyone safer or healthier – it will instead place essential services out of reach, a spokesperson for Physicians for Reproductive Health said, adding that for many the clinics are the only place where they can receive affordable health services such as disease testing

April 13, 2017
Reuters, Bloomberg

U.N. chief warns U.S. funding cut may have devastating effects

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that a decision by the United States to withdraw all funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) could have ‘devastating effects’ on vulnerable women and girls around the world. The U.S. State Department said it was dropping the funding because the UN Population Fund ‘supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation.’ A UN spokesperson said Guteress ‘believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work done by UNFPA’

April 4, 2017
April 3, 2017
April 4, 2017
April 5, 2017

Ireland must loosen abortion laws: Council of Europe rights commissioner

Ireland must loosen its strict abortion laws and replace them with a regime more respectful of women’s rights, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner said. Rules on terminating a pregnancy are among the world’s most restrictive and a referendum of widening access could be held if a citizens’ assembly set up by the government recommends it in a decision expected next month. Commissioner Nils Muiznieks said it has a chilling effect on doctors who must decide who meets the restrictive requirements

March 30, 2017
March 29, 2017
Yahoo News

Beyond Roe v. Wade: Here’s What Gorsuch Means for Abortion

Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court reboots a 25 year campaign to chip away at abortion rights for women in the USA. But, as Bloomberg points out, it isn’t Roe versus Wade that will be at issue. It will be Planned Parenthood versus Casey, which was the fruit of a number of onerous lawsuits

March 20, 2017

Protests against abortion bill in Angola

Some 200 demonstrators protested in Luanda against a draft law criminalizing all abortions, which is set to be voted on by parliament in the next few days. The proposed law punishes anyone who has an abortion, or performs one, with up to 10 years in prison

March 18, 2017
Deutsche Welle, Public Radio International
March 20, 2017
TVC News

Filipino women struggle for birth control

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued an executive order calling for the full implementation of the so-called Reproductive Health Law which would give an estimated 6m women in need access to birth control. But unless the Supreme Court lifts its temporary restraining order on the registration of contraceptives, the Philippines may run out by 2020. According to government data an estimated 2m women are poor and require government assistance to access contraceptives

March 13, 2017
Deutsche Welle

Ireland Has To Trust Women With Their Own Reproductive Rights - If Not More Will Die

Eleven women travel every single day from Ireland to the UK in order to access safe abortions. The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign called for women’s reproductive rights to be recognised

March 13, 2017
Huffington Post

Bolivia Eyes Legalizing Abortion for Women in Extreme Poverty

Bolivia is considering legalizing abortion for women in extreme poverty. The proposal seeks to decriminalize abortion in nine cases, including in the case of mothers who are living in poverty and do not have the resources to support the child  

March 12, 2017

After Trump ban, Brussels pro-choice conference raises 181 million euros

A Brussels conference to finance global family planning initiatives raised 181m euros, after the U.S. halted such programmes, which had left NGOs worldwide with a large funding gap

March 2, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Abortion is a women’s issue. So why do men dominate media coverage of it?

A new report commissioned by the Women’s Media Center analysed 1,385 pieces of news on abortion, including opinion columns and editorials that appeared in 12 publications and found that men wrote 52% of those pieces which had a by-line attached , while women wrote just 37% of them

March 22, 2017
Washington Post

Health systems

President Trump, Meet This 2-Year-Old

The New York Times’ Nick Kristof looks at the consequences of President Trump’s proposed cuts to international aid on a visit to Liberia where he meets a small child sick with malaria and who has suffered the consequences of counterfeit medicine firsthand. He also learns about the horrors of 14 year old girls attempting to self-abort and causing themselves untold damage as the price of healthcare and access to it, were beyond them

June 24, 2017
New York Times

Once again, 13 men wrote a bill that’s bad for women’s health

Childbirth in the US is already dangerous, but the Senate health bill would make it worse. Medicaid is incredibly important for reproductive health as it pays for half of all births, including two-thirds of unplanned births. It will be cut severely, and Planned Parenthood funding will stop as it becomes a prohibited entity. It will be harder for women to access abortions and health care in other insurance-related ways as restrictions to access are tightened. It makes essential health benefits optional

June 23, 2017
June 22, 2017

How Trump has made the Department of Health and Human Services a center of false science on cont...

President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price have stocked the corridors of health policy with purveyors of conclusively debunked claptrap about contraception, abortion, pregnancy and women’s reproductive health generally. Among their themes is that condoms don’t protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases and that abortions and contraceptives cause breast cancer, miscarriages and infertility. None of these assertions is true

June 15, 2017
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2017
New England Journal of Medicine

Health Sector Prepares for Antiabortion Policy’s Impact on HIV/AIDS Fight

Health officials and experts said they will monitor how the Trump administration’s expansion of an anti-abortion policy affects a longstanding initiative to beat back the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. How the new policy will affect the U.S. war on HIV overseas will depend in part on which foreign NGOs sign the new clause to receive PEPFAR funding, a senior State department official said. The detailed data PEPFAR regularly collects on the use of its funding would be watched closely for signs that its reach is either being expanded or is being restricted

May 16, 2017
Wall Street Journal

Trump expansion of abortion ‘gag rule’ will restrict $8.8 billion in U.S. aid

President Trump’s executive order to block U.S. aid to groups abroad that counsel or provide referrals about abortion went into effect Monday and will restrict nearly $9bn in foreign health assistance. Senior administration officials confirmed that Trump’s executive order will hit programmes such as AIDS, malaria and child health. About $6bn of this money supports HIV/Aids services, primarily in Africa, as part of the PEPFAR programme established in 2003. Another initiative expected to be hard hit is the President’s Malaria Initiative 

May 15, 2017
Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Guardian
May 16, 2017
NBCNews, Sky News
May 15, 2017
Devex, Reuters