March 6, 2019 at 2:15 pm #184150
An Alabama county court recognized an aborted fetus as a plaintiff in a lawsuit. The judge’s decision came four months after the passage of Amendment 2 by voters in a state referendum last November. The law gives fetuses the same legal rights held by a person under the state constitution.
“Pregnant people are full citizens with bodily autonomy and a right to choose the outcome of their pregnancy,” wrote Dr. Katie McHugh, a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Rights. “Attempting to grant a six week gestational sac equal rights is both unlawful and idiotic.”
Author Mona Eltahawy added that the case effectively renders the woman—and all women in Alabama—”walking incubators” with fewer rights than a fetus.March 26, 2019 at 6:39 pm #184737
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday announced that the US had expanded its restriction on foreign aid for non-governmental organizations that support abortions or work with groups that help women access the medical service.
“We can continue to meet our critical global health goals,” Pompeo said. “While refusing to subsidize the killing of unborn babies.” He announced new limitations on the use of federal government funds. “We will refuse to provide assistance to foreign NGOs that give financial support to other foreign groups in the global abortion industry,” Pompeo said. “American taxpayer dollars will not be used to underwrite abortions.”
Marie Stopes International, an NGO focused on providing contraception and safe abortions, estimated the funding gap would result in 2.5 million unintended pregnancies, 870,000 unsafe abortions, 6,900 avoidable maternal deaths and a €125-million ($141-million) increase in direct healthcare costs.March 30, 2019 at 8:57 am #184821
US state of Georgia has approved legislation outlawing abortions after a foetal heartbeat can be detected. A heartbeat can be detected in an embryo as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant.March 30, 2019 at 5:40 pm #184840AnonymousInactive
“Marie Stopes International, an NGO focused on providing contraception and safe abortions, estimated the funding gap would result in 2.5 million unintended pregnancies, 870,000 unsafe abortions, 6,900 avoidable maternal deaths and a €125-million ($141-million) increase in direct healthcare costs.”
In addition to focusing on contraceptive devices, suggest alternative measures whereby sexual gratification can be achieved – the possibilities are endless, believe me! Far, far better and preferable than any so-called “safe abortion”.April 5, 2019 at 12:06 am #184956
Alabama is proposing a law that would make carrying out an abortion at any stage of the pregnancy punishable by up to 99 years in jail. A doctor would commit a Class A felony if they were to perform an abortion.
The strict abortion ban would even criminalise performing abortions in cases of rape and incest. The legislation would only allow abortions in instances where there is “a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”.
The bill also equates legalised abortion likened having your pregnancy terminated to the Nazi campaign of extermination that led to the mass murders of Jews and others during the Holocaust.
The purpose of all these constitutionally illegal state laws against abortion is to channel court cases up to the US Supreme Court where it is expected that the now right-wing balance of it will reverse the Roe V Wade ruling.
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Another US state, Ohio, is banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat. The law makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
A legal response is what they want. They hope to provoke a legal challenge with the potential to overturn the US supreme court’s 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalized abortion up until viability, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
“The heartbeat bill is the next incremental step in our strategy to overturn Roe v Wade,” said the Ohio Right to Life president, Mike Gonidakis.April 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm #185229
“Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act,”
Yet another US state declares most abortions illegal – Georgia. It preempts access to abortion before most women even realize they’ve missed a period and might be pregnant. The intention is to eventually succeed in challenging the precedent set by Roe in 1973.
“Georgia’s impending ban on almost all abortion care will endanger women and families both here and in surrounding states, while criminalizing physicians like me who are trying to provide compassionate, comprehensive health care for patients.”
Georgia has one of the worst maternal death rates in the nation. And the most recent data indicates that black women are almost three times more likely to die from childbirth than white women are. In 2010, Amnesty International singled out Georgia as the U.S. state with the worst maternal mortality rate. The Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) at Yale University released a report showing across-the-board declines — including in countries classified as “least developed” by the U.N., the state of Georgia is hovering at 40.8 deaths per 100,000 live births. When these numbers are broken down further, the racial disparity is striking: 27.1 deaths per 100,000 live births for white women and 62.1 for Black women.April 23, 2019 at 11:04 pm #185560
A U.S. threat to veto U.N. Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump’s administration sees it as code for abortion
A German-drafted resolution was adopted after a reference was cut referring to the need for U.N. bodies and donors to give timely “sexual and reproductive health” assistance to survivors of sexual violence in conflict.
French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told the 15-member body: “It is intolerable and incomprehensible that the Security Council is incapable of acknowledging that women and girls who suffered from sexual violence in conflict – and who obviously didn’t choose to become pregnant – should have the right to terminate their pregnancy.”
In 2018 the Trump administration unsuccessfully tried to remove language on sexual and reproductive health from several General Assembly resolutions, then failed in a similar campaign last month during the annual U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting.April 24, 2019 at 10:39 am #185570
“These bills present the idea that there’s something that looks like what you or a person on the street would call a baby – a thing that’s almost ready to go for a walk,” said Dr Jen Gunter, a gynecologist. “In reality, you’re talking about something that’s millimeters in size and doesn’t look anything like that.”
“It’s a process – the heart doesn’t just pop up one day,” said Imershein. “It’s not a little child that just appears and just grows larger” Dr Sara Imershein, a gynecologist and obstetrician, explained.
“Nobody is doing late-term abortions – it doesn’t happen,” said Gunter of the medical definition. “But it’s become a part of our lexicon now.” Because anti-abortion activists twisted the phrase into a political construct understood to be any abortion after the 21st week.”The whole point of these bills is to introduce terminology that makes people think differently about pregnancy,” said Gunter . “We can’t use the incorrect language in the bills,” said Gunter. “Because once you start using incorrect language, you’ve basically conceded.”
Gunter said six weeks is not enough time to make informed medical choices. It’s before most women know they’re pregnant, and before fetal malformations can be diagnosed.April 26, 2019 at 3:38 am #185619
Nearer at home in Northern Ireland
Abortion is banned even in cases of rape or fatal foetal abnormality.
A 12-year-old rape victim who had to travel to Britain for an abortion accompanied by the police told to seize “the products of conception” for evidence.April 30, 2019 at 8:02 am #185734
The lies they tell
“…Your Democrat governor here in Wisconsin, shockingly, stated that he will veto legislation that protects Wisconsin babies born alive. The baby is born, the mother meets with the doctor, they take care of the baby, they wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby…” – TrumpMay 1, 2019 at 12:10 am #185823
Alabama voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw almost all abortions in the state. The text of the Alabama bill likens legalized abortion to history’s greatest atrocities, including the Holocaust.
Louise Alexander, a Democrat, said the choice to give birth to a child should be left up to a woman, and the decision should not be made on the floor of the Alabama Legislature.
“You don’t know why I may want to have an abortion. It may be because of my health. It may be because of many reasons. Until all of you in this room walk in a woman’s shoes, y’all don’t know,”
Rolanda Hollis, a Birmingham Democrat, read a poem that criticized Republicans’ embrace of gun rights but not abortion rights, and later referred to the state as “Ala-Backwards.”May 5, 2019 at 12:55 am #185985AnonymousInactive
Many women in the USA voted for Donald Trumps and the RepublicansMay 10, 2019 at 1:17 am #186197AnonymousInactive
Georgia law criminalizes abortions, subjects women to life in prison. If 64% of women voted for the pro-life leaders they already got what they wanted, pretty soon to have an abortion is going to be a death penaltyMay 12, 2019 at 1:18 am #186246
While Andrew Neil receives praise for challenging an anti-abortionist right-winger, In the US, the suppression of the women’s right to choose continues unabated.
A new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there.
Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia.
The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law — like the ones enacted in Mississippi and Georgia — that will ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women know they’re pregnant. Alabama is on the cusp of approving an even more restrictive bill.
“For pro-life folks, these are huge victories,” said Sue Liebel, state director for the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion advocacy group.
For abortion right supporters, meanwhile, the trend is ominous.
“These laws are blatantly unconstitutional,” said Elisabeth Smith, chief counsel for state policy and advocacy for the Center for Reproductive Rights, which also has filed suit over Mississippi’s ban. Many women who are poor and have limited means to travel would have few options other than to try to terminate their own pregnancies, Haddad said, possibly using abortion drugs purchased online.
Others would have to drive or fly across multiple states.
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