#research: medical abortions online safe and effective

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[Though still illegal for the women of Ireland.] A study into women who seek abortion pills online in the face of strict laws against terminations has found that almost 95% safely ended their pregnancy without surgical intervention. Experts say the study underscores the safety of medical abortion, and highlights that women who go on to experience symptoms of possible complications […]

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#vivelafeminism: @BitchMedia: An alternative 100 days

We’re living dystopia but by gods, we got game. From bitch email dispatch: Brown Girls appeared onscreen. [OpenTV] The newly-announced Poetry Coalition gathered to defend the value of poetry and poets to American culture. [Academy of American Poets] NASA and the National Parks Service went rogue. [NPR] Jack Jones Literary Arts combatted the whiteness and elitism of the writers retreat by announcing their own […]

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#vivelafeminism: going on the offensive for abortion rights – @msmagazine

“We are seeing the Whole Woman’s Health Acts in particular being introduced in some states deeply hostile to reproductive rights,” Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights also told Salon, “where advocates are using the bill to expose the very real harms caused by abortion restrictions in their state. “The energy red-state abortion rights activists are […]

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#vivelafeminism: How Romania’s feminists are fighting back

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Abortion has been legal in Romania since the fall of Ceausescu. Under his rule, it’s estimated 10,000 women died as a result of so-called illegal abortions. For post-communist Romania, legalising abortion was seen as a way to move forward from the horrors of the dictatorship. Although abortion is now legal and free, the reality of accessing the procedure is much […]

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#womenslives: The worst ‘alternative facts’ about abortion – @rewire_news

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Abortion Is Dangerous for Women’s Health The Reality: Evidence suggests a much different world-view from the fake narrative that abortion is medically harmful. Data show that the overall complication rate of abortion is lower than the complication rate for wisdom tooth removals and tonsillectomies, according to Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, a research center at the University of California, […]

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#womenslives: republican politician says women should be forced to carry dead fetuses to term – @broadly

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Earlier this week, during a committee hearing for an abortion ban that is being proposed in Ohio, a Republican state representative, Shannon Lundgren, mounted a troubling defense of her hardline stance that a woman should not be able to terminate her pregnancy after 20 weeks. The anti-abortion politician suggested that women who miscarry after 20 weeks of pregnancy should carry […]

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#research: abortion doesn’t make women depressed, but lack of access does – @kbeccaandrews, @motherjones

This is the latest data out of a yearslong study tracking abortion access that was published in JAMA Psychiatry by researchers at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health at the University of California-San Francisco. The 956 participating women—recruited from 30 abortion facilities in 21 states—were divided into two groups: women who sought and received an abortion, and women who sought […]

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#womensstories: Enforcing Northern Ireland’s new Swedish-style sex purchase law (via @RuthJacobs/ @roomofourown)

Cross-posted from: Ruth Jacobs, originally published: 19.11.14. A rainy night in Belfast. Cold and wet with a wind whipping round the corners of the barren streets where women used to stand. How things have changed. A decade ago, even on such a horrible early winter’s night, there would have been activity, but the law changed and drove the women away. […]

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#todayin: who would have thunk it! Study finds women denied abortions negatively affected (from @feministing)

Findings: women who were made continue a pregnancy they did not want were less hopeful about their future (e.g. education and employment), had worse physical health, were more likely to be living in poverty and were more likely to find it difficult to escape abuse. The study is ongoing and explores the mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic consequences of […]

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#maleficentmisogyny: Why Revenge Porn Works

But for women today it couldn’t be more different. We don’t get taken seriously in the corporate world if we’re deemed to feminine or sexy; we have to avoid being the dumb blonde. Wearing a short skirt reduces us to being labelled as bimbos or sluts- targets for pick up artists and slut shamers. Never mind criticising military strategy in […]

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