#womenstories: “More than 95% of American women who have had ended a pregnancy aren’t sorry that they did” – @JessicaValenti

SO THERE. @JessicaValenti/ @Guardian: This week, the wife of a Republican legislator did something you might find shocking: she wrote about having an abortion. Stephanie Chatfield, who is married to Michigan’s state representative Lee Chatfield, posted on Facebook about ending a pregnancy in high school after she was sexually assaulted at a party. “To tell you the truth, I desperately wish […]

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#womenslives: “I took their bag because she had to be helped up each step” – @taisling #repealthe8th

women - feminism, abortion on demand, prochoice

Look at this series of tweets from @taisling about a couple sitting in front of her this morning on a flight from England to Ireland. This is a short, painful story if ever there was one about Irish women being forced to travel abroad for an abortion because they are not allowed basic, reproductive freedoms and choice in Ireland. This woman […]

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#womensstories: The women forced to perform DIY medical abortions in Ireland (by @normcos)

feminism - (prochoice) ireland

Michelle had her abortion alone in a small apartment in Limerick, Ireland. The 25-year-old postgraduate student waited until her flatmate had left for the weekend before swallowing the pills she’d gone to Belfast to collect earlier that week. “I didn’t know her that well,” she says. “I didn’t know really anyone in the city. I’d just started my Masters and […]

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

women - feminism, abortion on demand, prochoice

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 being denied an abortion. Write-up […]

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#womensstories: ‘It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done’: the Irish women forced to travel for abortions

feminism - (prochoice) ireland

By 10.30am, 10 minutes before her first appointment, Catriona is already grey-faced with exhaustion and so tired that talking is a struggle; her words fall out on top of each other. She is six weeks pregnant and has travelled overnight by boat from a small town an hour outside Belfast to Liverpool for an abortion. She took the boat because […]

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#todayin: I did not know that: Abortion is still (sort of) illegal in Britain, thanks to this Victorian law

women - men knowing what's best for you since 1861. patriarchy. (Paul Townsend, CC BY-ND)

The best thing about a (slight, it’s all under control) addiction to reading all of the Internet daily is that you really do learn something new every day. OK, so the headline on The Conversation is a little misleading but nevertheless: take this for example: abortion is still illegal in some circumstances in Britain because of a clause in the […]

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#womensstories: women are shouting out their abortion stories on twitter #ShoutYourAbortion

feminism - prochoice (i support people who have abortions)

Women on Twitter are sharing their stories about abortion using the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion. There are some really powerful accounts. And, importantly, a demonstration of agency and absence of shame and stigma. Here are some: Honestly, my abortion at 20 was one of the first responsible, non-self-destructive, grown-ass choices I ever made. #ShoutYourAbortion — Jessica Blankenship (@blanketboat) September 21, 2015 I […]

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#HERstory: Report: Magdalene Laundries, Ireland: “Death, Institutionalisation and Duration of Stay”

@maireadenright and others tweet about a new report from the Justice for Magdalenes advocacy group. 41.3% of those who entered the laundry before 1922 and remained thereafter, died behind laundry walls and never saw the outside world again. Justice for Magdalenes advocacy group: report. Heart-breaking, sickening, and terrifying read. The press release for the report is here (pdf). The report […]

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