Punish Women for Abortion? Spare the Outrage: That IS the ‘Mainstream’ Anti-Choice Position – @rewire_news

True words. @rewire_news: In 2014, Jennifer Whalen, a nursing home aide, was sentenced to between 12 and 18 months in jail. Her crime? Trying to obtain medication abortion pills for her teenage daughter, who was facing an unwanted pregnancy. Whalen, who was charged with “performing an illegal abortion,” bought the pills online because the nearest clinic from her home was […]

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Abortion opponents have new tactic—and it could actually kill women – @ZoeSCarpenter

women - women hater

From thenation: One of the antichoice movement’s favorite things to talk about is protecting women. It’s their justification for laws requiring clinics that provide abortions only by pill to outfit themselves for surgery, and for laws that force women to listen to a narration of their own ultrasounds. It’s why, they say, abortion should be banned after 20 weeks, and […]

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Ireland: an incomplete list of gendered injustices against Irish women – @flyingteacosy

feminism - (prochoice) ireland

I hope Aoife (teacosy) doesn’t mind me posting her whole post here (essentially). The thing is: Ireland is still doing really, horribly badly on women’s rights. The main issue centers around abortion – it is still illegal to have an abortion in Ireland apart from in the most extreme of circumstances (and even then, several precedents have been set which disallows that too). The […]

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Catholic hospitals: “All five women had symptoms that indicated immediate delivery was safest option” – @kbeccaandrews

women - catholic hospitals, health

“This resulted in a 17-month pattern whereby women who were miscarrying were refused medical intervention, resulting in dangerous cases of sepsis, emotional trauma, and unnecessary surgery.” — Becca Andrews: motherjones: A report that documents five cases of women whose miscarriages were treated in this manner was leaked to the Guardian. None of the pregnancies had progressed past 20 weeks, making viability […]

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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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“The debate over abortion doesn’t have anything to do with fetuses at all” – @uajamie, @skepchicks

feminism - (prochoice) (7)

Don’t be fooled, folks. This is nothing to do with the little babies and everything to do with control (and punishing) women. Jamie Bernstein on skepchick: I’ve been thinking about the fight for women’s healthcare a lot lately, mainly due to the influx of messages we’ve been getting to Skepchick in the past month virtually throwing a temper tantrum about Rebecca’s video “Planned […]

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Reproductive rights in 2016 (US): “States enacted 288 new abortion restrictions from 2011 to 2015” – @byninamartin

feminism - (prochoice) stop the war on women's bodies

By: Nina Martin on lipstickandpolitics,* here’s what to watch out for in reproductive rights in 2016: During 2015, many major events occurred that challenged women’s reproductive rights. But these challenges are not behind us and many struggles still await supporters of Planned Parenthood. Here’s a reflection of the past year for reproductive rights and what to watch and pay attention to for […]

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“This means that the Assembly has no right to pass laws that ban abortion in the case of rape and fatal foetal abnormality” (NI) (@scopeNI)

feminism - (prochoice) ireland

Nick Garbutt (scopeNI) on the abortion ruling in Northern Ireland that found that banning abortions in cases of fatal feotal abnormality, and in cases of rape, is against the Human Rights Convention. In a landmark ruling that surprised many observers, Judge Mark Horner found that banning abortions of foetuses with fatal abnormalities, or that were conceived as a result of sexual crime, is incompatible with […]

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poll: support for abortion highest in two years – US (from @RHrealitycheck)

feminism - prochoice (i support people who have abortions)

Overall, support for abortion access is increasing though that’s not, of course, across all demographics. Public support for legal abortion in the United States is at a two-year high, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that showed increased support over the past year among both Democrats and Republicans. The poll was conducted after Robert Lewis Dear Jr. allegedly killed three people at a […]

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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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“We live in a culture that breeds people who are terrified of women who exercise bodily…”

“We live in a culture that breeds people who are terrified of women who exercise bodily autonomy — especially when that autonomy involves decision-making around sex and family planning. When you combine that fear with a society that tells men they are entitled to women’s bodies, time, attention and affection in the ways they deem fit, and generally does not teach men […]

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