UN Demands Zika-Infected Countries Give Women Access To Abortion And Birth Control
Countries' advice to women to delay pregnancies "ignores the reality" that they don't have control over when they become pregnant.

The advice of some governments to women to delay getting pregnant, ignores the reality that many women and girls simply cannot exercise control over whether or when or under what circumstances they become pregnant, especially in an environment where sexual violence is so common,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a Friday statement.

To those following the UN’s involvement in international abortion rights policy, this comes as no surprise. UN officials have consistently urged countries to lift restrictive bans on abortion, declaring that they breach human rights treaties.

The UN’s announcement comes a day after a judge in Brazil went against the country’s mainstream abortion policy by announcing he’ll allow women to end a pregnancy in cases of microcephaly.

Abortions are currently outlawed in Brazil, except for cases of rape, anencephaly (a more extreme version of microcephaly, where a baby often dies in infancy), or when the mother’s life is in danger. Some conservative lawmakers have even pushed to further regulate these exceptions.

“I know this is very difficult because the subject is new, requires thorough discussion, and a great deal of religious influences persists,” said Judge Coelho de Alcântara. “But my position is that abortion for microcephaly should be allowed.”

This is exactly the reaction that international women’s health advocates have been hoping for — but believed would be a long shot. Conservative Latin American governments have historically suppressed any efforts to lift or loosen abortion bans — that is, until now.

Sex Pests

Who is most responsible for high abortion rates? The religious right.

by George Monbiot

Here is the fact that everyone debating abortion should know. There is no association between its legality and its incidence. In other words, banning abortion does not stop the practice; it merely makes it more dangerous.

The abortion debate is presented as a conflict between the rights of embryos and the rights of women. Enhance one, both sides sometimes appear to agree, and you suppress the other. But once you grasp the fact that legalising women’s reproductive rights does not raise the incidence of induced abortions, only one issue remains to be debated. Should they be legal and safe or illegal and dangerous? Hmmm, tough question.

There might be no causal relationship between reproductive choice and the incidence of abortion, but there is a strong correlation: an inverse one. As the Lancet’s most recent survey of global rates and trends notes, “The abortion rate was lower … where more women live under liberal abortion laws.”

Why? Because laws restricting abortion tend to be most prevalent in places where contraception and comprehensive sex education are hard to obtain, and in which sex and childbirth outside marriage are anathematised. Young people have sex, whatever their elders say; they always have and always will. Those with the least information and the least access to birth control are the most likely to suffer unintended pregnancies. And what greater incentive could there be for terminating a pregnancy than a culture in which reproduction out of wedlock is a mortal sin?

How many more centuries of misery, mutilation and mortality are required before we understand that women – young or middle aged, within marriage or without – who do not want a child may go to almost any lengths to terminate an unwanted pregnancy? How much more evidence do we need that, in the absence of legal, safe procedures, such sophisticated surgical instruments as wire coathangers, knitting needles, bleach and turpentine will be deployed instead? How many more poisonings, punctured guts and burst wombs are required before we recognise that prohibition and moral suasion will not trounce women’s need to own their lives?

The most recent meta-analysis of global trends, published in 2012, discovered that the abortion rate, after a sharp decline between 1995 and 2003, scarcely changed over the following five years. But the proportion that were unsafe (which, broadly speaking, means illegal), rose from 44% to 49%.

Most of this change was due to a sharp rise in unsafe abortions in West Asia (which includes the Middle East), where Islamic conservatism is resurgent. In the regions in which Christian doctrine exerts the strongest influence over legislation – west and middle Africa and central and south America – there was no rise. But that’s only because the proportion of abortions that were illegal and unsafe already stood at 100%.

As for the overall induced abortion rate, the figures tell an interesting story. Western Europe has the world’s lowest termination rate: 12 per year for every 1000 women of reproductive age. The more godly North America aborts 19 embryos for every 1000 women. In South America, where (when the figures were collected) the practice was banned everywhere, the rate was 32. In eastern Africa, where ferocious laws and powerful religious injunctions should – according to conservative theory – have stamped out the practice long ago, it was 38.

The weird outlier is eastern Europe, which has the world’s highest abortion rate: 43 per 1000. Under communism, abortion was the only available form of medical birth control. The rate has fallen from 90 since 1995, as contraception has become easier to obtain, but there’s still a long way to go.

Facts, who needs ‘em? Across the red states of the US, legislators have been merrily passing laws that make abortion clinics impossible to run, while denying children effective sex education. In Texas, thanks to restrictive new statutes, over half the clinics have closed since 2013. But women are still obliged to visit three times before receiving treatment: in some cases this means travelling 1000 miles or more. Unsurprisingly, 7% of those seeking medical help have already attempted their own solutions.

The only reason why this has not caused an epidemic of abdominal trauma is the widespread availability, through unlicensed sales, of abortion drugs such as misoprostol and mifepristone. They’re unsafe when used without professional advice, but not as unsafe as coathangers and household chemicals.

In June, the US Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the latest Texan assault on legal terminations, the statute known as HB2. If the state of Texas wins, this means, in effect, the end of Roe v Wade, the decision that deemed abortion a fundamental right in the United States.

In Northern Ireland the new first minister, Arlene Foster, who took office on Monday, has vowed to ensure that the 1967 abortion act, which covers the rest of the United Kingdom, will not apply to her country. Women there will continue to buy pills (and run the risk of confiscation as the police rifle their post) or travel to England, at some expense and trauma. Never mind the finding of a High Court judge: “there is no evidence before this court that the law in Northern Ireland has resulted in any reduction in the number of abortions”. It just warms the heart to see Protestant and Catholic fundamentalists setting aside their differences to ensure that women’s bodies remain the property of the state.

Like them, I see human life as precious. Like them, I want to see a reduction in abortions. So I urge states to do the opposite of what they prescribe. If you want fewer induced abortions, you should support education that encourages children to talk about sex without embarrassment or secrecy; contraception that’s freely available to everyone; an end to the stigma surrounding sex and birth before marriage.

The religious conservatives who oppose these measures have blood on their hands. They are responsible for high abortion rates; they are responsible for the injury and death of women. And they have the flaming cheek to talk about the sanctity of life.



Election 2016 Champ & Chump Chart

Here’s a quick look at where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on three of Planned Parenthood’s top issues.

Learn more here

Republican War on Women posts on Profeminist


Anti-abortion activists indicted over fraudulent Planned Parenthood videos

A grand jury investigation into Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Harris County, Texas has backfired on anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. Not only did the grand jury find claims that the Planned Parenthood branch was illegally trafficking fetal tissue to be totally baseless, but in a twist, they indicted Daleiden and Merritt with second-degree felonies.


Second Trimester Abortions: what, why, and how

I know this might be upsetting for some people, but it is important to make the procedure clear so we all understand what it is we’re even talking about.

Learn about a first trimester abortion here.

  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to own a gun
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to sell unhealthy foods
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to choose who your business serves
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to use words that offend me
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to choose what school your child attends (or to homeschool your child)
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to choose what health insurance benefits you offer your employees
  • Me:you shouldn't be allowed to kill a human child.
  • Liberal:you are anti-choice! I'm pro-choice! I'm pro-ALL choices! You're taking away my rights! My freedoms!
United Nations Committee Affirms Abortion as a Human Right
In a landmark case, Peru has compensated a woman for denying her a medically indicated abortion. .

TW for abortion

“In 2001, K.L. was a 17-year-old who was diagnosed as having a fetus with anencephaly at 14 weeks’ gestation. As described below, this fetal anomaly is routinely lethal. Although abortion was legal in Peru in this circumstance, a hospital director refused her request for an abortion. She was forced to continue her pregnancy and deliver the doomed fetus, which survived only four days. 

Working with human rights lawyers, K.L. filed a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Committee, based in Geneva. In 2005, the Committee concluded that Peru had violated several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and it ordered financial compensation to K.L. 

Fifteen years after the incident, reparations were finally made for Peru’s ”cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.“ This marked the first time a United Nations Committee had held a country accountable for failing to ensure access to safe, legal abortion.”

Read the full piece here


Abortion just got a step closer to being a felony in Florida

43 years after Roe v. Wade, Florida lawmakers are advancing a bill that would severely criminalize abortion. A House criminal justice panel voted Monday to advance HB 865, which would make operating abortion clinics as well as performing abortions first-degree felonies. It would restrict women seeking abortions as well.
We Traveled Onboard the Irish 'Abortion Bus' That's Giving Illegal Pills to Women
VICE News traveled around Ireland with a group of women who are openly defying the country's strict abortion laws which criminalize abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.

There was a moment on Friday when a pro-life activist started flinging holy water at a pro-choicer in Limerick, a small, riverside city in Ireland’s southwest. Aine O'Connor is a dark-haired, friendly 36-year-old who seems relatively calm, but being suddenly sprayed with liquid like that gave her “quite a fright,” she said.

O'Connor didn’t know how to react, but she was quickly rescued. A barista from a local coffee shop ran to chase away the unwavering woman, who had progressed to sprinkling salt in circles on the ground, all the time chanting prayers.

Limerick was the third destination on a whistle-stop tour for the “abortion pill bus,” an action by an Irish activist group called ROSA (short for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism, and Austerity), which has seen a group of mainly young, mostly Irish women openly defy Ireland’s strict abortion laws. Those laws prohibit the distribution of medical abortion pills, and criminalize abortions in almost any situation, including in cases of rape, incest, or fatal fetal impairment.

The women, girls, and two men involved in the action are aged between 16 and 48 — the youngest skipped school to make the two-day, 409-mile trip around the country. The group are promising abortion pills to women nationwide who board the bus, following an online consultation with a doctor. Branded “reckless” and “irresponsible” by pro-life campaigners, they are also risking up to 14 years in prison.

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(Best story I’ve read all week.)


new video!  ABORTION UNDER ATTACK.  in this video i talk about:

✔ how our rights are being taken away
✔ the real motives of the “pro life movement”
✔ why this year is critical for reproductive rights