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Ireland is the only country in Europe without legal accessible abortion. Now a woman has been sentenced to jail for self-induced abortion

Two years ago a 21-year-old woman used drugs she bought on the internet to self-induce an abortion when she couldn’t get one legally. Her roommates turned her in. Here’s what happened (are you listening, Donald Trump fans?)

Gifs: VICE News

huffingtonpost.com
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.”

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THIS IS MAJOR. IT SETS A GLOBAL FRAMEWORK OF ABORTION AS A HUMAN RIGHT WHICH CAN NOW BE LEVERAGED AND APPLIED TO SPECIFIC COUNTRIES AND STATES/REGIONS.

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Let’s talk about birth control for a minute! It’s something that everyone has an opinion on, and it can be awkward to talk about, especially if you’re considering going on it for the first time. 

First of all: birth control isn’t just for those who are sexually active. Sure, that’s a reason that many women take it, but birth control also can help regulate problems ranging from extremely painful cramping to taming acne. 

Second of all: thanks to the push for women’s health rights: birth control is way easier to get than you think. In fact, it’s as easy as ordering it online and having it delivered straight to your door, thanks to websites like NURX

I recently signed up for NURX and the process took less than five minutes, and I am beyond happy with it. NURX manages to make what can be a ridiculously lengthy process absolutely hassle-free. They get rid of every possible roadblock women, especially younger ones, face when trying to get a birth control prescription and refills. 

Getting a prescription in your name on NURX is completely free, whereas when you get it directly from your gynecologist, you can end up paying hundreds of dollars just for an appointment where you are handed the prescription. You’re also sent 3 month supplies straight to your door, so there’s no worry of realizing your prescription has run out and then frantically calling your doctor and pharmacy to get a new prescription called in ASAP. It’s also great if you’re in college - no more worrying about running out while you’re away at school.

If you have insurance, NURX also takes care of filling out your claims, so you’re never stuck dealing with paperwork or paying out of pocket and getting your birth control is 100% free. If you don’t have insurance, NURX provides generic brands of every type of birth control that cost as little as $15 a month to make it as inexpensive and accessible as possible. 

As an added bonus, you also get a $25 dollar gift card to either amazon or itunes when you sign up for NURX via this link. 

Whether you’re a young women who feels uncomfortable talking to her parents about birth control but still wants to go on it, someone who suffers horrible PMS symptoms, or even just are too lazy and forgetful to go to the pharmacy on a regular basis (like me!), NURX is the answer to all your problems. They provide confidential medical advice and consultations if you need it, and work with you to find the perfect birth control match.

Periods suck, but going on the right birth control can make them suck a lot less. I know from experience. I used to become incapacitated every time I got my (very irregular period), and would spend a solid part of my cycle throwing up. When I went on the pill, this changed immediately, and my period became a thousand times easier to deal with. 

An added bonus is that NURX also provides access to emergency contraception like Plan-B, so even if accidents happen, you can order it with just a few clicks from the comfort of your own home. 

I found NURX through buzzfeed, and I highly recommend checking out NURX’s website, reading about the company, and seeing all the amazing press they’ve gotten. Making birth control easily accessible is so important, and it’s so great to see it finally happening. If you have any questions you can message me and I’m happy to talk about them! 

Also I feel obliged to say that I’m writing this purely because I think it’s such a great idea, and I’m in no way affiliated or working with NURX. I just think it’s fantastic that it’s now so easy to protect yourself! 

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A drone is flying abortion pills to Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal

On June 21, a drone will fly from Ireland to the region to deliver abortion pills to spotlight the lengths to which people in Northern Ireland must go to for a safe abortion. The Abortion Drone is a joint effort between Alliance for Choice, Rosa, Labour Alternative and Women on Waves. This drone is important because in Northern Ireland, abortion is a felony with very limited exceptions.

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Funny Story...

So I was at the pharmacy and needed to ask one of the pharmacists some questions about my birth control as I had switched to a new medication. I walk over to the consultation window, pills in hand, and some man arrives at the pick-up window, which is right next to it. 

Because at least one mention of menstruation is necessary to discussions about the pill, I unashamedly started to talk to the female pharmacist who was no more uncomfortable than I in getting my questions answered.

However, the man at the window seemed offended by my concerns about my feminine health, saying as an aside to the person behind him that “there is a time and a place for that gutter talk”.

NO FUCKING SHIT, MISTER. THIS IS THE FUCKING PLACE. I thought to myself, mortified not because of the conversation but because this man thought he ought to shame me for this. I exchange a look with the pharmacist, who seems to be having the same thought. Raising her voice slightly above what was considered necessary in a quiet CVS, she pressed for more details on my period, which I happily obliged to supply. And I am POSITIVE the woman assisting him took her damn time just so he would be subjected to imagery about consistency, flow, and duration of my last three periods.

Menstruation is not a dirty word and I will BE DAMNED if a man wants to police it, especially when IT DIRECTLY CONCERNS MY HEALTH, because it makes him feel uncomfortable. I can’t help having a period, but you can help being an ignorant son of a bitch.

alternet.org
Study: Up to 240,000 Texas Women Tried to Self-Induce Abortions and GOP Lawmakers Are to Blame
Women who found it difficult to obtain reproductive services is one group mostly likely to attempt a self-induced abortion.

”A Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) study released on Tuesday asserted that nearly a quarter million women in the state may have induced abortions themselves because of “onerous” restrictions that lawmakers have put on reproductive choice.

The study, which was based at the University of Texas at Austin, found that between 100,000 and 240,000 women had performed self-induced abortions in Texas over the past five years, the Austin Chronicle reported.

According to the study, the “advent of onerous legislation imposing restrictions on legal abortion access” and the availability of abortion drugs — largely from Mexico — have combined to make self-induced abortions in Texas less rare than most U.S. states.

“Other methods reported by those who knew someone who had attempted self-induction included herbs or homeopathic remedies, getting hit or punched in the abdomen, using alcohol or illicit drugs, or taking hormonal pills,” the study said.”

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thehill.com
Senate rejects effort to strip funding from Planned Parenthood
The vote thwarted the opening move by Republicans to avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1.
By Jordain Carney

BREAKING NEWS! AND IT’S GOOD!!!  

“The Senate on Thursday rejected a short-term spending bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, thwarting the opening move by Republican leaders to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Senators voted 47-52 on ending debate on the short-term continuing resolution, well short of the 60 votes needed. The legislation would have funded the government through Dec. 11.

The vote divided Republicans, with eight of them breaking ranks. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Susan Collins (Maine), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Dean Heller (Nev.) Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.) all voted against moving forward.

The White House, meanwhile, reiterated its pledge to veto any spending bill that reaches President Obama’s desk without funding for Planned Parenthood.

“By eliminating Federal funding for a major provider of health care, the Senate amendment to H.J.Res. 61 would limit access to health care for women, men, and families across the Nation, and disproportionately impact low-income individuals,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.”

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#STANDWITHPP

HEY GOP! TRYING TO TAKE AWAY WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE? NOT ON OUR WATCH!!!