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Missed Your Period? Don’t Want to be Pregnant? There is an App for That

 

by Karen Gardiner

December 3, 2012

 

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/11/29/missed-your-period-there-is-medication

 

Via www.ipas.org

 

 

“To avoid judgement and fear, it is always useful step into the shoes of another person. I invite you into mine.”

 

So begins the journey of a 19-year-old Mexican named Claudia, protagonist of an inventive computer game.

¿No Te Baja? which translates as Missed Your Period? makes use of bright colors, engaging cartoon characters and relatable, non-technical, language to inform and guide users through the steps they can take to terminate a pregnancy using Misoprostol. The website takes the form of an interactive, Choose Your Own Adventure style game, where users click through to different scenarios that change according to their own personal situation and decisions.

 

Misoprostol, a drug used to treat ulcers, is easily available for purchase throughout Mexico, and, unlike in the United States, does not require a prescription. Use of Misoprostol to terminate pregnancy is widespread in parts of Mexico where abortion is illegal, but pharmacy workers often lack the knowledge of how the drug should correctly be administered — and criminalization means that helpful information is scarce.

 

Although abortion of up to 12 weeks of pregnancy is available on demand in Mexico City, the situation is quite different in the rest of the country. In fact, Mexico City’s 2007 legalization of abortion prompted a backlash from 17 other states, which passed amendments stating that life begins at conception, ushering in a much stricter enforcement of already existing anti-abortion laws.

 

Users of No Te Baja, through the actions of Claudia and her boyfriend, go through each detailed step of the process of self-administering a medication abortion: from the initial pregnancy test to the decision whether or not to involve the partner; the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy to calculating gestational age to indicate whether or not use of Misoprostol will be effective-and if it will be safe to self-administer.

 

The game advises that Misoprostol can be purchased in most pharmacies and that it may be sold under various other commercial names including Cytotec, Cyrox, and Tomispral.  Users receive detailed information on how to administer Misoprostol through the mouth or the vagina, noting that, in the event of having to seek medical attention, medical personnel would likely be able to detect the remnants of the pills inside the vagina- important information for women living in areas where they can be prosecuted for inducing an abortion.

 

The central Mexican state of Guanajuato, where hospital staff report suspicious miscarriages to the police, is one such place. The Nation described the state’s approach to dealing illegal abortion in a January 2012 article by Mary Cuddehe:

 

“The state has opened at least 130 investigations into illegal abortions over the past decade, according to research by women’s rights groups, and fourteen people, including three men, have been criminally convicted. Given Mexico’s 2 percent national conviction rate during its most violent period since the revolution, that’s a successful ratio.”

 

No Te Baja doesn’t end with the final dosage of medication: users (and Claudia) are informed of what signs to look out for that would require medical attention, and of how to tell if the abortion is incomplete. The final stages of the game offer information on how to avoid another unplanned pregnancy with detailed descriptions of different methods of contraception.

The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

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“The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics,” a new documentary-style filmproduced by Catholics for Choice, sets the record straight about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality. Catholic bishops the world over have politicized the pulpit, seeking to drown out the voices of Catholics who disagree with them. This film offers a straightforward explanation of what Catholic social teaching really is on the controversial issues that drive the news cycle-and it’s not simply the dictates of the bishops.

“Contrary to popular opinion, there is more to Catholics’ beliefs than what the hierarchy espouses,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “We put together this film with some of the top theologians in the world to get at the heart of Catholic teaching: that people become Catholics through their baptism and are given both a free will and a conscience to make important decisions. We hope that anyone seeking to discuss ‘what Catholics think,’ how they vote or, most importantly, what Catholics believe, will consider this film.”

Please watch the movie, share it with your family and friends, and let us know what you think via e-mail or on our Facebook page.

Watch the Film

http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/SecretHistory.asp

Environ 40 millions d’avortements auront lieu dans les pays en voie de développement cette année. La plupart de ces procédures seront non médicalisées et pratiquées dans la clandestinité, avec de graves conséquences sur la vie d’innombrables femmes. Chaque année, 47 000 femmes meurent à cause de complications liées à l’avortement non médicalisé et millions d’autres sont blessées, dont certaines grièvement et de façon permanente. Ces décès et blessures sont presque entièrement évitables.

Afin d’assurer que le débat mondial sur l’avortement non médicalisé et ses conséquences soit informé par des faits, le Guttmacher Institute a créé une courte vidéo présentant les données probantes essentielles sur l’avortement dans le monde.

La vidéo vise à informer les discussions des décideurs, du public et des médias au sujet de la prestation de services d’avortement médicalisé – des services essentiels aux soins de santé reproductive qui sont bénéfiques pour les femmes, leurs enfants et la société. La vidéo fait ressortir plusieurs points clés:

  • Partout dans le monde, des femmes se font avorter, et ce pour des raisons similaires qui incluent le manque de moyens d’élever un enfant ou un enfant de plus, l’instabilité de leur relation et le besoin de poursuivre leurs études.
  • La fréquence de l’avortement a beaucoup moins à voir avec son statut juridique qu’avec le taux de grossesses non planifiées, la cause fondamentale de la plupart des avortements. Les taux de grossesses non planifiées sont directement liés à l’accès aux services de planification familiale de qualité.
  • La meilleure façon de réduire le recours à l’avortement n’est pas en niant aux femmes l’accès à des procédures médicalisées et légales, mais en leur donnant le pouvoir de contrôler leur fécondité et de prévenir les grossesses non désirées. Aujourd’hui, 222 millions de femmes dans les pays en voie de développement veulent éviter une grossesse, mais n’utilisent pas de méthode contraceptive moderne.

Réduire l’incidence de l’avortement non médicalisé est un impératif de santé publique. C’est un droit fondamental de chaque femme de pouvoir décider si et quand elle veut avoir un enfant, sans devoir mettre sa santé ou sa vie en danger.

Vous pouvez regarder la vidéo sur notre chaîne YouTube. S’il-vous-plaît partagez la vidéo, ainsi que vos réactions sur notre page Facebook.

Ici vous trouverez plus l’information :

 

An estimated 40 million abortions will take place in the developing world this year. Most of these procedures will be clandestine and unsafe, taking a terrible toll on women’s lives. Every year, 47,000 women die from unsafe abortion and millions more are injured, some seriously and permanently. These deaths and injuries are almost entirely preventable.

To help ensure that the global debate about unsafe abortion and its consequences is informed by facts, the Guttmacher Institute has created a short video presenting key evidence on abortion worldwide.

http://www.guttmacher.org/media/inthenews/2012/10/04/index.htmlThe video aims to inform discussions by policymakers, the public and the media about the provision of safe abortion services—making clear that such services are essential to reproductive health care which in turn benefits women, their children and society. The video makes several key points:

  • Women have abortions in all parts of the world and they have them for similar reasons, which include being unable or too poor to care for a child or additional children, not being in a stable relationship, and needing to finish their education.
  • The frequency of abortion has much less to do with its legal status than with levels of unintended pregnancy, the root cause of most abortions. Unintended pregnancy rates have everything to do with whether a woman has access to quality family planning services.
  • The best way to reduce the need for abortion is not by denying women access to safe and legal procedures, but by giving them the power to control their fertility and prevent unintended pregnancy. Today, 222 million women in the developing world want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive.

Reducing the incidence of unsafe abortion is a public health imperative. It is the basic right of every woman to be able to make her own childbearing decisions without having to put her health or her life at risk.

You can watch the video on our YouTube channel. Please consider sharing it with others and tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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Moroccan warships block entrance of Women on Waves ship in the harbor of Smir.

The Moroccan authorities have taken action against the ship of Women on Waves that was due to arrive in the harbor of Smir at 13.00 today. Marina Smir has been completely closed. Warships now block the entrance for the ship of Women on Waves. Despite this obstacle and the presence of intensive Moroccan police security, Women on Waves will not this to prohibit the dissemination about the availability of safe medical abortion for Moroccan women.

The ship will also launch a hotline number 0633234333 where women can get information about safe medical abortion. A medicine called misoprostol, that can be used to induce a safe abortion at home (till 12 weeks of pregnancy) is available in Morocco under the brand name Artotec. Misoprostol is on WHO’s List of Essential Medicines. Unfortunately, most women are not aware of this safe abortion method that requires only 12 tablets of Artotec. The WHO’s recommended method of medical abortion is 4 tablets of misoprostol (200 mcg) administered under the tongue. Up to three repeat doses of 800 μg can be administered at intervals of at least 3 hours, but for no longer than 12 hours.

Women on Waves is currently working on alternative strategy for the ship to reach coastline of Morocco.

Vatican occupied by abortion rights activists!

 

The Vatican is decorated with a banner displaying the text “Abortion Pills, A Gift From God” and instructions how to do an abortion yourself with a medicine called misoprostol.

 

Visitors to the Vatican can see the banner after downloading the application Junaio from http://www.junaio.com/ on their smart phones or tablets, click on the magnifying glass in the right corner, search for “abortion”, click on the “Women on Waves “log and turn till the small yellow dot in the right upper corner falls in the highlighted beam.

 

When looking at St. Peter’s Cathedral through the smartphone or tablet using the app, the big billboard hanging from the sky pops up in front of St. Peter’s Cathedral.

Not only the Vatican, but religious and governmental buildings all over the world have been virtually occupied. The action is an initiative by Women on Waves in collaboration with Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights.

 

The action is marking September 28 th, the international Day of Action for the Decriminalization of Abortion.  With the action Women on Waves wants to ensure that women all over the world have access to information how to do a safe abortion with a medicine called Misoprostol, which is on the list of essential medicines of the WHO.

 

For more information about the action, please go to www.womenonwaves.org

 

List of places where the banners can be seen:

 

Argentina

Casa del Gobierno, Buenos Aires 

Cathedral of La Plata, La Plata

Municipality Building of La Plata, La Plata

Congreso de la Nación, Buenos Aires

 

Bahrain

Pearl Roundabout

 

Brasil

Mirante do Vale, São Paulo

Mosteiro de São Bento, São Paulo

Teatro Municipal, São Paulo

Comissão Municipal de Direitos Humanos, Sao Paulo

Tribunal De Justiça, São Paulo

Palácio Araguaia, Palmas

Catedral Metropolitana de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora

Centro Empresarial Albert Ganimi, Juiz de Fora,

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro,

Cathedral of Brasilia, Brasilia,

 

Chile

La Moneda Palace, Santiago

Catedral Evangelica, Santiago

 

Colombia

Fiscalia General de la Nación, Bogotá

Procuraduria General de la Nación, Bogotá

Catedral Primada de Bogotá

Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, Santiago 

National Congress, Santiago,

 

Dominican Republic

National Palace, Port-au-Prince

 

Ecuador

Virgen de Quito, Quito,

 

Egypt

El-Tahrir Square, Cairo,

 

Honduras

Congreso Nacional de la República Tegucigalpa

Cathedral, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 

Hungary

Matthias Church, Budapest,

 

India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Gateway of India, Mumbai, India

 

Indonesia

The National Monument, Jakarta,

Borobudur, Magelang,

 

Iran

The Iranian Parliament, Tehran

 

Ireland

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

 

Iraq

Iraqi Parliament Building, Baghdad

 

Israel

Dome of the Rock Mosque, Jerusalem

Western Wall, Jerusalem

 

Italy

St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome,

 

Japan

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tokyo

 

Jordan

Raghadan Palace, Amman,

 

Kenya

Kenya Parliament Buildings, Nairobi

Supreme Court, Nairobi

Jamia Mosque, Nairobi

 

Malaysia

Petronas Twins Towers, Kuala Lumpur

 

Malta

St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta,

 

Mexico

Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary of Mexico City, Mexico city

 

Morocco

Assembly of Representatives of Morocco, Rabat

 

Nicaragua

Corte Suprema de Justicia, Managua,

National Assembly of Nicaragua, Managua,

 

Nigeria

National Assembly of Nigeria, Abuja,

 

Northern Ireland

Saint Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

St. Peter’s cathedral, Belfast

St. Columb’s Cathedral, Derry

 

Palestine Authority

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

 

Peru

Cathedral of Lima, Plaza de Armas, Lima

 

Philippines

Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines, Manilla,

Quiapo Church, Manilla,

San Agustin Church, Manilla,

 

Poland

National Stadium, Warsaw,

The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw

Parliament Building, Warsaw

 

Russia

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior

 

Somalia

Fakr ad-din Mosque, Mogadishu

 

Spain

Cathedral, Barcelona

Puerta de Alcala, Madrid

Catedral, Granada

Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Granada,

Ministerio de Justicia y Congreso de los Diputados, Madrid

 

Suriname

Presidential Palace, Paramaribo

 

Tanzania

Parliament Buildings, Dar Es Salaam,

St. Joseph Cathedral, Dar Es Salaam,

Azania Front Lutheran Church, Dar Es Salaam

 

Thailand

Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok

 

Tunisia

Assemblee Nationale,

 

Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Istanbul,

Grand National Assembly of Turkey, ankara

 

United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

 

United Kingdom

London Bridge, London

 

Unites States

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco,

The White House, Washington

Statue of liberty, New York

 

28 September – International Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion!!

 

This day of action is co-ordinated by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, theLatin American and Caribbean Campaña 28 de Septiembre, and the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights. We call for action in every country in support of women’s right to safe abortion as a public health and human rights issue.

 

In every world region, in as many as 50 countries, abortion rights groups, women’s health and rights and human rights groups and other NGOs, as well as national coalitions, regional networks and international organisations who support safe abortion have responded to this call.

This global map gives a snapshot of all the activities taking place and will continue to be updated.

 

Reports from around the world of these activities can be found at:  http://safe-abortion-womens-right.tumblr.com/archive 

These activities include: public meetings, press conferences, demonstrations, debates, information days, solidarity campaigns, parliamentary lobbying, street theatre, flash mobs, discussion groups, tweetathons, blogs, reports, book launches, radio and TV programmes, films, videos, festivals, values clarification workshops, creating artwork and selling bags/shirts/hats with slogans on them, distributing informative newsletters and leaflets, and holding local and community-based awareness-raising activities.

 

The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion was launched in April 2012. It has been endorsed by more than 620 groups and individuals all over the world in just a few months. We believe in and advocate for safe and legal abortion as a woman’s human right. Women must be able to take decisions about their own bodies and health care free from coercion: this includes the decision to carry a pregnancy to term or seek an abortion. No woman should be obliged to continue an unwanted pregnancy.

  • Women’s human rights should be respected, protected and fulfilled.
  • No woman’s health or life should be placed at risk because safe abortion services are not available to her.
  • Abortion should not be restricted, prohibited or criminalised.

Read the full statement from the Campaign for 28 September.

Join us on Twitter: @Safeabortion1

We invite everyone who supports women’s right to safe abortion to join the Campaign:  safeabortionwomensright@icma.md

RE: El Salvador: Citizen’s group called for legal action by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR) as a woman accused of having an abortion died in jail. The group is further requesting a review of the case of another woman in El Salvador sentenced to 30 years in jail for seeking an abortion21 June 2012  [Posted on this listserve 17 August]

Having read this news item on the Campaign listserve a few days ago, the Central American Women’s Network in London has just informed us that there have been developments with regard to the case of Sonia Tabora, the woman jailed for 30 years – she has been freed. Here is their news release:

20 August 2012

A young woman has returned to her home in El Salvador after seven years in prison – for a miscarriage. Since the country’s stringent anti-abortion legislation was enacted in 1998, El Salvador has imprisoned 628 women accused of having a pregnancy termination. Sonia Tabora was one of them.

The Sonsonate court in El Salvador’s eastern region has recognised its mistake, following a review of Sonia’s case. The review was secured by the coordinated efforts of tens of Salvadoran civil society organisations, led by the Citizens Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic, Ethical and Eugenic Abortion. These organisations labelled the judiciary’s mistake “state violence”.

Sonia was born in Sacacoyo, a village where 40 per cent of the population live in poverty. She experienced injustice at 18 when the man who had raped her was acquitted. And Sonia also had to survive a common experience for poor women in Central America of being abandoned by her partner after becoming pregnant.

Sonia hid her pregnancy from her employers for fear of losing her job as a maid. In February 2005, during a visit to her hometown when she was seven months pregnant, she unexpectedly gave birth without help in a coffee plantation. Sonia’s sister and father found her bleeding, in shock and speechless, and took her to hospital. But a doctor there reported her to police, assuming she had provoked the abortion. Sonia was later accused of aggravated homicide and sentenced to 30 years in jail.

The coalition of groups that campaigned for Sonia’s freedom believed her trial violated legal procedures. They challenged the verdict that she had caused the abortion, which was based on a single doctor’s word, despite lack of evidence or a post-mortem on the fetus.

El Salvador has one of the most stringent bans on abortion, which allows no exception in cases of rape, incest, a threat to the woman’s life or severe fetal abnormality. Neighbouring countries – Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala – share similar legislation, though the latter two nations allow therapeutic abortion to save the woman’s life.

Anti-abortion laws not only regulate access to safe abortion, but also ban the use of the morning after pill and restrict the content of sex education.

In the Central America region 95 per cent of all abortions are unsafe, including self-induced abortion and surgery conducted by non-professionals. Unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death, with high mortality rates of between 100 to 120 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The overwhelming majority of maternal deaths and imprisonment after abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth in El Salvador happen to illiterate women from poor, rural backgrounds – and they are primarily young women. Women like Sonia, who cannot afford a lawyer, are assigned a public attorney who, in line with a culture that penalises abortion, do not dispute the lack of evidence and only aim to reduce the sentence.

Although Sonia has been released, 24 other women remain incarcerated for miscarriage. Activists claim the outcome in Sonia’s case sets a precedent and pledge they will “continue to struggle for the freedom of other women prisoners in the country in the same circumstances”. Campaigners say a public debate has been stirred, with in-depth media analysis of the issue, and they seek to use this opportunity to overturn the strict ban on abortion.

Central America Women’s Network (CAWN)

www.cawn.org  

by Vanessa Rivera de la Fuente, Reporter
24 July, 2012

 

www.globalpressinstitute.org/global-news/americas/argentina/campaign-advocates-legalization-abortion-argentina

 

With two laws passed this year giving citizens more control over legal decisions about their bodies, a campaign is advocating for legal, safe and free abortion in Argentina in order to reduce the number of women who die in clandestine clinics. Still, advocates aren’t confident that the Argentine National Congress will pass the bill this year despite the fact that a majority of Argentines disapprove of penalizing a woman for procuring an abortion.

 

Analía, 32, obtained a clandestine abortion five years ago in Buenos Aires… “Look, I began a relationship with a man, you know,” she says. “We went out for eight months. We ended when I got pregnant, rather, when we got pregnant. I didn’t make the baby alone, but he left me alone with the matter. Afterwards, he informed me that he was married. There was nothing I could do. He didn’t want to take reponsibility.”

 

All he offered to do was to pay for the abortion.”He told me: ‘Don’t come to me with your problems. Tell me how much money you need and take care of it yourself.’ It hurt me. I was in love, and I thought that we had a solid relationship.”She decided to have an abortion because she couldn’t afford to raise the child alone.”I don’t have a high-level job,” says Analía, who works as an administrative employee at a local hospital. “I have never worked for much more than the minimum wage. I don’t have higher studies. If I did have the baby, I was going to need economic, family and my partner’s support. I wasn’t capable of facing my family or anybody. I felt very alone.”

 

Her voice drops to a whisper as she talks about the clandestine procedure.”I was six weeks [pregnant] more or less,” she says. She found the doctor who performed the abortion through a contact at the hospital where she works. “There is always someone who knows where you can go,” she says, her voice as thin as she is. “I thought that I was going to die.”The “clinic” was a normal house. One of the rooms contained basic medical supplies.”There, they did a suction on me,” she says. The father of the baby dropped her off but didn’t accompany her inside. “He dropped me off there, and he left. We never talked again.”

 

Analía is now one of many supporters here of a bill asking for legal, safe and free abortion in Argentina through the Proyecto de Ley de Interrupción Voluntaria del Embarazo.Analía recently attended a festival in support of the bill, the Festival Itinerante por el Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito (Travelling festival for safe, legal, free abortion), held during the month of May in the city’s Centro de la Cooperación. Local initiatives, like the festival, are generating awareness about a bill that would legalize abortion for all women in Argentina. Advocates say the law would reduce maternal mortality. Advocates say they are encouraged by two laws passed by the Argentine National Congress this year that give people more control over their bodies.

 

Some 500,000 illegal abortions take place in Argentina annually, according to the Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito (National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe, Free Abortion), a campaign that has united various organizations in support of the pending bill. In Argentina, 40% of pregnancies don’t come to term, many ending voluntarily in clandestine clinics. Abortion is the principal cause of maternal mortality in Argentina, accounting for 30% of maternal deaths, according to the campaign. In many cases, neither health complications nor deaths are reported to the authorities after a clandestine abortion. For every woman that seeks help from a doctor after obtaining one, seven others with complications stay quiet and don’t seek health services.Abortion is illegal in Argentina. But the Supreme Court here ruled in March 2012 that any woman who becomes pregnant as a result of rape may obtain an abortion. Before this, courts approved abortions on a case-by-case basis, mostly for victims who were mentally disabled. Abortions are also allowed if the pregnancy would endanger the woman’s life.

 

Nearly 57% of Argentinians disagree with penalizing a woman who has an abortion, according to a 2010 survey of 1,400 adults over the age of 18 conducted by Ibarómetro, a private market research firm.

The bill was presented to the National Congress in 2008 but lost its status because it was not addressed, according to the Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito. In March 2010, the campaign presented the document again with the signatures of more than 30 deputies. Debate began in Congress at the end of 2011, but the bill has not advanced.

 

In May 2012, the national Senate approved two laws related to the right to decide about one’s own life and body: the death with dignity law and the gender identity law. The first permits terminally ill patients to refuse medical treatments. The second enables each person to legally choose their sex, regardless of the sex assigned at birth.

El Proyecto de Ley de Interrupción Voluntaria del Embarazo declares that every woman has the right to decide whether to have an abortion during the first 12 weeks of her pregnancy. It also establishes a woman’s right to access abortion that is legal, safe and free.

 

“The activities of the festival make the people able to know and to have an informed position in respect to [abortion],” Analía says. “It doesn’t try to favor abortion, but to legalize its practice, to end the isolation of women.”With half a million women obtaining abortions annually regardless of the law, legalization would make sure they are safe.

 

The church hierarchy opposes the bill as did the Supreme Court earlier this year, declaring both an attack on life and a crime against the baby to be born. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, president of the country, has also repeated that she is against abortion. But the deputies who signed for the reactivation of the bill are for the most part from the party to which she belongs, Frente para la Victoria.But without the president’s support, Analía doesn’t think that the bill will pass this year.”I don’t believe that the law will pass this year,” she says. “That is not to say that we don’t have to keep fighting, although we have the most powerful woman in the country against it.”

 

Jiménez Abraham underlines the power of the organization of groups and advocates in the Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito.”We know that we have a very difficult path,” he says. “We have the conviction to be fighting in favor of social justice and for the end of inequalities in access to the health and enjoyment of reproductive rights… The slogan of our mobilization proposes a holistic approach regarding sexuality and maternity: sexual education in order to decide, contraceptives in order to not abort, legal abortion in order to not die,” he says.

 

Analía also charges society with forcing women to seek abortions in clandestine clinics.”To the woman who becomes pregnant, they say that she is the only one responsible for her pregnancy,” Analía says. “But they criminalize her if she decides for herself. It is perverse and sad. They leave the woman alone, without options. The men wash their hands, and the society permits it. Afterwards, the only one guilty is me for aborting.”But she says this is neither accurate nor just.”I am not a criminal,” she says. “No woman who aborts is one. The woman who is going to go into a clandestine clinic is one who, like me, is poor. She doesn’t have the money to pay for a safe and confidential abortion.”

The Daily Telegraph breathlessly reports that the National Health Service is spending £1 million a week on carrying out “repeat abortions”; that is, on women who have had abortions in the past. Some particularly crafty ladies have gotten away with up to nine free abortions!

Is it problematic that the NHS is spending that much money on abortions? Yes, because that means women are having trouble accessing the contraception they need to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy, an issue that the Telegraph actually reported on three days ago in an article called, “Women finding access to contraception ‘difficult'”. The article reported that four in ten women who unintentionally became pregnant had problems getting contraception, and that areas where it’s hard to access contraception have higher abortion rates.

It’s incredibly frustrating that the reporter who wrote the “repeat abortion” piece did not once refer to the statistics that were published just days before by the same fucking paper. Instead, she warps numbers and quotes pro-life sources to push the idea that the number of “repeat abortions” is indicative that, as one antiabortion supporter is quoted as saying, “abortion is being seen by many as a form of contraception. But is this surprising when we live in a society which says it’s all right to have an abortion once. If it’s fine once, why not two, three or four times.” That quote makes me want to go DAHKJDHASJHADAHKDA. But, instead, let’s break down the reasons why this article is bullshit.

In the very first sentence, we learn that, “in some cases,” women are getting up to nine abortions! Wouldn’t that statistic make even the most pro-choiciest of pro-choicers somewhat concerned? Later, however, we learn that only 85 women across the entire country had an abortion for the eighth time in 2010. Sorry, Telegraph and antiabortion advocates everywhere, but that’s a negligible amount of people. It’s also unspecified whether these women took RU486; they may not have even had surgery.

The only other numbers we get are that, in 2010, “189,000 terminations took place, with more than 64,000 of them being performed on someone who had already undergone the procedure.” That’s a far less incendiary — and far more vague — statistic, isn’t it?

We also learn that “five out of every six repeat terminations being requested by a woman who is unmarried.” THANKS! That’s really important information, definitely more crucial than, say, information on access to contraception. Would it be okay if more married women wanted abortions?

The Department responded to the statistics by saying that there’s no evidence that proves women are using abortion as a method of birth control and that abortion rates have increased only slightly in the last ten years. In the Telegraph article that ran a few days before, Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said:

“There has been much government focus on ‘problems’ with abortion services, despite evidence that women receive high quality care when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. At the same time, real and pressing problems with women’s access to the contraception they need to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy in the first place appear low down the list of government priorities.

Policy to guide family planning services, which could help prevent these pregnancies, is now a year overdue.

Women need access to high-quality contraceptive services that are not restricted on the basis of age or location, with straightforward access to abortion care when their method lets them down.

We call on policy-makers to deliver a sexual health strategy that empowers healthcare professionals to deliver the contraception and abortion services that women in the 21st Century need and deserve.”

The Telegraph leans conservative and is clearly pro-life; remember their recent undercover investigation in which they purportedly filmed doctors agreeing to “illegal abortions” on the basis of a baby’s sex? If you read the piece, it’s clear that the doctors were just trying to do their job without judging their patients: “I don’t ask questions. If you want a termination, you want a termination,” one doctor said. This nonjudgmental attitude is apparently not okay with theTelegraph, which is bent on convincing the country that women are wily sluts who want to get dozens of abortions so they can sleep around and, on the off-chance they decide to have a child, “illegally” decide its sex.

The paper’s plight would be laughable and pathetic if it wasn’t so terrifying: if the takeaway for readers is that women are carelessly getting tons of abortions — I mean, seriously, this whole thing reminds me of the genius Onion Abortionplex article that some people didn’t realize was satire — that will only hurt the women who desperately need access to contraception in the real world.

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