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Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone Health 

Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone

(Mosaic) – Women’s reproductive rights are under attack across the globe. Sophie Cousins investigates the challenges women face in accessing abortion and contraception in two very different countries – India and the USA. Outside, the mid-morning heat is stifling. It’s not humid like the bustling metropolises of Mumbai or Kolkata; here in New Delhi it’s a dry heat, the type of heat that exhausts you, made worse by a thick layer of dust which sticks to your face and stings your eyes. On the maternity ward inside the hospital at Jamia Hamdard University all the metal gurneys are taken, Read More

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Judge temporarily halts Texas ban on common second-trimester abortion procedure Health 

Judge temporarily halts Texas ban on common second-trimester abortion procedure

Texas (TexasTribune) – A federal judge on Thursday delayed for two weeks enforcement of part of a state law that bans the most common second-trimester abortion method. A federal judge has temporarily stopped Texas officials from enforcing a ban on the most common second-trimester abortion procedure, just one day before the ban was set to go into effect. Judge Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted a temporary restraining order Thursday, delaying enforcement of the ban until Sept. 14. It was originally set to go into effect Sept. 1. Senate Bill 8, which passed during the 2017 regular Read More

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Texas Senate approves anti-abortion bill in overnight vote Health 

Texas Senate approves anti-abortion bill in overnight vote

Texas (TexasTribune) – The Senate has approved a measure that prohibits local and state government agencies from contracting with abortion providers and their affiliates. The Texas Senate gaveled in around 10 a.m. Tuesday, but it wasn’t until past midnight that lawmakers turned their attention to Senate Bill 4, an anti-abortion measure that was initially approved over objections from Democrats. Passed in a 21-10 vote, the measure prohibits local and state government agencies from contracting with abortion providers and their affiliates. (Update, July 26: The bill received final approval from the Senate on Wednesday evening and now heads to the House.) “Should Read More

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The Highs and Lows of One Hectic Day in Northern Ireland’s Abortion Struggle Health Human Rights 

The Highs and Lows of One Hectic Day in Northern Ireland’s Abortion Struggle

Ireland (Conversation) – The deal struck by the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up Theresa May’s Conservative minority government in London has led to unprecedented interest in the politics of Northern Ireland. This interest intensified on June 29, when several key developments in the debate around access to abortion occurred at once. Northern Ireland has one of the most restrictive and punitive abortion laws in the world. Abortion is prohibited unless pregnancy poses a threat to the woman’s life or a serious permanent or long-term threat to her physical or mental health. Breach of this criminal prohibition could result Read More

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