A THIRD of countries still ban abortions with some jailing women for having miscarriages. Global abortion laws have come under the spotlight after the Republic of Ireland’s landmark vote to legalise the practice this week. The country voted overwhelmingly to repeal a clause in its constitution which outlaws terminations. More than 66 per cent of Irish voters backed the move, with PM Leo Varadkar vowing to introduce a new law making abortions legal by the end of the year. But the referendum drew attention to abortion laws not just in Ireland, but other countries around the world. Ireland’s laws were among the toughest on the planet, with only a handful of countries placing tighter restrictions on the procedure - banning the procedure altogether. Some 26 countries are counted among this number, according to a 2018 report by the Guttmacher Institute. And campaigners have said the lack of access puts the physical and mental health of women around the world in danger. Hillary … [Read more...] about Map reveals how a THIRD of the world still bans abortion with some countries jailing women for miscarriages
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This graduation season, the podium is all hers. For the first time in at least two decades, the majority of the nation's top colleges are featuring women as their spring commencement speakers, a shift that industry experts credit to the wave of female empowerment that has fueled the #MeToo movement. Yale is bringing Hillary Clinton. MIT will host Sheryl Sandberg. Vanderbilt landed Amal Clooney, while Dartmouth chose Mindy Kaling. Overall, women account for nearly 60 percent of the speakers at the 25 schools that have the largest endowments and traditionally carry the clout to draw big names to the lectern. By contrast, women made up just a quarter of the speakers at those schools over the previous 19 years, according to an Associated Press analysis of university records. Halsey, whose given name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, read a powerful, personal poem about her experiences with rape, abuse and miscarriage — experiences that many other women have as well. "This is the … [Read more...] about Amid #MeToo, Majority of Graduation Speakers at Top Colleges Are Women
Supported by Americas By ELISABETH MALKINAPRIL 9, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story SAN SALVADOR — When Teodora del Carmen Vásquez walked out of the Ilopango women’s prison a few weeks ago, she embraced her parents, her teenage son — and a movement to change an anti-abortion law that stole more than a decade of her life.In El Salvador, where a total ban on abortion leads to an immediate suspicion of women whose pregnancies do not end with a healthy baby, Ms. Vásquez was marked as a criminal after she began bleeding and suffered a stillbirth. Sentenced to 30 years for aggravated homicide, she was released only after the Supreme Court ruled that there was not enough evidence to show she had killed her baby.“This is the moment to speak out, this is the moment to act,” said Ms. Vásquez, who was the spokeswoman in prison for a group of two dozen women accused as she was. “With … [Read more...] about They Were Jailed for Miscarriages. Now, Campaign Aims to End Abortion Ban.
On Halloween, Lauren Carawan will be 15 weeks pregnant – just into her second trimester.She’s grateful for the timing of her fourth baby.If she had become pregnant just a few weeks later, she’d need to find a new OB-GYN practice, different from WomanCare Centers, whose midwives safely delivered her first three children.As a patient insured by Anthem, Carawan, 34, is among a large contingent of Hampton Roads women left scrambling after hearing that Mid-Atlantic Women’s Care is terminating its contract with Anthem on Nov. 1 following years of failed negotiations. Patients can stay with their doctors but will likely pay higher, out-of-network prices.For many, that won’t be an option.It’s clear the split will have a sizable impact in Hampton Roads, but it’s unclear exactly how many women will be affected. Mid-Atlantic oversees 30 practices from Franklin to Nags Head – including seven in Chesapeake, five in Norfolk and seven in Virginia Beach. … [Read more...] about “Where are we supposed to go?”: Women scramble to find doctors before practices drop Anthem
My husband and I knew we wanted to start a family right away. So, we were completely over the moon a few weeks after our honeymoon when we actually found out that we were pregnant. It was my first pregnancy, so I didn't know what to expect. I didn't realize everything was going to hurt so bad. Everything was sore.Our initial reaction was to call close family. They called extended family. And I remember texting pictures of the positive results to some of our close friends, who were overjoyed as well. Even though I have a Ph.D. in reproductive biology, and know that 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies result in miscarriages, I couldn't help but share the good news. We were just so happy. I don't know if I was just on a high from the wedding or having gotten pregnant on my honeymoon, but everything felt like it was on track. Our dreams were coming true.We even gave the baby a nickname. After our honeymoon, my husband and I were calling each other Eagle Ray One and Eagle Ray Two. So, my … [Read more...] about ‘How I Told My Mother About My Miscarriage’