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A Woman's right to choose

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A Woman's right to choose

         Women's rights arguments in favour of abortion

 

 

  1. Woman have a right to decide what to do with their bodies
  2. You can’t have gender equality without the right to have an abortion
  3. Banning abortion puts woman at risk by forcing them to use illegal abortionists
  4. The right to an abortion should be part of a group of pregnancy rights that allows woman to have a free informed choice to end a pregnancy 

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Patient’s Right to Know

Started by Mrs.B. Last reply by Chris Nov 23, 2016. 39 Replies

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Abortion – A Different Perspective

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Andy Stout Oct 7, 2016. 43 Replies

Yet another piece I wrote a LONG time ago, but considering the current attacks on a woman's right to control her own body, I think the relevance of the following still maintains.  Let me know what…Continue

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Prosecuted for Having Abortions

Started by Mrs.B. Last reply by Chris Apr 21, 2016. 7 Replies

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Comment by Stephen 11 hours ago

I agree Suzanna working-class woman are not believed when they say they have been sexually harassed. men will often say it was only banter, I dare say it will take longer for a working-class woman to gain the same protections as there better off sisters.

Comment by Suzanna 13 hours ago

It sounds like vasectomy will remain illegal in Poland, which is a shame because i think everyone should have say over their contraception.

I'm also pleased that the ball has started rolling on sexual harassment, hopefully it will filter down. I've heard that the less privileged are the most likely to suffer, so people of colour, disabled and LGBT people are not only taken less seriously or suspected of lying when they do speak up, they are the most likely to get harrassed in the first place.

Comment by Chris 22 hours ago
Comment by Chris 22 hours ago

I'm glad that women (and some men) are speaking out about sexual harrasment in the workplace. Hopefully it will continue and move on to encompass hostile work places in general.

Comment by Chris 23 hours ago

Do the Women marching for a womans right to choose (in Poland, a predominantly Catholic country) mean it's illegal for men to have vacectomies?

For what it's worth According to catholic doctrine it is illegal for men to have vacectomies.

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Comment by Stephen on January 11, 2018 at 18:01

Majority of Irish Cabinet wants to repeal Eighth Amendment

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/majority-of-cabinet-wants-to-r...

Comment by Mrs.B on January 11, 2018 at 17:46

That's the only thing that makes sense to me. This is something between woman & doctor so she should be able to take her dosages home & take them when she has her privacy, then if she needs a follow up with her dr. she can make that appointment without anyone else being involved.

Comment by Stephen on January 11, 2018 at 17:31

Open Letter to Chief Medical Officer – Decision to allow abortion pill at home must be defended

We write with reference to your recent report that The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) intend to legally challenge the decision of Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, to enable women, for whom it is clinically appropriate, to take Misoprostal – the pill that completes an abortion – at home.
We write in support of Dr Calderwood’s decision and to urge her, and the Scottish Government, to strongly fight this legal action, if raised.
We believe that the decision to designate a woman’s home as a place where abortion treatment can be completed is progressive and in line with modern medicine. Abortion is vital, routine healthcare that around one in three women will experience in her lifetime.
In particular, we would highlight the effect which the change will make to the lives of women in Scotland:
Home administration will mean that the current arrangement – of a woman requiring to attend the Hospital to be provided with the first pill and then sent home, only to require to go back to the Hospital to be administered the second pill and then sent back home again – will be a thing of the past.
It will end the horrendous experience of abortions commencing on public transport due to outdated legislation which takes no account of medical advances or the reality of women’s lives.
The flexibility of home administration will undoubtedly benefit women who struggle to access services for a range of reasons including: domestic abuse, inability to get time off work and childcare arrangements.
In addition, it will benefit rural women who struggle geographically and financially to access such healthcare. Too often finding enough money for the required travel and accommodation is a huge obstacle in women’s access to abortion.
The change brings Scotland in line with the United States, France and Sweden who allow women to take one, or both, abortion pills at home. It is also important to note that women in Scotland were already permitted to take this medication at home, but only following a miscarriage. This demonstrates that the medication is perfectly safe and that there is no clinical reason why it cannot be taken at home.
We also note various international studies which demonstrate the safety and clinical appropriateness of women taking one or both of the abortion pills at home. This provides more flexibility while maintaining safe and effective abortion healthcare.
We believe that Dr Calderwood’s decision is not only legally sound but also has many positive and progressive benefits for women in Scotland.
Yours sincerely,
Jillian Merchant, Vice Chair, Abortion Rights
Abortion Rights Committee Scotland
Dr Wendy Savage, Chair, Doctors for a Woman’s Choice on Abortion
Gordon MacRae, Chief Executive, Humanist Society Scotland
Davena Rankin, Chair, Unison Scotland’s Women’s Committee
Lawyers for Choice
International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion
GMB Scotland
Fire Brigades Union Scotland
Richard Bentley, Managing Director, Marie Stopes UK
Mara Clarke, Abortion Support Network
Kerry Abel, Chair, Abortion Rights
Natia H Halil, Chief Executive, Family Planning Association
Dr Carrie Purcell, Academic
Lesley Hoggart, Leading Reproduction, Sexualities and Sexual Health Research Group, Open University
Mary Senior, Scotland Official, University and College Union
Ann Gow, President, University and College Union
Scottish Irish Abortion Rights
Bryan Simpson, Better than Zero Campaign and Unite Hospitality
Sister Supporter
London Irish Abortion Rights
Alliance for Choice, Belfast

Comment by Suzanna on January 3, 2018 at 14:55

Good news for Canada.

Chris, I've heard similar things about women who have miscarried, chosen not to have children or just couldn't have them. People sometimes let their ego get in the way of being kind.

 

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