Ireland is compensating a woman who was forced to travel for an abortion


LONDON — The Irish government has for the first time compensated a woman for the trauma caused when she had to travel overseas to get an abortion. 

Amanda Mellet was told when she was in the 21st week of pregnancy that the foetus had a fatal abnormality and it would not survive. 

In the Republic of Ireland, a constitutional ban on abortion means that only women whose pregnancies put their lives at risk can have access to safe, legal abortion services. This constitutional ban means that abortion is not permitted in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Read more…

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UK women rally to support Planned Parenthood in a post-Trump world


LONDON — A community of British women are rallying to raise money for Planned Parenthood in the wake of Donald Trump’s U.S. election win

The group — UK Friends of Planned Parenthood (UKFPP) — formed after co-founders Helena Horton and Jade Azim read that many American women were rushing to get IUDs (also known as the coil) because they are afraid they will lose access to contraception during Trump’s presidency. 

Their fears aren’t without foundation. Donald Trump stated explicitly in February that he wants to defund Planned Parenthood because he is pro-life. Read more…

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