A hotline was launched in Buenos Aires, Argentina last week to give women information they need to terminate pregnancies using the drug Misoprostol. Created by Lesbians and Feminists for the Decriminalization of Abortion and supported by Women on Waves and the Coordinadora Juvenil por la Equidad de Genero in Ecuador, the hotline plans to give comprehensive information about the use of Misoprostol to induce abortions. If taken within the first nine weeks of a pregnancy, the pill causes the womb to contract and expel a pregnancy.
In Argentina most abortions are illegal except in cases of rape, incest, mental disability or to ensure the woman's safety. According to Women on Waves, approximately 500,000 clandestine abortions are performed in Argentina yearly. Unsafe abortion is the leading cause of maternal mortality in the country as approximately 100 women die from complications every year.
Chile, which has one of the highest abortion rates in Latin America, launched a similar hotline in May.
Media Resources: Women on Waves; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/29/09
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .