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Last Australian state decriminalizes abortion

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Australian legislators from across the political spectrum vote to overturn the laws that date back to 1900 and meant women seeking an abortion in Sydney or elsewhere in the state and their doctors could face up to 10 years in prison

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates hold a protest rally outside the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney on August 6, 2019. Scores of protestors gathered outside the NSW Parliament ahead of debate on Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Proposed New Zealand abortion law to give women right to choose

Aug 05, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The bill, to be introduced to parliament on August 8, will be a conscience vote rather than along party lines

[OPINION] Lives in danger: Extrajudicial killings and the denial of abortion

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:40 AM

Permitting access to safe and legal abortion saves lives; extrajudicial killings take them away

Court rules abortion services can continue in Missouri – for now

Jun 01, 2019 - 12:46 PM

The license of the sole clinic that performs abortions in Missouri will remain in effect until a ruling on a petitioner's request for preliminary injunction

Pro-choice supporters and staff of Planned Parenthood hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, Missouri, May 31, 2019, the last location in the state performing abortions, after a US Court announced the clinic could continue operating. - A US Court on May 31, 2019 blocked Missouri from closing the clinic. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Major film studios threaten to boycott Georgia over abortion law

May 31, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Film studios like WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures, and NBCUniversal are threatening to pull their productions out of Georgia due to its controversial abortion law

Louisiana lawmakers pass fetal heartbeat abortion ban

May 30, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Supporters hope the bill will lead to the long-sought conservative goal of overturning the landmark 1973 ruling known as Roe v Wade, which recognized women's right to abortion

Pope Francis condemns abortion as use of 'paid killer'

May 25, 2019 - 10:47 PM

'Is it lawful to eliminate a human life to resolve a problem? It is lawful to hire a paid killer to resolve a problem,' says the Pope

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Trump says he is 'Pro-Life' but favors exceptions for rape, incest

May 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020,' says US President Donald Trump of abortion, expected to be a hot-button issue in the upcoming elections

'PRO-LIFE.' US President Donald Trump calls himself "pro-life" amid backlash from several states' newly passed anti-abortion laws. File photo by Doug Mills/POOL/AFP

Eva Longoria warns abortion bans endanger women

May 19, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The actress warns of a 'domino effect' with a dozen other Republican-controlled US states seeking to restrict the rights of women to abortion

US actress Eva Longoria smiles as she arrives for the screening of the film "Rocketman" at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 16, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

Will the US Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights?

May 18, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Forty-six years after its landmark Roe v Wade decision, the high court is at the heart of a heated offensive led by states with conservative majorities who oppose the voluntary termination of pregnancy

PROTEST. Activist Tamara Stevens with the Handmaids Coalition of Georgia leaves the Georgia Capitol after Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) addressed an event to speak out against the recently passed "heartbeat" bill on May 16, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by John Amis / AFP

Alabama senate passes toughest abortion ban bill in U.S.

May 15, 2019 - 2:43 PM

The text passed by the Republican-led senate is sent to Governor Kay Ivey's desk for signature into law and, if approved, is expected to trigger a legal battle which could reach the Supreme Court

Hollywood loves Georgia's low taxes but fumes over strict abortion law

May 12, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Celebrities led by Alyssa Milano have threatened in late March to refuse to work in Georgia if it adopted the new abortion restrictions

South Korean constitutional court orders abortion ban be lifted

Apr 11, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The abortion ban limits women's rights to pursue their own destinies, and violates their rights to health by limiting their access to safe and timely procedures,' the court says in a statement

DECRIMINALIZING ABORTION. South Korean women's rights activists react after the constitutional court's ruling on decriminalization of abortion during a rally against the abortion ban outside the court in Seoul on April 11, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Anti-abortion film 'Unplanned' a surprise box office success in the U.S.

Apr 06, 2019 - 4:22 PM

The 'pro-life' movie produced by a Christian studio brings in more than $8.6 million to date

U.S. state Georgia passes bill banning first-heartbeat abortion

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Georgia's lower house approves the 'heartbeat bill' which prohibits abortions as soon as the first beats of the fetus are heard – from 6 weeks – something that happens when most mothers still don't know they are pregnant

Mississippi moves to ban abortion if heartbeat detectable

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:17 AM

The 'Heartbeat Bill' makes exceptions for medical complications, but not for cases of incest or rape

With eye on 2020, Trump seizes on abortion issue

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:00 PM

In a State of the Union speech that had been billed as promoting unity, Trump seizes upon one a divisive issues in the US: abortion laws

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Doug Mills/AFP

US top court delays litmus test on abortion

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:30 AM

A clinic and two doctors offering abortions appeal to the Supreme Court to block a law that restricts access to abortion

PRO-CHOICE. The US Supreme Court delays an abortion rights test case in February 2019. File photo shows abortion rights activists outside of the US Supreme Court on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

Painful gynecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric's emotional account of an agonizing treatment she received after a miscarriage leads other women to speak up, too

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Daniela Drandic is a member of the parents advocacy group RODA (Parents in Action), which launched an action to warn against painful gyaecological procedures and abusive comments from medical staff provoking a tide of #MeToo testimonies across the Balkans, Photo by Stringer/AFP

U.S. Supreme Court rejects state efforts to block abortion funding

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:08 PM

The US Supreme Court leaves in place lower court decisions that found that states violate federal law when they terminate Medicaid contracts for Planned Parenthood

SUPREME COURT. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

What happened after I wrote articles on abortion

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:21 PM

In the Philippines, where abortion is illegal, an investigative piece on abortion triggers a slew of surprising emails

Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,' says Pope Francis

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Humanizing abortion laws

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:46 PM

It’s time we have a more open discussion of abortion and the need to relax our laws to allow women access to safe medical abortions

Newsbreak Chats: Rice crisis, Arroyo as House Speaker, other top stories in August 2018

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: the ongoing rice crisis, the tussle between Customs and PDEA, changes in the House, backdoor abortion in the Philippines

Indonesia drops abortion charge against teen raped by brother

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

The Jambi High Court on Monday agrees to drop the abortion charge against the teenager following an appeal by her lawyers

Secret service: Underground doctors induce safe abortions

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Conclusion: A group of medical doctors in the Philippines risk careers to help women, in the belief that it is their duty to ensure the mental and physical well-being of their patients

How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Part 2: The methods used by backstreet abortionists in the Philippines are barbaric, as told by women who experienced it themselves

Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online

The week in photos: August 4-10, 2018

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Marches and tears on eve of vote to legalize abortion in Argentina

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Abortion is a thorny issue in Argentina – which is mostly Roman Catholic and the home country of Pope Francis, the first pontiff born in Latin America

PRO-ABORTION. Activists in favor of legalizing of abortion hold a march disguised as characters from Canadian author Margaret Atwood's feminist dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale", display green headscarves as they perform at the 'Parque de la Memoria' (Remembrance Park) in Buenos Aires. Photo by Alejandro Pagni/AFP

[OPINION] It’s time for the Philippines to decriminalize abortion

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Most of the women who are hospitalized and die from complications from unsafe abortion are poor, Roman Catholics, married, with at least 3 children, and have at least a high school education

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

May 26, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) Counting is under way, with the 40 constituencies to declare individual results before the full final declaration at Dublin Castle

REFERENDUM. A voter arrives at St Annes school, in South Dublin, Ireland on May 25, 2018, during the Irish referendum on liberalizing the abortion law. Photo by Paul Faith/Rappler

Ireland to hold abortion referendum in May

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:23 AM

The referendum will ask voters if they want to keep the constitutional restriction on abortion or repeal it and allow the Irish parliament to legislate on the issue

PRO-CHOICE. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2017 protesters hold up placards as they take part in the March for Choice, calling for the legalizing of abortion in Ireland after the referendum announcement, in Dublin. Paul Faith/AFP

The week in photos: January 6-12, 2018

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:07 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Participants in the 17th Annual "No Pants Subway Ride" wait for a New York City subway train on January 7, 2018 in New York. The "No Pants Subway Ride" is an annual event started in 2002 by Improv Everywhere in New York, the goal of which is for riders ride the subway train dressed in normal winter clothes without pants while keeping a straight face. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Contraceptives review won't be influenced by politics, hysteria – FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:12 PM

FDA director general Nela Charade Puno emphasizes the agency's review of 51 contraceptives – which could soon lead to the lifting of the SC TRO – is 'technical and scientific in nature and not a political one'

NO POLITICS. FDA chief Nela Charade Puno assures the public the agency is undertaking technical and scientific assessment of 51 contraceptives. Photo from FDA

FDA to certify implants as not inducing abortion – PopCom

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

(2ND UPDATE) With the FDA set to certify contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT as non-abortifacients, the DOH and RH Law advocates expect the Supreme Court to lift its TRO

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

Chile moves to ease strict abortion laws

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:35 AM

If passed the legislation would allow abortion in cases of rape if the mother s life is at risk or if the fetus presents a deadly birth defect

PRO ABORTION. This file photo taken on November 11, 2014 shows activists during a pro-abortion demo in front of La Moneda presidential Palace in Santiago on November 11, 2014. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Lack of sex education hurts female labor migrants

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:03 PM

Getting pregnant has little to do with promiscuity but everything has to do with ignorance

India allows abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

May 17, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The child told authorities she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather but a newspaper quotes the victim s mother as saying she wants the accused to be set free

Deadly secret: The illegal abortions killing Myanmar's women

May 03, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Experts say a culture of silence and scandal around sex could be driving more than a quarter of a million women a year to seek out clandestine and often unsafe abortions

This photo is taken on April 26, 2017 shows a couple sitting at a jetty during sunset in Yangon. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

U.S. to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion – official

Apr 04, 2017 - 5:17 PM

UPDATED In a statement the organization laments the loss of funding by Washington a founding member of the UNFPA

FUNDING CUT. The US plans to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion. Photo from the UNFPA Facebook page

Pope urges prayers for unborn children under threat

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:15 AM

Every life is sacred Let us promote a culture of life as a response to the logic of throwing away and in the face of demographic decline says Pope Francis

Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's square during the Sunday Angelus prayer, on February 5, 2017 in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI

Pope Francis urges compassion for children at Christmas

Dec 25, 2016 - 9:03 AM

Let us allow the child in the manger to challenge us but let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today s world

CHRISTMAS. Pope Francis carries the statue of baby Jesus during a mass on Christmas eve, marking the birth of Jesus Christ. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope gives priests permanent right to pardon abortion

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:25 AM

The move is seen as a significant outreach by the Catholic Church to women

Pope Francis greets the crowd from the popemobile after the celebration of a mass marking the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016 in Vatican. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Trump firm on agenda but says Americans have nothing to fear

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:59 AM

US President elect Donald Trump vows to move aggressively on a conservative agenda but also sought to reassure worried Americans they have nothing to fear from his presidency

US President-elect Donald Trump during an interview with CBS News' '60 Minutes', taped November 11, 2016 and aired November 13, 2016. Photo courtesy CBS News

Dead baby found in Qatar Airways plane toilet

Oct 10, 2016 - 5:42 PM

It is unclear whether the woman gave birth on board the flight or if the body of the baby was somehow brought on board

FOUND IN TOILET. A dead newborn was found in a toilet of a Qatar airways flight to Jakarta.

Polish parliament rejects abortion ban

Oct 06, 2016 - 6:54 PM

The vote comes after tens of thousands of black clad women protested across Poland on Monday as solidarity demonstrations spring up in European capitals including Berlin London and Paris

POLISH ABORTION LAWS. A representative of the legislative initiative 'Stop Abortion' Joanna Banasiuk (R) speaks in Parliament, in Warsaw, Poland, on October 6, 2016. Photo by Pawel Supernak / PAP / AFP

Cardinal Tagle breaks silence: Condemn murder

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle denounces not only extrajudicial killings but also other forms of murder such as abortion

'PROMOTE LIFE.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle denounces all forms of murder, from extrajudicial killings and abortion, as he promotes 'integral life.' File photo by Noli Yamsuan