Australia – Four Abortion clinics close down
In November 2020 Marie Stopes International was renamed “MSI Reproductive Choices” due to Stopes’ well-documented views on eugenics. Marie Stopes Australia has closed four of its Queensland clinics located in Townsville, Rockhampton, Southport, and Newcastle. The managing director also blamed “stigma” on killing unborn children, which meant that they were not getting any women coming in. MSI now plans to focus on making abortion pills available via telemed also known as ‘DIY’ abortion program. DIY abortion has raised concerns among medical professionals in multiple countries believing this would not benefit women who are trafficked or in hostage situations. Sexually abused minors held captive by their perpetrator and the danger of unsupervised abortion procedures were also concerning. More
USA – Supreme Court refuses to block Texas law banning abortion
The US Supreme Court has refused to block a Texas law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy – which is when the babies’ heartbeat is detected. With a 5-4 vote, justices denied an emergency request by abortion providers for an injunction that would stop the legislation from being enforced while it is challenged in the courts. Private citizens can sue abortion providers and facilitators for at least $10,000 to enforce the law. Those liable even include anyone who drives a woman to a clinic so she can terminate her pregnancy. The Texas law, signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott said on Twitter “Starting today, every unborn child with a heartbeat will be protected from the ravages of abortion,” “Texas will always defend the right to life.” More
USA – Numerous states plan to follow Texas abortion ban
Numerous states – including Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota – may follow Texas‘ newly-implemented ‘heartbeat’ bill and pass similar laws after the supreme court’s upholding of the legislation triggered renewed optimism among pro-life lawmakers. The ‘Texas Heartbeat Act,’ which took effect earlier this week, bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks, before a woman even realizes she’s pregnant. It makes no exceptions for women who became pregnant via rape or incest. However, it does allow a woman to terminate her pregnancy if carrying a baby to term would put her health at risk. The Supreme Court’s decision was nearly enough to bring Idaho’s fetal heartbeat law into effect. Idaho’s legislation, approved in April by Governor Brad Little, is a trigger law that allows the state to enforce an abortion ban if other states do so. But since the federal court didn’t rule on the Texas law’s constitutionality, its decision was not enough to enact Idaho’s legislation. More
USA – South Dakota signs order to block telemedicine abortions
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has issued an executive order that restricts telemedicine abortion by declaring abortion drugs may only be prescribed or dispensed by a physician who is licensed in South Dakota after an in-person examination. It also blocks abortion-inducing drugs from being provided via courier, deliver, telemedicine or mail service. The order also prevents abortion-inducing drugs from being dispensed or provided in school or on state grounds. The order directs South Dakota’s Department of Health to collect data on how often chemical abortions are performed as a percentage of all abortions, including how often women experience complications that require a medical follow-up; and enhance reporting requirements on emergency room complications related to chemical abortion. More.
Argentina – Medical Association: says abortion law unethical
Recently Argentina passed abortion laws for up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and The National Academy of Medicine in Argentina has warned that the abortion law violates the fundamental principles of the ethics of medicine and the defense of life. The academy reiterated “its respect for life from the moment of fertilization,” and criticized the euphemistic definition of abortion as “as access to the voluntary interruption of pregnancy.” The law goes as far as prohibiting conscientious objection, and ignores parental rights when a 14-year-old girl can request an abortion without the knowledge and approval of her parents. More
USA – Florida Abortionist who endangered women now closed
A Florida abortionist owning Venice Women’s Health Center in Port Charlotte has closed his clinic for good after women’s watchdog group investigated his practice. Reprotection, a national group that works to shut down dangerous abortion providers, began its investigation into the clinic after it received reports from pro-life sidewalk counselors who were outside of the clinic at the time learned that the woman had been in the midst of an abortion procedure when she left. The sidewalk counselors helped her obtain emergency medical care.
Reprotection filed several complaints with the Florida government, including with the state health department’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance and Division of Health Quality Assurance, alleging that Azima was a grave threat to the health and safety of Florida women. The group also filed complaints with the state’s elected officials and the governor’s office. The Florida health department ended up opening its own investigation, shortly after which the abortion clinic shut down. During its yearlong investigation, Reprotection found that Azima has an extensive history of medical negligence, including a previous medical license suspension. More