An international advocacy group is concerned about “restrictive” abortion laws in the U.S. — so it took action. Women Helped Women launched a website that provides advice for women using the at-home abortion pill to induce abortions.
The group is based in the Netherlands and helps women obtain abortions early in their pregnancy who have illegally obtained the abortion pill.
Obviously this is very controversial. The group is helping women with illegal activity, but I think it raises an interesting question: does something being illegal mean it isn’t a noble cause? This organization is trying to help women around restrictive laws, does that mean they are doing good work? Or should they be punished?
I think as more and more people start to pay attention to this we will see the impact of what this group is doing and if there will be any repercussions.
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Dr. Willie Parker is a devout Christian — he also provides abortions in the deep south. In this story he writes about a woman in Mississippi coming to him for an abortion who thought she was nine weeks pregnant. The sonogram revealed she was 13 weeks, there is a 24-hour rule in Mississippi at that time of pregnancy, so she would have to find the thousands of dollars it takes to have an abortion overnight.
She returned three weeks later, 16 weeks and one day pregnant. Dr. Parker had to deny her the abortion. In the personal essay, he talks about how hard this was for him and why he wanted to perform the abortion and help this woman, but if he breaks the law even once, he will never be able to help women in the south who need abortions again.
I liked this piece because it allowed the reader to see a new perspective. By allowing the subject to write it the reader gets to really see what he thinks, not just what he said.
President Donald Trump has stopped all U.S. funds to the United Nations Population Fund. The populations fund is an international humanitarian organization that provides reproductive health care while working to end child marriage and female genital cutting in more than 150 countries.
I found this story interesting because I didn’t know about this organization until I read this story, which is pretty sad because it is doing some good work. Trump pulling U.S. funds means UNFPA will lose $76 million, making it even harder for it to do its work.
Some of this work includes family planning and contraception access. UNFPA does not provide or fund abortions.