Is There a Right to the Death of the Foetus?

Bioethics. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12331
Authors: Eric Mathison, Jeremy Davis
“At some point in the future – perhaps within the next few decades – it will be possible for foetuses to develop completely outside the womb. Ectogenesis, as this technology is called, raises substantial issues for the abortion debate. One such issue is that it will become possible for a woman to have an abortion, in the sense of having the foetus removed from her body, but for the foetus to be kept alive. We argue that while there is a right to an abortion, there are reasons to doubt that there is a right to the death of the foetus. Our strategy in this essay is to consider and reject three arguments in favour of this latter right.”
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The Use of Public Health Evidence in Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt

JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(2):155-156.
Author: Daniel Grossman
“Enacted in 2013, Texas’s House Bill 2 (HB 2) was one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The law had 4 provisions: (1) physicians providing abortion had to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, (2) medication abortion had to be provided according to the protocol described in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved labeling of mifepristone, (3) most abortions at 20 weeks postfertilization or later were banned, and (4) facilities providing abortion had to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. The first 3 provisions went into effect by November 2013; the fourth provision, meeting the standards of ambulatory surgical centers, was enforced only briefly in October 2014 before the US Supreme Court issued a stay.”
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Mother wins right to challenge prosecution for buying abortion pills in Northern Ireland

BMJ 2017; 356:j527
Author: Clare Dyer
“A mother who faces criminal charges in Northern Ireland for procuring abortion pills over the internet for her 15 year old daughter has won permission from the High Court to challenge the prosecution as a breach of human rights.”
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Ceau?escu’s orphans: what a regressive abortion law does to a country

The Conversation, 1 February 2017
Author: Sharon Maxwell Magnus
“Donald Trump’s announcement of the reinstatement and reinforcement of the “global gag” will have a devastating impact in some countries. In developing countries such as Nepal and in Sub-Saharan Africa life chances will be diminished and the abortion rate may even go up. This result was observed in a World Health Organisation study of a previous iteration of this policy which was brought in by George W Bush in 2001 and was rescinded in 2009 by Barack Obama.”
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Never mind America, access to abortion is a ‘nightmare’ for many Australians

The Guardian, 30 January 2017
Author: Van Badham
“It may surprise many Australians to learn that even though the ACT, Tasmania and Victoria have recently passed legislation that prevents anti-choice activists harassing women around health clinics, only the ACT allows women to access safe, legal abortion-on-demand at any time.”
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Dutch commit $10 million to replace lost U.S. abortion funding

Reuters, 28 January 2017
Author: Stephanie van den Berg
“The Netherlands has committed $10 million for an initiative to replace funding for abortion services in developing countries that will be lost due to U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on financing foreign groups that provide abortions.”
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Destroying research embryos within 14 days limits chance of medical breakthroughs

The Conversation, 30 January 2017
Author: Patrick Foong
“Primarily due to moral considerations, stem-cell scientists have to work within many limitations placed on their research. One of these is the 14-day rule that outlaws research on pure human embryos over two weeks old. It is encoded in laws in at least 12 countries, including the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.”
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How Ultrasound Became Political

The Atlantic, 25 January 2017
Author: Moira Weigel
“Opponents of the heartbeat bills have pointed out that they would eliminate abortion rights almost entirely—making the procedure illegal around four weeks after fertilization, before many women realize that they are pregnant. These measures raise even more elementary questions: What is a fetal heartbeat? And why does it matter?”
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Trump reinstates ban on US funds promoting abortion overseas

The Hill, 23 January 2017
Author: Jessie Hellmann
“President Trump on Monday reignited the war over abortion by signing an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or “promote” abortions. The so-called Mexico City policy, established by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, blocks federal funding for international family planning charities that provide abortions or “promote” the procedure by providing patients with information about it, including by offering referrals to abortion providers.”
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Here’s What the Mexico City Policy Means for Women

Time, 23 January 2017
Author: Alexandra Sifferlin
“The policy forces health providers to decide whether to accept the ruling and no longer provide abortion-related counseling services, or reject it and lose U.S. funding that many rely on. Several health and development groups expressed concern about the possible implications on women’s health abroad. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is currently the largest bilateral donor of funding for family planning services, and studies reveal that when the Global Gag Rule is implemented, the number of clinics and family services in a given country drop, sometimes spurring a rise in abortion rates.”
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