Abortion

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    Video caption: Ros Atkins on… America’s abortion divide

    How abortion rights in the US look likely to be changed by a conservative majority Supreme Court.

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    Video caption: How a Mississippi challenge could upend abortion rights

    The Supreme Court is being asked to overturn the 1973 ruling that legalised abortion in the US.

  3. The Fight For Women's Bodies

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    Video caption: The story of Ireland's landmark vote to legalise abortion.

    Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn follows the story of Ireland's landmark vote to legalise abortion.

  4. Warning after woman dies following termination

    A coroner has written to a hospital trust calling for change after a woman died following an abortion.

    Rhian Rose, from Worcester, terminated her baby at 31-weeks pregnant in a procedure at Birmingham Women and Children's Hospital in November 2019 after the foetus tested positive for Down's Syndrome.

    She then went to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for the second phase of the procedure, where Nicholas Hayward Lane, assistant coroner for Worcestershire said she became unwell and had "clear symptoms of infection".

    Medics had planned for her to deliver the foetus vaginally, however as her condition deteriorated she required an emergency caesarean section and later died as a result of multiple organ failure and sepsis.

    Mr Hayward Lane questioned whether enough consideration was given to whether a C-section would have been a better option for Ms Rose and raised concerns that "enough emphasis is not being given to maternal wishes regarding mode of delivery".

    He also called for more guidance "to assist clinicians when treating mothers in maternity units following feticide".

  5. Benin lawmakers vote to legalise abortion

    Abortion is illegal in many African countries
    Image caption: Abortion without restriction is legal in only a handful of African countries

    Benin lawmakers have voted to legalise abortion in the country, expanding on the restricted circumstances where the practice was already allowed.

    Women can now end their pregnancy within the first three months in cases where it could "aggravate or cause material, educational, professional or moral distress, incompatible with the woman or the unborn child's interest".

    Before, abortion was only legally allowed in limited situations such as rape or incest cases, or if the mother's life was threatened.

    It was also allowed in cases where the unborn child’s health would be severely affected.

    The new law, passed on Wednesday night after a heated debate in parliament, still needs to be ratified by the constitutional court before it takes effect.

    Health Minister Benjamin Hounkpatin lauded the new law, saying it would ease the pain for many women with unwanted pregnancies who “find themselves obliged to risk their lives by using unsafe abortion methods”.

    "In Benin, nearly 200 women die each year as the result of abortion complications," he said.

    Abortion without restriction can only be offered in four out of 54 African countries - Cape Verde, Mozambique, South Africa and Tunisia - but with gestational limits.

  6. Bryan Hughes, Texas State Senator (Republican)

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    Video caption: Stephen Sackur speaks to Texas Republican state senator Bryan Hughes.

    Republicans in Texas have managed to ban abortion in almost all cases in the state. Stephen Sackur speaks to Senator Bryan Hughes. Has a new front opened in America's culture wars?