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Advocates laud India’s Supreme Court decision to uphold a single woman’s right to late term abortion

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  • Advocates have hailed India’s Supreme Court Justice D.Y. Chandrachud’s decision to uphold a woman’s right to an abortion up to 24 weeks into pregnancy regardless of marital status.
  • Chandrachud’s ruling effectively granted the petition of a 25-year-old single woman who sought abortion after her relationship failed.
  • Earlier this year, the Delhi High Court denied the woman’s right to terminate her more than 20-week-old pregnancy, arguing that the law for such late-term abortions did not cover unmarried women.
  • India’s 1971 Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act had limited access of the prodecure to married women, divorcees, widows, minors, "disabled and mentally ill women" and survivors of sexual assault or rape.
  • The Supreme Court, however, noted that the “decision to have or not to have an abortion is borne out of complicated life circumstances, which only the woman can choose on her own terms without external interference or influence.”
  • PARI (People Against Rapes in India) founder Yogita Bhayana called the ruling a “a first step, it is a progressive step."

Advocates are hailing India’s Supreme Court’s decision upholding a woman’s right to an abortion up to 24 weeks into pregnancy regardless of marital status as a “milestone.”

Supreme Court Justice D.Y. Chandrachud handed down the decision on Thursday that an unmarried women cannot be denied their right to a late-term abortion. 

‘She-Hulk’ star Jameela Jamil opens up about her abortion amid GOP’s proposed national ban

  • British actor Jameela Jamil recently commented on the bill introduced by politician Lindsey Graham (R, SC) on Tuesday that seeks to ban abortions following 15 weeks of pregnancy nationwide.
  • Speaking on “The View,” Jamil, 36, said she was “horrified by it,” adding, “I'm deeply saddened. It's such a personal thing."
  • She also opened up about a previous abortion during her appearance on the show, explaining that she needed to have one after the condom she was using broke.
  • “I took the morning after pill within six hours, which is way before the end of when you're supposed to take it,” Jamil explained. “And because I was over 175 pounds, it didn't work on me. And the pharmacist didn't tell me that. That's not general knowledge: if you're over a certain weight, it's less effective."

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” star Jameela Jamil recently opened up about a previous abortion and commented on politician Lindsey Graham (R, SC) introducing a bill that seeks to ban abortions following 15 weeks of pregnancy nationwide.

Speaking on “The View” on Wednesday, Jamil, 36, commented on the Republican Party’s latest efforts to establish a nationwide abortion ban, mainly Graham’s bill introduced on Tuesday that bans abortion in the U.S. except for cases of incest and rape, among others.

Democratic Rep. Judy Chu among 181 arrested during peaceful abortion rights protest at Capitol

  • Rep. Judy Chu (D, CA-27) was arrested and issued a citation during a peaceful abortion rights demonstration at an intersection between the Russell Senate Office Building and the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
  • Chu's spokesperson Lacy Nelson said the 68-year-old Southern California legislator was sitting with 180 other demonstrators when the U.S. Capitol Police arrested them at around 1 p.m.
  • Chu, the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress in 2009, was released around two hours after her arrest.
  • The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24; as a result, access to abortion is no longer considered a constitutional right, and individual states now dictate reproductive healthcare.
  • Chu, the principal sponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act, has repeatedly spoken out about the ruling, saying it will severely impact AAPIs and communities of color who encounter various types of barriers to abortion care, from economic and language to legal.

Rep. Judy Chu (D, CA-27) was among the 181 protesters arrested during a peaceful abortion rights demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

The 68-year-old Southern California legislator was sitting with 180 other protesters in an intersection between the Russell Senate Office Building and the Supreme Court building when the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) arrested them at around 1 p.m. on Thursday, according to Chu’s spokesperson Lacy Nelson.

Olivia Rodrigo has choice words for SCOTUS overturning of Roe v. Wade at Glastonbury performance

  • Olivia Rodrigo paused during her Glastonbury Festival performance on Saturday to address the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • “I’m devastated and terrified that so many women and so many girls are going to die because of this,” Rodrigo expressed.
  • After identifying the five justices that voted to overturn the precedent by name, Rodrigo declared, “I hate you” before performing “F*ck You” with Lily Allen.
  • Olivia Rodrigo has joined the many AAPI celebrities and lawmakers who have condemned the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • The ruling to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision makes abortion no longer a constitution right, allowing states to make individual decisions on reproductive healthcare.

Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen dedicated “F*ck You” to the U.S. Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Olivia Rodrigo paused during her Glastonbury Festival performance on Saturday to address the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States with Lily Allen by her side.

Women in Japan will only be able to get abortion pills with their partner’s permission

  • With the upcoming approval of the abortion pill in Japan, women will be required to obtain their partner’s consent before taking the pill.
  • Japan’s 1948 Maternal Protection Law currently requires women to receive “spousal consent” for surgical abortions.
  • Campaigners in Japan are currently advocating to remove spousal consent.
  • Oral contraceptives were approved in Japan 40 years after their introduction, while Viagra, an erectile dysfunction drug, was approved after just six months.

Japan is expected to approve abortion pills later this year although “spousal consent” will be required to receive a prescription. 

Linepharma International, a British pharmaceutical company specializing in women’s sexual and reproductive health, applied for approval of their abortion pill in December 2021. The drug combines two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, and is currently being used in more than 70 other countries.

Savita Halappanavar’s story takes the spotlight amid intensified debate on Roe v Wade overturning

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  • On Monday, Politico published a leaked draft opinion suggesting that the Supreme Court could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision protecting rights to abortions.
  • “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the draft. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
  • After the story came out, social media users were reminded of the tragic story of Savita Halappanavar, a dentist in Ireland of Indian origin who died from septicemia (sepsis) in 2012 after being denied an abortion.
  • Savita's death sparked national outrage and helped lead to the eventual legalization of abortion in Ireland.

Following the recent leak of documents suggesting that the Supreme Court could soon overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, putting abortion rights and access at risk, social media users are remembering the story of Savita Halappanavar.

The 1973 decision, in which the Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution protects a pregnant individual’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without government restriction, outlawed many U.S. federal and state abortion laws.

Olivia Rodrigo voices support for abortion rights: ‘Our bodies should never be in the hands of politicians’

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  • In the wake of the recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion in favor of overturning the 1973 landmark decision on Roe v. Wade, pop star Olivia Rodrigo spoke out in support of abortion rights during her concert in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night.
  • “Our bodies should never be in the hands of politicians,” Rodrigo said. “I hope we can raise our voices to protect our right to have a safe abortion, which is a right that so many people before us have worked so hard to get.”
  • Rodrigo is one of the latest celebrities to use their platform to advocate for abortion rights, following George Takei, Olivia Munn and many others.

Filipino American pop star Olivia Rodrigo spoke out in support of abortion rights during her concert in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night.

In the wake of the recently leaked Supreme Court documents in favor of overturning the 1973 landmark decision on Roe v. Wade, the singer-songwriter took a moment to advocate for the right to legal abortion while on stage for her “Sour” tour on Wednesday night. 

‘How dare they’: VP Harris gives fiery speech on Republican push to overturn abortion rights

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  • At a gala hosted by Emily’s List, a pro-choice political action committee, on Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out against the Supreme Court’s leaked draft in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, calling it a “direct assault on freedom.”
  • Harris addressed attendees saying, “Some Republican leaders are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women. How dare they? How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?”
  • The Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade guaranteed the legal right to access abortion nationwide.
  • The pending renouncement of the 1973 decision would overturn nearly half a century’s rulings on reproductive rights.
  • The draft majority opinion was written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote, “‘Roe’ was egregiously wrong from the start … It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out against the Supreme Court’s pending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, calling the leaked decision draft a “direct assault on freedom.”  

At a gala hosted by Emily’s List, a political action committee that raises funds to elect Democratic, pro-choice women into office, Harris responded to the recent news of the leaked Supreme Court documents revealing that the nation’s highest court had voted to strike down the historic Roe v. Wade decision. 

‘We are at that point’: George Takei warns US ‘beginning to spiral’ after SCOTUS abortion opinion leak

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  • In a Twitter thread yesterday that has since gone viral, actor George Takei, 85, warned that the U.S. has reached a point where things are “beginning to spiral.”
  • He urged readers to not “remain complacent” in light of global inflation, an ongoing pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.
  • Takei also emphasized the importance of voting come November, stating that if we “do not HOLD THE LINE NOW,” the “spiral of chaos” will then continue.
  • Takei ended by warning that “the stakes are too high, the cost too great,” adding, “We must mobilize, and we must defeat this scourge. NOW.”
  • The posts come after a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, which guarantees Americans constitutional protections to abortion rights, was leaked earlier this week.
  • Takei, a Japanese American and World War II incarceration camp survivor, has historically been outspoken about several political issues, describing his dark childhood as highly influential to his identity.

In a Twitter thread yesterday that has since gone viral, actor George Takei, 85, warned that the U.S. has reached a point where things are “beginning to spiral.” 

The posts come just after a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, which guarantees Americans constitutional protections to abortion rights, was leaked earlier this week.

Wisconsin Democratic lawmaker sparks fury for calling women ‘birthing bodies’ in defense of abortion

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A Democratic legislator in Wisconsin has drawn backlash on Twitter after referring to women as “birthing bodies” while defending abortion.

Rep. Francesca Hong, who serves the 76th Assembly District, was among many to comment on the recent leak of a Supreme Court draft expected to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which would make abortion immediately illegal in at least 13 states. “Birthing bodies have the right to freedom,” Hong wrote in a tweet. “Deciding if or when to become a parent is one of the most personal, life-changing decisions. Access to abortion and reproductive care is a decision we must trust each person to make based on what’s best for their health & their future.”