Clerical Errors And Confusion: No One Realized When Ga.’s 20-Week Abortion Ban Went Into Effect
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams dismissed a lawsuit that was blocking the ban, but doctors and clinics didn't seem to know that happened. In other news, women are speaking out about their abortions to try to combat any stigma around the procedure.
The Abortion Ruling No One Knew About: Georgia's 20-Week Ban
For nearly seven months, it has been illegal for physicians in Georgia to provide abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy -- but almost no one knew it. Now, everyone is on the same page and lawyers for three obstetricians are appealing a ruling upholding the law. (Grinberg, 5/27)
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U.S. Women Get Creative In Fighting Abortion Stigma
For Amelia Bonow, having an abortion left her relieved that she was not forced to become a mother but, still, she kept her story mostly to herself. Amid a nationwide wave of political vitriol about abortion and the realization that she and her friends had long kept their abortions secret, however, she reached a tipping point and broke her Omerta-like silence. "Hi guys! Like a year ago I had an abortion," she posted on Facebook last fall. Once a friend shared the post on Twitter, the deshaming campaign #ShoutYourAbortion was unleashed. (Malo, 5/26)