Media Outlets Examine COVID-19’s Impact On Abortion Access, Policies Globally

Washington Post: How the pandemic has affected abortion rules around the world
“…Across the globe, the pandemic has made it harder for women and girls to access reproductive services, as clinics close and barriers to medical care rise. The United Nations warned that millions of unintended pregnancies could result, with some 47 million women potentially cut off from modern contraception. Some programs and policies have succeeded in thwarting this trend… But as the pandemic grinds on, the U.N. predictions echo the reality of millions of women in countries without legalized services or plans in place to cope with prolonged disruptions in reproductive care. Here’s a look at six key developments…” (Berger, 9/26).

Guardian: Argentina president under pressure to keep election promise on abortion
“Pro-choice campaigners are renewing pressure on president Alberto Fernández to make good on his electoral pledge to legalize abortion in Argentina. … ‘Society in the 21st century needs to respect the individual choice of its members to freely decide about their bodies,’ Fernández said to applause as he announced [on March 1] he would send a bill calling for abortion under any circumstance for debate within the next 10 days. But on 3 March, Argentina registered its first case of Covid-19. Shortly afterwards, Argentina entered a pandemic lockdown from which it has yet to emerge. … [S]ix months later, with no end in sight to the pandemic, pressure is building on the president to deliver on his promise…” (Goñi, 9/28).

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