She was miscarrying at 17 weeks gestation, there was no way to save the dying foetus, but it still had a heartbeat, so the Catholic doctors refused to terminate the pregnancy, allowing septicaemia to develop and eventually kill her.
Cancer doctors are on a collision course with a Catholic health organisation over new religion-based rules which prohibit them recommending contraception to patients taking a drug derived from thalidomide, which can cause severe birth defects.
The Vatican has declared that the attempted ordination of women in the Catholic Church is a crime. I don’t agree, but I’m not Catholic or indeed religious so my view on the crime of attempts at ordaining women is irrelevant. But I do have a view on this: The new rules put attempts at the ordination of women among the… Read more →
Sister Donna Quinn, a Dominican nun, has been involved in pro-choice activism in the United States for many years. From escorting women into clinics and protesting anti-choice legislation to fighting for women’s access to all levels of the religious hierarchy, she has been a long-term champion for women’s rights. She is now under fire from her order for her beliefs…. Read more →
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in consultation with the Vatican, is trying to overturn a court order to remove the feeding tubes from a woman who has been in a coma for 17 years and been assessed as having no hope of any recovery. Why? Because she’s fertile. The other day, Pavlov’s Cat referred to pro-life ideas that construct women… Read more →
Hoyden About Town is looking forward to the finalist voting in the 2008 Weblog Awards. Because it’s school holidays and tigtog and I are family-focussed right now, I’ve put together a few of my posts from the past, in the categories Feminism, Breasts, bodies and birth, Bad science, Big pharma, and Disability. They’re not chosen for any strict criteria – just the posts I found memorable, the ones
The Abortion Law Reform Bill 2008 can be read in its entirety at Austlii. The emergency provisions are not complicated or difficult to understand. They are as follows: Despite any conscientious objection to abortion, a registered medical practitioner is under a duty to perform an abortion in an emergency where th abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the… Read more →
Two of our local Catholic hospital networks have collaborated to offer a new so-called “counselling service, dubbed “Mamreh”. These two hospitals combined have a lot of community credibility already, as they provide the vast majority of private-hospital maternity services in this State. Baby-catching (or baby-cutting-out, for over half the births in these hospitals) is big business around here. Mamreh has… Read more →