What’s Current: Federal judge rules women can get abortion pill without doctor visit during pandemic

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  • A US federal judge suspended a rule requiring women during the COVID-19 pandemic to visit a healthcare provider in order to obtain an abortion pill. In the decision, District Judge Theodore Chuang stated:

“Particularly in light of the limited timeframe during which a medication abortion or any abortion must occur, such infringement on the right to an abortion would constitute irreparable harm.”

  • UK Victims’ Commissioner Dame Vera Baird highlighted an ongoing lack of prosecution for rape and sexual assault offenses and stated that the Crown Prosecution Service is “enabling persistent predatory sexual offenders to go on to re-offend.”
  • Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, revealed that 3,600 rape cases were repeated nationwide since the start of lockdown measures.
  • A study published by the American Psychological Association found that Black women are often overlooked in social justice movements.
  • In northeastern India, a father strangled his 17-year-old daughter, who had recently become pregnant as a result of rape, in an apparent “honor killing.”
  • A UK man who identifies as a woman admitted to three counts of making indecent images of children was sentenced to nine months in prison.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.