Israel Loosens Abortion Restrictions in Response to Dobbs
Following the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday, Israel loosened their abortion restrictions, criticizing the U.S. in the process.
From Yahoo News. Israel on Monday eased its regulations on abortion access in what the country’s health minister said was a response to last week’s “sad” U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
The new rules, approved by a parliamentary committee, grant women access to abortion pills through the country’s universal health system and remove a longstanding requirement that women appear physically before a special committee before they are permitted to terminate a pregnancy….
Under the new rules, Israeli women will now have access to abortion pills at their local health clinics. They also will no longer need to physically appear before an abortion approval committee, and the application form will be shortened and simplified.
Abortion approval committees have been heavily criticized in Israel over the years. While most requests are approved, women have objected to being subject to bureaucracy and a humiliating and intrusive process. Women also can face long wait times before they can be seen by a committee.
Instead, the process will be digitized, and a requirement to meet with a social worker will become optional. The new regulations are set to take effect in three months….
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(Excerpt from Yahoo News. Photo Credit: Canva)
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