Restrictions on the right to abortion: A global shift?

Restrictions on the right to abortion: A global shift? - Civic Space

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What are the implications for freedom of expression following the US Supreme Court decision to end the constitutional right to abortion? Does it mark a social and cultural shift beyond the United States? 


In this podcast, the second in a two-part series looking at the reversal of Roe v Wade in June, Jo Glanville talks to Venny Ala-Siurua, executive director at  Women on Web, a pioneering international website that helps women access safe abortion services and contraception, Lana Dimitrijevic, lawyer and founder of the Women’s Rights Foundation in Malta, and Judy Taing, Head of Gender and Sexuality at ARTICLE 19.

How are women’s rights to freedom of expression and access to information faring on a global level? What role does disinformation play in disrupting these rights, and how can tech companies help? In the current climate, the challenges and obstacles to protecting reproductive rights are huge – and yet the achievements of these leading activists and advocates give reason for hope.  


This is part of the Boundaries of Expression podcast series. Developed by guest editors, the series explores the limits and challenges to freedom of expression and focuses on some of the most controversial and divisive issues of our time.

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The UK Human Rights Act

Why the right to protest matters

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Journalist and editor Jo Glanville

Jo Glanville is a journalist and editor. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, London Review of Books and the Observer, among other publications. She is editor of Looking For An Enemy: eight essays on antisemitism (Short Books, UK; WW Norton, US, August 2022).