The Checkpoint Women of Israel

Eighty-five percent of Israel’s checkpoints are inside the Palestinian West Bank. Palestinians traveling from towns and villages, whether to find work or give birth or honor the dead, experience aimed guns, hard questions and long waits. Every day, roughly 50 to 100 of Machsom Watch’s 400 Israeli women go out…

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Teenager Was Held in Maximum-Security Prison, May Face Manslaughter Charges After Self-Induced Abortion Failed

Massachusetts teenager Amber Abreu was recently held for 3 nights in the state’s maximum-security prison for women while her family raised $15,000 for bail, an amount inconceivable to a young woman whose Dominican street remedy for ending an unwanted pregnancy collided with American ambivalence about abortion. The inner-city resident was…

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