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Women swallow abortion pills at pro-choice Belfast protest, Kim Kardashian meets Trump to discuss prison reform, Serena Williams' returns to tennis with "superhero" catsuit

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By Yomi Adegoke on

Women swallow abortion pills at pro-choice Belfast protest, Kim Kardashian meets Trump to discuss prison reform, Serena Williams' returns to tennis with "superhero" catsuit

By Yomi Adegoke on
  • This week, Northern Irish women took their abortion pills in front of police in a protest against abortion laws in Belfast. Taking the tablets in Northern Ireland is against the law – unless a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health. 

  • Devout Catholic and Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg took to LBC to express his sadness at Ireland's decision to repeal the amendment banning abortion. Marisa Bate wrote about his attempts to hide his misogyny behind the church: "I support the right to religious beliefs but, fundamentally, I support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body, as do the majority of people who voted in the Republic of Ireland last week."

  • Grace Coddington has collaborated with Louis Vuitton to produce a collection of clothing and accessories that will be available from October this year. Her two cats, Pumpkin and Blanket, and designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s dog, Léon, serve as the line's inspiration. 

  • In a move that confused many, Kim Kardashian West met President Donald Trump this week to discuss prison reform. But what some didn't realise was that she was lobbying for a potential pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who is currently serving life in prison.

  • Samantha Bee was forced to apologise this week after calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" on her regular show, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee. But what's in a word, asked Marisa Bate. And doesn't it feel good, sometimes, to choose the word that can cause the most damage?

  • When asked about the fall of Harvey Weinstein in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ian McEwan referred to those accusing him as a "mob". Kat Lister wrote that the term suggests "a kind of depraved lawlessness – which strikes an offensively discordant note when contrasted with the powerhouse #MeToo first sought to dismantle: Harvey Weinstein".

  • As Ireland celebrates its decision to repeal the Eighth, eyes have turned toward Northern Ireland, where the practice remains banned. Calls are mounting for Theresa May to back reform, but her fragile parliamentary majority depends on the pro-life Democratic Unionist Party. Gaby Hinsliff said that despite the position it may put May in, Northern Ireland needs politicians to step up and provide abortion rights.  

  • During her 7-6 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open (her first match since giving birth), Serena Williams sported a now-iconic black catsuit. "I feel like a warrior wearing it" she told reporters. "A queen from Wakanda [referring to the Black Panther movie] maybe." 

  • An inquest this week heard that Lucinda Methuen-Campbell took her own life after suffering "botched" mesh-implant surgery, during which a doctor also removed her ovaries without her consent in 2016. Zoë Beaty reported on the case and what it says about women's substandard healthcare. 

  • Men helpfully revealed myriad excuses as to why more women aren't on FTSE 100 boards. The "reasons" included, but were not limited to, "women don't want the hassle", "my other colleagues don't want to employ a woman to the board", and "we already have a woman". Emily Baker came up with a few solutions to their so-called problems. 

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