As the turbulence of Brazil’s political climate and sexual politics overall continues, the abortion rights debates decidedly intensified in November 2017 (check here for updates in Portuguese). As reported by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion on 24 November, Amendment No.181, a provision aimed at including right to life from conception into the Constitution, was approved by a Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November.
Global abortion rights do not escape politics, but rather become embedded in national democratic struggles over abortion.
Care in Chaos, a documentary by the US feminist news wire, Rewire, recently received the “Best Documentary Short” award from the Nevada Film Festival. It examines how policing practices and policies in Charlotte, North Carolina and Fargo, North Dakota impede … Continued
The “Yogyakarta Principles plus 10” were released on 27 November by a group of 33 international human rights experts following a meeting in September 2017 in Geneva. The new principles reaffirm and expand understanding of international human rights law relating … Continued
by Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team, 2017 This is the first comprehensive paper about the criminalization of self-induced abortion in the USA and efforts to eliminate threats, while increasing protections, for people who end pregnancies outside the formal healthcare system. … Continued
Estimating abortion safety: advances and challenges by Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, Amanda Cleeve Lancet 2017;390(10110), 25 Nov–1 Dec:2333-34 https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32135-9 Bela Ganatra and colleagues present an innovative and important analysis of global abortion safety, in which they attempt to move beyond the … Continued
Two study cohorts were created: women with and women without a confirmed IUP. An IUP was defined as the intrauterine location of a yolk sac or fetal structure visible by ultrasound. Women with an IUP were selected randomly and included in the IUP cohort. Efficacy of MTOP, defined as no continuing pregnancy and with no need of surgery for incomplete TOP.
‘We are all Rebeca!’ Rebeca Mendes is a thirty-year-old Brazilian woman, divorced, with two children and a precarious job. She is also a 4th year law student, with a scholarship awarded by the federal government. In such circumstances, she also … Continued
Abortion providers in France are mobilising to retain Cytotec for abortion (or an affordable substitute). The decision to withdraw Cytotec from the market in France following complaints that it had caused problems for several women who had been given … Continued
The Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid has published an “Integrated plan for the consideration of unwanted pregnancies in the Community of Madrid 2017-2010” in which they propose to prioritise the use of medical abortion over the use … Continued