EL SALVADOR – Freed after 15 years in jail

 A 34-year-old woman in El Salvador has been freed after spending 15 years in jail for having a miscarriage. Maira Verónica Figueroa Marroquín was released after her 30-year sentence for aggravated homicide was commuted. Ms Figueroa always maintained her innocence. She said she suffered a stillbirth in a house where she was working as a maid in 2003. She was taken to hospital, arrested and eventually sentenced for inducing an abortion. Her parents, as well … Continued

ARMENIA – Network of advocates for women’s reproductive rights launched in Armenia

In 2017 the Women’s Resource Centre Armenia has launched an initiative to develop a network of experts to advocate for women’s reproductive rights. The Network members are representatives from different organizations and activists who have a background in reproductive rights. An issue of the highest importance currently, on which the network is focussing, is access to abortion. In August 2016 the Armenian Government passed an amendment to the Law on Human Reproductive Health and Reproductive … Continued

CHILD MARRIAGE – Historic drop in numbers of child marriages globally

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 900 civil society organisations from over 95 countries. This month, they called attention to new data published by UNICEF showing a significant drop in the global number of child marriages. UNICEF estimates that globally 12 million girls marry each year before they turn 18; this is a drop from their previous estimate of 15 million per year. The number of women alive today who were … Continued

BANGLADESH – Training in menstrual regulation and post-abortion care by Ipas in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Since August 2017, around 700,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes in Myanmar due to ongoing violence and persecution. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), there are horrific accounts of rape and sexual assault against Rohingya women and girls fleeing Myanmar. After enduring so many hardships during their journey to Bangladesh’s refugee camps, many Rohingya women face an additional injustice: an unwanted pregnancy and little access to reproductive health care. Thousands … Continued

KENYA – How unsafe abortion is draining public health money

According to report recently released in Kenya, entitled The Costs of Treating Unsafe Abortion Complications in Public Health Facilities in Kenya, there were 464,690 abortions in the country in 2012, most of which were unsafe. Of the total, 119,912 – more than one in four – sought treatment for complications, of whom 75,581 were treated in public health facilities. The report was researched and published by the African Population and Health Research Center in collaboration … Continued

Lesotho – Seeking abortion on Facebook

In Lesotho, home to just 2.2 million people and surrounded by South Africa, abortion is strictly illegal, apart from life-threatening cases. Women face being outcast from their communities, or arrested. As a result, many are driven to using the Internet to find an abortion. Research by CNN found that on Facebook, there were dozens of different pages advertising abortions, many featuring stock images of white women popping tablets, or holding pregnant bellies. These posts offered … Continued

Gibraltar – part of the UK but like Northern Ireland, excluded from Britain’s abortion law

Gibraltar is a peninsula hanging off the edge of Spain, separated from Spain by an airport runway, belonging to the UK but excluded from British abortion law. Gibraltar is governed by a 2011 law that is based on the 1861 Offences against the Person Act, which calls for life imprisonment for anyone seeking an abortion or anyone aiding someone else to do so. Two women’s groups have recently become active in Gibraltar as regards abortion. … Continued

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