POLAND – UN WORKING GROUP STATEMENT: Poland must not further restrict sexual and reproductive health and rights, say UN experts

Geneva (22 March 2018) – A group of United Nations human rights experts has called on the Polish parliament to reject a new draft bill entitled “Stop Abortion” which will be debated this week and which risks causing serious damage … Continued

MALAWI – Political priority for abortion law reform in Malawi: transnational and national influences

This history of advocacy and campaigning for abortion law reform by a coalition of NGOs and women’s groups in Malawi identifies the factors that helped generate political will to address unsafe abortion, and the consequences of an ongoing backlash against law reform from the international anti-choice movement and their appeal to religious and nationalist values.

ARROW – #OurStoriesOurselves!

On International Women’s Day, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) launched the online version of their publication #OurStoriesOurselves!, which contains stories of women’s experiences of pregnancy, abortion, the consequences of sex, child marriage and more. In addition to … Continued

GLOBAL ABORTION DATA

This report highlights ongoing disparities in abortion rates and differential access to safe abortion services in different regions. It pulls together the latest research on abortion incidence, safety and legality, as well as on unintended pregnancy. Although the worldwide annual abortion rate fell between 1990–1994 and 2010–2014, most of this change occurred in developed regions (from 46 to 27 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age); the abortion rate in developing regions hardly changed (from 39 to 36 per 1,000 women).

POLAND – Bishops in Poland demand a ban on abortion: Government bows down and complies! Polish Women’s Strike respond

On 14 March, the Polish Bishops’ Conference issued a communiqué, requesting the Law and Justice Party (PiS), who are the government party in parliament to immediately start processing the pending draft bill in the Polish parliament, which prohibits abortion on … Continued

ARGENTINA – Opinion poll shows 59% of Argentinians in favour of abortion law reform; three Congressional committees will begin debate on 20 March 2018

On 20 March, members of three different committees in the Chamber of Deputies of the national Congress will start deliberations on abortion law reform. Along with the bill tabled by the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and … Continued

UGANDA – More Ugandan women aged 40 and above seeking abortion services

At a dialogue in March 2018 on the role of religion and culture in regulating sexual and reproductive health and rights, organised by CEHURD, Dr Charles Kiggundu reported that women over the age of 40 are increasingly accessing abortion services, as many as 4 in 10 women who go to Mulago Hospital in Kampala

WALES & NORTHERN IRELAND – Women should be able to take abortion pills at home, says Jenny Rathbone, Welsh Assembly Member

In October 2017, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer wrote to all health boards to say that misoprostol can be used by women outside of a clinical setting after use of mifepristone for early abortion. The change brings Scotland in line with … Continued

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