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 to women’s health and lives, and violating Poland’s international human rights obligations. The United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has called on the Polish Parliament … Continued
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.
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 the stories of women themselves, the webpage includes podcasts, a photo gallery and images of hand-written journals by women that form the basis of the publication. Here is an excerpt from one of those stories … Continued
This position paper by the Women’s Rights Foundation advocates for all women and girls in Malta to have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health, including access to safe and legal abortion.
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).
This research study asked abortion service providers in Scotland whether they used the term ‘abortion’ or ‘termination of pregnancy’ with their patients and why.
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 grounds of fetal anomaly, even when the fetus is irreparably damaged. Without even pretending that the Polish state is in any way independent from the church, PiS decided that this bill – which aims to … Continued
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 Free Abortion, which takes abortion out of the criminal law and allows abortion on a range of grounds and was endorsed by 71 Deputies, other proposals tabled will also be discussed. The National Campaign is … Continued
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
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 other countries such as Sweden, France and the USA. In Wales, it is still illegal to do so, meaning that mifepristone and misoprostol 1-2 days later still both have to be taken in the clinic … Continued