MADAGASCAR – Attempt to legalise therapeutic abortion sabotaged

  During consideration by the National Assembly of Madagascar of a bill supporting family planning, an amendment to delete Articles 22 and 23, which would have permitted therapeutic abortion, was passed on 13 December 2017. As a result, no grounds … Continued

ZIMBABWE – Illegal abortion: a major public health concern

When Ms Mapingure was raped during an armed robbery in 2006, she never imagined that events of that fateful night would haunt her for the rest of her life. Soon after the incident she reported the matter to the police … Continued

INDIA – Courts and medical reports are not the answer

According to an article in the Lancet of December 2015, 15.6 million abortions occurred in India, of which 73% were sought outside health facilities, despite India having a very liberal abortion law. In 2017, in what was considered a landmark … Continued

BOLIVIA – Legal abortion access expanded in Bolivia: a national grassroots movement to save women’s lives celebrates success

In a major step forward for reproductive rights in Bolivia, women and girls can now access safe, legal abortion in the first eight weeks of pregnancy under a broad range of circumstances. This historic law change, enacted on 15 December … Continued

EL SALVADOR – Salvadoran court rejects appeal of Teodora Vasquez

A woman in El Salvador who has an abortion, a stillbirth, or a miscarriage can face up to 50 years in prison, charged with aggravated homicide by police and a judiciary who do not seem to see any difference between … Continued

POLAND – Disastrous effects of the anti-abortion parliamentary debate about two abortion-related bills

    The disastrous effects of the first Polish anti-abortion law, dating from 1993, are the more so important in the light of the parliamentary debates on 10 January 2018 on two civic bills, the “Save women” bill on women’s … Continued

RHM – Reproductive health in humanitarian settings (2 articles)

1. Protecting safe abortion in humanitarian settings: overcoming legal and policy barriers by Akila Radhakrishnan, Elena Sarver, , Grant Shubin Reproductive Health Matters Nov 2017;25(51):40-47 https://doi.org/10.1080/09688080.2017.1400361 Abstract Women and girls are increasingly the direct and targeted victims of armed conflict … Continued

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