STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY POLAND: Why does your government hate women so much?

To the Members of the Polish Sejm and the parliamentary clubs: The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion has nearly 1,300 members in 119 countries who support women’s right to safe abortion. On behalf of all the members of the Campaign, I am writing to urge you to drop this vicious, anti-women, anti-abortion bill. It will not stop abortions, it will not save babies who could not survive on their own no matter … Continued

AFRICA / MAPUTO PROTOCOL – Harmonizing national abortion and pregnancy prevention laws and policies for sexual violence survivors with the Maputo Protocol: proceedings of a 2016 regional technical meeting in sub-Saharan Africa 

BMC Proceedings 2018;12(Suppl 5):5, 24 April 2018  Open access   From the Abstract In April 2016, the Population Council, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, convened a regional meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, geared toward supporting countries in East and Southern Africa in meeting their obligations under the Maputo Protocol. These obligations include expanding access to women’s reproductive health services – especially women survivors of sexual violence. … Continued

CHINA – Jiangxi province has restricted abortion after the 14th week of pregnancy because of the sex ratio imbalance

Jiangxi province’s Health and Family Planning Commission recently issued a notice saying that women who are over 14 weeks pregnant who seek an abortion must have the signed approval of three medical professionals to confirm the abortion is medically necessary, according to the provincial government’s news site jxnews.com. The provincial authorities say this is to help to balance the sex ratio. The report said the authorities will also conduct a special inquiry into the qualifications … Continued

CHILE  – Liberal Party of Chile planning a new abortion law reform bill, inspired by Argentina

In response to the success in June 2018 in passing a liberal law on abortion in the lower house of the Argentina Congress, the Commission on Gender of the Liberal Party of Chile has said the party will table another law reform bill which will allow abortion on broader grounds than the law passed in Chile last year. While a new bill may have little or no chance of success in the short run, the … Continued

BRAZIL – Hundreds of women march in Rio to demand legal abortion

Carrying banners reading “The rich abort, but the poor die” and chanting slogans in support of abortion legalisation, protesters in Rio de Janeiro marched from the state assembly to the city council late on 22 June, inspired by the vote in Argentina. In August this year, Brazil’s lower house will debate abortion in a public audience. The Congress’s decision will help the Supreme Court decide on a case presented to the court last year, by … Continued

INDONESIA – The consequences of illegal abortion where methods remain “traditional” and life-threatening

“I became pregnant when I was 16. When I sought help from my family, they disowned me,” 23-year-old Tari (not her real name) said. So she moved from one friend’s place to another, eventually moving to West Java. After she gave birth, her family took the baby but told her she had to leave. She now lives in Jakarta. Despite the hardship, she said she never regretted giving birth. Yamini, a 70-year-old traditional baby masseuse … Continued

TWO NEWS SHORTS: ANTI-ABORTION BEHAVIOUR REJECTED  

AUSTRALIA – Safe zones outside abortion clinics are welcome The New South Wales state government recently passed a law imposing a ban on anti-abortion protests outside abortion clinics. A commentary in response defends the ban by saying: “If you live in Victoria or one of the four other [Australian] states with such bans, then you won’t have seen one of these protests for a few years…. Still, I remember what the ‘protests’ looked like. They were … Continued

JOB ADVERTISEMENT: We’re looking for a new Director!

Job Advertisement: Director Overview The purpose of the Campaign is to build an international network that brings together individuals and organizations with an interest in promoting and providing safe abortion, and to create a shared platform for advocacy, debate and dialogue, and the sharing of skills and experience. The Campaign is looking for a new Director to start as soon as possible. Details Location: London Hours: 35 hours per week Salary: Depending on experience Contract … Continued

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