YOUTUBE – Two reports of YouTube censorship: do you know of more??

On 15 January 2018, YouTube removed two videos by Women on Waves and Women on Web. Both channels contained animations with lifesaving information about safe and effective ways to have an abortion with medications. Some of the animations can be … Continued

WOMEN ENABLED INTERNATIONAL – Submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: excerpts

Women Enabled International (WEI) and colleagues submitted written comments to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) regarding its Draft General Comment No. 6 on Equality and Non-Discrimination. WEI works at the intersection of women’s rights and … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – “Controversial” anti-abortion campaign doesn’t deserve an award

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) handed out prestigious Public Affairs Awards to campaigns nominated for their skill and impact in the world of public lobbying. The only nominee (and thus guaranteed winner) for the “best campaign in Northern … Continued

RUSSIA – Vladimir Putin cautions against prohibition of abortion: “nothing should be decided without careful consideration”

  The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has said that nothing “should be decided without careful consideration” in the matter of prohibiting abortions, it is necessary to approach the problem in a balanced way, otherwise clandestine operations that … Continued

USA – Over 200 state legislators announce their commitment to advance abortion rights and reproductive justice in state capitals

Just a few days before the 45th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) announced the launch of the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council, a national network of US state … Continued

TASMANIA – Clinic providing fewer and fewer surgical abortions closes down and offers only medical abortion via telemedicine

In Tasmania, Australia, Dr Paul Hyland had been the main provider of surgical abortion for the past 17 years. But the increased demand for medical terminations over surgery, as well as the costs associated with running a clinic, were why … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Madagascar: background to the rejection of therapeutic abortion in the new family planning law

In Madagascar, the issue of abortion was the main subject of a public debate at the University of Antananarivo in July 2017, organised by the National Council of Malagasy Women, an association of women’s rights groups from across the country. … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Seven boys and seven girls?: A response to Senator Olivier Rakotovazaha

During the debate in the Malagasy Parliament on 13 December 2017, referring to the abortion clauses in the new family planning law, Senator Olivier Rakotovazaha said: “Abortion is not consistent with Malagasy culture. Our blessings encourage even young married women to … Continued

BURKINA FASO – A long road to walk to enjoy a “right”

Alice is a school student in Ouagadougou. Three years ago, she was raped at school by two of her classmates and became pregnant. She sought help from the school’s Health Officer and had a clandestine abortion. Since then, however, she … Continued

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