SOLIDARITY REQUEST: EL SALVADOR – Recursos Acción Global #SalvemosAImelda

From 29 November, Las 17, the Salvadoran group who are working to free all women in prison because of pregnancy, have begun a tweetathon. They are asking everyone to send messages via Twitter to the Fiscalía (Prosecutor) in El Salvador calling for her freedom and all charges to be dropped. Contact: @FGR_SV

SOLIDARITY REQUEST: SOUTH KOREA – SIGN Petition to Constitutional Court of South Korea: repeal Criminal Code on abortion

In South Korea, abortion is the only medical procedure included in the Criminal Code (Article 269 and 270) since 1953. Abortion is only legal if the pregnancy causes the woman serious physical health issues, if the pregnancy is a result of incest/rape, or for ‘eugenic’[sic] reasons. The law requires the consent of (male) spouses even with these grounds. Women can be sentenced to a year in prison or ordered to pay a fine of two … Continued

SPOTLIGHT ON A CAMPAIGN MEMBER: CEHAT, INDIA

Integrating Gender in Medical Education: A Guide for Medical Teachers of Obstetrics & Gynaecology on the MBBS Course The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences has taken an important step towards gender mainstreaming and gender sensitisation by suggesting gender-integrated modules in the existing MBBS curriculum. The MBBS is the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree, the primary medical degree. This is part of a larger project on “Integrating Gender into Medical Education” under the aegis of … Continued

GIBRALTAR – Government consultation on reform of the abortion law

Over the past few months, there has been a consultation by the government of Gibraltar, which is a British Overseas Territory, but is not covered by the abortion law of Great Britain. The reason for the consultation is that the judgment of the UK Supreme Court in regard to the abortion law of Northern Ireland will also affect Gibraltar, whose law is not compliant. The consultation document proposed a very narrow reform of the law. … Continued

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The Total Criminalisation of Abortion

“For more than two decades, legislators in the Dominican Republic have debated a new penal code. President Danilo Medina has urged legislators to decriminalize abortion in three circumstances: when the life of the woman or girl is in danger, when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, or when the fetus has serious complications incompatible with life outside of the womb. He twice vetoed penal code reforms that maintained the total abortion ban without exceptions. … Continued

DOWN SYNDROME – Testing times: Down Syndrome and the new abortion battleground

Since 2012, we have seen the widespread international implementation of cell-free DNA screening techniques for Down syndrome, commonly known as NIPT. It involves a simple maternal blood draw. This test is now well-established in the private sector, and public health systems are gradually adopting the procedure as a much more reliable way of assessing the chance that a fetus has Down syndrome.

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