TO THE EDITOR – “Abortion reversal” is unnecessary

  In late 2017, the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care published an article entitled “Progesterone for preventing pregnancy termination after initiation of medical abortion with mifepristone”. The article purported to argue, using the example of only three cases, that women who have decided to use medical abortion pills to have an abortion might change their minds after taking the mifepristone, and that it would therefore be useful to have an “antidote” to … Continued

GREAT BRITAIN – Documenting the harassment of anti-abortion protests

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) is a charity that offers abortion care, contraception, STI testing, miscarriage management, and pregnancy counselling to nearly 80,000 women each year via clinics in England, Wales, and Scotland. As part of their advocacy work, they have been running the Back Off campaign to introduce legal buffer zones around abortion clinics and pregnancy advisory bureaux since 2014, based on evidence collected from their clients that protests outside clinics are distressing … Continued

ARMENIA – Sex selection banned

Armenia, after China and Azerbaijan, is the third country in the world where we have the most abortions of female fetuses. According to the statistics, before a campaign to discourage the practice, between 110 and 120 boys were born for every 100 girls. Pray to bear a son, they say. Abortions based on sex selection were prohibited in Armenia in 2016, because the sex ratio showed a considerable gap between men and women and was … Continued

CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS – Summary of jurisprudence on reproductive rights from UN treaty-monitoring bodies

This booklet summarises the jurisprudence from United Nations treaty monitoring bodies on reproductive rights, particularly the standards on reproductive health information and contraception, maternal health care, and abortion. It is intended to provide treaty body experts and human rights advocates with succinct and accessible information on the standards being adopted across treaty monitoring bodies surrounding these important rights. This booklet is the third edition of this publication. It includes new standards that were issued over … Continued

ASIA SAFE ABORTION PARTNERSHIP: Congratulations on ASAP’s 10th anniversary!!!

The pro-choice movement in Asia: a retrospective by Dr SP Choong. Founding Member, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP)   As a founding member of ASAP, I am taken aback to suddenly realize that it’s been 10 years since we adopted the idea of a regional alliance for abortion rights. I guess it has been such an enjoyable and fulfilling ride for me to witness the growth of the pro-choice movement – in different countries, involving different professions … Continued

SHE DECIDES – Today is the first anniversary of the SheDecides conference 2017

  SheDecides has compiled a list of global events being organised in all world regions. Countdown Europe 2030 report that in Europe, the Swedish Deputy Prime Minister is publishing an opinion piece in Sweden’s largest morning newspaper; Rutgers in the Netherlands are organizing a debate in Amsterdam to raise the interest and solidarity of young Dutch people; Sensoa in Belgium are hosting an event in the federal Parliament around SRHR in emergencies; and the European … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Les discussions publiques autour de l’avortement sont très rares à Madagascar

(Public meetings about abortion are very rare in Madagascar. At this one, the room was full, especially with women. FP2020 is about the need for contraceptive use but its documents also talk about millions of women and young women exposed to the risk of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions globally. Young people are living their sexuality. More than 500 women and adolescents die each year in Madagascar from unsafe abortions. The meeting agreed they need … Continued

IRELAND – Date and draft text agreed for the abortion referendum, while a 2017 ruling that could sabotage it is being examined by the Supreme Court

News is pouring in from Ireland. On 20 February the Irish Cabinet agreed the wording for the draft legislation set the process in motion for a referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. The amendment, passed in a referendum in 1983, gave equal right to life to a pregnant woman and her “unborn child”. Because the amendment was approved by referendum, apparently it must also be removed by referendum. Today, it was announced … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND / UK – CEDAW find that the UK violates the rights of women in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting access to abortion

The Northern Ireland Alliance for Choice has welcomed the report of the CEDAW Inquiry, published on 23 February 2018, which was launched following a submission to CEDAW in 2015 by three Northern Irish groups – the Family Planning Association, Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform, and Alliance for Choice. The submission argued that in NI: “assisting with or procuring an abortion is criminalised, punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and the availability of abortion … Continued

ISLE OF MAN – Two recent surveys give opposite results, showing just how much it matters what you ask

Two surveys of people’s views on changing the abortion law on the Isle of Man were recently conducted. The one was in fact a consultation by the island’s government. The other was a phone survey by an anti-choice group. The two gave very different results, to say the least. The government’s six-week consultation ended on 18 September 2017. In total, 3,644 individual submissions were received including 24 from groups and professional organisations, as follows: > … Continued

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