KENYA SOLIDARITY MESSAGES – Caroline Mwatha

Thank you for your message of solidarity with the Kenya activists and Caroline’s family. It has now been confirmed that she died of excessive bleeding from a botched abortion. A lot is still not clear and the police are said to be continuing with investigations. Please see below for more of the statements of solidarity that have been received so far.   SENT BY: Center for Reproductive Rights, Nairobi, 15 February 2019

UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN -Belgian Minister to take Brussels Declaration ”Right to abortion” to the Commission

Rudy Demotte, Minister-President of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, is due to go to New York for the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, 10-14 March. Demotte’s message is clear: a woman’s right to abortion needs to be hammered home. The trip is with a view to taking the Brussels Declaration, which is calling for legalising abortion, his department reported.  The Declaration gathered more than 2,500 signatures last year (www.droitavortement.com), and champions treating … Continued

CATHOLIC CHURCH – Sexual abuse of nuns: longstanding Church scandal emerges from the shadows

“When a sister becomes pregnant, the priest insists that she have an abortion.” the report added. ‘‘The sister is usually dismissed from her congregation while the priest is often only moved to another parish – or sent for studies.” The sexual abuse of nuns and women religious by Catholic priests and bishops and the abortions that have sometimes resulted has for years been overshadowed by other scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. This month Pope … Continued

ARGENTINA – Queering abortion rights: notes from Argentina

This paper analyses public documents from the abortion rights movement’s main coalition alongside interviews with 19 Campaign activists to examine shifts and tensions in contemporary abortion rights activism. It traces the incorporation of trans-inclusive language into the newly proposed abortion rights bill and conclude by pointing to contextual factors that may limit or enhance the further queering of abortion rights.

NAMIBIA/SOUTH AFRICA – Namibia to decriminalise abandonment of babies, but not South Africa

The government of Namibia has decriminalised the act of abandoning a newborn baby, which gender activists say is usually the result of difficulties in obtaining an abortion. Elsarien Katiti, media officer of Sister Namibia, an organisation that campaigns for women’s rights, discusses this in this BBC audio report.  Statistics from the Namibian police show that in 2017/18, only 25 cases of abandonment of babies were reported, but about 7,300 cases of abortion were recorded. This … Continued

ARGENTINA – Una vuelta de tuerca a la objeción de conciencia: Una propuesta regulatoria a partir de las prácticas de aborto legal en Argentina

A twist to conscientious objection: A regulatory proposal based on legal abortion practice in Argentina: This document is based on research (interviews, a survey, comparative law and comparative experiences) and Argentinian experience, in which we propose how to regulate conscientious objection. It is part of a project of CEDES and Ipas.

ABORTION SUPPORT NETWORK – Expands support to women from Malta and Gibraltar

The Abortion Support Network (ASN), a UK-based charity providing financial assistance, practical information and accommodation to those living in countries with restrictive abortion laws, announced today that they have expanded their services to people resident in Malta and Gibraltar. Anyone in those countries will be able to ring the ASN helpline, visit their website or send an email and receive confidential, non-judgmental information about the least expensive way to arrange abortion, travel to England, Netherlands … Continued

KENYA – Caroline Mwatha, human rights defender, found dead: family challenges claim of dangerous abortion as the cause

Caroline Mwatha, a Kenyan activist whose work involved lobbying against extra judicial killings by police, had been missing for a week before a mortuary came forward to say they had her body. Amnesty International had raised the alarm over her disappearance. A police source said that she had died at a clinic where she had gone for an abortion. The owner of the clinic and a doctor came forward and admitted that “they took the … Continued

CROATIA / BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – Developments on abortion and conscientious objection in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

The cost of an abortion in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) is two times lower than in Croatia. More women from Croatia are consequently deciding to have an abortion in BiH. Even though doctors can claim conscientious objection in both countries, the situation in Croatia is worse as public pressure to refrain from abortion is higher there. The problem in Croatia is worst for women from smaller towns and villages who may find that no one … Continued

NORTH MACEDONIA – New draft law on abortion adopted by the Government of North Macedonia

The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia announced that the new Draft Law on Abortion has been adopted and that it will be submitted to the Parliament. H.E.R.A. – Health Education and Research Association, together with 21 CSOs as part of the Platform of Gender Equality welcomed the adoption of the new draft law, in the drafting of which their representatives participated.  The existing law prevents women from receiving abortion services on time, often … Continued

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