NSW AUSTRALIA – Law reform process in parliament postponed by NSW Premier due to anti-abortion pressure

A committee hearing in the upper house of the NSW parliament on the bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales (NSW) opened on 14 August. Religious leaders were among those giving evidence, including Sydney’s Catholic and Anglican archbishops, as well as Jewish, Maronite and Coptic Orthodox representatives. That same day, SBS News reported that two MPs who had voted against the bill had received death threats, which were being investigated by police. The committee … Continued

UK / SPAIN – The Court of Appeal upholds the legality of a buffer zone around a London abortion clinic

The buffer zone around the clinic was imposed by the London council of Ealing in April 2018, but the call to impose national buffer zones around all clinics was rejected by the Conservative government’s Home Secretary in September 2018, in spite of the existence of strong evidence presented to him for imposing them.  This new judgment, handed down by Lady Justice Eleanor King and Lady Justice Nicola Davies is the first at appeal court level … Continued

CALL FOR PAPERS – Submissions wanted on refugee and migrant health (and we add: abortion)

The journal PLOS Medicine will be publishing a Special Issue on Refugee and Migrant Health in March 2020. This special issue seeks to raise awareness of the health threats faced by migrants and refugees and to promote research, service, and policy innovation in this area. The guest editors are: Dr Paul Spiegel, Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA; Dr Kolitha Wickramage, Global Health Research and Epidemiology Coordinator, UN Migration Agency, Switzerland; … Continued

SOUTH AFRICA – Abortion service providers quitting in the face of hostility from colleagues

Lack of support for abortion service providers in the public health sector in South Africa has led to an exodus of qualified people who have been trained to provide abortion services. Stigma and judgement from their colleagues have made their working conditions so difficult that many opt to leave the service rather than continue to work in a hostile environment. According to Kgaladi Mphahlele, the Doctors Without Borders’ Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Manager in … Continued

INDIA – Abortion pills should be everywhere !

I bought them online. They’re easy to get, and they’ll change everything. One afternoon about a year ago, just as the US Senate began considering Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, I logged on to Day Night Healthcare, an online pharmacy based in India, and ordered a pack of abortion pills. A few hours later, I got a call from a Day Night customer service agent with a warning. If my credit card company … Continued

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