FRANCE – “The French Senate isn’t exactly a progressive chamber…”

On 7 June 2019, the French Senate adopted a bill increasing the upper time limit for women to have an abortion on request from 12 weeks to 14 weeks. Laurence Roussignol, the French Socialist Party Senator who presented it, said: “There is no scientific consensus on a necessary time period” within which to access a safe abortion and that the change “represents an improvement in the sexual and reproductive rights of women”. However, although the … Continued

Joint statement on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights – PLEASE SIGN THE STATEMENT

The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), AWID, Centre for Reproductive Rights, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Hivos, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Plan International, Rutgers, Sexual Rights Initiative, Swedish Association for Sexuality and Education, and Youth Coalition have developed a joint statement on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights for delivery at the upcoming 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council (24 June – 12 July 2019) in … Continued

ARGENTINA – De la Clandestinidad al Congreso

From Clandestinity to Congress: This 30-page publication by the Red de Acceso al Aborto Seguro Argentina (Network for Access to Safe Abortion Argentina, REDAAS) is an analysis of the events that took place during the legislative debate on the Law for the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy in Argentina in 2018.

ZAMBIA – Conscientious objection to abortion: Zambian healthcare practitioners’ beliefs and practices

This in-depth study of conscientious objection to abortion provision in Zambia is based on qualitative interviews (n=51) with practitioners working across the health system who object and do not object to providing abortion services in accordance with their cadre. Interviews were conducted in September 2015. Regardless of whether practitioners self-identified as providers or non-providers of abortion services, they presented similar religiously-informed understandings of abortion as a morally-challenging practice that is, or not, shifted from iniquity to acceptability based on the reasons for which it has been requested or the likelihood of unsafe abortion if services are not provided.

BRAZIL – Constitutionalising abortion in Brazil

The purpose of this article is to examine how the ADPF 54 decision contributed to the constitutionalisation of abortion. First, it established the right to life as a non-absolute right, granting constitutional legitimacy to the system of legal exceptions. Second, it signalled the balancing of constitutional rights as the reasoning paradigm for this issue. Third, in framing the controversy as a matter of balancing constitutionally protected rights, the positions established in the Court ultimately recognized crucial understandings of women’s rights.

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