SELF-MANAGED MEDICAL ABORTION – Abortion providers’ experiences and views on self-managed medication abortion: an exploratory study

Data on the practice of self-managed medication abortion are limited, in part because this practice takes place purposefully outside of established healthcare systems. Given this, we aimed to ascertain abortion providers’ familiarity with self-managed medication abortion and associated complications, compare regional differences and evaluate provider attitudes.

NORTHERN IRELAND – UK Parliament includes two amendments in a multi-purpose bill on Northern Ireland that extends the same rights to abortion and same-sex marriage as in the rest of the UK

The UK House of Commons voted on 9 July by 332 for and 99 against to extend access to abortion to Northern Ireland, bringing them in line with the rest of the UK. A similarly large majority passed an amendment allowing same-sex marriage. The motion passed says that the government must lift the ban in the province if a new Northern Ireland executive is not in place by 21 October 2019, something no one thinks … Continued

ROMANIA – Over 30% of hospitals in Romania refusing to provide legal abortions

An article in the publication The Black Sea opens with the story of a young woman who sought an abortion at one the largest regional public hospitals with a gynaecology department. “I asked if they could do a medical abortion there. The doctor said they could not “perform abortions”, that the entire hospital refuses to carry out terminations, or provide medical abortion pills. The doctor recommended a private clinic. The young woman persisted in asking … Continued

EL SALVADOR – El Salvador court set to hear the appeal of Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz

The appeal of Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz, a teenage victim of repeated rape, now aged 21, who was convicted of murder after a stillbirth and who has been in prison almost three years now, will be heard this month, her lawyers said on 10 July. Aged 17 at the time, she said she had had no idea she was pregnant, had experienced a sudden delivery with a lot of pain and loss of blood and … Continued

IRELAND – Facebook and anti-abortion advertisements during the Irish referendum on 8th amendment

In June 2019, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg claims he decided to ban foreign anti-abortion advertisements on the site in the months before the referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Constitution after Irish officials at the Standards in Public Office Commission failed to offer legal guidance because there was no law to base guidance on. He also claimed he did not believe a private company should be taking such decisions. He said he ended … Continued

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