EL SALVADOR: STOP PRESS – Evelyn: appeal court hearing 15 August 2019

Posted by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion on  16 August 2019

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Evelyn is one of Las17. The Court of Cojutepeque ignored the evidence of Evelyn’s innocence and sentenced her to 30 years in prison for a stillbirth even though she was a victim of rape, had not realised she was pregnant, passed out from pain and blood loss when she gave birth while on the toilet, and evidence was provided that the death was due to the baby’s aspiration of meconium, none of which is her

NEW ZEALAND – Abortion Law Reform Bill passes first reading by wide margin

Posted by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion on  16 August 2019

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The long awaited, draft abortion law reform bill passed its first reading, 94 to 23, in the Parliament on 8 August 2019. “The biggest change was taking it out of the criminal code, which is very positive,” reported Jackie Edmond, head of Family Planning NZ, since abortion services were still managed through the Ministry of Justice, even though it’s a health service. In the last 10 years, 2,566 women have been told that their request

MEXICO – Bill tabled to reform the Criminal Code to legalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy

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On 30 July 2019, the governing Morena Party’s parliamentarians’ group has tabled a bill to reform the Criminal Code to legalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, so that women are not criminalised and are guaranteed a safe abortion on the health service. The initiative was led by Deputies Nancy Nápoles Pacheco, María de Jesús Galicia Ramos and María del Rosario Elizalde Vázquez. The bill also includes the provision of comprehensive sexuality education,

NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA – The bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW has passed its first hurdle

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The Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019, a private member’s bill to take abortion out of the NSW criminal code, passed the lower house of the NSW Parliament late at night on 8 August 2019 after three long days of debate and several amendments. MPs voted in favour of the bill 59 to 31, with many cheering and clapping after it was passed. The bill now goes to the upper house. For the history leading

ECUADOR – Women demand decriminalisation of abortion for rape victims

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Ecuador’s legislators are currently debating penal reforms, including some that would allow access to abortion in cases of rape, incest and forced artificial insemination. Abortion is currently only allowed when the woman’s health is at risk or if the pregnancy is the result of the rape of someone with a mental disability. Wearing green handkerchiefs and carrying placards reading: “Surviving an abortion is a class privilege”, dozens of women demonstrated in Quito outside the National