South Africa: Need for national traction on reproductive justice in South Africa following elections

by Marion Stevens Director: Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition, South Africa 16 July 2019    On 7 July 2019 the Weekend Argus reported that the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Health, MEC Nomafrench Mbombo, had authorised the addition of seven new facilities to provide safe, legal termination of pregnancy to women across the Western Cape. This was as a result of “calls for improved access to facilities where pregnancy can be terminated safely to curb … Continued

Jamaica: The time has come to make access to abortion services legal (BLOG)

The abortion debate in Jamaica is as old as time but there has barely been any positive action to provide women with access to safe, legal and affordable services to terminate pregnancies. Instead, we pussyfoot with our obligations and responsibilities. We pretend abortion services aren’t needed and shouldn’t be allowed and carry on as if a handful of liberal minded Jamaicans are trying to take the country down a path of destruction.

Germany: Government law reform proposal maintains abortion stigma

  by Stephanie Schlitt   The timing and content of the German government’s proposed way forward to address the use of Penal Code §219a to target physicians providing lawful abortion services has been roundly criticised for failing women and their health care providers.[1] In force since 1933, §219a is entitled “advertisement for termination of pregnancy” and criminalises those who offer abortion services “for material gain or in a grossly inappropriate manner”. In Germany, abortion is a … Continued

Senegal’s harsh abortion law imprisons women and girls

Senegal’s criminal code completely prohibits abortion, while the Code of Medical Ethics allows an abortion if three doctors agree that the procedure is necessary to save the woman’s life. This is so stringent that the possibility of a legal abortion is very rare.[1] Ultimately, almost no one succeeds, forcing women to turn to unsafe options – carrying risks of complications, imprisonment, and social stigma. Fatou Kiné Camara, President of the Association des Juristes Sénégalaises (Association … Continued

Legitimising reproductive decisions: a gesture in support of freedom and dignity

by Agustina Ramón Michel, Silvina Ramos, Mariana Romero Perfil, 18 March 2018   Perfil published a report on 18 March 2018 of an opinion poll on abortion by Amnesty Argentina as well as the following blog, which discusses the results. The blog was originally in Spanish. Below is a translation into English of the summary of the blog with the original Spanish summary. The background to this news can be found here, here, and here. … Continued

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