FRENCH POLYNESIA – Open Letter to Brigitte Macron (First Lady, France) from En Marche French Polynesia branch

  This open letter from women in the political party En Marche to the First Lady of France asserts the right of women in French Polynesia and New Caledonia to equal treatment in respect of French abortion law and policy … Continued

BRAZIL – Anti-abortion amendment seeks to sabotage a bill in Congress to extend maternity cover to premature births

    An unexpected amendment, scheduled for a vote on 20 September, has been called a “Trojan horse” because it aims to sabotage the real purpose of the bill, which is to create important benefits for women’s reproductive health by … Continued

INDIA – Rape survivors’ right to abortion: Are doctors listening?

  This article is a compelling analysis of the problematic role of doctors in India in dealing with the need for abortion following rape and sexual abuse, in the context of the abortion law and the role of the courts. … Continued

HONG KONG – Reasons for “illegal abortions” in Hong Kong

  High costs for private hospitals and overburdened public health services in Hong Kong are being blamed for women turning to the black market or backstreet clinics on the mainland for abortion help. Local lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun, who represents the … Continued

CUBA – Abortion has been safe and free in Cuba for over half a century

  In 2016, 85,445 abortions were recorded among women aged 12-49 years old, which represents 41.9 abortions per 100 pregnant women. At the same time, contraceptive use is as high as 77.1% of women in stable relationships in Cuba. The … Continued

IRELAND – Eighth Amendment Committee members worried they will be unable to reach a consensus

  Members of the Irish parliament’s Eighth Amendment Committee have expressed doubts about whether they can deliver an agreed set of recommendations on the wording of their report for the abortion referendum, with fears that up to three reports could … Continued

NEWS SHORTS- LEBANON / JORDAN / TUNISIA – NORTHERN IRELAND – NEW ZEALAND

LEBANON / JORDAN / TUNISIA    ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ and menstruation seclusion laws abolished Within weeks of each other, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia closed legal loopholes that allowed rapists to escape criminal convictions by marrying the survivors. On August 16, Lebanon’s parliament voted to abolish Article … Continued

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