MEXICO – President wants a referendum on abortion, but rights are not the subject of personal opinion

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said he wants a referendum on abortion, even though his ruling party, Morena, has sufficient votes in Mexico’s federal congress to begin a constitutional reform process to decriminalise abortion up to 12 weeks. His announcement sparked immediate opposition from abortion rights advocates. Mexico’s 32 states consider abortions criminal unless the pregnancy results from rape or if it endangers the woman’s health and life or because of fetal abnormalities. … Continued

MAURITIUS – Seven years after “decriminalisation”: the law remains restrictive, clandestine abortion continues

Complications related to unsafe abortion are decreasing. Attitudes have changed. But abortion is only allowed on four grounds, and many continue to be illegal. A 15-year-old girl recently had an abortion with the help of her 22-year-old boyfriend, who was arrested last Monday. This event creates an opportunity to look back at the situation in Mauritius since abortion was partially decriminalised almost seven years ago. In June 2012, abortion was permitted in the first 14 … Continued

JAMAICA – The time has come to make access to abortion services legal

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.

CHILE – In defence of women: anti-gender campaigns and abortion in Chile

A blog, by Lieta Vivaldi discussing the anti-gender phenomenon in Chile, which has commonalities but also particularities with other countries of Latin America and also Europe. It explores the ways in which the attack toward ‘gender ideology’ have impacted upon the abortion debate and the implementation of the legislation in Chile, discussing some of the challenges feminist activists are facing today with regards the monitoring of the law and the fight for free abortion.

ITALY – United Against Hate – Making Verona a Trans-Feminist City

National and international women’s and feminists’ associations are organising three days of activism in Verona, Italy, in opposition to the 2019 World Congress of Families, which is the world’s biggest gathering of international anti-abortion and anti-LGBT rights activists and their political allies. In 2018, Verona’s local council passed a municipal motion “to prevent abortion” and allow public money to fund anti-abortion groups and dissuade women from ending pregnancies. Italy’s interior minister and deputy premier Matteo Salvini, from the … Continued

What’s been happening in Ireland

Introduction In the midst of the continuing shower of news from all over the world that I share with you, I’ve been collecting stories for a feature on Ireland. This is not a definitive piece, that will come from those who have been on the frontlines, but is based primarily on written information from a few key people and what has been in the media. This history describes an almost unique series of events, and … Continued

EL SALVADOR – Supreme Court commutes prison sentences of three more women

The Supreme Court of El Salvador has commuted the sentences of three more women from among “Las 17”, some of whom have been in prison for a decade and more, who were all prosecuted and imprisoned after suffering miscarriages, stillbirths and other obstetric emergencies. The three women, Maria del Transito Orellana, Cinthia Marcela Rodriguez, and Alba Lorena Rodriguez were met by a group of supporters, family members and in at least one case their children, … Continued

ECUADOR – Debating reform of the 1938 abortion law

In January 2019, Ecuador’s national assembly began to debate a bill on allowing abortion in cases of rape, incest and forced artificial insemination. If it is passed, Ecuador will join other Latin American countries that already allow abortion for cases of rape, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Panama. The bill must go through two rounds of debate in the assembly before a final vote. The legislation must then be approved by President … Continued

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Decisive steps toward comprehensive abortion care

With the support of Ipas, the Coalition of Partners for Reproductive Health (Coalition des partenaires pour la santé de la reproduction) opened a training of trainers workshop in comprehensive abortion care for women on 20 February 2019 in Kinshasa. They say it is time to implement the Maputo Protocol, including the section on abortion, to reduce the high number of clandestine abortions, which are causing cases of death and complications in woman in the DRC. … Continued

GYNUITY HEALTH PROJECTS NEWS

I. Online course for health care providers in Latin America on midwifery and task-sharing Gynuity’s one-day training developed for public sector health providers in Mexico, has been adapted as an online course. It is conducted in Spanish by a team of multidisciplinary facilitators from Mexico and divided into three modules of 75 minutes each. It will take place in May 2019. Details about the course and how to sign up are available en español aqui. … Continued

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