SOUTH KOREA – Abortion providers protest against new abortion restrictions by refusing to do abortions

The 1953 abortion law in South Korea, allows abortion in cases of rape, which must be proved by the woman, incest and when her health is at risk, in which case the partner’s consent is required. Initiated by the women’s movement, this law is under review by the country’s Constitutional Court. But the Court recently reported their ruling was delayed indefinitely. A news story reported that early in August, the Health Ministry issued revised regulations … Continued

IRAN – Women’s bodies have become a battleground in the fight for Iran’s future

A regressive law to boost the population has restricted the reproductive choices and rights of all Iranian women. In the early 1990s, Iran had one of best family planning programmes in the developing world. From 1980 to 2010, it managed to cut the average number of children each woman bore from six and a half to two. But these gains have since been reversed and all Iranian women are suffering under regressive legislation passed in … Continued

INDIA – Teenage cancer patient who was raped seeks abortion

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday constituted a medical board at JJ Hospital in response to a plea by 13-year-old girl, who was diagnosed with cancer of the blood at age 10, to terminate a pregnancy from rape, which was in the 24th week. Around three months ago, she told her mother that she had missed her menstrual cycle. Her mother ignored it, assuming it was due to her health condition. On 5 September, when … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Brisbane mother slams Catholic Church for ‘linking abortion with child abuse’

A woman with a child in a north Brisbane Catholic school, who recently had an abortion that went wrong, says the Catholic Church Diocese “overstepped its bounds” with a “highly misleading” newsletter about the state’s proposed new abortion law. The letter was sent to parents across 141 Catholic schools. It claimed – falsely – that the state government’s draft bill would allow “abortion until the day that a baby is born”. In fact, the bill … Continued

ARGENTINA – 3,700 people, mostly women, formally leave Catholic church over stance on abortion

More than 3,700 people have submitted apostasy requests to the Argentinian synod in protest against the Church’s heavy-handed anti-abortion campaign during the debate in the Senate, according to César Rosenstein, a lawyer and founding member of the Argentinian Coalition for a Lay State. “Apostasy is an important symbolic and political act,” said Rosenstein, who said that visits to the group’s website had shot up since the vote from 100 daily unique users to around 40,000 … Continued

URGENT SOLIDARITY REQUEST: GUATEMALA * PLEASE SIGN TODAY!! –  7 September 2018

Message from Guatemala: (English version below) Es un gusto saludarles desde el Centro de Derechos Reproductivos. Abajo encontrarán una declaración que hemos preparado acerca de la situación en Guatemala alrededor de la iniciativa de ley 5272. Incluye una declaración en español, una en inglés y un conjunto de tuits preparados para que conjuntamente usemos. Recomendamos que, a pesar de que la declaración está en inglés y en español, todas las organizaciones, así su idioma de … Continued

ALGERIA – Abortion has not been legalised in Algeria

According to the Algerian Association for Family Planning, there are 8,000 cases of abortion recorded each year in Algeria, of which 200-300 are clandestine. Algeria has remained one of the most restrictive countries in the region as regards abortion. The Penal Code articles 304 to 310, dated 1966 and 1982, criminalise everything from ‘inciting’ someone to have an abortion, e.g. through discourse, posters, publicity, public meetings, groups, or illustrations. Punishment is by various fines and/or … Continued

MOROCCO – Health Minister removes misoprostol from pharmacies for six months and a safe abortion advocate is arrested soon after

Mr M Anass Doukkali, current deputy of the Party of Progress and Socialism in Morocco, has been Minister of Health in Morocco since 22 January 2018. He has a background in chemistry and physics, employment, hospital administration and transition to democracy, but no apparent history of knowledge on women’s health issues. On the Ministry’s website a new policy on use of medications has been announced based on “health, development and human rights”. But “les droits … Continued

STOP PRESS: ARGENTINA – Two women have died from complications of a clandestine abortion since 8 August

Two women have died in Buenos Aires province since the Senate vote on 8 August. One report has just arrived of a woman who had five children, as we go to press, with no other details. The other was reported on 14 August – a 34-year-old woman who had two children. She had been admitted to Manuel Belgrano Hospital the night before in poor condition, with a stalk of parsley in her cervix. Doctors carried … Continued

ARGENTINA – Majorities protecting rights: the 2018 abortion reform in Argentina

The Argentinian abortion reform, closely followed in the entire Latin American region, is extremely relevant, first and most obviously, from the perspective of equality and rights protection… [But it] is relevant also from a perspective attentive to the texture of the political and legal interactions on display.

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