POLAND – Widespread opposition and condemnation again stops fundamentalist politicians from punitive law reform

Fundamentalists, led by activist Kaja Godek forced the Social Policy and Family Committee of the Polish parliament to debate the repressive “Stop abortion” bill on 2 July 2018. This bill aimed to criminalise abortions on grounds of fetal impairment, which under the existing narrow law make up 95% of all legal abortions carried out in Polish hospitals. The decision to hold this debate was a surprise, because the Committee had previously said it would not deal … Continued

ARGENTINA – Five letters to the country while the Senate debates the abortion bill

After intense negotiations, the abortion law reform bill that was approved by the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress on 14 June will be reviewed by three Commissions in the Senate. Hearings are already taking place. The final vote is scheduled for 8 August. At the end of June, according to TelesurTV, 27 Senators had said they would vote in favour of the new law, 29 against, and 16 remained undecided, but whether this remains … Continued

TWO ANNIVERSARIES – Teheran Proclamation 1968 that family planning is a human right and the Maputo Protocol 2003 which calls on African States to ensure sexual and reproductive health

  VIDEO                                                                                                      VIDEO   13 May 2018 was the 50th anniversary of the Teheran Proclamation at the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights that “Family planning … Continued

KENYA – Health Ministry in the dock as girl’s death from unsafe abortion and poor post-abortion care is announced

FIDA Kenya and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) Kenya have been in court this month once again, for the continuation of the case they filed challenging the decision by the Ministry of Health to withdraw the Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity & Mortality from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya 2012 in December 2013. They were also representing a petition on behalf of an adolescent girl called JMM who in 2014, at the age of … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Decriminalise abortion: four panellists in a public meeting give their points of view

In Madagascar, abortion is a crime, punishable by the Penal Code, which has been in place since the colonial period, stemming from the Napoleonic Code of 1810. In December 2017, there was an attempt in Parliament, to decriminalise therapeutic abortion. In vain. But as the presidential election approaches, the association which fights for the legalisation of abortion called Nifin’Akanga, named after an abortifacient plant widely used in Madagascar to induce abortion, has revived the debate. … Continued

FEATURE: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion in Malaysia

By Nandini Archer Edited by Marge Berer July 2018   Introduction In spite of sustained advocacy from sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and human rights advocates, and penal code amendments in 1971 and 1989, which opened up more grounds for abortion, access to safe, legal abortion remains heavily restricted in Malaysia. Before these changes, several prosecutions were taken against medical professionals. Since them, only one woman has been prosecuted for abortion – a Nepali migrant … Continued

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY SOUTH KOREA: Rally in Seoul on 7 July 2018

TO: Joint Action for Reproductive Justice network: Center for Health and Social Change, Femidangdang, Femimonsters, Flaming Feminist Action, Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center, Korean Women’s Associations United, Korea Women’s Hot Line, Network for Glocal Activism, Sexual and Reproductive Rights Forum, Womenlink, Women with Disabilities Empathy On behalf of the members of the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion in 119 countries around the world, I am writing to express our solidarity with everyone … Continued

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY POLAND: Why does your government hate women so much?

To the Members of the Polish Sejm and the parliamentary clubs: The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion has nearly 1,300 members in 119 countries who support women’s right to safe abortion. On behalf of all the members of the Campaign, I am writing to urge you to drop this vicious, anti-women, anti-abortion bill. It will not stop abortions, it will not save babies who could not survive on their own no matter … Continued

AFRICA / MAPUTO PROTOCOL – Harmonizing national abortion and pregnancy prevention laws and policies for sexual violence survivors with the Maputo Protocol: proceedings of a 2016 regional technical meeting in sub-Saharan Africa 

BMC Proceedings 2018;12(Suppl 5):5, 24 April 2018  Open access   From the Abstract In April 2016, the Population Council, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, convened a regional meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, geared toward supporting countries in East and Southern Africa in meeting their obligations under the Maputo Protocol. These obligations include expanding access to women’s reproductive health services – especially women survivors of sexual violence. … Continued

CHINA – Jiangxi province has restricted abortion after the 14th week of pregnancy because of the sex ratio imbalance

Jiangxi province’s Health and Family Planning Commission recently issued a notice saying that women who are over 14 weeks pregnant who seek an abortion must have the signed approval of three medical professionals to confirm the abortion is medically necessary, according to the provincial government’s news site jxnews.com. The provincial authorities say this is to help to balance the sex ratio. The report said the authorities will also conduct a special inquiry into the qualifications … Continued

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