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

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

SOUTH AFRICA – Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition members apply to join as a friend of the court to ensure women’s rights to safe, legal abortions are not eroded

On 28 May 2018, members of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC) legal working group applied to be admitted as amici curiae in the matter between The Voice of the Unborn Baby NPC and the Catholic Archdiocese of Durban as Applicants, and the Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Health as Respondents. The SRJC legal working group includes representatives from the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), Women’s Legal Centre (WLC), Lawyers for Human Rights … Continued

MALAWI – Call for Malawi to emulate the spirit of Ireland’s yes decision

Women in Malawi should be given freedom to access sexual and reproductive health services without interference from the state and the church, said Brian Ligomeka, Executive Director, Centre for Solutions Journalism in an interview about the rejection of the former 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. “Malawi as a nation needs to emulate what has happened in Ireland by reforming its abortion law. It is unacceptable for the state and religious denominations to be denying … Continued

KENYA – High Court reviews the petition for reinstatement of the 2012 Standards and Guidelines

The case is about the reinstatement of the Standards and Guidelines on Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya, which was heard from 22–24 May by a five-judge bench at the High Court of Kenya at Milimani in Nairobi, in the Judicial Review Division. The Standards and Guidelines were first published by the Ministry of Health in September 2012. They included up-to-date guidance based on the 2012 WHO Safe Abortion Guidance, and … Continued

ABORTION & REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE CONFERENCE – Rhodes University to host critical dialogues in reproductive justice

Rhodes University’s Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research programme will be co-hosting a flagship conference to address abortion and reproductive justice issues in July. In cooperation with the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa, the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, the South African Department of Social Development, and the Open Society Foundations, the conference – Abortion & Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III – will take place from … Continued

ZIMBABWE- Teenagers are dying and lawmakers call for abortion law reform

Calls to amend Zimbabwe’s highly restrictive abortion law, dating back to 1977, are mounting amid growing awareness of the large number of teenage girls dying from backstreet abortions, activists say. According to UN data, Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality ratio of 443 deaths per 100,000 live births is triple that of South Africa, where abortion is legal. Abortion in Zimbabwe contributes about 16% of maternal deaths, according to Bernard Madzima, head of Family Health in the Health … Continued

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