In 2016, the government introduced a new policy to strengthen the national framework for post-abortion care, it offers useful guidance for countries that are contemplating new ways to strengthen the quality of post-abortion care services in accordance with recognized standards of medical ethics and human rights.
Through a critical review of current laws, this paper attempts to explain the legal, social, and cultural factors underlying the discrepancy between restrictive laws and enforcement of the regulation.
South Korean law criminalises abortion with only a few exceptions, such as when pregnancy results from rape or endangers the woman’s life. The Constitutional Court is due to review the abortion law this month. It was this same court that defended the anti-abortion law in 2012 when it ruled that: “Pregnant women’s self-determination should not overrule the fetus’ right to life.” However, since then, there were demonstrations inspired by the strikes in Poland in 2017 … Continued
Please sign two petitions!! While Thailand has safe abortion services, Thai women have unsafe abortions every day because they are confused about the law and do not have good information about the existence of these services. Tam Tang, a group formed by Thai activists who have experienced getting an abortion and have provided help and counselling for women to access safe abortion, have joined with the Choice Network Thailand, Women’s Wellbeing and Gender Justice … Continued
On International Women’s Day, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) launched the online version of their publication #OurStoriesOurselves!, which contains stories of women’s experiences of pregnancy, abortion, the consequences of sex, child marriage and more. In addition to the stories of women themselves, the webpage includes podcasts, a photo gallery and images of hand-written journals by women that form the basis of the publication. Here is an excerpt from one of those stories … Continued
Since August 2017, around 700,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes in Myanmar due to ongoing violence and persecution. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), there are horrific accounts of rape and sexual assault against Rohingya women and girls fleeing Myanmar. After enduring so many hardships during their journey to Bangladesh’s refugee camps, many Rohingya women face an additional injustice: an unwanted pregnancy and little access to reproductive health care. Thousands … Continued
The pro-choice movement in Asia: a retrospective by Dr SP Choong. Founding Member, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) As a founding member of ASAP, I am taken aback to suddenly realize that it’s been 10 years since we adopted the idea of a regional alliance for abortion rights. I guess it has been such an enjoyable and fulfilling ride for me to witness the growth of the pro-choice movement – in different countries, involving different professions … Continued
SheDecides has compiled a list of global events being organised in all world regions. Countdown Europe 2030 report that in Europe, the Swedish Deputy Prime Minister is publishing an opinion piece in Sweden’s largest morning newspaper; Rutgers in the Netherlands are organizing a debate in Amsterdam to raise the interest and solidarity of young Dutch people; Sensoa in Belgium are hosting an event in the federal Parliament around SRHR in emergencies; and the European … Continued
More and more young people have joined together to call for their right to sexuality education. They have been joined by communities, parents, faith leaders and stakeholders in the education sector who increasingly champion sexuality education as an essential component of a good quality education that is comprehensive and life skills-based; and which supports young people to develop the knowledge, skills, ethical values and attitudes they need to make conscious, healthy and respectful choices about … Continued
“Some of the most hotly contested international women’s rights issues today arise from the movement of peoples from one country to another and the practices they purportedly bring with them. In Women’s Human Rights and Migration, Sital Kalantry focuses on immigrants of Asian descent living in the United States who are believed to abort female fetuses because they do not want a female child. While sex-selective abortion is a human rights concern in India, should we, … Continued