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

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

INDONESIA – Second-trimester medical abortion outside the clinic setting in Indonesia

Evidence from our analysis suggests that a model of remote provision of support for abortions later in pregnancy by non-medically trained, skilled abortion counsellors could be a safe alternative for women in need of abortions beyond 12 weeks’ gestation in a legally restrictive context.

INDONESIA – Teenage girl released from prison amid calls for reform of abortion laws

Activists have welcomed the release of a 15-year-old girl from jail on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on “humanitarian grounds” following her arrest for an illegal abortion after she repeatedly raped by her older brother. The case received widespread media coverage, leading to renewed calls from women’s and human rights groups for the legalisation of abortion and other guarantees for women’s reproductive rights. The decision to suspend the girl’s sentence, described as rare, came after … Continued

INDONESIA – Protests and demand for review of child rape victim’s imprisonment for abortion

Activists and legal experts have condemned the imprisonment of a 15-year-old girl who was raped by her 17-year-old brother several times during September 2017 and became pregnant. In the sixth month of her pregnancy, she was forced to have an abortion by her mother because of the shame involved when their community learned of the situation. The situation came to light after a fetus was found on the grounds of a plantation in May. The … Continued

SOUTH KOREA – A debate, a rally and other activities in support of abortion law reform

Amid what the Korea Times called “heated public discourse inching towards greater rights protection for women’s autonomy”, Dr Yoon Jeong-won, Head of Women’s Affairs of the Association of Physicians for Humanism, said, at a forum at the National Assembly building on 5 July, entitled “From Illegal Abortion to Reproductive Health”, that Korea should legalise abortion and guarantee women’s health rights by widening abortion choices such as approving the abortion pill. The forum was organised by … Continued

INDIA – Supreme Court says abortion after 20 weeks amounts to murder – in contradiction of previous judgments

On 13 July, Justices Kurian Joseph and Sanjay Kisan Kaul of the Supreme Court of India denied a 20-year-old woman permission to terminate an over-25-week pregnancy, and suggested that such an abortion would amount to murder. They also told the woman’s advocate, Sneha Mukherjee, who is with the Human Rights Law Network, that the ‘unborn child’ should have been represented in court instead of the woman and that she should have been made to hear … Continued

JAPAN – Government suits over forced sterilisation and abortion under former eugenics law

A Hokkaido couple and a Kumamoto Prefecture man have filed suits against the Japanese government on 28 June 2018 over forced sterilisations and abortion under the now defunct eugenics protection law (1948-1996) in violation of their reproductive rights and their constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness. These cases, filed in two district courts, call for a total of 55 million yen in compensation from the central government. The plaintiffs argue that the government and … 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

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