INDIA – Rape survivors’ right to abortion: Are doctors listening?

  This article is a compelling analysis of the problematic role of doctors in India in dealing with the need for abortion following rape and sexual abuse, in the context of the abortion law and the role of the courts. … Continued

HONG KONG – Reasons for “illegal abortions” in Hong Kong

  High costs for private hospitals and overburdened public health services in Hong Kong are being blamed for women turning to the black market or backstreet clinics on the mainland for abortion help. Local lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun, who represents the … Continued

NEWS SHORTS- LEBANON / JORDAN / TUNISIA – NORTHERN IRELAND – NEW ZEALAND

LEBANON / JORDAN / TUNISIA    ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ and menstruation seclusion laws abolished Within weeks of each other, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia closed legal loopholes that allowed rapists to escape criminal convictions by marrying the survivors. On August 16, Lebanon’s parliament voted to abolish Article … Continued

PHILIPPINES – A women-run crime ring is selling abortifacients outside the main church in Manila

“For poor Filipinas with unwanted pregnancies, this is what reproductive care looks like: The drug deal takes place in the back of a sedan, parked near one of Manila’s most exalted cathedrals. The dealer, Elsa –  not her real name … Continued

INDIA – Need an abortion: join the long march to the Supreme Court in Delhi

  The Supreme Court on Friday said that a minor rape victim should not be forced to knock the doors of the court for getting permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual offence.   On 25 August, … Continued

SRI LANKA – Sri Lanka authorities arrest Indian man for smuggling abortion pills

  Sri Lankan customs authorities arrested an Indian man who flew in on a Sri Lankan plane for allegedly smuggling 16,930 misoprostol pills (or 1,630, depending on the source) – described in one news article as “highly potent” – into … Continued

India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury

On 28 July, the case of a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexual abused by her uncle hit the news in India. According to reports, the family approached the district court in Chandigarh for permission for the child … Continued

President Duterte told: Therapeutic abortion is allowed in current law to save women’s lives

Therapeutic abortion, or the medical procedure that terminates pregnancy to be able to save the life of a woman, is allowed in the Philippines, according to Clara Rita Padilla, Executive Director of EnGendeRights, a Philippine women’s health group. The statement … Continued

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