INDONESIA – Rape victim age 15 is not at risk of further imprisonment

On 13 August 2018 we published a report that a 15-year-old girl on the island of Sumatra had been released the previous week on “humanitarian grounds” after having been in jail for a month. Although she had become pregnant after having been raped repeatedly by her brother, she was arrested and imprisoned for having had an illegal abortion. The brother did not know she could get pregnant. He was imprisoned for two years for sexual … Continued

SOLIDARITY REQUEST for Gulalai Ismail of Aware Girls: PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION

Gulalai Ismail, is the co-founder and chair of Aware Girls in Pakistan and an award-winning human rights activist. She was detained at the Islamabad airport on 12 October 2018 by the Federal Investigative Agency on her return from the UK. Her passport was confiscated and she was told she would soon be sent to jail in Swabi for speaking at a peace rally on 12 August, where she gave a welcome speech. A police case … Continued

RIGHT TO HEALTH – Criminalising the right to health: the shared struggle of the HIV and safe abortion movements

Both HIV and unsafe abortion endanger life and health and have a disproportionate impact on people living in developing countries

This month, India’s Supreme Court struck down Section 377, a colonial-era law that banned same-sex activity and led to the systemic discrimination and persecution of LGBTQ Indians. This was a huge victory for India and – as two lawyers who have spent decades fighting for the rights of LGBTQ individuals – a very personal one.

INDIA: HOW NOT TO WRITE ABOUT A WOMAN’S DEATH 

Woman’s death from unsafe abortion blamed on “sex selection” without evidence A news report that a 28-year-old woman with three children who had been 7 months’ pregnant had died from a dangerous abortion was offensively illustrated as above. The article itself opens by saying: “The police suspect that the woman was trying to abort the fetus from the third month of her pregnancy after finding out that she was expecting a girl.” In fact, in … Continued

28 September Reports and Articles in the Media

International Safe Abortion Day 2018 received unprecedented attention from media around the world, from countries as diverse as New Zealand, Venezuela, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Croatia. Some countries, like Ireland, India and South Africa generated more media attention than others – and it’s important to flag that since we collected reports in English, but are missing reports in other languages. This is the second year that we have collected media reports on and about the 28 … Continued

SRI LANKA – “If you are not in favour of legal abortion, then you are in favour of illegal abortion.”

“If you are not in favour of legal abortion, then you are in favour of illegal abortion.” – Prof. Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, former President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists In 2017, public debate began once again over proposals to amend the law on abortion in Sri Lanka, with opposition as in the past primarily from the Catholic church. Reforms to the Penal Code of 1883, which permits abortion only if the woman’s life … Continued

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

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