INDIA – Abortion law reform passes lower house of Indian parliament

The Government of India passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy amendment bill on 17 March 2020 in the lower house of India’s parliament. A report of the statements made by members reveals hopes for this law reform that are highly unlikely because of the limited changes it permits, for example: “The Bill will bring about socio-economic change and give a woman reproductive rights,” said Dr Shrikant Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena). Chandeshwar Prasad (JD(U)) said, “The Bill … Continued

INDIA – Population is exploding, punishment works: the chupke chupke (hush hush) act

“The first week of February saw the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2020 being introduced as a private member’s bill in the Rajya Sabha [Council of States, Parliament of India]. There was not much fuss or attention. One can say it went unnoticed in the public like a hush-hush matter. If the bill ever becomes an Act, it will be the unprecedented law in India to punish families for having more than two children.   The bill proposes that “there is … Continued

THAILAND – Constitutional Court orders revision of Penal Code (Articles 301 + 305) that punish abortion

The law on abortion in Thailand says abortion is not permitted unless the woman’s health is at risk or the pregnancy is due to rape or incest. The Penal Code Article 301 says: “Any woman causing her own abortion or allowing another person to cause it shall be punished with not more than three years of prison or a fine of not more than six thousand Baht, or both.” On 19 February 2020, in response … Continued

FEATURE: INDIA Prime Minister’s Cabinet tables proposal for abortion law reform

On 29 January 2020, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Modi published the text of a bill to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. The bill is to be introduced in the ensuing session of the Union Parliament, where it will be debated. A summary of the current law, the amendments it proposes, and responses to the bill by leading NGOs working for abortion rights in India are reported below. Text in quotes is taken direct from the source.

INDONESIA – Effect of a smartphone intervention on self-managed medication abortion experiences among safe abortion hotline clients: a randomized, controlled trial

Objective: To investigate the impact of a smartphone app providing information and support for medication abortion on the ‘feelings of support’ and ‘preparedness’ among clients of Samsara, a safe-abortion hotline in Indonesia.

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