South Korea: Joint Action for Reproductive Justice formed & activities for 28 September

  Joint Action for Reproductive Justice, a network of Korean feminist groups and organizations, and many other feminist groups and individuals,took part in the Global Day of Action this year. In Korea, the Criminal Code Articles 269/270 makes all abortions illegal, with punishments of imprisonment or a fine for women and imprisonment and loss of employment for providers. The Mother and Child Health Act (1973, amended 1986 and 2012)permits abortion with the women’s and spouse/partner’s … Continued

SRI LANKA: Male medical doctors brief male religious leaders on abortion law reform

  An all-male group of medical doctors representing the Sri Lankan Health Ministry met with a group of all-male religious leaders of the Congress of Religions in Colombo to explain and discuss proposed amendments to the abortion law. Prof Sujeewa Amarasena, Professor in Paediatrics, Ruhuna University Medicine Faculty, said the recommendations had been made to decriminalise abortion and allow for medical termination of pregnancies only in three specific circumstances under strict regulations.The three instances were … Continued

Thailand: Choice Network Of Thailand

    Bangkok: Pro-Voice 4: Abortion 4G The Choice Network of Thailand, with over 80-member organisations, held the 44th meeting under the ‘Pro-Voice 4: Abortion 4G’ on 27 September. We aim to make all options available to women experiencing an unintended pregnancy. This meeting also wished to celebrate the solidarity and support health services for safe and legal abortion. The morning session began with our look-back on ‘Pro-Voice 3: Safe and Legal Abortion’, held last … Continued

Nepal: Beyond Beijing Committee

  Celebrating Safe Abortion Day with National Youth Council (NYC) on 22nd Sept 2017 in New York City, and… Beyond Beijing Committee celebrated Safe Abortion Day, marking the 11th amendment of the civil code of Nepal which made abortion legal. And commemorated those women who lost their lives due to unsafe abortions #safeabortion #srhr4all #womenrights #sep28

India: FPA Kalchini Branch – Free abortion services for 28 Sept

  The Kalchini branch of the Family Planning Association of India observed International Safe Abortion Day by setting up a free abortion camp at their office in Kalchini today. A member of the association, Tushar Chakraborty said that along with the camp being set up in their office, free abortion services will also be available in various other parts of Kalchini. http://siliguritimes.com/international-safe-abortion-day-kalchini/

Japan: Space Allies- Feminist festival draws 500 participants, Tokyo

  On September 29, we held a big feminist festival in the Metropolitan Tokyo area, in which more than 500 women gathered. Most participants are the leaders of the women’s liberation movements since the 1970s. The list of participants included an incumbent member of parliament, an ex-member of parliament, and many feminist musicians. In this festival, along with many feminist songs and dances, the leaders of various area of the women’s liberation movements made a … Continued

More Reports from 28 September

Thousands march in Dublin 30 September (40,000 reported by RTE ; 30,000 reported by Irish Times). In her opening speech, Abortion Rights Campaign member Angela Coraccio said the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which gives equal rights to a fetus as to the woman carrying it, is “an instrument of torture” and described the country’s current abortion laws as “barbaric”. Irish Times 30 September 2017 + ARC Video

Indonesia: Samsara / Women Help Women

  Women Help Women (WHW), in collaboration with Samsara in Indonesia, is working to expand access to information and reliable medicines. Information on the WHW website about the WHO protocols for using mifepristone+misoprostol or misoprostol alone for a safe abortion have been translated into Bahasa, and are being shared by Samsara in Indonesia.   For 28 September, they have developed a web-based list of reliable sources to purchase abortion pills in Indonesia, along with a blacklist of … Continued

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