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

Official launch: Youth Strategy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Europe and Central Asia

YouAct, in partnership with ASTRA Youth, PETRI-Sofia, Y-PEER, and YSAFE launched a project in 2016 aiming to develop a strategy on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), by youth, for youth. This initiative was supported by the Council of … Continued

Abortion plea for sexually abused 10-year-old, India

  When a news story reveals a serious instance of injustice, it is not unusual for other stories along the same lines also begin to get into the press and media. This has happened in India with requests for abortion … Continued

Abortion is in the news and in the courts across India

Perhaps the most important headline is that 10 women die every day in India as a result of unsafe abortion. That some 30,200 abortions take place daily in India, half of which are unsafe, causing some 3,600 women to experience … Continued

‘At 11 years old, they’re getting pregnant’: the women smashing Catholic taboos in the Philippines – video

  Such is the stigma around sex education and family planning in the Philippines that 65% of women there still do not use contraceptives. Five years ago the Philippine Congress passed a reproductive health law guaranteeing universal access to family … Continued

Central government has been delaying law reform on abortion for fetal anomaly post-20 weeks since 2014

 Delay in amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act to provide women more time to seek abortion after a diagnosis of serious fetal anomaly is forcing women to go to the Supreme Court for permission to end their pregnancies. … Continued

Birmanie: le poids de la religion, un obstacle à la dépénalisation de l’IVG

Myanmar: the weight of religion, an obstacle to decriminalisation of abortion Although contraception is freely available, few women know how to use it and young ones, especially in rural areas, are ashamed to try and obtain it. Abortion is legally … Continued

‘I am a criminal. What is my crime?’: the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan

When Maryam had an abortion, her husband beat and humiliated her. Her story is not unusual in Afghanistan, yet illegal, unsafe terminations are on the rise. As a newlywed, Maryam’s husband promised to let her finish her university degree. Then … Continued

After UPR: Philippines SRHR advocates call on the government to provide contraception and decriminalize abortion

    In Geneva on 8 May, the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review raised questions on the compliance of the Philippines government with its commitments on reproductive health and rights, including access to abortion. The Netherlands recommended that … Continued

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