IRAN – Women’s bodies have become a battleground in the fight for Iran’s future

A regressive law to boost the population has restricted the reproductive choices and rights of all Iranian women. In the early 1990s, Iran had one of best family planning programmes in the developing world. From 1980 to 2010, it managed to cut the average number of children each woman bore from six and a half to two. But these gains have since been reversed and all Iranian women are suffering under regressive legislation passed in … Continued

MOROCCO – Health Minister removes misoprostol from pharmacies for six months and a safe abortion advocate is arrested soon after

Mr M Anass Doukkali, current deputy of the Party of Progress and Socialism in Morocco, has been Minister of Health in Morocco since 22 January 2018. He has a background in chemistry and physics, employment, hospital administration and transition to democracy, but no apparent history of knowledge on women’s health issues. On the Ministry’s website a new policy on use of medications has been announced based on “health, development and human rights”. But “les droits … Continued

ARROW – #OurStoriesOurselves!

On International Women’s Day, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) launched the online version of their publication #OurStoriesOurselves!, which contains stories of women’s experiences of pregnancy, abortion, the consequences of sex, child marriage and more. In addition to the stories of women themselves, the webpage includes podcasts, a photo gallery and images of hand-written journals by women that form the basis of the publication. Here is an excerpt from one of those stories … Continued

FRANCE: CYTOTEC WITHDRAWAL ! – Consequences for African countries close to France of the imminent withdrawal of Cytotec (misoprostol) from the market in France

It seems Pfizer’s decision to withdraw Cytotec (their brand of misoprostol) in France has been ill-thought out. The reason given was that in October 2017 they received reports that its off-label use for induction of labour had caused complications in a few women. We reported at that time that they had the agreement of the French drug regulatory agency ANSM to stop marketing Cytotec in France altogether, even though no problems have ever been reported about … Continued

MOROCCO – Avortement clandestin: Chafik Chraïbi regrette un projet de loi mort-né

  (Clandestine abortion: Chafik Chraïbi regrets that law reform seems stillborn) Chafik Chraïbi, president of the Association marocaine de lutte contre l’avortement clandestin (AMLAC, Moroccan Association of Struggle against Clandestine Abortion), an obstetrician-gynaecologist who has been campaigning for many years for the government to extend access to safe abortion, seems to be losing hope that anything will ever change. But he refuses to stop his fight for the law reform that was agreed in June … Continued

MOROCCO – “Ta ana bnadem (Wellah)” (Pro- Choice) by filmmaker Hicham Lasri [video]

  VIDEO: in Arabic, with English subtitles   Pour le 25 novembre, la deuxième vidéo “Ta ana bnadem (Wellah)” de Hicham Lasri se penche sur l’avortement (For 25 November, this second video by Hicham Lasri raises the issue of abortion) Après avoir dévoilé hier sur YouTube et les réseaux sociaux la première des 3 vidéos pensées et réalisées pour marquer le 25 novembre, journée internationale contre les violences faites aux femmes, le cinéaste Hicham Lasri … Continued

WOMEN ENABLED INTERNATIONAL – Submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: excerpts

Women Enabled International (WEI) and colleagues submitted written comments to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) regarding its Draft General Comment No. 6 on Equality and Non-Discrimination. WEI works at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities around the world. Through advocacy and education, WEI increases international attention to – and strengthens international human rights standards on – issues such … Continued

EGYPT – Draft law to allow very limited abortion access

On 5 December, the Egyptian Parliament’s Health Affairs Committee will resume its discussion of the first Medical Liability draft law, presented by MP Ayman Abul Ela. This draft law clarifies under what circumstances abortion can be carried out. Abortion would be considered legal if the woman’s life is at risk because of the pregnancy or if the fetus has a disorder that makes it incompatible with life. Under this law, abortion surgery would only be … Continued

IRAN: Rise in abortion rates

  According to data released by the Iranian Health Ministry, last year (ending in March), 12,281 women put in applications for the medical termination of their pregnancies. The figure was 23.4% higher compared to the preceding year. “Permission was granted to 8,537 applicants, which indicates that the number of permits increased by 19.8% compared to the preceding year,” said Ahmad Shojaee, head of the Legal Medicine Organization (ILNA) reported. Termination of pregnancy is illegal in … Continued

Maroc: Mouvement Alternatif Pour Les Libertés Individuelles

  28 Septembre : Journée Internationale du Droit à l’Avortement En plus de porter atteinte au droit à la santé et à la vie des femmes en annihilant leur droit à disposer de leurs corps, le Maroc a fait le choix d’infliger des sanctions pénales aux femmes qui ont recours à ces interventions et au personnel de santé qui les pratiquent. Ces articles de lois qui poussent les femmes à avorter dans la clandestinité sont … Continued

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