BELGIUM – Belgian bill tabled to extend upper time limit and criminalise anti-abortion protest

The Belgian parliament is again debating abortion. This time, the bill on the table would allow abortions up to 18 weeks (from the current 12 weeks), remove all penalties for women who do not comply with the law, and shorten the mandatory delay period from six days to two days. The bill also creates the “offence of obstructing abortion” penalised either by jail for 3-12 months and/(or) a fine of 100 to 500 Euros. This … Continued

COLOMBIA – Constitutional Court soon to consider further abortion law reform

In 2006, the Constitutional Court of Colombia issued a landmark ruling that decriminalised abortion when the life or health of the pregnant woman is at risk, when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, and when the fetus has a serious condition incompatible with life.  On 17 January 2020, an anti-abortion activist filed a petition in the Constitutional Court of Colombia calling for a blanket ban on abortion, claiming that the legal grounds for abortion … 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

BURKINA FASO – Sexual and reproductive health: ONIDS meets senior nurses and rural health officials

On 30 January 2020, l’Organisation pour les Nouvelles Initiatives en Développement et Santé (Organisation for New Initiatives in Development & Health, ONIDS), a youth organisation working with lawyers, held a workshop in collaboration with the Bogodogo Health District. The theme was achievements and perspectives on SRHR. It was attended by senior nurses of 16 Health and Social Promotion Centres (Centres de Santé et de Promotion Sociale/CSPS) from District 11, Ouagadougou, and the rural community of Saaba. The meeting … Continued

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