FRANCE: STOP PRESS – French High Council for Equality between Women and Men recommends a constitutional right to access contraception and abortion

The French Haut Conseil à l’Egalité entre les Femmes et les Hommes (High Council on Equality between Women and Men) is an independent, national consultative body charged with the protection of the rights of women and the promotion of equality … Continued

FEATURE: ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Network Learning Discussion on Unsafe Abortion

Thabisani Ncube, Sex Rights Africa Network Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of South Africa writes: We carried out a Network Learning Discussion on 26 March 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe, that brought quite a number of civil society organisations (CSOs) with different capacities … Continued

EL SALVADOR – 20-year-old faces prison after giving birth to her stepfather’s baby in a latrine

A year ago today, Imelda gave birth in the latrine at her family’s small, one-room home with curtains for dividers in a small community. She said she did not know she was about to give birth; instead, she told her … Continued

CANADA – Legislation introduced in Alberta to create safe zones around abortion clinics

Legislation that would institute safe zones around abortion clinics would prevent patients from harassment, says Kim Cholewa, clinic manager of Woman’s Health Options, Edmonton’s only abortion clinic, which was established by abortion-rights advocate Dr Henry Morgentaler. “These last couple of … Continued

ENGLAND – Abortion clinic buffer zone imposed by Ealing Council in London

A 100m buffer zone will be created around the Marie Stopes Clinic in west London to stop vigils being held outside the building and harassment and bullying of women and staff entering and leaving the clinic. One source has said … Continued

MEDICAL ABORTION: ESSENTIAL MEDICINES – Realising the right to sexual and reproductive health

Mifepristone and misoprostol were considered ‘complementary’ and qualified for use by WHO when in line with national legislation and where ‘culturally acceptable’. This article argues that these qualifications must now be removed. Continuing to subjugate essential medicines for medical abortion to domestic law and cultural practices is incoherent with today’s human rights standards

CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES – Reproductive autonomy of women and girls under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The present article considers the contribution the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities makes towards affirming the rights of women and girls with disabilities to enjoy reproductive autonomy, including autonomy related to reproductive health, on an equal basis with individuals without disabilities.

NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONS – Global survey of national constitutions: mapping constitutional commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights

The study analyzes domestic constitutions around the world to investigate whether and to what extent the right to sexual and reproductive health is respected, protected, and fulfilled; to what extent these provisions are inclusive and non-discriminatory; and to what degree the interlinkages between this and other human rights are acknowledged.

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