BRAZIL – ‘A RAPIST IS NOT A FATHER’: Brazilian women protest bill totally banning abortion

  When the vote was taken in the Chamber of Deputies Commission, and 18 men voted in favour with only one woman there to say no, it has been reported that the men celebrated by chanting, “Yes to life, no … Continued

IRELAND – “Every Woman”: NWCI appeals to middle ground on abortion law reform in Ireland

  The National Women’s Council in Ireland will launch a campaign this week to appeal to the “middle ground” in the abortion debate. The campaign, called “Every Woman”, will focus on women’s needs and the realities of their lives rather … Continued

SOUTH KOREA – Petition to government to amend abortion law and approve mifepristone

In September this year, a petition on a government website called on President Moon Jae-in to  amend the abortion law and approve the sale of mifepristone. The government has promised to respond to any petition that gains more than 200,000 … Continued

ISLE OF MAN – Responses to public consultation on the Abortion Reform Bill 2017

  Following permission in January 2017 to bring forward a private members bill, member of the Isle of Man parliament Dr Alex Allinson asked for feedback on the draft Abortion Reform Bill between 7 July and 18 September 2017. The Bill … Continued

USA – Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal on “free speech” rights of so-called crisis pregnancy centres

  On 13 November 2017, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear NIFLA v. Becerra, a dispute over the meaning of free speech. The case is about a 2015 California law requiring the state’s more than 200 “crisis pregnancy centres” … Continued

BRAZIL: URGENT REQUEST FOR SOLIDARITY

Activists and members of civil society who are gathered at the Special Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean in the city of Santiago, Chile from 7-9 November 2017, denounce the threat to sexual and reproductive rights currently taking place in Brazil.

KENYA – Global Gag Rule funding cuts starting to kill

  It’s been 10 years, but Melvine Ouyo remembers the girl well – a 15-year-old who came into the clinic on the verge of death. She was in shock, suffering from an infection developed after an unsafe abortion. “They had … Continued

CANADA – Health Canada greatly reduces restrictions on medical abortion pills

  Health Canada has reviewed current evidence and removed quite a few restrictions on distribution, prescription, and dispensing of mifepristone+misoprostol in Canada. Mifepristone is now covered by federal regulations similar to other prescription drugs, with previous additional restrictions on distribution, prescribing … Continued

INDIA – Government doctors being trained to help women get safe and legal abortions

  The Comprehensive Abortion Care programme is training doctors in abortion laws, medical and surgical abortion procedures, and how to counsel women. On a busy Monday morning in June, Dr Gopal Krishna was suddenly summoned to the emergency ward of … Continued

UK – Anti-abortion protesters target MP’s offices and threaten more

  The Voice for Choice coalition in the UK have long been aware of persistent protests by anti-abortion activists outside abortion clinics across the UK. In West London, outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the borough of Ealing, women going … Continued

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