ALGERIA – Abortion has not been legalised in Algeria

According to the Algerian Association for Family Planning, there are 8,000 cases of abortion recorded each year in Algeria, of which 200-300 are clandestine. Algeria has remained one of the most restrictive countries in the region as regards abortion. The Penal Code articles 304 to 310, dated 1966 and 1982, criminalise everything from ‘inciting’ someone to have an abortion, e.g. through discourse, posters, publicity, public meetings, groups, or illustrations. Punishment is by various fines and/or … 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

STOP PRESS: ARGENTINA – Two women have died from complications of a clandestine abortion since 8 August

Two women have died in Buenos Aires province since the Senate vote on 8 August. One report has just arrived of a woman who had five children, as we go to press, with no other details. The other was reported on 14 August – a 34-year-old woman who had two children. She had been admitted to Manuel Belgrano Hospital the night before in poor condition, with a stalk of parsley in her cervix. Doctors carried … Continued

ARGENTINA – Majorities protecting rights: the 2018 abortion reform in Argentina

The Argentinian abortion reform, closely followed in the entire Latin American region, is extremely relevant, first and most obviously, from the perspective of equality and rights protection… [But it] is relevant also from a perspective attentive to the texture of the political and legal interactions on display.

Abortion in Latin America: Juridical strategies for campaigning for legalisation and confronting the conservative opposition

El aborto en América Latina: Estrategias jurídicas para luchar por su legalización y enfrentar las resistencias conservadoras (Abortion in Latin America: Juridical strategies for campaigning for legalisation and confronting the conservative opposition) Edited by Paola Bergallo, Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra, Juan Marco Vaggione, Sigloveintiuno Editores Argentina, 2018 (462 pages in Spanish)   From the Introduction (translated) What is happening with legality and illegality of abortion in Latin America is as contradictory and diverse as our … Continued

INDONESIA – Second-trimester medical abortion outside the clinic setting in Indonesia

Evidence from our analysis suggests that a model of remote provision of support for abortions later in pregnancy by non-medically trained, skilled abortion counsellors could be a safe alternative for women in need of abortions beyond 12 weeks’ gestation in a legally restrictive context.

BRAZIL – Delays in access to care for abortion-related complications: the experience of women in Northeast Brazil

Around 18 million unsafe abortions occur in low and middle-income countries and are associated with numerous adverse consequences to women’s health. The time taken by women with complications to reach facilities where they can receive appropriate post-abortion care can influence the risk of death and the extent of further complications.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – March against the criminalisation of abortion

On 15 July, hundreds (one report said thousands) of people from more than 100 social and political organisations participated in the “March for Life, Health and Dignity of Dominican Women”, which called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the country on three grounds: when the life of the woman is at risk, in cases of rape or incest, and when the fetus is not viable. The march went from the Dominican Medical College to the … Continued

INDONESIA – Teenage girl released from prison amid calls for reform of abortion laws

Activists have welcomed the release of a 15-year-old girl from jail on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on “humanitarian grounds” following her arrest for an illegal abortion after she repeatedly raped by her older brother. The case received widespread media coverage, leading to renewed calls from women’s and human rights groups for the legalisation of abortion and other guarantees for women’s reproductive rights. The decision to suspend the girl’s sentence, described as rare, came after … Continued

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