ABORTION SUPPORT NETWORK – Expands support to women from Malta and Gibraltar

The Abortion Support Network (ASN), a UK-based charity providing financial assistance, practical information and accommodation to those living in countries with restrictive abortion laws, announced today that they have expanded their services to people resident in Malta and Gibraltar. Anyone in those countries will be able to ring the ASN helpline, visit their website or send an email and receive confidential, non-judgmental information about the least expensive way to arrange abortion, travel to England, Netherlands … Continued

KENYA – Caroline Mwatha, human rights defender, found dead: family challenges claim of dangerous abortion as the cause

Caroline Mwatha, a Kenyan activist whose work involved lobbying against extra judicial killings by police, had been missing for a week before a mortuary came forward to say they had her body. Amnesty International had raised the alarm over her disappearance. A police source said that she had died at a clinic where she had gone for an abortion. The owner of the clinic and a doctor came forward and admitted that “they took the … Continued

CROATIA / BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – Developments on abortion and conscientious objection in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

The cost of an abortion in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) is two times lower than in Croatia. More women from Croatia are consequently deciding to have an abortion in BiH. Even though doctors can claim conscientious objection in both countries, the situation in Croatia is worse as public pressure to refrain from abortion is higher there. The problem in Croatia is worst for women from smaller towns and villages who may find that no one … Continued

NORTH MACEDONIA – New draft law on abortion adopted by the Government of North Macedonia

The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia announced that the new Draft Law on Abortion has been adopted and that it will be submitted to the Parliament. H.E.R.A. – Health Education and Research Association, together with 21 CSOs as part of the Platform of Gender Equality welcomed the adoption of the new draft law, in the drafting of which their representatives participated.  The existing law prevents women from receiving abortion services on time, often … Continued

PALESTINE – Stories from Palestine

This is a web-based publication with newly developed stories and photos of some of the clients, staff, supporters and volunteers of the Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association (PFPPA) and their work. PPPFA is an IPPF member association and grantee partner of the Safe Abortion Action Fund. They are actively advocating for a change to the law on abortion in the country, which currently only allows abortion under very restrictive circumstances and often at the … Continued

USA – I wish I’d had a ‘late-term abortion’ instead of having my daughter

I was raped when I was 17 years old. I had a baby when I was 18 years old. My baby died when I was 19 years old. I cannot recall the color of the sky when I woke up the morning I was raped, or what I did in the hours leading up to the assault. I think of it in terms of Before and After, and I’m caught right in between the two. … Continued

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION – Implications of self-care for health service provision

WHO is developing a consolidated normative guideline around self-care, including for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through a broad, consultative process, this guideline will build upon existing recommendations, including those for non-communicable diseases, HIV self-testing and self-management of abortion. Self-care holds promise for reducing health inequities, potentially enhancing user autonomy and advancing UHC.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Delegation to Universal Periodic Review commits to allowing abortion on three grounds

During the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Janet Camilo, Minister of Women, with the Dominican delegation, made a commitment to reform the law to allow abortion on three grounds. In 2014, president Danilo Medina vetoed reforms to the Dominican Penal Code, passed by the National Congress, because they criminalised all abortion. The Justice Committee of the Chamber of Deputies rejects allowing any abortions. For Medina, however, it is inhuman to … Continued

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