ARGENTINA – Next steps

The Buenos Aires Times has reported that in the hours following last week’s vote, former president and now senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s Victory Front-PJ voting bloc said it would vote in favour “in response to a societal demand that has been strongly expressed through the women’s movement”.

SAFE2CHOOSE – safe2choose hereby would like to advise you that, effective 1st July 2018, we no longer will be directly shipping safe abortion pills

At the same time, safe2choose is proud to announce that we will be working with various groups and partners to ensure that women continue to have access to high quality products. safe2choose is not going away. Indeed, we plan to re-orient and re-double our efforts by focusing on providing the same level of high quality information and support to women who are exploring their abortion options. Since our inception in 2015, safe2choose has handled 2 … Continued

LA MALA FE / NICARAGUA – La Mala Fe, información veraz, articulación regional e investigaciones rigurosas

(Bad Faith, accurate information, regional perspectives, rigorous research)   This latest resource, developed by CLACAI (Latin American Campaign against Unsafe Abortion), is an independent news portal called La Mala Fe (which means “Bad Faith” in Spanish and refers not only to religion but also means “to trap” or “to play dirty”). Here is the description of the aims, translated from the Spanish: “The number of conservative political groups whose agenda is to oppose human rights … Continued

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION – Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care

This report summarises discussions and recommendations resulting from the global convening in 2017 on “conscientious objection” co-organised by the International Women’s Health Coalition and Mujer y Salud en Uruguay. The report will be launched today, 19 June 2018. Alongside Unconscionable, IWHC is releasing their policy brief on the refusal of care on grounds of conscience claims, with recommendations for national policymakers, international organisations, health professionals, and advocates. IWHC say: “We have deliberated deeply the issue … Continued

GLOBAL GAG RULE – Prescribing Chaos in Global Health: The Global Gag Rule from 1984-2018

The Center for Health and Gender Equity: CHANGE has just launched a report that maps the Global Gag Rule from 1984 to 2018, and shows the immediate impacts of Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. They write: “Trump’s expansion of the Global Gag Rule poses an unprecedented threat to health and human rights across the world and is having a severe effect on countries most in need of global support. This study … Continued

EUROPE / SEXUALITY EDUCATION – The Current State of Sexuality Education in Cyprus, Georgia, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands: Insights from a Youth Perspective

Aiming to bring attention to the need for comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and to empower and encourage young leaders to influence their national policies, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality and YouAct initiated the “Europe for CSE” project, with support from ShareNet. Youth advocates from Cyprus, Georgia, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands joined forces, worked online and met in Amsterdam to set-up concrete advocacy plans at national level, including meetings with volunteers, round tables, online campaigns … Continued

WOMEN’S LINK WORLDWIDE – Seeking Social Change in the Courts: Tools for Strategic Advocacy

by Mónica Roa with Barbara Klugman   This is a practical 160-page tool for advocates from all social justice fields who are interested in using the courts. It includes a comprehensive explanation of the much-used term “strategic litigation” and walks readers through Women’s Link’s approach to how litigation can become a platform to achieve social change.   There is an introduction and conclusion and a substantial number of illustrative boxes and figures. For example:   … Continued

ARGENTINA – WE WON

The debate has lasted 23 hours.

Congratulations!! Venceremos!!! Yes for law reform, abortion on request up to 14 weeks, 131 in favour, opposed 123. WE’VE WON!!! Now there are several more clauses, e.g. legal grounds after 14 weeks. The debate on these continues. We will report more tomorrow..

IRELAND – Justice for Ms Y – finally

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) of Ireland has acknowledged liability and said it is willing to compensate a young woman known as Ms Y for failing to ensure she was provided with an abortion when she first sought one as a teenager in 2014. Ms Y sought refugee status in Ireland after she was kidnapped, beaten, and repeatedly raped by the head of a paramilitary organisation in her home country. She discovered she was … Continued

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