BRAZIL – Developments regarding Amendment No.181 banning abortion

Amendment No.181, a provision to include protection of life from conception to the text of the Constitution of Brazil, was approved by the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November. It would criminalize abortion under all circumstances. … Continued

UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – UN High Commissioner calls on El Salvador to stop jailing women for obstetric emergencies

  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement on 17 November that El Salvador should apply a moratorium on laws that punish women with harsh jail terms for having an abortion … Continued

MEXICO – Persecution of woman who miscarried in Querétaro

DM was convicted of homicide following a miscarriage in February 2015 – part of a growing trend to criminalise pregnant women in conservative parts of Mexico like Querétaro. The day the miscarriage happened, DM dropped her 7 year old daughter … Continued

THAILAND – Nurse charged with running an illegal abortion clinic

A nurse has been arrested for allegedly running an illegal private abortion clinic in Muang district. The woman, who is aged 56, previously worked as nurse in private hospitals in the district. She was apprehended in her apartment around 9.30pm … Continued

Madagascar – Tribute to Simone Veil launches national discussion on decriminalisation of abortion

There are 75,000 clandestine abortions in Madagascar each year, according to data from the Ministry of Public Health, analysed by the University of Ankatso. Behind these figures, women’s lives are at stake. Abortion is still illegal and criminalised, first imposed under French colonial law.

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

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