BRAZIL – The turbulence in Brazil continues

As the turbulence of Brazil’s political climate and sexual politics overall continues, the abortion rights debates decidedly intensified in November 2017 (check here for updates in Portuguese). As reported by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion on 24 November, Amendment No.181, a provision aimed at including right to life from conception into the Constitution, was approved by a Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November.

USA -The effect of a documentary: Charlotte, NC

Care in Chaos, a documentary by the US feminist news wire, Rewire, recently received the “Best Documentary Short” award from the Nevada Film Festival. It examines how policing practices and policies in Charlotte, North Carolina and Fargo, North Dakota impede or facilitate access to reproductive health care. Providers throughout the country work every day to serve patients, often under siege from an anti-choice movement driven by ideology and disrespect for women’s lives. As Care in … Continued

YOGYAKARTA PRINCIPLES + 10 – Expanded Yogyakarta Principles published

The “Yogyakarta Principles plus 10” were released on 27 November by a group of 33 international human rights experts following a meeting in September 2017 in Geneva. The new principles reaffirm and expand understanding of international human rights law relating to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.  They call for renewed action worldwide against violations and discrimination. This meeting followed a period of open consultations, led by the International Service for Human … Continued

USA – Roe’s Unfinished Promise: Decriminalizing Abortion Once and For All

by Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team, 2017   This is the first comprehensive paper about the criminalization of self-induced abortion in the USA and efforts to eliminate threats, while increasing protections, for people who end pregnancies outside the formal healthcare system. It includes a chart listing problematic laws state by state, maps highlighting the places where people who self-induce abortion are most at risk of an unjustified arrest, excerpts from relevant statutes, and case summaries. The … Continued

LANCET – Abortion safety

Estimating abortion safety: advances and challenges by Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, Amanda Cleeve Lancet 2017;390(10110), 25 Nov–1 Dec:2333-34   https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32135-9   Bela Ganatra and colleagues present an innovative and important analysis of global abortion safety, in which they attempt to move beyond the binary understanding (safe or unsafe) of abortion safety. As the availability of misoprostol increases, and abortion telemedicine services reach more women worldwide, fewer women are undergoing abortions with invasive or outdated methods and more women … Continued

EARLY MEDICAL ABORTION – Efficacy and safety of very early medical termination of pregnancy: a cohort study

Two study cohorts were created: women with and women without a confirmed IUP. An IUP was defined as the intrauterine location of a yolk sac or fetal structure visible by ultrasound. Women with an IUP were selected randomly and included in the IUP cohort. Efficacy of MTOP, defined as no continuing pregnancy and with no need of surgery for incomplete TOP.

CYTOTEC – First responses to the intended withdrawal from the market in France

  Abortion providers in France are mobilising to retain Cytotec for abortion (or an affordable substitute). The decision to withdraw Cytotec from the market in France following complaints that it had caused problems for several women who had been given too high a dose to induce labour has led to an outcry among those who support universal access to safe abortion in France, such as the National Association of Clinics for Abortion and Contraception and … Continued

SPAIN – Setbacks for abortion and family planning in Madrid

The Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid has published an “Integrated plan for the consideration of unwanted pregnancies in the Community of Madrid 2017-2010” in which they propose to prioritise the use of medical abortion over the use of vacuum aspiration for abortion because it “causes the least personal, economic and social impact”. ACAI (Assocation of Accredited Abortion Clinics) says medical professionals who provide abortions were not consulted before this document was released … Continued

EUROPE – The EU must ensure its humanitarian aid to war victims upholds their right to non-discriminatory medical care

Letter to the Vice-President, European Commission and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, European Commission, Belgium 23 November, 2017   In September 2015, the European Commission laudably took a historic step in making clear that women and girls raped in armed conflict deserve equal medical protection under international humanitarian law. In response to Members of the European Parliament, you stated: “In cases where the pregnancy threatens a woman’s or a girl’s life or … Continued

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